Fantasy Sports Website Review: Whatifsports.com

Review of the sports fantasy/simulation site WhatifSports.com.

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Fantasy sports veterans have many options available to them when it comes to websites offering legitimate fantasy games.  Whether it be baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, or even NASCAR – there is no limit to the number of sites vying for the fantasy players hard earned money.  While many sports fans are able to commit the time needed to properly play day-to-day fantasy sports leagues, the average fan may not have the availability to follow their teams or keep up with the pace needed to excel in these leagues.

Another factor for many fans is a short attention span.  Fantasy football has become a highly marketed game over the years, mainly due to the fact that it requires a minimal time commitment from players.  The ability to follow the entire NFL week to week is essentially a weekend warrior-type job, with the occasional Thursday thrown in.  The popularity of professional football only adds to the allure of the fantasy game. 

For those fans who long to be able to play fantasy sports without a full-time commitment, simulation sports games are a viable alternative.  Simulation games provide a great way to experience fantasy sports, and can be played at the leisure of the participants.  While many websites offer simulation games, Whatifsports.com has emerged as the most popular site for true sports fans.

Whatifsports offers an array of games to satisfy even the most die-hard fans.  Games are separated into two categories – SimLeague and Dynasty games.  SimLeagues are available for all of the “Big Four” sports – baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  SimLeagues are a salary cap based platform, allowing owners to choose single-season variations of every real-life player in their sports history.  The goal of the game is to build the most productive team possible, while maintaining the salary cap.  The simulation is computer-based, and takes into consideration all possible aspects of the sport.  The result is a very realistic game that allows the owner to build teams from all eras of the sports history.  For instance, you could draft a team in SimLeague Baseball that includes 1927 Babe Ruth and 1998 Mark McGwire.  In SimLeague Football, you could create a team that has both 2007 Tom Brady and 1997 Barry Sanders.  The possibilities are virtually endless.

SimLeagues also benefit from a large community of players on the site that create many different types of leagues to challenge each other.  Progressive leagues and Theme leagues form daily on the site, and provide unique team building opportunities.  The WhatifSports Forums are updating with new leagues forming 24/7. 

Dynasty Games are available for College Football and College Basketball.  Players will choose an available program – all major colleges are available – and build that program from recruiting to the Championship game.  Dynasty Games provide all of the challenges a real coach would face – game planning, roster issues, scheduling, and even player disciplinary action.  These games require daily attention over the course of the season, but with solid “down time” breaks between seasons.  At the end of each season, you will have the opportunity to either stay at your current school or move up to the next level.  This gives players the option of building a dominant program, or becoming a top-line Division 1A coach.  Either way, the challenges are enough to hold your attention throughout the game.  Both Dynasty games for college sports have undergone major changes over the past few years, and have become very easy to navigate for both veteran and novice players.

Hardball Dynasty is the equivalent of the ULTIMATE Fantasy Baseball experience.  Owners create their team from top to bottom – choosing a city, stadium and team name.   Each season of Hardball Dynasty gives you the chance to truly run a professional baseball team.  Setting payroll, hiring coaches, drafting amateur players, wooing free agents, building a farm system, and setting each game-plan for an entire season are only some of the options provided by this deep simulation game.  Hardball Dynasty is as close as the average fan can come to owning their own team. 

Whatifsports is not unlike any sports simulation site with issues, however.  Occasionally, odd results will occur in all games.  The site contains a Help service that allows every player the opportunity to submit a “Ticket” for any results they deem strange.  This Ticket system is a nice insurance policy against issues commonly experienced on these sites. 

In the current web environment, everyone is always on the lookout for websites that do not provide the service they say they do.  WhatifSports seems to be a very professionally run site, and is part of the Fox Sports network.  Consumers can be sure that they are getting their moneys worth from this site, and any sports fan will enjoy the games they provide.

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