A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published November 9th 2011
Are you a sports fanatic looking for a way to get more involved in the game? No, I'm not trying to get you to sign up to an online betting agency and gamble away your life savings - I'm talking about the rapidly expanding world of fantasy sports.
NRL, AFL, A-league, English Premier League, rugby union, cricket, basketball, netball - you name it and you'll be able to find a fantasy league for it.
You play the role of manager and get to pick your dream team.
The premise behind fantasy sports is simple: you're the manager of your very own sports team. You're given a certain budget to work with and can then select your dream team of players. Every week, the players in your team score points based on how they perform in real life. For example, in the NRL players receive points for scoring tries, try assists, tackles, offloads, runs and linebreaks, while they lose points for committing errors, missing tackles and giving away penalties.
Then your team competes against thousands of other teams hand-picked by other fans from all around Australia and the world. It's a great way to earn bragging rights over your mates and adds an extra level of enjoyment to watching sport.
And while it may sound like child's play, there are some serious prizes on offer. I happen to know a guy who picked up a cool $20,000 by taking out an NRL fantasy competition, while the grand prize for 2011's AFL Supercoach comp was a whopping $50,000. So if your wife or girlfriend ever gives you a spray about wasting time playing a silly game, you can tell her you're making a wise financial investment for the future.
Your players earn points based on how they perform in real life.