How to win your Fantasy Football league without an expensive cable bill
When it comes to the world of football, there are football fans and then there are fantasy football fans. For those of you unfamiliar, fantasy football is essentially a game within a game where fans make virtual rosters of real NFL players and pit them off against other teams using stats from each week of NFL play.
It’s an incredibly addictive way to watch sports; and when you’re in a league of your own, missing a week is simply not an option. If you love fantasy football, but you’re stuck with cable; I can understand how you might not want to switch to a cable TV alternative.
Even though cable is expensive and often comes with terrible customer service, it can still be awfully convenient. All you have to do is sit down in front of the TV and turn it on; no guides to read, no devices to purchase.
So understandably, switching away from that comforting convenience during football season is a bit of a nerve-wracking proposition. But I’m here to tell that you it’s entirely possible to cut the cord RIGHT NOW while still being able watch all of the gridiron action on Monday, Sunday & even Thursday (10 games in 2016).
Now before we get into the nuts and bolts this article I want to start with some quick thoughts on Fantasy Football Strategy.
Fantasy Football Advice
Now I know I am probably not qualified, and who am I anyway right? Regardless I do have some tips for you that I think will really help.
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So here is my advice – and it is pretty simple. Several years ago I was playing golf with a scratch player and he gave me a tip that I will never forget. And that tip was to “never take golf advice from someone who is not a scratch player”. And I think the same rings true with fantasy football.
“Only take Fantasy advice from retired players, coaches, scouts, or people who actually study NFL game tape“. Everything else is nonsense and is no more valuable than flipping a coin.
Here are some Podcasters and Content producers who fit this definition to a T (all of which I stand by and know to provide exceptional rankings, film notes, analysis, and advice):
- Podcast: (Featured guest)
- Podcast: Fantasy Guru
- Podcast: Move the Sticks (NFL)
- Podcast: Chalk Talk (Sports Illustrated)
- Podcast: Ross Tucker Football (Fantasy Feast Podcast)
- Podcast: MM|QB
- Podcast: FilMetrx
Final tips and then we will move on:
Avoid Thursday Night games. Players often under-perform with a short week.
Watch for the intangibles. Work ethic, attitude, and the narrative plays a huge role in how much success a player will have. Look for clues that tell you what kind of person these players are. If you hear things like, Film Junkie, or Gym Rat… these are good signs, as it takes an unbelievable amount of dedication to compete at the NFL level.
Got any I should add? Please share the knowledge and sound off in the comments section!
Now back to why you are reading this article – Here’s how to watch Football Online and Over-the-air:
Monday Night Football has always been somewhat elusive to cord-cutting football fans. Good news – times have changed, and the solution is a subscription to Sling TV. For only $20 a month, you get access to ESPN (and 20+ live television channels).
Not only can you get access to Monday Night Football, but you can also stay up to date with NFL News and Game Highlights through Sports Center. And if you are still on the fence, 45 % of College Football games airs on ESPN.
NFL RedZone without Cable
Now lets talk about the holy grail channel for Fantasy Football: NFL RedZone. If you love Fantasy Football, you are going to absolutely die when you get a hold of the RedZone channel.
Think of every touchdown, every point scoring play, with no commercials. Non stop ass kicking action starting at 10 am every Sunday morning.
In August 2016, Sling TV announced they would be offering this channel via their Blue package and through their Sports Extra add-on. Check out the Press Release to get the details. Want to learn more about Sling TV? Read “What is Sling TV” or just get moving with the 7-day free trial!
First and foremost, you’ll need an over-the-air antenna. The modern OTA antenna still gives you all of the broadcast networks you know and love (CBS, FOX, etc…) but it does it in 1080p HD. No static, no monthly fees; just you, your team, and your football.
Most OTA antennas range between $30-$60 and can be found at your local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, or any other place where you would usually purchase electronics. Purchasing and setting up an OTA is relatively simple, so theoretically you could walk into the store on Sunday morning and be ready to go before pre-game. Learn more about OTA Antennas by reading: WHAT IS OTA?
For the record, I always recommend using an Outdoor Antenna as it will pick up more stations, and will provide better picture quality. But if you live close to an Antenna Tower, or are restricted by your living environment, an indoor antenna is definitely worth a look.
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Most NFL games are televised on the broadcast networks, which means that you’ll have access to only the games that are in your market (nothing new, as cable subscriptions come with the same limitations). Here’s a sample map, courtesy of 506Sports.com, to show you which teams are in your market:
Now if you’re unlucky enough to have your favorite team outside of your market for this week, have no fear because there’s a way to still catch the game. But before we get to that, let’s talk about another way to catch games in your market.
If you’re a Verizon customer, and you don’t want to purchase an antenna, there may be a cheaper solution for you. NFL Mobile is a streaming application for only Verizon customers and it gives you access to all the football games available in your market. It only costs $5 a month, and it’s a great low-cost option for those that like to stream instead.
Not to mention the fact that is has a pretty great stat tracker; which is a must in my book.
You can also get access to the Red Zone channels for $2 extra. The Red Zone channel shows you every touchdown from every game on Sunday; so it’s similar to watching a Best Of highlight reel, only better.
NFL Game Pass
Ok, so if you’re unlucky enough to fall outside of the market of the ONE game you wanted to watch, there’s a simple solution. It’s called NFL Game Pass and, you guessed it, it allows you to watch out of market NFL games.
For $99, you can get access to every NFL game this season. The only downside is that it becomes available to stream only AFTER the game has been played; but given that you don’t have to wait an entire day after it airs, this is not that bad a trade off. Also, with an anti-spoilers feature you can avoid finding out the result in advance.
There’s also a free 7-day trial, so you can use the week to find out if you like it or not.
Even if you can catch the big game on OTA I would still recommend Game Pass because it is slam packed with A LOT of extra goodies that any football fan would love. If you’d like to know more about Game Pass or how to watch the NFL this season without cable, check out: Cord Cutting Guide to Watching the 2015 / 16 NFL Season
Cancel Cable but Keep your Fantasy Team
Although the cable companies would love for you to believe that you have to choose between your Fantasy league or their wretched services, the truth is that there is very little you have to sacrifice when it comes to watching football and cutting the cord.
Fret not my fantasy football friends, with cord cutting you can still continue to dominate your friends on the virtual gridiron without having to give up a thing.
Still got questions? NYG Fan? Check out “How to Watch Every NYG Game this Season Without a Cable TV Subscription”
Fantasy Football fans, what’s your record so far this season? I’m 1-1, but I’m positive I’ll still make the playoffs.