Fantasy Football has become more popular than Fantasy Baseball as it's less complicated and easier to play. It's now a huge business as well. With modern web technology and mobile apps, anyone can play - even the women in your office who know nothing about NFL football. Every site offers rankings and easy ways to find sleepers and free agents. Still, even with all the luck involved and the easy access to information, the guys that prepare the most do have an advantage.
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Fantasy Football Web Guide
You can host your league on ESPN and customize your rules. They also offer tons of information from "experts" for those of you who can't get enough.
Sportsline also offers free and pay leagues, but while their free leagues do include real-time scoring (unlike ESPN's), they aren't customizable. If you start a free league in CBS, you're locked into a 12-team league with Sportsline's own scoring structure. If you want to fork over the cash for a pay league (around $130 per league), you can customize to your heart's content. As a bonus, Sportsline's live-draft system may be the most user-friendly system you'll find, allowing the commish to pause between picks and even back-up in the draft if a computer problem screwed up someone's pick. You know just how cool that is if your computer's ever locked up on you while you're on the clock.
This may be the best bargain out there, at least of all the big-name sites. Fox doesn't have any pay leagues whatsoever, but their free leagues are fully customizable and include all the bells and whistles the other sites have, including real-time scoring and original content. We haven't done a live draft with Fox, though, so we can't say how reliable their system is but, hey, it's free, so it's worth a shot.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a better fantasy news site on the web. Forget for a moment that Rotoworld is on top of every big story when it breaks, offering the fantasy implications and links to any relevant articles, and that the site has several solid columnists offering their own insights. The best part is, Rotoworld is 100% free, whereas other news sites have membership structures in place for their so-called "premium content." Granted, you've got to pay extra for Rotoworld's draft kit, but on a day-to-day basis, there's no better fantasy news site on the planet. And kudos to Rotoworld for their recently launched redesign.
Fanball is one of those news sites that limits some of its content to paid members only. We've never signed up so we can't tell you if it's worth it or not, but most of Fanball's "Owner's Edge" content seems to be draft-prep related, including sleepers, busts and the like. Still, the "Newsbreakers" section is totally free and nearly rivals Rotoworld's player updates.
You'll see Rotowire's player updates all over the web (ESPN uses Rotowire for its updates), but if you want to use the site, you've got to pay up. Sure, they offer a free samples section, but in terms of pure value Rotowire just doesn't stack up to Rotoworld and Fanball. If you're interested in joining, though, they've got all the typical stuff, including a draft kit, rankings, columns, depth charts and updates, with a full-season membership going for $39.99.
Bottom line: If you want football news, you'll find it here. Camp battles, interviews, team updates, rumors and much, much more. Plus, there's plenty of fodder for fantasy geeks here, including Q&A's with the Fantasy Doctor, PFW Mock Drafts, draft boards and stats. Any NFL fan should read the "The Way We Hear It" section religiously.
Trumpeting itself as "the #1 Fantasy Football Mock Draft site on the internet," Ant Sports offers some very unique tools for owners. There may be no better way to prepare for your own draft than by participating in a mock draft beforehand, and this is the place to do it. Also, check out Ant Sports' Average Draft Position (ADP) rankings to see where guys are typically getting drafted, or sign up for one of their available league options.
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