Did you miss out on the fantasy season yet again this year? With football’s regular season nearing its end and basketball and hockey in midseason right now, there is probably a lot that you have missed.
Fear not! There is always a new season looming and you still have time to get in on the college bowl game action as well as the NFL playoffs, March Madness, and baseball season coming up.
Playing fantasy sports online is a great way to follow your favorite sports throughout the season. You can compete against your friends, family members, coworkers, or even strangers in a fun, point-based statistical environment.
Because of its popularity, there is no shortage of fantasy sports-related websites. In this article, we are going to explore some of the best free websites for participating in fantasy sports online. These resources are all you will need to get in the game and dominate your competition.
Getting In The Game – Places To Play
Let’s start off with the best places to play fantasy sports online. There are a lot of options out there, but if you’re just starting out you can’t beat these free options. These are in no particular order.
When doing anything sports-related, it is hard to pass on the self-proclaimed “˜worldwide leader in sports’. The juggernaut that is ESPN offers a wide array of fantasy games, including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, stock car, uber (whatever that is), soccer, and even fishing.
The site has everything you could think of and league settings are very customizable. It is a great place to start your league and should only get better as the years pass.
CBS Sports, which is my personal favorite, is another great place to play fantasy sports. They carry all of the major sports and the site is very easy to navigate. Its simplistic design and rich set of features are what sets it apart and make it one of the best places to host your league(s) on the web.
Yahoo! presents a lot of options and is perhaps the most customizable of the bunch. They offer a multitude of sports as well and their website is a very easy way to set up all of your teams/leagues.
Stay Up To Date With Fantasy News
Okay, so you finally have your league set up. Now what? Well, during the season you are going to have a lot to keep track of in the form of trades, injuries, records, and statistics. This can be a bit daunting at first, especially if you are in multiple leagues. The above sites all offer news on your players and teams, but there are a lot of websites that specialize in bringing you the best fantasy information. Here are a few of the best:
Fanhouse is one of the top sports blogs and they carry lots of great fantasy-relevant information. They keep their fantasy page up-to-date with all of the latest news and are a partner with Sports Illustrated.
Roto World is another great place to find news. They claim to be “˜America’s #1 source for Fantasy Sports News’, and they have a LOT of information available for you. They have pages for player news, headlines, injuries, transactions, etc. You can even read stories from your teams’ local newspapers.
Blogtalkradio – The Fantasy Sports Channel
If you prefer to listen to your fantasy news you might want to try Blogtalkradio. The site offers podcasts that run throughout the week and has more than 50 shows in all.
Do I Need Anything Else?
So by now you should have your fantasy leagues up and running. After you have the bare essentials, it is key to find resources you can utilize to dominate your competition and win a few championships. Out of the broad collection of cool fantasy websites out there I have come across a few resources/apps that will help you if you are still looking for something more.
Dmoz – Fantasy Sports [No Longer Available]
The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
Aside from being useful for other purposes, dmoz has a huge amount of fantasy sports resources, 506 as of the writing of this post. All of that information WILL keep you busy.
PickEmFirst is a really neat Firefox extension that acts as your personal “˜Fantasy Sports Assistant’. It allows you to input information about your fantasy teams and it will check the availability of players in such leagues while you browse the web. If players become available, Pickemfirst will direct you to your fantasy site (CBS, ESPN, or Yahoo!) so you can add them to your team. This is very useful if you are in multiple leagues on multiple sites.
If you are playing fantasy sports with your friends and have decided you want to play for money thenis for you. Fantasy commissioners and owners can sign up for free and manage league finances with LeagueSafe. It eliminates the hassle of managing league entry fees and payouts by automating the entire process. League funds are held safely in an FDIC-insured account.
You should now possess all of the knowledge and power necessary to become a fantasy sports guru. Do you already play fantasy sports online? If so, what are some of your favorite resources? Please leave your comments, ideas, and opinions below.