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What is the best fantasy football site?

January 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Uncategorized

What is the best fantasy football site?

My first fantasy football experience was when I was 12 years old. My dad felt my football knowledge was solid enough to invite me to be part of his fantasy football league. A league he had done for several years with work friends. The “live draft” was held in a indoor lumber yard, with a draft board that, according to my 12 year old eyes had to be 25 x 25 feet, but in reality was probably half of that. From that day forward, I was hooked.

It didn’t matter that the league didn’t have ESPN.com or any other online service to help calculate the points. You received a newsletter every Wednesday which provide each team’s scores and the weekly standings. It was the greatest piece of mail I had ever received. Because of that experience, I have been part of a fantasy football team for the past 16 years of my life.

Up until last year, I convinced myself that fantasy football can only be properly experienced with one team. You are focused on one team and one set of players. Last year I succumbed to work pressure and joined a work league. This year, I am part of 3 teams. One for my work, one for a small community of Seattle web/social guys who are friends on Twitter (#SeaTwiff) and my “big money” league, which refers to the league (2065 Seattle Couch League) that has been going strong for 8 years with my  closest friends and family.

Each league used its own online platform, including ESPN, Yahoo! Sports and CBS Sportsline. After experiencing each platform, I felt compelled to provide a review to fantasy football freaks.

Ranked in Order

1)    ESPN.com

Cost: Free
Pros:
-Easy to use interface to help add players and set your lineup
-Good mobile user experience with the mobile application properly supported and refreshes at a good rate during the busy Sunday full of games.

Cons:
-The need to click thru several pages to get full story (standings, scoreboard, team lineup)
-Some articles require an ESPN insider membership which is an additional cost for each team

2)    CBS Sportsline – Commissioner Version

Cost: $199
Pros:
-The cost seems to be a con, but it provides complete ownership on the league including historical stats, commissioner privileges to override transactions, and complete custom settings on scoring and lineup configurations.
-Content is free and good. Dave Richard is one of the best in the business and provides great rankings and insight.
Cons:
-Mobile application is unusable. Slow to load and crashes often. One thing to note here is that CBS Sportsline recently open up their platform to third party developers. My guess is next year’s app will be comparable, if not better, than the industry leading ESPN.com.

3)    Yahoo! Fantasy Sports

Rating:
Cost: Free
Pros:
-Homepage gives the entire picture of the league including snapshots into standings, matchups and upcoming opponent.

Cons:
-Mobile application had issues earlier in the year but were fixed towards the end of the season.
-Limited content around strategy and injury reports.

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