With the new NFL season already here, hours of teenagers’ time vanishes into watching games—not just to root for their hometown, but also for their fantasy football teams. Millions of people own multiple fantasy football teams and compete with their friends.
The fantasy football process consists of someone drafting a team of different NFL players at the beginning of the season and setting lineups with their best players active that week. Each player’s weekly performance determines how many points they get and making trades throughout the season with other members of the league.
Students enter leagues with their friends, athletic teams, or their classmates, and plenty constantly check their teams around school. Fantasy football is the talk around multiple friend groups, and never-ending arguments relating to fantasy football always arise in the community spaces.
“It’s good to have friendly competition and have a reason to keep in contact with friends over the weekend.”Aidan Boyle ’22
Despite these arguments, Haverford students enjoy playing fantasy football. Every year, more and more school-based leagues are created.
Fourth Form NFL superfan Aidan Boyle brings up football to anyone he can.
“Fantasy football provides an easy way for students to chat with their teachers and peers about something other than school,” Boyle said. “It’s good to have friendly competition and have a reason to keep in contact with friends over the weekend.”
Fantasy football also provides students with an opportunity to get to know peers they have not talked to. Fantasy football, specifically trading, requires a lot of communication.
Fourth Former Jake Adler thinks that fantasy football eased his arrival.
“Some of the main guys I am friends with now were in my first Haverford fantasy league.”Jake Adler ’22
“Fantasy football allows me to communicate with new people, especially when I was new to the school. It allowed me to interact with other people about interests that we both had, and it also led to forming relationships with the people in the league. Some of the main guys I am friends with now were in my first Haverford fantasy league,” Adler said.