As I said in part A of this installment of FBIW, these different sources offer much of the same information. There is no real right or wrong choice. Determining which site or magazine you want to use as your draft guide is as much about feeling comfortable as anything else. The more comfortable you feel at this base level, the more likely a championship will arise from the foundation. I suggest that you take a look and sample a variety of resources before you settle on a choice.
Here is a breakdown of some the major fantasy sites:
(note, this is based on my personal knowledge of the sites in the past, and a BRIEF check on what they have done this year.)
cbssportsline.com: This is one site that I know well. It has a free downloadable kit. This site is solid and has gotten better in recent years. Cbs does not have the bells and whistles that some others may have, but you certainly get more then what you pay for.
espn.com: In my opinion espn’s claim of being “the world wide leader in sports” is a sound statement. They are top of the line. But a good deal of their info is reserved for espn “insiders”. There is only a limited amount of information that you can acquire without being a paid subscriber.
msn.foxsports.com: First, let me admit, I may be the last one to know. I quite honestly had swore them off years ago. They are back in play now, with tons of free info. A lot of it is from rotowire.com, who I will discuss momentarily.
mlb.com : Uses Bloomberg for it’s draft kit and tool & is priced at $19.95. Mlb has made HUGE strides in their fantasy info over the last couple of years and I have heard nothing but good things about the Bloomberg draft kit.
Rotowire.com: Ahhh in one word EXPANSIVE!!! You have to pay a premium price, but you also get premium information. You can get a basic draft kit for $14.99 which also includes updates for 6 months or for those who want even more they offer a “draft tool” at $39.99. The draft tool is a whole other level of information. It’s quite simply amazing. With that said, I have enough confidence in my own research and analysis skills that I will not pay that cost, but it would be hard to fault anyone who does.
Rotolab.com and Rotoworld.comalso offer similar tools to rotowire and fully stocked with top notch knowledge to unfurl onto the willing consumer. In fact rotoworld.com & rotowire.com may have been separated at birth, and who doesn’t love twins.
yahoo.com : I believe they are still rolling out their draft kit. Yahoo has gotten somewhat better in recent years and is rich with free information. With that said Yahoo is not a site I will likely use as my primary source of information, but will assuredly check out as a secondary option.
There are scores of other sites that I have not listed here. If none of these do it for you rest assured that you will be able to find others quickly with a web search. Maybe if you’re old school like myself, you may opt for a fantasy magazine. Again there are a plethora of beauty is in the eye of the beholder options. Simply go to your local book store or magazine stand, explore and then throw them a dime. Just remember while your deciding, that fantasy baseball is indeed war my friends. Choose your weapons well.
RIP- Fantasy sports magazine & fanball.com- I will miss you both always
“Baseball is 90% mental– the other half is physical.” yogi berra
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Written by Mo Johnson