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Whether you’re starting up a new fantasy football league or you’re a seasoned vet on the prowl for a hosting site that can match your custom league needs, you’ll need to do your research to choose the correct platform. You’re probably aware of the big name sites already on the hosting market, but underneath the mass marketing you’ll find all kinds of excellent options to host your fantasy football league. Here's a look at the top fives sites for hosting your league in 2015.
Among all the mainstream hosting avenues, Yahoo continues to lead the pack. They are, in a sense, the GOAT of fantasy hosting, boasting more years of experience and fantasy advice than any of their competitors. Their clean look provides commissioners, regardless of their experience level, a simplistic layout to easily navigate and get their league up and running. There’s no distractions or mazes to work through while setting your lineup, checking weekly projections or simply talking sh*t on the message board. Also worth noting, Yahoo boasts one of the best mobile/tablet friendly fantasy apps on the market.
Bottomline: Simple, clean & easy. Solid customization, years of experience in the industry; Great choice for 95% of the fantasy leagues out there.
Similar to Yahoo, ESPN has a large piece of the fantasy pie. It’s big, it’s red and it’s flashy, but at its core, ESPN Fantasy Football exemplifies simplicity and offers a high level of user engagement. The FFL Toolkit itself is a reason to host your league on ESPN. Some of the FFL Toolkit gadgets include the “Press Conference” tool and “League Invite Videos”. Arguably the most interesting tool is the customizable ranking “Report Cards” sent out weekly, recapping that week’s games making for some good trash talking. It also possesses a top of the line mobile app, where you can browse rankings and even do mock drafts throughout the preseason.
For some, the website’s facade can get the best of it at times, appearing overly flooded with advertisements and a bulky amount of information and articles.
Bottomline: Free, simple, easy to engage league members. Great message board features to keep the trash talk flowing. Solid mobile app but can be too flashy at times; crowded with info & ads.
MyFantasyLeague is the new black. More commonly known as MFL, MyFantasyLeague has been gaining crazy popularity in recent years given their highly sophisticated and unique hosting platform. Let me tell you up front, there is a price tag that comes with MFL hosting your fantasy league. But, if your league is in it for the long haul, meaning dynasty, keeper or very specific league rules and settings, MFL is the way to go. Besides, what’s an extra $6 from every league member? They offer essentially anything you can think of. The layout may initially seem hectic and might take some time getting used to, but once the league members get in the swing of things, you’ll be happy you paid the extra few bucks.
Bottomline: Ridiculously customizable, great for dynasty/keeper leagues, takes a bit of time to get acclimated too. Costs $$
You’d think NFL.com would have a stranglehold over the fantasy football landscape. That hasn’t been the case, until recently. The commissioner finally looked to the future and his Magic 8-ball read “Fantasy football will overtake the actual NFL game in popularity.” NFL.com is exploring a new frontier in the fantasy hosting forum, initiating Xbox One, DirecTV and Madden integration, making it easy to check, change and win your fantasy league wherever you are. The website itself is up to par with the other brand name hosts, displaying excellent design and an easy to navigate layout.
Bottomline: Among the top mainstream hosts; Rising in popularity due to unique app-integration. Solid user interface w/ simple navigation.
If ham and cheese is simple, FleaFlicker is a plain turkey sandwich. I know I’ve said it for just about every platform on this list, but they don’t compare to FleaFlicker in the simplicity aspect. It’s black and white at its finest, giving off an old school, pen-and-paper feel of fantasy football. FleaFlicker remains without a mobile app in its repertoire but the site is exceptionally mobile/tablet friendly, so no worries on that front. The simplicity, in a way, is a two-sided sword, as FleaFlicker doesn’t get caught up in expert advice and mass blog action. But it does offer some unique draft and in-season capabilities such as the ability to draft via email, for those who can’t make it to the draft (insert link to article about not being able to make it to the draft) and in-season multi-team trades and future draft pick trades.
Bottomline: Easiest fantasy platform to use, lesser known. Won’t find mobile app or expert advice, but offers intriguing draft and in-season abilities.