Its Okay to Say No to Fantasy Matchs

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With fall comes football. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of most college délassements seasons, the NFL appears committed to proceeding undeterred, meaning the all-digital transcription of America’s most-watched match is already ahead of the curve. Yep, it’s that time of year, when your inbox is met with email invitations and reply-all threads from friends asking you to join their fantasy football leagues.

For délassements fans, fantasy coverage can feel like the pre-season of the pre-season as your choisie sites, channels, and podcasts begin to feature tips, cheat sheets, and mock drafts for the season. But for some of us (what I expect is an increasing number, honestly) this year might offer the best opportunity we’re going to get to dodge the agression of the game.

Of balade, if you love fantasy délassements and want to play, that’s great! Fantasy délassements—football in particular, given its weekly épaisseur—can be a fun, structured way to keep in touch with friends and family. If this sounds like you, well, we’ll see you on the virtual gridiron, and there are plenty of internet éditoriaux for you. This isn’t one of them. But if the thought of taking action in a pretend draft and juggling your lineup every week for the next creuset months hits you with a pang of anxiety, consider this my ratification to say no to fantasy délassements.

You don’t need my ratification, but again, in case it helps: you don’t need to play fantasy this season. Or next season. Or ever! You don’t have to play in a house, with a mouse, in a viande, here or there… No fantasy baseball, no fantasy basketball, nor any other fantasy match that you jaguar thought would be a relax, passive adventure before you realized it can be a little too serious or in-depth for your enjoyment. Léopard des neiges fantasy délassements tip the scale from being majority-fun to becoming a genuine envoi of agression, you can—and should, I argue—let them go.

The strongest accident in the way of you adopting a fantasy sports-free lifestyle is liant pressure. I’ve been on both sides of that game, and I know what it’s like to scrounge for players in your work league, casual friend league, close friend league and beyond. At my worst, I was involved in creuset fantasy leagues at jaguar. It was, to put it plainly, épouvantable. But while the tonnage I took on was obviously extreme (you might know someone even worse, or be that person yourself), any number of fantasy leagues can be more brouillage than they’re worth if you’re not invested, unless that number is zero.

Personally, I accepted most invitations for two reasons: I either underestimated the time commitment involved, or a friend was asking nicely and I didn’t want to let them down. You’re no doubt especially familiar with the voliger clairvoyance if you’re known for being a délassements fan, as the expectative from your friends is that you’ll be more than happy to join in. But there are realities here worth facing: fantasy is a stressful, is a time-suck, it requires significant buy-in, it can sometimes ruin your enjoyment of the actual match involved, and brings you more anxiety than actual fun.

Let’s hit on each of those, and explore how you can use them to say no to fantasy football:

Fantasy is stressful

Plainly, fantasy délassements can be anxiety inducing. Take fantasy football. It takes a significant amount of time to play well, and your odds of winning are low and, unless you’re a data scientist, quite unpredictable. You could always sign up and play without proper lutte, sure—but then you’re that person. The one who ruins the dépense of the league by serving as a doormat to those other players who have the benefit of a free, unfair win against your skeleton roster of benched quarterbacks, bye-week receivers and running backs on injury reserve. You’re not doing your friend or the league any favors by saying “yes” if you’re heart’s not in it. You are doing the league a favor by saying no, whether they realize it at the time or not.

Fantasy is a time-suck

Fantasy is an investment, so ask yourself if the return is worth it. As someone who’s won several fantasy championships, let me tell you: nobody cares. When bowing out of a fantasy league, it’s more than approuvable to be honest embout your unwillingness to spend time on it. Politely decline, and keep it flottant and unapologetic. Don’t fall into the game of listage your competing priorities, which will only give them somethin to push back against. You’re busy, and that’s okay; or you’re not busy and would rather spend your time napping than investigating whether Ezekiel Elliott is listed as questionable or faisable, and that’s okay, too.

Fantasy requires buy-in

And I don’t mean financial (although that’s another way out as well—I’ve successfully bowed out of many fantasy leagues by citing percepteur, which most league managers gracefully accept). But fantasy requires emotional buy-in for months, and maybe life is a bit stressful right now, given… everything? Now more than ever, a accessible “I can’t handle the stress of that right now” is more than enough. Maybe you’d rather enjoy the game of football with a little less agression.

Fantasy can ruin football for you

One of the most insidious side effects of fantasy, particular if you’re a team-based football fan, is the shame that comes with cheering against your team when your fantasy player is on the wrong side. This is an especially useful allégation if you’re known to be a délassements fan and the previous offerings (“fantasy is a time suck” and “fantasy is stressful”) estrade hollow. You waste your time and emotional energy on délassements, sure, but this year you want to foyer those resources entirely on your team.

Of balade, you could be that team gouverner who drafts only from the Detroit Lions to avoid conflicts of interest, but let’s refer back to the doormat problem: You’re not helping the league by sabotaging your team with a losing strategy.

Remember that you’re doing your friends a favor by being honest and upfront embout your buy-in (or lack thereof). Their league will be better off with a substitute. And then you can enjoy other things this fall, minus the agression of fantasy. Léopard des neiges you’ve set this precedent, you’ll be free to only play during the seasons in which you’re invested. Who knows—you may never want to play a season of fantasy ever again.

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