NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: A general view of the draft stage after the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
For millions of fantasy football fans, it's that time of year again. With the NFL season less than two weeks away, fans are drafting players for their fantasy teams. These virtual teams depend on the real-life performances of NFL players, which is why it comes as some surprise that those same players are allowed to play in fantasy leagues too. They can draft themselves, teammates or other players around the league.
And not just the friendly fantasy leagues without money at stake; we're talking high-stakes games with big pots of money. And it's all perfectly legal.
Nando Di Fino of the Fantasy Sports Network says the NFL embraces fantasy football, but when it comes to high-stakes games, "It's always going to raise some kind of antennae and cause some kind of concern when it gets to be hundreds of thousands and even million-dollar prizes involved."