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Lisa Madigan

60 million fantasy football players are busy hunting for the next Alvin Kamara and slacking off at work

60 million fantasy football players are busy hunting for the next Alvin Kamara and slacking off at work

As the NFL season kicks off this weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles begin a quest to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in more than a decade, a storyline with less interest outside of the City of Brotherly Love.

For many fans in Chicago and across the country, the focus instead will be on dethroning that blowhard from accounting who won last season’s office fantasy football league, a growing pastime for some 60 million virtual team owners.

Once the exclusive domain of stat-obsessed sports nerds, fantasy football — a competition based on individual player performance — has become a booming industry in the digital age, with online platforms, subscription...

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