NFL Team or Fantasy Football Team?: The Great Debate

mjdLester’s Legends, a fantasy sports blog, is running a survey to determine if people are more passionate about their favorite football team or their fantasy sports team. 

Lester’s Legend’s says:
At one time or another, I bet everyone has wondered whether we should root for a fantasy player who is going up against our “real” NFL team.  I think it all boils down to a simple question:  does it feel better when my fantasy football team wins, or when my favorite NFL team wins?

This conundrum comes up on an almost weekly basis and its something many fantasy football fans wrestle with.  There is no better example of this dilemma for me than this Thursday night’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts.

As a New York Jets fan, I desperately need the Jaguars to lose.  The Jets and Jags are locked into a tie for the final wild card spot and the Jaguars hold the tiebreaker.  A win by the Jags could put a major dent in the Jets slim playoff hopes.

On the other hand, my fantasy team has reached the playoffs on the back of Jaguars star runningback, Maurice Jones-Drew. 

So I have quite a dilemma on my hands.  Do I root for MJD to have a huge game and carry me to the fantasy football championship game or do I hope he gets shut down and risk missing out on fantasy glory?

I thought long and hard about this and I have come to a decision…

I’m rooting for Jones-Drew to have a monster game.  If I win my fantasy league, I get a nice amount of cash.  If the Jets make the playoffs, they will lose in the first round and I won’t have a dime to show for it.  Also, even if the Jaguars win this week, the Jets will probably still fuck it up and miss the playoffs anyway. 

I wouldn’t normally root against my “real” team.  However, I think this situation warrants it.  What does everyone else think about this issue?  Fantasy team or NFL team? Talk about it in the comments. 

“The Great Debate” is a new series in which I discuss two opposing viewpoints on topics that men often debate.  Be on the lookout for more of these in the future.  

3 comments for “NFL Team or Fantasy Football Team?: The Great Debate

  1. December 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

    The best scenario is MJD goes off and your Jets still win. Say he scored 3 TDs and runs for 150, but the Jets somehow manage to muster up 24 points. You’re happy as a pig in mud.
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  2. Uncle Billy
    December 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

    The way I look at this is the fantasy player can still have a good game and his team lose. I mean if MJD gets 100 yards and a TD or something like that the Jags can still lose which is a win win for you. I just don’t think you root for an individual from another team over your favorite team. I understand the thought process of figuring they wont go far in the playoffs if they make it but the thing is you never know once they get in. They have a top defense and if Dirty Sanchez can cut down on the turnovers and just manage the game then who knows. Plus id like to see Sanchez get the experience of playoff football. I think that would be great for his development.

  3. December 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

    So that worked out perfectly for me. MJD 100+ yards and 2 TD’s and the Jags still lost.

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