Take a second to think back to the first time you played fantasy football. You were likely a clueless little newbie who figured that since you enjoyed the NFL that fantasy football was worth a shot. You took a chance and what likely happened next was something you never expected. You fell in love.
You fell in love with being able to control your own team, to make draft day decisions and being able to talk about football with nearly anyone you wanted. However, to get to that point you knew that you needed to gather fantasy football advice from different places.
I’ve spent too many years trying to find the perfect fantasy football advice, until I finally realized what was right in front of me. You need to learn from everything that’s available to you, not just one source. Together they allow you to become a championship caliber talent, as long as you have some common sense.
Trusting the Fantasy Football Experts
Finding a fantasy football expert to trust is much harder than you may think. I mean, what really qualifies someone as being a fantasy football expert? There are plenty of people who are self-proclaimed experts, there are those who are truly great and receive no recognition and there are those who do this for a living.
You could argue that most of those people aren’t in fact experts, and I’d agree. What I’m really trying to say is, find a few writers, bloggers or fantasy personalities that you enjoy reading or listening to and follow their work. If they truly love the game they’ll continue providing fantasy football advice all year long. That means more knowledge for you and a leg up on your league.
The Best Fantasy Football Blogs
Finding the right fantasy football blog is similar to finding the right expert. You need to find someone that shares your values and thought process. You’ll never agree with them 100% of the time, in fact I’d be upset if you did. However what you will do is learn different strategies and different ways to think during your draft. I can promise you that your fellow league members aren’t going to be thinking exactly the way you are.
I recommend mixing some more professional sites such as ESPN, NFL, etc. which are more stats based with sites that provide some more witty analysis. You need to have a balance or you’ll be nerding out on pure stats. That means no one, and I mean no one, will understand what you’re saying or like being around you. You need a fun aspect in your life.
Getting Fantasy Advice From Your Friends and League Members
Getting fantasy football advice from your fellow league members and friends is a slippery slope. You should always be willing to talk fantasy with them, however keep in mind that everything they say may not be 100% truthful. The early pre-season talk and general stats are going to be true, but when they start hinting at who they love or hate this year make sure you stay alert.
Throwing out smoke screens and talking up certain players is part of the game. Anyone who thinks differently couldn’t be more wrong in my eyes. You need to know who you can manipulate and who you can’t.
They say only the strongest survive and I believe it’s true. Getting fantasy advice from your league members isn’t a bad idea, but it should be the piece of advice that you trust the least.
Finding the Perfect Fantasy Football Advice
The key to finding the perfect fantasy football advice is to simply stop looking for it. In fantasy football there is no magic bullet. There is no such thing as perfect advice. Everything that anyone says is an opinion and can be argued by nearly anyone.
That’s why I recommend pulling information from as many different sources as you can. Just be smart about how much value you put into certain pieces of advice. You don’t want to be made a fool of at your upcoming draft.
The above photo is an original and is courtesy of The Longest Yard.
For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.