Fantasy Football is once a week. Fantasy Baseball is every day.
Managing a fantasy football team only takes a few minutes each week. Thursday Night Football aside, you only really have to update your roster Sunday mornings. Fantasy Baseball is the complete opposite. Fantasy Baseball requires you to update your roster daily and up until game time. The Fantasy Football owner can relax while the Fantasy Baseball owner can ruin his season if the Internet goes down for an hour on a Tuesday.
In Fantasy Football you are reliant on the draft. In Fantasy Baseball you win with free agency.
Odds are most of the elite players in your Fantasy Football League will be drafted and your franchise will be set throughout the season. Injuries are what end up dismantling a Fantasy Football team over anything else. When it comes to Fantasy Baseball, many quality players can be found through free agency. Matt Carpenter for example was not drafted in most Fantasy Baseball Leagues in 2013. He ended up leading the National League in hits and even carried both of my teams to the playoffs. Fantasy Football requires your players to stay healthy to succeed. Fantasy Baseball requires you to find those diamonds in the rough.
Fantasy Football is possible to win while completely ignoring the team all season long. Fantasy Baseball is impossible to win while completely ignoring the team all season long.
Aside from the bye weeks in football, your roster does not need to change very much in Fantasy Football. It is very possible for you to ignore your roster for weeks and still make the playoffs, much to the dismay of the rest of the league. Fantasy Baseball is a lot longer and because it is not uncommon for a player to get injured two or three times a season and miss time, you have to actually pay close attention if you want to empty your coworker’s coin purses.
Fantasy Football can be won on luck. Fantasy baseball requires research.
Anyone can accidentally draft a Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick to their rookie season. The same your girlfriend who knows nothing about college basketball can win a March Madness Brackett Pool by picking the colleges with the cutest mascots, it is possible for an unwise football fan to find success. Fantasy Baseball is much different. A pitcher’s statistics against a particular team is something that should be taken into consideration from start to start. A true fantasy baseball expert needs to study his team, players, and league. A true fantasy football expert needs good health insurance for his players.
A bad day in Fantasy Football means a bad week. A bad day in Fantasy Baseball means wait until tomorrow.
The absolute hardest thing to take in Fantasy Football is a loss because it will be seven days until you can find your redemption. With Fantasy Baseball you can have a horrid day on a Saturday night and a fantastic one the next day on a Sunday afternoon. Patience is incredibly important for your soul when playing Fantasy Football. Constant attention to the moment is all you need for Fantasy Baseball.