NFL vs. Fantasy Football: Which is Better?

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With week 1 of the NFL only 1 week away, football fans everywhere are starting to get excited for the upcoming season. The question right now should be this: Are you more excited for the NFL season or fantasy football? If you ask me, I’d probably say football.

I hope you got that joke.

Fantasy football vs. NFL. Hard to choose, isn’t it? Both require lots of attention, mood swings, both a winner and loser, and a screen. Regardless of the outcome, there might even be crying. But wait, there’s no crying in baseball! Well this is football, where grown men (and women) cry. Maybe it’s not a “how did we lose to the worst team in the league” cry, but rather a “we came so close and lost the division to our rival” cry. With fantasy football and the NFL, both of those scenarios are extremely realistic.

As I mentioned, there are four things (and probably more) that fantasy football and NFL games have in common and require: attention, mood swings, winners & losers, and a screen. For a more in-depth look at how these requirements match up, we sat down with our football insider (hint: it’s me) to dissect which sport (NFL vs. Fantasy) is better.

Requirement: Lots of attention

Insider: If you look at what football fans need to pay attention to, the NFL and fantasy football each have their strengths. With the NFL, if you’re a true fan of your hometown team, it’s practically a given that you’ll focus all of your attention on the NFL game on Sundays. On the other hand, fantasy football always requires ample attention from drafting your team to managing your team, including picking up free agents on a daily basis. When it comes down to the nuts and bolts, fantasy football requires more attention on a daily basis than NFL games do, therefore,  I choose fantasy football to win in this scenario.

Score update: 1 – 0 in favor of fantasy football

Requirement: Mood Swings

Insider: I don’t even know where to begin! NFL games are always crazy, especially the games that nobody pays any attention to. Fantasy football requires lots of attention, allowing for instant mood swings if something bad happens on game day. This is a tough decision, but I’m basing my answer on the failures of each sport. For NFL games, it’s instances like 4th quarter comebacks that turn ugly in the blink of an eye, such as when Tony Romo throws an interception on what would be the game winning drive. For fantasy football, it’s instances when your team is losing by 3 with only your kicker remaining and he gets 2 points and you lose by 1. I could really go either way with this one, but congrats to Tony Romo on finally scoring! I choose the NFL.

Score update: 1 – 1

Requirement: Winners and Losers

Insider: NFL games take this scenario. With 17 games a season (not including playoffs), NFL players go through a lot of pain, especially after a loss and having played a terrific game. A lot of players and coaches say that once the final whistle blows, it’s time to move on to next week’s opponent and forget about the loss, but I don’t think players get over it that easily. With fantasy football, a loss is a loss is a loss. Depending on the week and opponent, losses against your friends can be extremely tough, especially with all the smack talking, but this is something you can get over the next day. Yes, when you lose in both the NFL and fantasy football it hurts, but looking at the bigger picture, an NFL outcome is more emotional than in fantasy football.

Score update: 2 – 1 in favor of the NFL

Requirement: A Screen

Insider: When it comes down to the matter at hand, would you rather have a screen in front of you for NFL games or fantasy football? This might seem like an obvious answer, but it’s my job to breakdown each sport and the different ways to utilize a screen. For NFL games, your screen should be a TV. For fantasy football, you’ll need a computer. Here’s where it gets tricky, though; you can use multiple screens for each sport. To watch NFL games, you can use a TV, computer, phone, or iPad. For fantasy football, you can use a computer, phone, or iPad to update and manage your team. If you counted correctly, NFL games can be accessed on more screens than fantasy football can. That’s a big deal. In the end, I’ll take NFL in this matchup merely because you can watch NFL games on TV while managing your fantasy football team on any other screen.

Score update: 3 – 1 in favor of the NFL

And the winner is….

The NFL! Our football insider has determined that the NFL is better than fantasy football. The opinion of our insider is strictly biased, but hey, the NFL should probably be better than fantasy football; it’s just common sense!

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