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It seems that the more popular fantasy football becomes, the more “experts” emerge from all corners of the web. As the world of digital noise increases, there’s only so much time in a given week you can devote to devouring fantasy football articles and information. Thankfully, some people’s lives are devoted to this fake sport and there are websites updated daily, even hourly, to supply you with the most up to date and accurate insider info. Knowing the correct sources will not only save you valuable hours from aimlessly browsing the web each week, but it’ll put you a few steps ahead of your buddies who think ESPN actually gives useful fantasy advice. So today, we bring to you the five most valuable fantasy football websites:
1. Rotoworld (Powered by NBC Sports)
When it comes to fantasy football, it really is roto’s world and we’re all just living in it. If a backup left tackle tweaks a hamstring, Rotoworld has a piece written on it within the hour. They don’t just tell you the details and severity, but a fantasy analysis is provided along with it. If you don’t have time to show love to the big guys up front, you can narrow down the player news by position or even by skill players. You can search individual players by name if you want the latest scoop on a quarterback you’ve been keeping your eye on. Think of it as a newsfeed, like Facebook, and you’re automatically friends with every fantasy football player. There’s a constant stream of notes and analysis from every team and player, given by reporters, beat writers, and team officials.
A largely unknown source, Rotoviz has been gaining popularity in recent years. They provide really unique and in depth analysis to pressing fantasy football topics. Unfortunately, they do charge for their services. It’s $1 for a one-day trial and if you decide to stick around for the year, they offer a 9-month package for $30. If you’re willing to win at all costs, it’s worth it, trust me. The Rotoviz team will hook you up with a free 3-day trial for signing up to their email newsletter. I’d suggest you take advantage.
The plethora of Rotoviz articles range anywhere from deep number-centered statistical analysis to injury player reports often accompanied by doctoral analysis. Their articles are supplemented with creative insights, graphs and breakdowns that you won’t find anywhere else.
3. Pro Football Focus (PFF)
The concept behind Pro Football Focus is actually insane. The team over at PFF watches every player, on every snap, of every game, on every single Sunday. They give a rating to each individual player on each play, so at the end of the game, we know whether or not that player positively or negatively impacted the game.
Pro Football Focus utilizes this breakdown in a number of useful ways. For example, they can tell you who has the best pass blocking and run blocking line going into 2015, based on actual statistics and ratings, rather than merely “expert” opinions. A metric that might help you decide a tiebreaker between two RBs on draft day.
Again, you get what you pay for. PFF isn’t free. At least the worthwhile information isn’t. You can purchase a Pre Season Draft Guide that blows the magazines in your local 7-11 out of the water. You can purchase entrance to their websites “Signature Stats” section, which is more in tune with the player ratings I mentioned before. Signature Stats measures things like deep accuracy ratings for QBs, elusiveness and pass-blocking efficiency for RBs, drop rate, slot performance and yards per route run at the WR and TE position, and much, much more.
If fantasy statistics are the lord’s word, FFtoday is fantasy football’s bible. Along with the typical rankings, projections, daily articles and analysis, FFtoday has a database of every fantasy statistic produced since the year 2000. You can sort stats by individual position, by NFL season, then by a specific week of that season. You can literally find out who were the five (or 50) highest scoring running backs in Week 4 of the 2002 season. To no one’s surprise, Shaun Alexander topped that list finding pay dirt four times followed by a LaDainian Tomlinson performance of 217 rushing yards and two scores.
5. Fantasy Pros
Nowadays, everyone and their mother posts their weekly fantasy football rankings. So, how do you decide whose rankings you should trust? Fantasy Pros makes it easy. They compile all the best-known expert’s rankings in the industry, and make a simple, easy to navigate list of positional rankings each week of the season. The experts on the list are guys from ESPN, Yahoo, NFL.com, etc. At the end of the year, the experts are ranked on their accuracy, which is super cool. That way the fantasy world knows which “experts” talk the talk and which ones actually walk the walk.