Play in a league with colleagues and acquaintances before friends and family

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There’s a certain allure to participating in a league with your friends and family. It’s likely a lot more fun hanging out with them at your league’s draft or auction, swapping stories and jokes and having a good time. And when you see them at parties and holiday gatherings, you have something to talk about together.

But then there is the flip side of that equation. The negatives. The arguing and division that might arise from disagreements about your league. Or you might put so much effort and attention into your fantasy football league that you forget there’s more to life.

Fantasy football is a game, but it also requires a businesslike approach in a number of ways. From an operational and competitive standpoint, when you include feelings into how you conduct business, your allegiance is likely to affect your decisions.

On the other hand, if you are competing in a league against colleagues and causal acquaintances, you’re less likely to let your heart make the decisions for you. If you want to make a trade to better your team, you’re not going to worry about trying to rip off that owner. Your sense of morality and conscience doesn’t kick in — as much.