Fantasy football is one of the most commonly played games in the United States.
It is usually played between friends, family, and coworkers every football season, and the majority of fantasy football platforms are available to use for free.
The best part about fantasy football is that football fans and non-football fans alike can all play and both be just as good too.
There are countless tools to use on the internet for free that people can use to gain an edge this year in their fantasy football league.
We will go through some of the best tools and options in this article below.
Fantasy Cheat Sheets
Player Cheat Sheets
Most people who play fantasy football don’t know every single player that will be drafted in their fantasy league, let alone how each player should be ranked in various formats that their league could have.
There are tons of options out there that will rank players based on how they are projected to perform based on the different popular scoring systems that leagues could have.
ESPN has one of the biggest free fantasy football websites that millions of people play on each year.
They also have some of the best free tools as well that anyone can use even if they are not a part of an ESPN fantasy league.
Below you can see a snapshot of just some of the free player cheat sheets that can be downloaded directly from ESPN.
Bye Week Cheat Sheets
Knowing the bye week of the players on your fantasy team is crucial.
You don’t want to draft two quarterbacks that have the same bye week or two tight ends either.
This can greatly affect the way that you draft your team and who you take at certain positions. It can also be something to look out for when trying to complete a trade.
There are strategies to draft players that have the same bye week as well so your team will essentially give in one week of the season, but you will have a full-strength roster for the rest of the following weeks.
The cheat sheet for player’s bye weeks on Fantasy Pros even shows the positional rank of each player as well.
You can check this out down below as they have this breakdown for each week during the NFL season where there is at least one team on a bye.
Trade Value Charts
Trading in fantasy football can be extremely tough.
Every owner wants to feel like they are not getting ripped off and most owners will overvalue their players when offering a trade to another team.
Besides looking at their current stats during the season, there is not much else that anyone can look at to decide if the trade they are offering or are being offered is of fair value.
While most standard leagues that are redrafted every year will commonly have very few trades, it is more common to have trades in dynasty or keeper leagues.
This is where owners will want to have some kind of ranking or chart that shows each player’s value.
Fantasy Pros has a great trade value chart for leagues such as this that is shown below in the screenshot from their quarterback rankings.
Trade Value Analyzers/Calculators
An easy way to find the value of a trade that has been offered to you or a trade that you are offering is to use one of the many fantasy football trade calculators that are available on the internet.
Most of these calculators will work on a system where each player has a current trade value that is ever-changing based on their recent performances during the year.
They give a ton of options to people using this calculator to find out if their trade is of fair value.
Users of the calculator can sort by things such as a redraft or dynasty league, PPR league value, two quarterback leagues, and even package deals that offer varying amounts of players on each side of the deal.
Depth charts are a pivotal part of fantasy football.
For the most part you will only want to play the players that are starting in your fantasy football such as the starting quarterback or one of the three starting wide receivers.
To get this information you don’t even need to go to a fantasy football website. ESPN has updated depth charts directly on the team page for each NFL franchise.
This page for every team will show who the current starter is at each position as well as their backups.
Looking at depth charts is a great way to find these handcuffs and who could be in line for the majority of the running back snaps in the case of an injury.
Team Grader Tools
Most people want to know how their team will stack up against others as the season is about to kickoff or even in the middle of the year.
Some fantasy websites will give users a grade for their draft immediately after it is done, but other sites won’t do that.
Thankfully there are some other grading tools around the internet that will grade your current roster for you.
To use most of these websites you will have to fill out some necessary information about the league that you are in.
This is information such as how many teams are in the league and the scoring format.
Next, you will need to add every single player you have rostered to get the most accurate grade based on their system.
Fantasy Owner has one of the best and most in-depth team grader tools.
They will give you feedback on your roster based on a ton of different aspects. Some of those are the overall team, starters, and depth.
They also will grade every player on your roster such as how your WR1 stacks up against WR1’s but also how your WR5 stacks up against other WR5s, which can be valuable feedback.
Player Comparison Tools
Player comparisons can be extremely useful during the season.
Each week there are questions on what player you should start at various positions.
This especially comes into play when looking at the flex position in fantasy football as commonly a running back, wide receiver, or tight end can be the player that can be used in that spot making for tons of potential options.
The easiest way to decide this is based on the fantasy site you are using and what their projection will be for each player in question that week.
Another way is to use a free tool such as Fantasy Pros sit and start tool. This can compare players and gives you a recommendation on who to play based on all of their expert’s rankings.
Team Name Generator
Making a good team name obviously isn’t going to affect the way your team plays, but it is a fun way to show your personality with your team and make your friends laugh.
Making a team name should be fairly easy to come up with but to get some ideas or find one, it can be done with a team name generator.
These can have different categories or adjectives added to them or they can also just be completely random. It is a good way to get a quality fantasy football name fast.
Mock Draft Simulator
Fantasy football mock drafts are important for people who are looking to get ready for their fantasy football draft.
It gives a real-life fantasy draft that people can partake in to see how each team would go about drafting a specific full roster.
Sometimes these mock drafts can take a long time, however.
Also, people will want to do a ton of them on occasion to get a good sample size of what a draft will actually look like.
This is where the mock draft simulators will come into play. These essentially just need to get set up how the league will be and then a button needs to be clicked to spit out a full mock draft in seconds.
This mock draft simulator from Rotowire has an auto-draft option that will return a full mock draft after that button is clicked on the top right.
Draft assistant tools can be connected to your fantasy football draft directly.
This will give you in-draft tips on what position or even player to take when your pick comes up.
These offer another opinion besides your own on what you should do with the current pick.
It can definitely be insightful as they commonly will bring up specific stats or strategies that back up why that should be the pick in that spot.
Pick predictor is a tool that probably many people haven’t heard of.
This tool will actually predict the odds that a player still on the board will be available by the time your next pick comes up.
This is a great way to know if you could pass on that player until the next round or a great way to get ready for your upcoming pick as well.
Before a pick predictor, this was essentially just based on the ADP of the player from other drafts.