Fantasy Football Experts

Fantasy Football Gurus

I was asked the other day, “Which fantasy football experts do you respect most?” I don’t really have one fantasy football guru that I consider the source of all fantasy football wisdom, though there are several fantasy football services and prognosticators that I use and trust. I also have a few fantasy football expert news and analysis sites that I dislike or even despise, though I won’t pick on any of them (or give them free publicity) on this post – except for one. The one I’ll trash is because it’s so big that I won’t feel bad trashing it, and it’s so big that it won’t matter.

For the most part, though, when I’m looking for fantasy news, fantasy notes or even fantasy analysis, I’m looking for fantasy football experts who give me information or perspectives I haven’t seen before. I’ll compare the opinions of one set of fantasy football gurus against the fantasy football advice of another set of fantasy football gurus, trying to reach some kind of educated opinion about the players in question. So when I read a particular fantasy football expert’s tips, I’m mostly looking for extra information that I can use to form my own opinions – not some advice I’ll slavishly follow.

Fantasy Football Experts – The Huddle – Draft Sharks

I have a subscription to several fantasy football websites, such as “The Huddle Fantasy Football” website and the “Draft Sharks Fantasy Football” site. The Huddle offers not only email updates and fantasy football columns in the preseason and throughout the NFL season, but it also has robust set of fantasy football message boards and forums.

The guys on the forums are a little bit cliquish and tend to respect only fantasy football players who’ve been posting on the site for years – which is kind of annoying – but the Huddle Forums are still a good place to find fantasy football injury information throughout the week and on Sunday mornings. The subscribers often give NFL training camp reports, news and weather reports from the stadiums on Sunday, and the perspective derived from local media outlets.

The Draftsharks fantasy football experts I find to be off in their own world when it comes to fantasy football advice. Instead of seeing the same old fantasy football player rankings and cheat sheets, the guys are Draftsharks tend to have idiosyncratic player rankings and fantasy football perspectives. For somebody who enjoys comparing the notes of all the fantasy football gurus out there, I find Draftsharks an invaluable resource.

Every year, Draftsharks offers special features like its “First Round Bust of the Year” and its “Breakout Player of the Year”. I don’t always agree with the opinions of the Draftsharks fantasy football experts, but these opinions come along with articles explaining their thought processes and why they’ve arrived at their decision. Even if I reject their fantasy football conclusions, I tend to find some good information I can use or a perspective I hadn’t considered before.

If you want the latest fantasy football news and you don’t want the Huddle sending you email alerts, I would suggest using the “Hot Off the Wire” link at the KFFL website. Several respected fantasy football online league sites use the KFFL feed for their information, and you’ll be getting news and notes from local news sources across the NFL landscape when you use the KFFL Hot Off The Wire resource.

Fantasy Football Experts I Don’t Like

One fantasy football site I dislike and have no respect for is CBSSportsline. The CBS Sportsline game preview guru is nothing more than an automated system without a human being to give real thought to the player match-ups. It’s simply a software program that takes last week’s stats and a few other factors and spits out a number. For instance, a couple of years ago, I had Ladainian Tomlinson going against Warrick Dunn in a match-up, and the Sportsline computer guru gave Warrick Dunn a strong advantage in the showdown. That’s because LT appeared on the Wednesday NFL injury report and the computer was set to take off a certain percentage of its score prediction for an injury. Well, of course, Tomlinson played and destroyed Warrick Dunn in the Sunday match-up. I wouldn’t harp on this, but the same thing has happened numerous times over the years.

The CBSSportline news is just the same. In an attempt to get NFL news and analysis out to the public as quickly as possible, CBS Sportsline either automates its fantasy football player news, or it has interns write their football news and analysis. Virtually every player is good “only in a flex league” or is labelled “cold” after one bad game, resulting in fewer league trades because of Sportsline’s pessimistic analysis and more confused league owners – at least those silly enough to still listen to CBSSportsline. CBS Sportsline’s known human fantasy football experts aren’t much better. Let me give an example.

Why Jay Glazier Sucks

A few years back, Jay Glazier was the main fantasy football guru for CBSSportsline. I suppose Jay Glazier was under pressure to deliver fantasy football scoops, because one Sunday morning about halfway through the NFL regular season, Glazier reported that Deuce McAllister – then an elite fantasy football running back – had been rushed to the hospital overnight before a road game against the Carolina Panthers. This went out about 10:30 on Sunday morning, no doubt sending fantasy football owners nationwide into panic attacks.

I began searching the Internet for more information on this mysterious illness that had sent Deuce McAllister to a Charlotte hospital. No other fantasy football website had any information on Deuce’s illness. I checked the Sunday morning football pregame shows and they mentioned nothing. After sweating it for about 45 minutes, I went ahead and decided – Sportsline being Sportsline – that Jay Glazier was crazy and Deuce McAllister was fine. I started Deuce, he played without missing a play, he had an average game and that was that. CBSSportsline and Jay Glazier never again mentioned Deuce McAllister’s illness or lack of illness, and there was never a retraction. It was forgotten.

Now that Jay Glazier has gone on to ESPN and become one of Brett Favre’s trusted media mouthpieces, every time I see him on tv, I think, “You suck, Jay Glazier.” The same still goes for CBSSportsline.

Another Reason Why CBS Sportsline Sucks

The real kicker with CBSSportsline is that their fantasy football website management costs about twice as much as some of the best fantasy football management sites out there. For instance, My Fanatasy League costs about $90 – or even $70 if you sign up early enough. CBS Sportsline costs around $170 – for an inferior product! Making it worse, CBSSportsline takes down your league website the day the season ends. The league that use MyFantasyLeague website? We still have records of those leagues dating back to the 2000 NFL Football Season.

You might ask why I still use the site to complain about it. There’s one holdout league that I’m in out there where the majority of the league owners swear by CBSSportsline. They insist we use Sportsline and its fantasy football experts every year. So in one league, I’m subjected to that mess every year. Of course, those guys still listen to the CBS Sportsline fantasy football gurus, so the couple of us in that league that know better end up taking their money just about every year.

And then there’s the local fantasy football experts.

Fantasy Football Experts in Your Local League

Everyone league has a few fantasy football experts in them. You know the guys I’m talking about: they make comments when certain players are taken. When it’s their turn to pick, they make smart-alec statements like, “Did I miss something? Is so-and-so still out there,” as if everyone else in the league is a dumbass for not drafting that player. I’ve even had someone say, “He takes the backup runner in Denver”, the year I drafted a rookie Clinton Portis in the 4th round. Even years later, I want to say, “Take that, fantasy guru!” Clinton Portis helped win the league title that year.

The fact of the matter is, nobody in your local league is a league insider. They don’t have some inside connection to the NFL. Your local league expert probably watching NFL Network every moment he’s home, is a member of a half-dozen online fantasy expert websites and has a stack of fantasy magazines in his home. The fantasy expert might scour KFFL news or have some obscure source with updated NFL depth charts, but he’s not likely to know any more about the latest fantasy football news than anyone else in your league. At the best, he doesn’t have much of a life outside of work and therefore has a little bit extra time to look at fantasy football updates.

So don’t be intimidated by your local fantasy football expert. If he hasn’t won your league three years running – and he almost certainly hasn’t – he doesn’t know any more about fantasy football than you do. Some people talk a good game.

That’s kind of the way it is with Internet fantasy football experts.

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