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Fantasy Football Advice: Magazines vs. Online

By May 14, 2014No Comments

Fantasy football has obviously exploded in popularity over the years. You hear most guys and girls talking about it all the time. As they talk about fantasy the facts and opinions tend to get twisted because everyone is trying to play an angle for their upcoming draft. The fact of the matter is that you can’t trust anyone other than yourself and some fantasy football experts for fantasy football advice.

Listening to your friends and family is all good and well, but you’ll never see eye to eye on everything. That’s why I’ve decided to share my thoughts on the two major sources of fantasy football advice: magazines and online sources.

Let me stop you right there. I know it sounds silly to reference magazines in this day in age, but they’re still going strong (maybe) and they’re churning out fantasy football advice. Obviously online is always bustling with advice as well. So which is truly your best bet for fantasy football advice? Well it honestly depends if you want to win or not.

Using Magazines for Fantasy Football Advice

Ahh old reliable… well old is accurate. I won’t sugarcoat it, fantasy magazines aren’t what they used to be. They simply can’t compete with the internet and the digital age. The articles, rankings and information is prepared weeks in advance before hitting newsstands and is out of date many times before it is even printed. Using a magazine for fantasy football advice is a poor choice as you approach the draft, particularly because of the outdated information.

Of course not everything about a magazine is necessarily bad. The fantasy experts that are in there are respected nationally and their thoughts carry merit. When they talk about draft strategy or certain reasons they may like a player, the odds are pretty good that the information will hold true. The only things it won’t adjust for is changing circumstances on a team (a trade, etc.) and rankings.

Fantasy football rankings change so frequently that trusting a magazines final list is risky at best. Sure it’ll give you an idea of what to expect but it won’t prepare you fully for what your fellow league members are likely thinking.

That’s why using your online resources may be your best bet.

Using the Internet for Fantasy Football Advice

The beauty of the internet is pretty much everything. But thats my opinion, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? Well regardless of whether you agree you are going to find more fantasy football advice online than you know what to do with. There are countless blogs (big and small), websites, experts on Twitter and rankings for you to choose from.

Now that may sound overwhelming, and the truth of the matter is that it is. The trick to using the internet for fantasy advice is finding certain sites and experts that you like and trust. Find the people that share some of the values you do, ones that have strategies or advice that aligns with yours.

You don’t want to always be using the same sites as the other guys in your league, otherwise you’ll all be doing the same thing in the draft.

The beauty of using the internet for advice is that you can always be up to date with breaking news on Twitter and be prepared for every change that happens in the offseason. These are incredible perks over using a magazine.

Trust me, the internet will change the way you play the game.

Finding the Perfect Fantasy Football Advice

The truth is, you’ll never find the perfect fantasy football advice. If you find someone that you can’t disagree with something on, run away fast. There should always be healthy debate and different opinions. That’s why we draft our own teams.

The only thing I want fantasy football players to be doing the same way is using the internet to keep up to date on fantasy football advice. Do us all a favor, throw away the fantasy magazines. You can thank me later.

Nick Schreck