Fantasy Guru Review

★★★★★

Cost

★★★★★

Usability

★★★★★

Tools

★★★★★

Overall Value

★★★★★

Customer Service

★★★★★

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I want to like Fantasy Guru. I really do. I love their show on Sirius XM radio - the hosts are great and they offer some great advice on the show. As I sat down to review the site, it really started to get me down. While there are a few nuggets here, it's largely a disappointing experience and I won't be paying for another year.

It's an over-priced product for what you get. The array of tools is basic and most of them are outsourced to other companies. The technology just doesn't seem to work very well and the errors that I saw over the last year have left a bad taste in my mouth.

Cost

★★★★★

At $49.99 for a season subscription to the NFL VIP package, there are certain expectations with that price...and Fantasy Guru fails to meet them.

If you look at their Terms or FAQ, you'll find that they do not offer refunds, so if you're going to fork over 50 bucks, just know that you can't get any of it back even if the site fails to live up to your expectations.

For me that was fine. I planned on keeping the subscription for the season. I could not find an option to prevent them from auto-renewing so I hope I don't have to deal with a billing issue next year.

Usability

★★★★★

Fantasy Guru is a clean, slick looking site. It works well on mobile and is very intuitive.

One major issue though is that they seem to have difficulty keeping their site up and running. At least once a week, I get the Database Connection error which is most certainly on their server end and is annoying because there's nothing I can do about it.

Database Error

As far as content goes, there have been quite a few snafus. Week 1 projections were way...way...way off. Patrick Mahomes is good, but 2,239 passing touchdowns good? Nope. Nor would I expect him to throw 18 interceptions in that Week 1 game. I would however be thrilled to get 9,816 fantasy points out of him. That would certainly bring me a win...

bad projections

In Week 11, they had Aaron Rodgers projected to score points...except that Aaron Rodgers was on a bye.

Rodgers

In Week 12, they had the Chargers projected to put up points...except that the Chargers were on bye. They corrected it on Wednesday though - after waivers had already been processed.

I have one league that ridiculously plays until Week 17. Philly's TE Zach Ertz has been declared inactive for the past two days. Yahoo has him inactive and every other site that I use has him inactive, but Fantasy Guru still has him projected for 5 catches and 59 yards - kind of tough for a guy dealing with rib and back issues for which the team has declared him out.

bad projections

For most of the year, the rankings and projections worked fine, but it's the attention to detail that they really seem to lose focus on.

Tools

★★★★★

They do not have their own mock draft tool. In fact, they outsource that to Fantasy Pros. This was a headscratcher for me. Why am I paying $50 to use a tool that I can use for free over at Fantasy Pros?

Mock Draft Tool

On the league import, they also outsource that to Pickemfirst - a company owned by Fantasy Pros as well.

Import league

Their Draft Analyzer tool is also outsourced to a company called DraftAnalyzer.com. The link allows you bypass the pay wall at DraftAnalyzer.com, so at least there's that.

Their Trade Analyzer is an actual tool that they provide, and it's pretty good. They have quite a few scoring options and it will show you how many points the winning side will get over the rest of the season. As good as their tool is, if I head over to Fantasy Football Nerd, I can do the exact same thing for free.

Trades

From a tools perspective, they have the basic set of tools, though nothing is particularly unique. It's almost a "me too" type of thing where they have to offer them to help justify the price tag. Companies like Fantasy Pros and Fantasy Football Nerd have their own tools and offer them at a more affordable price.

Overall Value

★★★★★

It's tough to find much value here. If their price was cut in half, I'd say that I might consider giving them another shot, but at their current price, Fantasy Guru just doesn't have the value that their competitors do.

I can find better rankings, projections, and tools from other sites.

Customer Service

★★★★★

I only contacted their customer service twice and both times were for issues described above. The first time it took a day for someone to respond and they suggested that their problems had to do with an influx of support issues. The second time I contacted them, I heard from Rusty exactly 6 minutes later - you can't beat that.

Overall, I thought their customer service was great.