UPDATE: Contest tweet going out at 2 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Follow me now!
Think you’re ready to step your fantasy football game up to the next level? Want to try to best the Fools in a friendly fantasy football competition? Do you REALLY think you’re smarter than a fifth grader?
Well, I made it past the fifth grade on the second try, pal. Get ready for a challenge!
If you’ve mastered the art of playing for free and playing with your fantasy football buddies, you’re bound to be looking for a greater competition. Short of wrestling a bear out in the wilderness — exhilarating, I’m telling you — you’re only going to get your knuckles white again by putting a little more on the line than your anonymous Internet pride. You won’t lose any fingers, but the prizes can be insanely huge — like move out of Mom’s basement huge.
Time to Pay The Fan
Pay the Fan is a new contender in the fantasy football marketplace. Started in 2007, it doesn’t break the bank, and for less the cost of your quarter-pounder meal each week, you could compete for $10,000 and a grand prize of $250,000 for the season.
Unlike your typical fantasy football league, you don’t draft your players prior to the season. You pick your lineup from a pool of players each week, but that is where it gets tricky.
You can only use each player twice, so you want to match them up when they are going to have their best game of the season.
For the record, you probably won’t be able to just start every player the week they face Atlanta or Detroit, but that wouldn’t be a bad strategy.
I’m a fan of their clean interface which makes it super easy to add and drop players, and you can even set your rosters far in advance of the games for each week if you are some kind of busy investment banker or have a real job.
Each week, the highest scoring team is awarded $10,000, and the person who racks up the most points at the end of the season takes home the grand prize.
As if the prizes and ease of setting rosters wasn’t enough, Terry Bradshaw plays there.
I hope if you win, they sell a t-shirt that says ‘I Beat Terry Bradshaw.’ I would wear it proudly.
Here’s the Fools’ challenge.
Fantasy Football Fools is working with Pay the Fan this season to see which one of the foolish followers knows their fantasy football the best.
We’ve set up a league at PaytheFan.com where you can face off and smack talk me and your fellow foolish readers, and in addition to the weekly and season-long prize that Pay the Fan gives out, the winner of our league will receive a $500 Best Buy Gift Card. That’s like a ticket to HDTV and 5.1 sound heaven.
But we are going to make it even sweeter…
On Tuesday, September 2, I’ll be hosting a contest through my Twitter account (@jacobsloan). I’ll ask a fantasy football question, and the first FIVE people to tweet me the correct answer will win a free football season membership at Pay the Fan.
If you aren’t already following me on Twitter, it’s time to jump on board now.
If you miss out on the contest, I’ll also be tweeting a discount code on Tuesday that will save you some money to sign up for an account, and even with all these discounts and extra prizes, you’ll still have the same chance of winning the $10,000 weekly prizes and $250,000 grand prize from Pay the Fan.
Sound good to you? Well, get ready for a big weekend of college football, and make sure you follow me on Twitter. I’ll be spitting out more details about the contest all weekend with the big question announcement going Tuesday.
If you aren’t going to be around a computer on Tuesday, make sure you enable Twitter on your mobile phone!