How do the three main fantasy sports differ?

Sports fans often compose dream teams in their heads consisting of their favorite and or best players on one ultimate squad. One way they are able to take this dream and put it to reality is through fantasy sports. Fantasy sports such as baseball, basketball, and football have become increasingly popular throughout the decade, allowing avid sports followers to not only create a dream team, but have these players’ stats count towards their team’s total as they compete against other fantasy squads throughout the season.

Though not every fantasy team owner may acquire their favorite players, the liberty of being able to choose from any player in the league allows for participants not only to focus on their team, but individual players’ statistics and the entire sport as a whole.

For example, when playing fantasy baseball, participants in the league must be very active as there are numerous games on every night and players may be added or scratched from their actual rosters. This is generally the same for the fantasy basketball season as well. Although the basketball season is not as long as baseball’s, yet not as short as football’s, fantasy owners must still be weary of line-up changes and games every night.

NFL games are spaced out on television. Thursday, Friday and Monday are the only days of the week that NFL games are aired. Also, there is also America’s Game of The Week and primetime hour games which are typically around eight o’clock eastern standard time. This spread out schedule allows for fantasy team owners to consistently have the opportunity to watch their fantasy players compete live on television.

An ESPN fantasy football line-up is much smaller than the average ESPN fantasy baseball line-up, where each team has 22 starting players and three bench positions. In the average ESPN basketball league each team has ten active players and three bench spots, while in fantasy football, the default team has nine starters and seven bench players. This allows owners to have their all of their best players in the lineup while still controlling the amount of players on the bench. This keeps the teams to smaller numbers and allows the fantasy players to have all of their best players on the roster.

The default fantasy football team has a much simpler scoring system than fantasy basketball or baseball. In a standard fantasy football scoring system, any offensive player receives six points for a touchdown except for in the case of a passing touchdown in which the player would receive four points. For every ten rushing or receiving yards a player has, they will be credited with one point. Also, for quarterbacks, one point is awarded for every 25 yards that they pass.

Fantasy football may be the easiest to keep up with because while determining fantasy values in baseball may rely on saber metrics, which are highly advanced statistical categories, fantasy football owners may only have to look at each player’s yardage and scoring ability.

While many believe that fantasy baseball and basketball are just as exhilarating and competitive as fantasy football, some would argue that it is difficult to make line-up adjustments every day in accordance with an 82-game basketball season or 162-game baseball season. Some fantasy owners rely on add/drops, meaning they add or drop players in accordance with their status as a starter for every game, but a 16-game football season gives the owner plenty of time to make line-up adjustments while continuing to enjoy the game as each NFL team has only one game per week.