When you do a Google search on Fantasy Football resources, advice or tools you will get over 36 million results. You read that right, 36 million. How are you ever supposed to know what the best Fantasy Football Resources are out there?
Well, you are in luck. Here at Fantasy Six Pack, we have compiled a list of the resources that we use to gain an advantage in our leagues. Best of all of these resources are free or at least have a free version of them.
I can personally say I use each and every one of these during my draft prep and during the season to help me win my Fantasy Football leagues. I hope you enjoy the list.
Best Fantasy Football Resources
FantasyPros Draft Wizard
You might know this by a different name, the Mock Draft Simulator, but it is so much more. First, let me start by explaining the mock draft simulator feature.
Simply put, this is the best way to mock draft out there. Trust me. If you have not used it, you need to, right now. It also got updated this year, including a new look.
Using it could not be simpler. You click to start a mock draft, choose a league set up based on your league's settings and away you go.
Who are you drafting against? How do the actual experts that help compile the FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings sound?
OK, you're not exactly drafting against myself or the other experts live, but you do get to go against computers using their rankings.
I'll give you three big reasons why this is my favorite way to mock draft.
- It takes five minutes. (really who doesn’t have five minutes to spare?)
- You never have those completely random picks as you do in mock drafts with real people.
- You never have a person leave after the first three picks, leaving auto-draft to finish.
Because you are going against computerized experts, you know the picks are going to be legit.
Live Draft Tool/Analysis
So you might be wondering why earlier I said this is much more than just a mock draft tool. Well, the reason is that you can use this same tool to synch up with your live drafts. When you do this, you will be given advice for who to draft based on who you have already drafted and who is left on the board. How's that for personalized drafting help?
One of my favorite features is at the end of either your real draft or mock draft you will get results that tell you how your team compares to the others. You get projected standings, teams strengths, weaknesses, who were the reaches and steals and much more. Everybody always wonders who won the draft. Now you will know.
By the way, if you were using this tool during the draft, I almost 100% guarantee it will be you.
FantasyPros My Playbook
My Playbook is another one of the fantastic tools that you can find at FantasyPros. Now I need to start out by saying this one is not free, but it is still worth it.
How it works is you connect your league/team to their tool. You then will receive personalized advice all season long for your team. Just a few of the things you will get are:
- Waiver Assistant
- Trade Finder
- Trade Analysis
- Start/Sit Advice
You even get DFS advice, from lineup optimizers, cheat sheets and value plays. I have used this tool for the last three years and love it.
We here at Fantasy Six Pack, along with a lot of other sites, give you great advice. However, even I can admit it is hard to beat the personalized advice you get with this tool.
Fantasy Six Pack
OK, I have to take at least a minute to toot our own horn here. The staff at Fantasy Six Pack do a wonderful job of putting together all the information you need to prepare you for your Fantasy Football drafts. We have Rankings, Position Previews, Team Previews, Mock Draft Reviews, Dynasty Football, Best Ball, IDP and much more.
This doesn't stop with the preseason prep either. During the season you can expect to find Weekly Rankings, Start-Sit Advice, DFS Lineup Advice and more. We really enjoy doing this and hope you enjoy reading it.
Fantasy Rundown is a great site that compiles the best Fantasy articles on the web daily (including our very own), in one place for you to browse through.
It lets you quickly filter through the clutter out there and get exactly what you need from the best Fantasy Football sites.
I make it one of my first stops almost every day when I log onto my computer.
NBCSportsEdge, formerly RotoWorld is one of the biggest sites out there. They have their own draft guides full of rankings, cheat sheets and more, unfortunately, you have to pay for a lot of that now. However, my primary use for them is their player news and headlines.
The reason for this is that NBCSportsEdge reports the information from the team beat writers' Twitter accounts. I like it because I never have to figure out who the new beat writers are each season. They also put all the relevant info together in one easy list for you to browse.
I have this site open almost all day long and hit refresh often so I don't miss anything.
The guys at Razzball have a great site and they are one of many I would suggest reading, along with ours. However, I want to highlight two tools they have.
The first is their Trade Analyzer. It allows you to use projections for the rest of the season for figuring out if you should offer or accept a trade.
It is easy to use. Simply choose your scoring format, total points/points per game and the player involved in the trade. Below in the 'Projections' area you see the results of the trade. There is no decision made for you, just the results. You must make the decision yourself, but it should be pretty simple to make after seeing the results.
The next tool I want to highlight is their Depth Chart. We have one too, but its good to get different opinions on things.
This is quite different from most depth charts on the web you will find. I love the depth chart from Ourlads (see below), however, the Razzball depth chart is geared directly for Fantasy Football. It breaks down snap count, rushing touches and targets for receivers on a percentage basis. This is done for the week and the rest of the season, making it very useful for setting weekly lineups and those critical waiver moves.
Both of these tools are maintained by none other than the very knowledgable Rudy Gamble, @rudygamble, using the fantastic projections that have made him one of the more successful analysts there is.
Ourlads Depth Charts
For years the Ourlads depth charts was the only depth chart I used. This was until I was introduced to the Razzball depth charts. I will now be using both. Two is always better than one, right?
When you use this depth chart you don't have to worry about them being outdated updated nearly at least weekly during the season. They are easy to read and give a quick glance at the actual NFL team depth chart, which is not always a true glance at fantasy value, but does give some perspective into who the next up is.
DVOA by Football Outsiders
DVOA, what is that? I'm going to paste the ultra-short definition from Football Outsiders
"DVOA measures a team's efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent."
A little bit more explanation is they rank teams and players based on league averages and also account for strength of schedule and variance to help make things equal. An example is a team/players who played against the best pass defenses might rank a little higher in DVOA rankings than they would in your normal fantasy points rankings.
I typically use both the team offense and team defense stats to judge how good a team has really done. My favorite part is on the defense DVOA rankings, they break down how well a team has fared against different positions, from RB, TE, No. 1 WR, No. 2 WR and Other WR. This is great for helping you make those tough lineup decisions on Sunday morning when you are deciding on your WR3 or Flex spot.
FFToday Fantasy Points Allowed
Fantasy Points Allowed is still useful and when combined with DVOA is a deadly combination. There is no better place to go than FFToday to get this data.
They have a ton of options for letting you filter the data.
- Number of weeks
- Even site scoring defaults (MFL, ESPN, Yahoo, NFL, etc.)
I know each site has this information for their own data, but very few let you have the historical and filters that FFToday gives you.
Player Profiler uses data analytics and statistical modeling to create a profile on every current NFL Player and incoming rookies.
Some of the things you can find in the profile are players College Dominator Rating, Breakout Age, Combine Stats, and much more.
I have used it for current NFL players, but for me, I use it mainly on the incoming rookies. It gives me a snapshot of them which helps me make my decision when doing my Dynasty Rookie Drafts.
Next Gen Stats
Everybody loves analytics these days, so why not go straight to the source. Next Gen Stats, which is powered by the NFL is fantastic.
You want to know the Fastest Ball Carries of the season, you got it.
You want Average Targeted Air Yards for receivers you got it.
They have route charts per player, passing grids, carry charts. There is so much information to use here if you want to do a deep dive into a player.
How you use this information for your fantasy leagues is up to you, but this is the place to go for deep-dive info that is free.
That is our list. Now, I’m sure I left many other great resources off the list, but this is what we here at Fantasy Six Pack currently use. If you have anything you would like to add, please feel free to hit me up on Twitter, @F6P_Joe.
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