Last week my sister’s boyfriend was telling me about their recent vacation to New York, and he said something that completely shocked me. “Wednesday night we had our fantasy football drafts, so we stayed in and did that,” he explained nonchalantly. Hold up. Since when has my sister, who prefers to spend her Sundays reading about inequality and social strife in the Dominican Republic, gotten into fantasy football?! She’s always cared more about Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz than the NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, so what gives? When I asked her about it, she said, “One way to make your boyfriend have the biggest smile you’ve ever seen is to tell him you’re joining a fantasy football league.” She’s not alone—it feels like all everyone is talking about right now is fantasy football. But what exactly is fantasy football? Why are men and women across the nation getting excited about their league picks? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about fantasy football.
Fantasy Football for Smart People by Jonathan Bales ($17)