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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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I think there's just about as much interest in fantasy football as there is in real football, and I think that growth of interest has a lot to do with the fact that baseball has been the national pastime for so long.

Now that football has taken over as America's favorite sport, there's still a desire to see the game as a series of individuals with statistical stories, as opposed to what it generally is -- a sport in which the numbers generated by one player have so much to do with those around him. It doesn't matter how great Adrian Peterson is - without a great offensive line blocking for him, he's going to get blasted by enemy defenders. That's a little different than Albert Pujols getting different pitches if the guy hitting in front of him can't raise his average over .250, or if there's a base-stealing threat on first. Some people like to see Peterson, or Peyton Manning, or Randy Moss, as individuals rather than parts of a collective. Fantasy football is perfect for them.

For others, the whole point of the game is how people work in concert. A twist stunt with a tackle and end allow a linebacker to blast through for a sack. A deep combo run route by two receivers leaves a tight end open in the seam. A perfect pull-block by a left guard allows a running back to shoot up the outside for a 40-yard gain. For those people, it's less to do with fantasy, and more to do with reality.

Since I've spent an equal amount of time in the last week participating in fantasy drafts and actually writing about the game, I'd say I'm somewhere in the middle, as I'd bet most people are. That's what's so great about football - you can appreciate it as a sport of the individual, or the collective.

By Doug Farrar  |  September 7, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  | Category:  Fans , Fantasy Football , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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