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Women and fantasy football

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When it comes to fantasy football the competition is fierce and the pressure is on. Powered by the popularity of fantasy sports online the number of players has skyrocketed to nearly 33 million people nationwide. And it's not just a man's world anymore.

"I completely jumped into this blindly not knowing what to expect," says Jess Guzman, who joined the ranks of nearly 6 million women who play the virtual game.

"It's a bonding experience between men and women," Guzman says. "Now on a Sunday it's not just my boyfriend watching football, we watch together and debate who's better."

The interactive competition pits users against each other with teams made up of real NFL players. Drafting a team requires a particular attention to detail.

Amaloha Garcia thinks might give ladies an edge.

"We may be a little more studious in the draft and preparation, more stuff than the guys think we do," Garcia said.

TheFootballGirl.com managing editor Melissa Jacobs says females now make up 20 percent of all fantasy football players.

"If a woman is going to invest, you're going to go through the process and the research," Jacobs says.

"A lot of fantasy football leagues, it's a lot easier to set up your teams," Nina Figueroa says.

While some leagues have cash prizes, Figueroa says bragging rights are the ultimate payoff.

"The ability to go to everyone else in your league and say -- I won," she says.

At a draft in Queens, Guzman's boyfriend, Dayonel Mejia, may be dancing over his team. But he knows his joy may be short lived.

"It makes for interesting Sundays," he says. "It doesn't help that she's better than me."

She's earned the right to brag: "Well I always win, so ha ha ha."

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