Hey Guys! Newsflash: Fantasy Football isn’t just for you dudes anymore. In 2013, over 6 million females were among the legions playing fantasy football.
That’s right. Women were in YOUR fantasy football leagues, fellas, with team names like Victorious Secret, Brady’s Baby or Cleats and Cleavage. AND I bet some of you even got your asses handed to you by a woman or two. WHO knew? Have you recovered from it yet?
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So, dudes, you may now be asking yourselves, “Is nothing sacred? Why can’t I just go to my draft party with the bros and not have to worry about some chick out-strategizing me by getting the stud RB I want? And for the love of all that is holy and sacred on a Sunday, two minutes before kickoff, why MUST my significant other be adding and dropping WRs and trolling for the ‘it’ defense of the week faster than I can get NFL Sunday Ticket cued up and ready?”
And now I know you’re saying to yourself, “I thought this was a man’s world?” Well, I’ll try to break it to you as gently as possible—that’s a James Brown song and SO 1967. Get over yourselves. BUT to be fair, I will let you in on a couple little known secrets about females and fantasy football.
We aren’t joining your leagues to ruin your lives or to cramp your style. We aren’t even joining so that we have something to talk about in the office on Monday morning when all you guys are talking about how many points Peyton got you and how many Eli lost you.
AND surprise … we aren’t simply joining because we think Eric Decker is hot or because we give a rip what Tom Brady is wearing in his post game presser. Well, maybe we do care BUT only because we want to tweet about how ridiculous he looked. Will save that story for another day.
Here it comes … the big fantasy football secret of the year. Why are we women becoming fantasy phenoms of the world? Are you ready? Can you handle it? It’s because we LIKE football; maybe some of us might even be a little obsessed with it. Hey, crazy notion, but women may actually like it as much or more than you, our testosterone counterparts.
And here’s another heart-stopping tidbit: we are actually knowledgeable and informed. We read about what happens in training camp. We know who got drafted, what team they went to and even in what round they were picked.
We subscribe to the same online news services that send you guys the “Studs and Duds” predictions for the season. We follow the Fantasy Football experts on Twitter just like you. [Hey there @YahooNoise (Brad Evans), @NandoDiFino, and @Chet_G.]
Now, I know I’m getting crazy here when I mention this … but some of YOU may actually follow females on Twitter that are considered experts as well. [Shout out to my girls @TheFFGirl (Liz Loza), @SimplySharona and @AllieFontana.] I hear the big, collective GULP. Tough one to swallow? I’ll let you all recover from that last one there for just a moment.
Fantasy football women know their stuff. We know the difference between a PPR and a standard league. We won’t take a kicker until the last round of the draft. And, we SURE won’t draft our teams based on who we think are the hottest players or what team’s uniforms we like the most.
The estrogen fan’s draft is based on talent and on who we think will be the best of the best this season because we want to win it all. Yes, we want to kick some fantasy ass just like the rest of you. We want to talk smack in the carpool line or while at lunch with the boss and the other dudes at work. We want the bragging rights to remind our boyfriends just how we dominated our fantasy teams. We want to be numero uno.
So, fellas, if you find yourselves in a fantasy football league this season with some football loving females … consider yourselves lucky. BUT watch out, because we’re gonna bring it. Balls to the wall. All or nothing baby.
The FFHottie is a frequent contributor on SIRIUSXM Fantasy Sports Radio, and a friend to The Scoop. Follow her on Twitter at @FFHottie.
Editor’s Note: As many of you know, The Scoop is led by … gasp … A WOMAN! As a fellow member of the “Girls Most Likely to Take Down a Fantasy League” club, having FFHottie’s perspective here on our site is simply fan-freaking-tastic. As they say, “We’ve come a long way, baby!” –Jamie