Fantasy Sports: Daily and Weekly Games Trump The Season-Long Grind

Greg DavidContributor INovember 18, 2010

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Still following the same fantasy sports game path you always have and playing season game after season game?

There's no doubt about it, season long games can be loaded with twists and turns, and if successful, have tremendous benefits.

Firstly, if you put cash down in a high stakes league or between friends for petty cash, the money aspect can be very rewarding. And on top of that, money on the line or not, merely emerging as the top dog at the end of a long season adds an often much needed boost to our fantasy sports self esteems.

But that's not all there is in the fantasy industry. Of course, even B/R knows that, as they run an awesome Fantasy Football lineup challenge during the regular season. However, again, this is a grind-out game that has your success contingent on keeping up on players, injuries, roster situations and naturally, your actual fantasy lineup.

Not everyone has time for that amount of dedication, however.

As much as you love the heated competition of a huge league with friends (or foes), banging it out for a long season, sometimes it's just not realistic to keep on top of it as you should, or at least as much ad you'd like to. That is, unless you're okay with not taking the crown at the end of the season.

This fact alone (although many others play into the equation) suggests the short duration fantasy games available online are the new way to go. No matter the sport, there are fantasy games out there that can allow you to choose whoever you want, whenever you want.

You can set daily or weekly fantasy lineups, and some games even allow special stretch runs during the course of, say, an All-Star break, Pro Bowl or Thanksgiving weekend.

Daily and weekly fantasy games allow us all to stay in touch with the fantasy sports realm we've grown to love, while still giving us all of the same aspects of competition and joy of watching our picks perform to the levels expected of them, and almost as importantly, watching our opponent's picks dwindle under the bright lights.

Short duration games have everything we want in fantasy football, fantasy basketball and all other major fantasy sports games, without tying us down and keeping us away from our regular non-fantasy lives.

Needless to say, the next time you ask someone how many fantasy leagues someone is in, and they answer, "792," they might not be joking. And from another angle, for that busy guy who works 70 hour weeks and says, "I don't have time for fantasy football," well, yeah he does.