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Published: Jan. 7, 2016 at 12:40 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 11, 2016 at 10:53 a.m.

9 reasons to keep playing fantasy football

Did your fantasy football season end too soon? Were you left to dwell on a lost campaign after Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady smashed your championship dreams? Did every running back on your entire roster get hurt? Well, your fantasy season doesn't have to end on a sour note. Here are 9 reasons why ...

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  • Fantasy football is far and away the best fantasy sport on this big, blue marble, but it's also the one with the shortest time span. You're playing in 13-14 fantasy games and if you're lucky, your team makes it to the league championship in Week 16. But if you're a smart owner, you know how to extend your fantasy football experience all the way into the Super Bowl (see, that's what's we call a tease in the business). 9

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    9. Do you really want to start preparing for Fantasy NASCAR already?

    Fantasy football is far and away the best fantasy sport on this big, blue marble, but it's also the one with the shortest time span. You're playing in 13-14 fantasy games and if you're lucky, your team makes it to the league championship in Week 16. But if you're a smart owner, you know how to extend your fantasy football experience all the way into the Super Bowl (see, that's what's we call a tease in the business).

  • Tons of MLB stars, like Adam Wainwright, play fantasy football. But we all have to wait a few more months before we even think about picking him in our fantasy baseball drafts. So why not keep the fantasy football excitement going as long as possible? Let's be honest, any day without playing a fantasy sport just isn't the same. So ... keep the bridge to fantasy baseball season shorter with a postseason football league! 8

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    8. The fantasy baseball season doesn't get going for another few months.

    Tons of MLB stars, like Adam Wainwright, play fantasy football. But we all have to wait a few more months before we even think about picking him in our fantasy baseball drafts. So why not keep the fantasy football excitement going as long as possible? Let's be honest, any day without playing a fantasy sport just isn't the same. So ... keep the bridge to fantasy baseball season shorter with a postseason football league!

  • Admit it. If you're a fantasy football freak, chances are you have seen all of the new "Star Wars" movies more than once. Or 10 times. Whatever. So, you now need to kill time before "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters (Dec. 16, 2016). I wonder if there was fantasy football on Jakku? I'm guessing Rey would have dominated, but I could see Kylo Ren being a sore loser and taking his lightsaber to the keyboard. 7

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    7. You've already seen "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" like seven times.

    Admit it. If you're a fantasy football freak, chances are you have seen all of the new "Star Wars" movies more than once. Or 10 times. Whatever. So, you now need to kill time before "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters (Dec. 16, 2016). I wonder if there was fantasy football on Jakku? I'm guessing Rey would have dominated, but I could see Kylo Ren being a sore loser and taking his lightsaber to the keyboard.

  • We all love the NFL. Heck, I have been a fan since 1980 when I was eight-years-old watching Danny White, Tony Dorsett and the Dallas Cowboys. But for the fantasy sports generation, can you imagine watching games without there being some sort of fantasy involvement? I don't know about you, but I can't. No chance. Fantasy sports makes reality sports that much more enjoyable for every fan, and it's not going away! 6

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    6. Watching the NFL without fantasy football simply isn't the same experience.

    We all love the NFL. Heck, I have been a fan since 1980 when I was eight-years-old watching Danny White, Tony Dorsett and the Dallas Cowboys. But for the fantasy sports generation, can you imagine watching games without there being some sort of fantasy involvement? I don't know about you, but I can't. No chance. Fantasy sports makes reality sports that much more enjoyable for every fan, and it's not going away!

  • If you're like me and a lot of owners, you play in a seasonal fantasy league that involves a lot of the same people year in and year out. So why not make every week of the fantasy football postseason matter, even if it doesn't affect the current campaign? You can follow Major League Baseball's All-Star Game method and use a postseason fantasy league as a way of determining your draft order for future league drafts. 5

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    5. Your fantasy league can be playing for future draft position placement.

    If you're like me and a lot of owners, you play in a seasonal fantasy league that involves a lot of the same people year in and year out. So why not make every week of the fantasy football postseason matter, even if it doesn't affect the current campaign? You can follow Major League Baseball's All-Star Game method and use a postseason fantasy league as a way of determining your draft order for future league drafts.

  • Was Eddie Lacy or Andrew Luck your first-round pick back in the summer? Did you roll the dice on Jeremy Hill and C.J. Anderson as your top two running backs? Seemed like a good idea at the time, but we all know how that quartet performed (or didn't) during the course of the season. Yeah, not good. As a consolation, get your buddies back together and play in a postseason fantasy league. A win is a win right? 4

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    4. You want to make up for a lost season in traditional fantasy football.

    Was Eddie Lacy or Andrew Luck your first-round pick back in the summer? Did you roll the dice on Jeremy Hill and C.J. Anderson as your top two running backs? Seemed like a good idea at the time, but we all know how that quartet performed (or didn't) during the course of the season. Yeah, not good. As a consolation, get your buddies back together and play in a postseason fantasy league. A win is a win right?

  • I say it all the time ... non-elite players who finish the current campaign on a high note will be in prime position to become attractive sleepers for the following campaign. So keep watching, keep playing and stay ahead of your league's competition. How will David Johnson perform in the postseason? It's also smart to keep tabs on players who could be hitting the cliff ... I'm looking right at you, Marshawn Lynch. 3

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    3. You're not only a fantasy GM and coach, but you're also a fantasy scout too.

    I say it all the time ... non-elite players who finish the current campaign on a high note will be in prime position to become attractive sleepers for the following campaign. So keep watching, keep playing and stay ahead of your league's competition. How will David Johnson perform in the postseason? It's also smart to keep tabs on players who could be hitting the cliff ... I'm looking right at you, Marshawn Lynch.

  • There are a ton of platforms out there where you can continue to participate in daily fantasy leagues. There's no draft, and instead you set a lineup for a given week (or day) based on a salary cap and values tagged to every player who is still alive in the NFL postseason. You've seen the ads. These daily leagues are clearly all the rage as fans look for that next challenge to their fantasy knowledge and skills. 2

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    2. Daily fantasy football leagues are all the rage in the industry right now.

    There are a ton of platforms out there where you can continue to participate in daily fantasy leagues. There's no draft, and instead you set a lineup for a given week (or day) based on a salary cap and values tagged to every player who is still alive in the NFL postseason. You've seen the ads. These daily leagues are clearly all the rage as fans look for that next challenge to their fantasy knowledge and skills.

  • Just because the NFL's regular season is over, the fantasy football fun doesn't have to be. You can still play the <a href="http://playoffchallenge.fantasy.nfl.com/">NFL Fantasy Playoff Challenge</a> for a chance to attend Super Bowl LI, which is scheduled to take place February 2017 in Houston, Texas. Imagine being there live at the biggest sporting event on the planet! It doesn't have to be just a fantasy anymore, my friends ... 1

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    1. You can play fantasy in the postseason with the NFL Fantasy Playoff Challenge.

    Just because the NFL's regular season is over, the fantasy football fun doesn't have to be. You can still play the NFL Fantasy Playoff Challenge for a chance to attend Super Bowl LI, which is scheduled to take place February 2017 in Houston, Texas. Imagine being there live at the biggest sporting event on the planet! It doesn't have to be just a fantasy anymore, my friends ...