It’s Vicks "Sleeper of the Week" time. Get it, "sleeper?"
Having Variety in Informational Sources
We’re at the point in the season where injuries are a way of life in the NFL. You see it with our Seahawks, at multiple positions and players. Everyone is a little banged up, to the point where it’s almost hard to track. And then, how DO you track? I like to use an outside source in addition to the information provided by my league’s host site. That way you have the possibility of different perspectives and information.
Yahoo.com, ESPN.com and CBSSportsline.com are the most common locations to find fantasy leagues. However, the information provided on your players tends to be limited to one random piece pulled from a local beat reporter or "expert" and it tends to be sent once a day. I get nervous when this is the case, I’m just neurotic enough that I worry if the "Saturday article" was from the AM and things have changed by the PM. So I look past the typical sites and go to a deeper level of information.
I have three leagues at MyFantasyLeague.com, which is the site I highly suggest if you wish to set up a dynasty league. No, I’m not the commissioner in any of them, and it is actually just a random coincidence they are all there. Unfortunately it does have a yearly fee around 70 dollars to continue the league. But you can also go back through the website from prior years and see transactions from several years ago if you so choose. That kind of information and long term review is incredibly valuable, and a legitimate money league ($100+) that is serious about its fantasy football should look to spend money on the foundation of the league with a strong website. It is versatile and adaptable to unique league rules, which is a must in a dynamic and in depth keeper league. Our league has a salary cap, multiyear contracts, a very unique scoring system and even includes punters, and the site works well to track all of it. There are some things we have to input manually, but the site allows that too, even in regard to scoring adjustments that the league doesn’t track.
In addition to the mechanics of scoring and league setup, the site is also the first place I go for my information for all players. You can set your team homepage up however you like, not only skins but your chosen modules and the locations of them on your page. You can even provide links to your other sites. But one really nice feature are the ways you can get news easily. There is a "5 Newest News Articles" and "My 5 Newest News Articles" and you can also run a search through news using either a player’s name or a team or even a position.
The news articles are also kind enough to tell you when they were published, down the "less than a minute ago" as the most recent. And they pull from various sources, not listing only one or two. Also an added bonus.
Another news source I utilize is a free email update daily, from "FootballGuys.com" and it gives me a daily update email on injuries and smart starts, etc. across the league. If I’m not interested, I delete it without even opening. It’s not that much of a hassel. FantasyFootball Today (FFtoday.com), and KFFL.com are other excellent and viable fantasy news sites you can look at that go above and beyond the normal Yahoo/ESPN/CBSSportsline circuit.
Basically, I’m telling you that if you do care about your league or you want to find an edge, go beyond the information provided by your league’s site. It’s the same information everyone else is working with, and the only way to have an edge over your competition is to get inside angles, inside tracks that can help you to perhaps know something someone else doesn’t and make the best decision for your team.
Sleeper of the Week
Michael Bush, RB
Good luck in all your leagues this week!