The often intimidating world of fantasy sports is more accessible than ever as a barrage of sites and apps continue to pop up to assist participants in drafting imaginary teams filled with real-life players and in managing them based on real-world stats.
Yup, there’s now even a voice-controlled app for the Google Home smart speaker that answers your questions about lineups, trades, scores, player analysis and news. “OK, Google! I know nothing about sports, but can you help me win this league?” Probably not, but gradual tech advancements like these have become instrumental in making people more comfortable in joining or staying in this ever-growing fantasy land.
In fact, because of this accessibility, the number of adults playing along has increased from 8.3 million in 2012 to 15.6 million in 2017, according to the latest data from Nielsen Scarborough. That’s nearly double the amount of participants in five years. To put that 15.6 million number in perspective: 6.2 percent of adults in the U.S. now play fantasy sports, primarily fantasy football, as of the end of last year.