Fantasy Sports: A Popular Hobby

Written by Jeff Oreilly

A Fantasy Sport is a game where a person builds a team comprised of individual players of a professional sport. These team "owners" compete against others based onrepparttar individual professional's real statistics. Simple versions of this convert statistics into points earned by each team, then determinerepparttar 149359 outcome. Other more complicated versions create a computer model ofrepparttar 149360 game by inputtingrepparttar 149361 statistics of each player generated by their professional sport. Examples of fantasy sports are Fantasy Football, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Hockey, etc.

Fantasy Football is played by football fans who assemble a team of real NFL players with their real statistics. These teams join a league of from 8-12 teams, then compete throughout a regular season. Often these leagues even have playoffs atrepparttar 149362 end ofrepparttar 149363 season. A typical roster is made up of 2 quarterbacks, 3 running backs, 5 wide receivers, 2 tight ends, 2 placekickers, and 2 defenses. Points are scored similar to real football, with extra points added for running or passing for many yards at a time, and points subtracted for turnovers.

Fantasy Baseball has a very similar format to Fantasy Football, with players who manage baseball teams made up of real life baseball players. It isrepparttar 149364 earliest form of Fantasy Sports, with origins in a form called "tabletop baseball". This form of Fantasy Baseball was made up from customized baseball cards with stats from recent seasons. Players then made up fantasy teams from these cards and played imaginary baseball games against each other. Tabletop baseball evolved into a form called Rotisserie Leage Baseball, where stats were taken fromrepparttar 149365 current season and events such as injuries were counted intorepparttar 149366 game. Methods of choosing players for a team include an auction, where players pay for which professionals they want, or a round-robin draft until teams are filled.

Football Betting

Written by Daniel B. King

From about August onwards Football Betting (NFL) becomes big business forrepparttar sportsbooks. There are plenty of winners and losers overrepparttar 149358 course of any given season - pros and recreational bettors join inrepparttar 149359 action for what has becomerepparttar 149360 biggest sport inrepparttar 149361 US in terms of betting.

So how can you improve your football betting this season...

Point or Unit betting: You've may have seenrepparttar 149362 touts advertise NFL Sides or Totals picks acrossrepparttar 149363 internet -"grab our 5 star blow out game tonight.." or "get our 100 star double header.." The advantage of one team over another inrepparttar 149364 sides and totals (over/under) market is small - cetainly not enough to justify betting 100%, 50% or even 20% more stake money on one team in a match up as against another team in a match up. Try to keep stakesrepparttar 149365 same.

Whenrepparttar 149366 odds are longer say in futures betting - you can increase or decrease stakes to a degree. You would not necessarily want to betrepparttar 149367 same on a 250/1 outsider as you would a 5/1 favourite.

2. Standard Deviation: This has proven to berepparttar 149368 ruin of many a good sports bettor. The problem is that he did not yet know he was a good bettor - he gave up before he found out... Basically it takes a lot of bet samples, especially inrepparttar 149369 sides and totals market whererepparttar 149370 odds are short, to know if you are a profitable bettor or not. Quite often a bettor can have a bad losing streak to start off with. You may go 4-9, then 5-8, then 2-12 - but this might not necessarily mean that you are a poor gambler. It is just standard deviation at work - fundamentally you are hitting a bad streak, yet well withinrepparttar 149371 laws of probability.

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