In the next week or so, millions of Americans will participate in fantasy football drafts.
Owners will huddle in homes, offices, bars, schools, restaurants and stadium bleachers across the country or pick teams through the Internet or on teleconferences.
According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, fantasy football has become an annual $3.4 billion industry and is growing especially among younger fans.
Many fans believe playing in a fantasy league if not two or more makes following the NFL more enjoyable. It also makes them more knowledgeable, more in tune with the players and game. If they're good, there might be a winner's check at the end of the season. But for most owners, it's not about the cash as much as the competition.
Some leagues end after the regular season, some extend through the playoffs, and some continue year-round.
Following my favorite team through the highs and lows of a season is enough for me to have retired as a fantasy owner long ago. Besides, the thought of starting a running back on my fantasy team and hoping he scores against my favorite team doesn't work for me. Also, keeping up with injury reports, statistical comparisons for read offenses against 4-3 defenses and even weather forecasts is too much homework.
Some fans watch because it's America's No. 1 pro sport or every game is important. Some watch because of the betting action.
Everyone has a reason to watch. What's yours?
What to do
Baseball, Fresno at River Cats, Raley Field, 7:05 p.m.: Only four home games remain in the regular season.
Why do you watch NFL games?
Betting on games
Every game is important
Follow favorite team
Physicality of game
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How many games will the 49ers win this season?
6 or fewer: 3%
Total votes: 407
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