Many went on a football watching spree Sunday and not just to cheer on their favorite team, but also to see how their fantasy football roster would perform.
According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, over 56 million American and Canadians will play fantasy football this year.
Northwest Arkansas fantasy fans juggle multiple leagues, busy careers and home lives, but say it is an investment well worth it.
“Everyone I know does fantasy….. It keeps Sundays exciting,” said accountant Brooks Aitchison.
“To me football has always been addicting. This just makes it even more addicting,” Pearl Evans said.
FSTA says Americans will spend about $15 billion on fantasy, breaking down to about $465 per person on league related costs and materials. Northwest Arkansas are not afraid to shell out their cash too.
“If there isn’t money involved then no one takes it seriously,” said college student Zac Bolen.
“We put in altogether between me and him having a fantasy team was probably about $300. Maybe a little bit more,” Evans said.
Fans say they have to take the time to do the homework to have the best roster possible, setting early alarms on the weekend, squeezing in research in class or strategizing at work.
“I was up at 7 am this morning, researching fantasy,” said Evans.
“I have four teams, four leagues, and I’d probably say a couple hours a week. Two to three hours a week,” Aitchison said.
And with Thursday night football, playing fantasy has become more time consuming than ever before.
“Even on Wednesday nights I may have a big test on Thursday but Wednesday nights I’m still putting my roster together, because there’s gonna be a game on Thursday night and I might have players involved,” Bolen said.