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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 78: Free Draft Tools

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I just noticed that FantasySports.org listed this “100” series as one of the best free fantasy sports tools to use this year.

38. TheDCTimes.com’s 100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days

Jonathan Bales, @BalesFootball, one of the rising stars in the Fantasy industry right now, started this series back on May 30, which is where the link sends you. He’s up to Day No. 77 on Aug. 12. The tips are more than just – wait on QBs! They are some nice pieces with some meat on their bones. This guy impresses me. I kinda want to punch him for that.

I don’t know if I’m one of the rising stars in the fantasy industry (I’d say THE rising star), but there are definitely some great tools listed there. So whether or not you buy my 2013 draft package or the in-season weekly package, make sure you’re familiar with all of the great fantasy resources available around the web.

And as a little bonus here, I want to forward you to a a somewhat related article I wrote at rotoViz a little while back. It was titled “Why Opposing Opinions Are a Great Thing for Owners,” and it explains why I think it’s not only okay for people to disagree on players, but a vital part of the process of creating more accurate projections and rankings:

My man Bryan Fontaine selected Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon in the third round of the ongoing rotoViz dynasty draft. Is that too high for Gordon? I don’t believe so, and I think most writers here would agree with me. We all pretty much get an erection every time Gordon’s name is mentioned; we think you should target Gordon, we love his comps, and we definitely think he’s the prettiest girl at the bar. I’ve personally gotten into two very legitimate heated arguments this year—one with my best friend and one with my own father—because they questioned my ranking of Gordon as a top 15 wide receiver.

But guess what? You don’t have to like Gordon. Nor should you automatically assume he’s valuable because a few of us do. That’s the beauty of rotoViz; it’s a forum for intelligent debate—perhaps the most vital tool in the arsenal of an advanced fantasy football owner. We’re like Enterprise Rent-a-Car; we give you the tools you need to become your own boss. That’s most obviously reflected in the rotoViz apps, which allow you to visualize data and draw your own conclusions.

I write for a lot of sites, both real and fake football related. Some try to propose a unified image to readers; there are no disagreements, no debates. Meanwhile, I’m refreshing rotoViz as I write this article and see a “rap battle” between Shawn Siegele and Jon Krouner debating whether or not Marshawn Lynch is a strong sell or a strong buy. We’re one site, one group of writers, presenting multiple opinions on each side of an argument.

I bring this up because I think fantasy football analysis is less about the end result and more about the process. And the process that’s most likely to lead to positive results isn’t one through which we all agree on players, but instead one that involves healthy debates and intelligent analysis.

Check out the entire article.

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