The Other Fantasy Football
What's the big difference? One day is full of fantasy football while the other is not. The reason? College fantasy football just hasn't caught on. Why? We have no idea.
The two games are virtually identical. The starting lineups (1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF) and scoring (6 points for a TD; 1 point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving; 1 for every 25 yards passing, plus defense and special teams points) are the same. And the decisions -- for instance, who to take with the first overall pick in an NFL league (Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson or LaDainain Tomlinson) – are just as tough as figuring out who you want with the first pick in a college league (Adrian Peterson, Michael Bush or Troy Smith).
We'd like to know what would entice you to join a college fantasy league? What are the major advantages compared to the NFL? What are the major flaws?
My budies and I have been playing in college fantasy league since '99 - it's way better than NFL. Although I suppose I'm biased since I think everything is better about college football than the NFL - well except for the playoffs :)
The one thing we found is that there are not too many sites that cater to college football, but there are a few - none of them free but usually not more than $20 for a season. Just make sure you have good control over your rules and your not forced to adapt to the site's rules.
Also, it helps to limit the field of players by only choosing to draft from some conferences. We use the SEC, ACC, and Big 10 (35 teams). With 8 of us that has worked well.
The problem regarding lack of participation in college fantasy football isn't so much one of interrest as it is one of scale. It's not that there isn't a large enough fan base, but that the number of players is completely overwhelming. With 117 Division 1-A schools, there are simply to many players available. Having the first pick in the draft becomes basically meaningless because there are 117 starting running backs and 117 starting quarter backs to choose from. Chances are the difference between 1-20 in negligdable. Plus the range of competition is completely unreliable. On any given saturday a finaly game score of 60-3 is entirely possible owing to some rediculous miss matches. Basically allowing otherwise unknowns to have amazing fantasy weekends, and then drop back into obscurity when their team hits conference play. The problem real boils down to college fantasy football being to much guess work and not enough strategy.
I am in 2 college football keeper leagues, and if I were starting from scratch, I'd say these guys would draw my attention:
Johnny Lee Higgins
It's just a guess, but I don't think sites are allowed to use names. This is for the same reason that NCAA 07 can't. No one wants to say, "With the first pick in the draft, I select RB #28."
The league I play in (u-sports.net) allows you to limit the players to particular conferences(the BCS Conferences) and it works pretty well.
While it still is more players than the NFL it's not that many more worth picking up.
It's not the amount of players, or the settings for scoring, or anything like that; however, the amount of players, like most of you have stated, can be limited by conferences which my friends and I love because it keeps us in our alma maters and then two other big time leagues.
The big problem is that no site has taken the time to develop a great fantasy web site. If ESPN, or Yahoo, or CBS Sporstline would take the same sites they use for NFL and make it available for NCAA, it would be great. But the limited sites that are out there are all pay leagues to get in, and the sites are not user friendly. You lose half of the players in your league after one season because the site didn't make it easy to play and have fun with it.
I just read this article and I want to play college football fantasy however I do not know where to go to find such a league. Can someone let me know? Thanks!
Bob - We have used u-sports.net for years and really like it. They have a great site, and are very responsive to e-mails. Wish they could do my pro leagues too.
the idea of fantasy collge football is just stuipd. I am not saying that i dont like collge football. belive me I LOVE IT. there are over 150 teams so how do you decide? I did it once but I will never do it agian!!!!!
There are way too many teams to sift through on the college side. When you play the NFL fantasy football, there are only 32 teams you have to decide from. You have a much better chance of pulling the one guy that no one expects to do well. With college, there are too many good choices without having to take the risks.
I think the best way to do it is to play Rotisserie to counter crazy matchups like Texas vs Texas State.
Personally I would prefer a pick the winner game with the Top 25 team games.
We love the College Fantasy Football game to. My freinds play at www.collegefootballfantasy.com.
the college game has more game to watch to.
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