Move Over Fellas: Fantasy Football is No Longer a Boys’ Club

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

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18 thoughts on “Move Over Fellas: Fantasy Football is No Longer a Boys’ Club”

  1. The real question is when we’re going to stop glorifying comparing the performance of one person against the performance of another with entirely different strengths and weaknesses. There is only one valid measure – did that one person do the very best they could have done at that time? I would never be a better passer than what’s-his-name from Denver, but I would always do my best, and he looked like he phoned in a lot of plays.

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  2. Reblogged this on Rachel's Lesson Plans and commented:
    I started an all women’s fantasy league with my friends that is now in it’s third season. I wanted a way for us-the ones whose only football knowledge was from high school cheerleading, the ones who at least knew who played on Super Bowl Sunday, and the avid fan- to have a “safe” place to become knowledgeable about the sport, league, player, positions, etc., free of judgement and criticism (and even help) from both genders. Fantasy football did that and more. Yes, every girl in the league knows Eric Decker is good looking. But they also know that he is a draft risk this year because Geno is not even a poor (wo)man’s Peyton, and Decker likely wont have a repeat fantasy season with the Jets. And like you said, it’s not to impress anyone. It’s because it’s fun. We too, enjoy spending Sunday’s (and Monday night…and Thursday night) hanging out at a local bar, drinking beer (even if it is cider), watching game after game, refreshing our apps, and talking smack to other owners. I am very proud the Every Man’s Fantasy Football League (came up with that myself), a supporter of any woman that is brave enough to try fantasy football, and a fan of the men who don’t think twice about it. Good read!

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  3. I started an all women’s fantasy league with my friends that is now in it’s third season. I wanted a way for us-the ones whose only football knowledge was from high school cheerleading, the ones who at least knew who played on Super Bowl Sunday, and the avid fan- to have a “safe” place to become knowledgeable about the sport, league, player, positions, etc., free of judgement and criticism (and even help) from both genders. Fantasy football did that and more. Yes, every girl in the league knows Eric Decker is good looking. But they also know that he is a draft risk this year because Geno is not even a poor (wo)man’s Peyton, and Decker likely wont have a repeat fantasy season with the Jets. And like you said, it’s not to impress anyone. It’s because it’s fun. We too, enjoy spending Sunday’s (and Monday night…and Thursday night) hanging out at a local bar, drinking beer (even if it is cider), watching game after game, refreshing our apps, and talking smack to other owners. I am very proud the Every Man’s Fantasy Football League (came up with that myself), a supporter of any woman that is brave enough to try fantasy football, and a fan of the men who don’t think twice about it. Good read!

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  4. Very interesting and not surprising at all. When I go to watch NFL games at local bars there are always lots of women interested in the games. Many of them know as much as, if not more than, the guys!

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  5. Reblogged this on The Southern Yankee and commented:
    I love everything about is post!!! And just to add fuel to the fire…. My office fantasy football league is run by a WOMAN!!! She sets up draft day and party and manages everything. Yep a woman does that!!! Did I mention I work in sports media? No? Lots of women talking sports, trading info about our favorite teams and getting into arguments with the “boys” over last weeks game. Yup women LOVING sports… What a concept!

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  6. I am so with you! Being British I’m on about ‘soccer’, but I am currently top of my fantasy league table and let’s just say the men are not impressed! Just goes to prove women can be just as good as men when it comes to knowing about sports 😉

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  7. Here’s my fantasy: That women who really like football advocate for a safer game – one in which the men who play hard and take one for the team, time and again – and the owners – do not later suffer from brain injuries and concussion-related depression.

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  8. I love this article because it’s so true! Football is “home” to my family. My husband and I join a league together every year. We are already watching football all day on Sundays, so we may as well make it more interesting with fantasy football!

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