NFL, fantasy leagues kick off new season this week

A large portion of Americans do not pay attention to sports, except when it comes to the National Football League (NFL). What draws in an even larger audience is the number of people who play fantasy football. Millions of people who were playing on Yahoo! Fantasy Football over this past weekend caused the website to temporarily crash, causing panic among fans. Football is the most popular sport in America and the number of those playing is growing.

ESPN has everything a potential fan might need if they wanted to join a fantasy league, from weekly predictions, to opportunities to join other leagues or draft lobbies and great draft kits to start the season off right. 

The NFL season kicked off on Sept. 4 when the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers. Fans were on the edge of their seats, sometimes rooting for a player on the opposing team, to score points or to make a defensive stop in order to win their fantasy game that week.

The opportunities are endless in fantasy leagues for ultimate humiliation, like forcing the losers to show old photographs to making them wear the uniform of their rival team each week. On the flip side, there are endless chances for eternal bragging rights, like making 

championship rings to receiving cash in lieu of victory.

ESPN’s predictions for the top five players of 2014 include Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte and Marshawn Lynch. Fantasy league players have to always be prepared in case one of  players goes down, and costs them valuable fantasy points. 

The leading scorer this past week was QB Matt Ryan of the Atlants Falcons.