First, what are fantasy sports?
Fantasy sports are online games, you get to create a virtual team of online real life sports players. You can score points, depending on how your chosen players actually perform in real life matches. People who play fantasy sports use their analytic predictions and talent to determine who will win the real life matches, or who will score the most. Skill plays an important role because the results depend on the participant's knowledge and their adherence to statistics.
Is fantasy sports considered to be gambling?
No, it certainly isn't, and here's why. Fantasy sports are a game of skill, whereas gambling is a game of chance. Fantasy sports are considered a game of skill because users have to use their knowledge on the sports to select the right players to win the matchs. Simply put, proper planning and strategy is required when playing fantasy sports so it is not gambling. Gambling, however, is entirely a game of chance, there is no certainty in winning, game bets are based on assumptions. Success depends entirely on chance, in other words, it's a game of luck, gambling is strictly illegal and fantasy sports arr not. The NCAA does not publicly support fantasy sports, so you won't get their endorsement, but that does not mean you have to play the game under the blankets in darkness.
To further understand why fantasy sports are not considered gambling, you need to understand how the games are played. First, you have to register on the site, which is easy, and free. After that, you're free to choose players from teams anywhere in the world, but there will usually be a limit to the players you can pick from each team. That way, diehard fans of a certain team, can't just have all their team players from that one certain team. After that, you need to select a captain and vice-captain because they'll earn you double points, depending on their actual performance. The vice-captain will get the same benefits when the captain doesn't play, he'll get double points based on performance. Then after that, you can compete with other teams to gain points, and possibly earn real money.
Knowledge and adherence to statistics are key factors of fantasy sports which is why it is different from gambling. Adhering to statistics means researching on past performance metrics, match-up histories, injuries, and off-season training regiments. Fantasy sport players win by skill not by chance, and that is why it is different from sports gambling. To play fantasy sports, you have to really think about which players to pick by concentrating on players with the best statistics. Some may be playing for money, hence the competitiveness. There's also math to be done but there are online services that can take your league scoring system and analyse it for you. But still, you need to do some thinking, and keep your eggs in many baskets. None of this is illegal, and none of this is gambling, so fantasy sports are not considered gambling.
To actually win, you need to understand player performance, make sure your team's players are playing in the real game, and calculate the investment made. You need to pick the best players from each country, create multiple teams and join multiple contests, check for promo codes, and keep up to date with new tips. In addition, have a great team name, create rivalries, have a great strategy which may require serious planning, check the wavier wire, play for the playoffs, and don't rest. The key is noticing mistakes and acting upon them, as well as being ahead of your opponents by knowing the players and game schedules. Follow news for the fantasy sport you're playing and sign up for update services that can keep you up with developments throughout the season. Trying to win may be tiring, but nothing about it is illegal, and nothing about it is gambling.
Bottom line: If your fantasy sport contest involves skill, knowledge and statistics to create players not all on the same team, all of which are participating in the real-world then it is not gambling. Fantasy sports are a game of skill, and although some people confuse it with sports gambling, they are not the same thing.