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Sean Payton is a Huge Fantasy Football Fan

Max Staley
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It's kind of hard to picture an NFL coach being a fan of fantasy football. Take Bill Belichick, for example. Considering Belichick once referred to Snapchat as "Snap Face," it's safe to say he hasn't exactly kept up with latest digital trends.

And there are a lot of old-school coaches who complain that the increased attention on stats and fantasy points often overshadows 'real' football. But don't lump Sean Payton into this group.

That's right, Payton is not only aware of the positive impact fantasy football has on the sport, he's actually celebrating it.

Frankly, it's hard to argue with Payton's opinion. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, it's estimated that around 59.3 million people play fantasy sports in the U.S. and Canada alone. The rising popularity of fantasy sports has opened football up to an entire group of new fans, and it often gets existing fans even more invested in the sport. 

While old-school coaches like Belichick or Wade Phillips are probably never going to become avid fantasy players, it's nice to know Payton is a huge supporter of fantasy football.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.