While there are dozens of fantasy setups, almost all fit within the following three realms:
Fantasy Premier League
Administered by Barclays, this is the official game of the EPL. It has the simplest interface of the three games that we'll examine—and is the most classic. Of the three, this is the easiest one to manage on a mobile device.
ESPN Soccernet Premier Fantasy
This game is similar to the Barclays, but is a tad easier in terms of player selection since players are cheaper. Its season is divided into two segments, offering a chance to overhaul your team if you have a poor first half.
Yahoo! Eurosport Fantasy Football
In some respects, this is the purest fantasy game of the three because you can select a brand new XI each week. Unlike the other two games, there are no restrictions on the number of players you can have from one Premiership side and there is no bench (the other two have a four-man reserve).
In terms of scoring, ESPN has the most basic scoring. Barclays has almost identical categories, but also awards bonus points for notable performances. Yahoo! arguably has the most complete scoring format, as it takes into account things as crosses, tackles and fouls.
Yahoo! has an unlimited transfer policy, so picking as many players who are at home is especially key for what should be obvious reasons. Barclays and ESPN each offer a limited number of transfers, but ESPN allows you to reinvent your team with unlimited transfers before the start of the second segment as well as being able to use multiple ones in a gameweek without a possible penalty like in the Barclays.
Players' price fluctuations for Yahoo! are based on performance; Barclays's rise and fall based on whether that player is transferred in or out. Frankly ESPN disappoints on this note, as it does not address that issue specifically in its rules section or FAQ.