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How Fantasy Football Works

Choosing a League

The first thing to consider is how much time you are willing to spend on a fantasy game, because playing fantasy football successfully can require hours of time each week. If you are a casual fan, a pick 'em game is the least time consuming game, but the diehard fan will definitely be willing to spend the time required to manage a full fantasy football team.

You should also consider the pros and cons of joining a pay site. Pay sites can range from a few dollars a month to hundreds of dollars per week. To a casual fan, it may not be worth the cash, but pay sites generally offer a greater level of customization for fantasy leagues and also typically provide real-time updates, gossip, and fantasy tips for fantasy owners. Pay sites also reward prizes for the most successful and dedicated fantasy players in the form of cash payouts, trophies, and even tickets to actual NFL events. While there are quite a few incredible prizes to be won, don't forget the greatest fantasy football prize of all -- bragging rights!

In the next few sections, we'll take a look at the various types of fantasy football games that exist today.