Fantasy sports have been one of the fastest-growing online activities over the past decade. Football is the most popular fantasy game. An online fantasy football league is a popular choice among sports-loving friends. It’s also a common practice in office offices. Last year, 22% of male online gamers managed a fantasy team. 71% of these teams consisted of football teams.
Because fantasy football is the most popular game in the field, you need to be fully informed about all options available when selecting a league. We’ll be taking a quick look at three of the most popular websites for fantasy football, as well as a newcomer to the field.
1. CBS Sports: Many people love the CBS Sports (cbssportsline.com), fantasy leagues because of their reliability and long-standing history. Millions of Americans flock to CBS Sports’ NFL fantasy league every year for its customizable rules and unlimited live scoring. A CBS Sports fantasy football league online is expensive. As of the 2009 NFL season, each league cost $149.95. However, this could always be a limitation.
2. Yahoo! Yahoo! Sports: Every Yahoo! Every Yahoo! fantasy football league is highly customizable with many different formats. These leagues are easy to manage thanks to Yahoo’s StatTracker and live draft tool. Yahoo’s live stats product (StatTracker), comes at a $10.00 price. Although live stats have many benefits, it can be very annoying to not have live stats for a full Sunday of football live scores. Yahoo’s interface may be the most intuitive, and the $10.00 it costs could be well worth it if usability is important.
3. ESPN: ESPN’s online fantasy football league platform was slow and clunky until recently. ESPN has made significant improvements to its product over the past two year, despite the negative reputation. ESPN leagues can be joined free of charge, as is ESPN’s Fantasy Cast scoring app. However, there are leagues that allow you to purchase teams and receive prizes (mostly t-shirts). An interface for ESPN fantasy football online leagues is still a bit less user-friendly than that of Yahoo! and CBS Sports. Sports.
You have it. It’s a great experience to join a beginner league on any of these sites if you haven’t played fantasy football online before. It’s no surprise that 91% fantasy football players in 2008 stated they would play again. It’s addicting!