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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.

Yahoo

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.

 

ESPN

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

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 $$

 

NFL

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.

 

FleaFlicker

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.

7 Comments

The question is, if you have a keeper league with a history, which platforms provide you the ability to import all your league records and stats?

I haven’t found one other than MFL.

Posted by Hugo C. on May 08, 2017

NFL.com is complete fail this year. Their android apps are so useless this year, it numbs the mind. Bugs in large league (14) rankings. teams with tied records just seem to be randomly ranked, completely ignoring the normal rules tiebreakers. Whats worse is that there is no response to e-mail and announcements addressing these issues, leaving comish to wonder if this is going to go on all season? If I someone survive this year, I’m done with NFL.com. Any of the others appear to be a much better choice, although I did see on twitter that ESPNs app wasn’t functioning either.

Posted by CoachK on September 26, 2016

NFL.com is the worst of the fantasy sites by far. They use madden simulations for their projections. Which is absurd and the site does not support trades unless they are one to one deals. So no two to one or three to one trades.

Posted by Steve Roach on September 20, 2016

Held a private league draft on Yahoo 5, September 2016. Draft order was locked by commissioner prior to draft date. Yahoo arbritraily changed draft order in second round. So I had the 4th pick in first round and last pick in second round. Cannot find customer support link on Yahoo to even offer complaint. Yahoo not recommended.

Posted by Aaron Hootman on September 08, 2016

Thanks for your blog. I’ve been using My Fantasy League for a long time, but I want to be able to move over to a free service to pay out more money to the league. The thing I like about My Fantasy is the ability to customize scoring for EACH position…do you know if any other Hosts feature this ability?

Thank you!!

Posted by Matt on August 01, 2016

Which of theses allow you to have a 20 man league with 10 on each side and able to have the winner in each league play each other for a championshi??

Posted by Orion mccants on July 31, 2016

We have a Fantasy League going on 30+ years old. We would like to customize rules and scoring. Is this doable? What is the cost?

Regards,

Terry
sunsetsports@aol.com

Posted by Terry on June 22, 2016

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