Fantasy football has grown in popularity over the past decade and has evolved into one of America's - and the world's new favorite pastimes. The availability of the Internet means that now more than ever a whole host of people from different demographics are signing up, drafting players, choosing their weekly lineups, all the while keeping one eye on the Holy Grail - a league championship win.

It does not matter if it is for financial prizes or just to brag about rights, it is strong to lure your friends and take out the coveted championship. So strong does it actually have players from all walks of life looking high and low for tips, advice or insights that can give them a head start on the competition.

One of the most common questions I have been asked (after being a fantasy football fanatic for years now) is: 'What is the best fantasy football site?' Everyone is looking for a leg up on their competition, so even though I would not recommend any particular place in particular (right now ...) I thought I would give my expert insight into what I think goes into making a fantasy football advice / information site the best in its class.

Real-time updates - Any fantasy football information or news site worth salting often updates their news pages - daily, if not every hour in most cases. You may spot a lazy place that just washes out others when an injury report comes so late that even your grandmother had heard of it.

Player Tracker Tools - If the only statistics a site offers you are the general numbers you can find anywhere online, then you know that the site you are on is not the best. If you are going to beat your competition all year round, look at the players in ways that others could not even dream of. You will need to know their strengths and weaknesses backwards.

Confidential Trading Advice - I emphasize 'confident' because few sites offer you firm advice and tell you that it is reliable and trust it. Most people will uncover their bets and cover their buttocks and tell you what they think before making it very clear that it all comes down to your choice and that they are not responsible if the deal does not work. I love self confidence. I trust people who trust themselves. Find a place that is willing to back their advice and you have found yourself a gem!
Summarizing the answer to the question: 'What is the best fantasy football site?' is this: the site that offers draft projections, Player Tracker tools, custom Line-Up advice, Hot Waiver Wire notifications, and unrivaled damage reports.

If you can find a place that has it all, bookmark it right away and do not tell another soul that you have found it, as that will probably be the key to you taking home a championship this year!

I will not mention the site I have been using for years now as I do not want to hand over the secrets of my back-to-back league championships to competitors in my leagues. However, if you are interested, I have mentioned the place I visit once or twice before on my blog, so if you are interested in moving on, you may be able to find out where I get all my secrets from.

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Real-time updates - Any fantasy football information or news site worth salting often updates their news pages - daily, if not every hour in most cases.