I definately follow the numbers over the sport.
If it wasn't for fantasy football I probably would pay less attention to the NFL.
Id watch a game here and there if I was bored on a sunday, but thats about it.
Im more of a general sports fan, and I like watching all sports.
So maybe fantasy football is a good way to attract new fans.
I also think football is the best of all fantasy sports. There are so many stats, it so technical, that it makes it very fascinating at times analyzing statistics for the purposes of generating fantasy points.