There's nothing like Sundays in the NFL. It doesn't matter what league program you use. ESPN, CBS, FleaFlicker, FOX Sports, MyFantasyLeague.com, etc. They're all very good at what they do, but did you know that there's more to fantasy football than just regular fantasy football games?
There are literally hundreds of other ways in which you can participate in fantasy football. I call them "side games", but really some of these side games require just as much thought. Here are some of my favorites (the first one is 100% biased):
There are only a few days left to join the FFN Draft Challenge. So many of you have already picked your team that I'm no longer feeling confident about winning it myself!
Ultimate Fantasy Football Strategy has a few spots open for their Ultimate FF Strategy Challenge. It's sponsored by FansEdge.com, Fantasy Sports Trophies, and Pay the Fan. Top prizes include the coveted Championship Fantasy Football Trophy, NFL Replica Jersey, and $250!
There's a new site called FantasyWorld.com. They've got a pretty unique game that I've decided to participate in this year. I have a team in the FantasyWorld.com Fight Club. It costs a few bucks to enter, but you get to compete against celebrities (not sure who they are yet) and best of all...you get to compete against me! I don't make anything here, so my only interest is in seeing which of you can "out nerd" the Nerd.
I have tried more than a dozen times to sign up for BestBuyFantasy.com with no luck. It's a fantasy football game sponsored by the mega-retailer Best Buy. Play against celebrities and try to beat their weekly fantasy score. Week 1 is against country music star Reba McEntire who seems to love Tennessee (go figure!). This is such a great concept and I'd love to participate if they'd let me in. I've tried so many different username combinations with alpha and numeric characters that it's virtually impossible that they've all been taken. Seriously, ffnerd0507 and ffnerd9042 are taken? How about ffnerd71293876? If you can get in, let me know.
FOX Sports - Survivor: Pick a different pro team to win each week.
NFL.com's Fantasy Games section offers both a Playbook Challenge and a Touchdown Challenge (among others). The Grand Prize is ridiculously cool. How about a free VIP trip to the Super Bowl, on-field access, and meet & greets with the players? Perhaps the ultimate gift for the ultimate fan? And free to play!
There are more side games out there. Shoot me an email at email@example.com and tell me about your favorites.
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