Online Fantasy Football-My Favorite Sites

JohnnyNFLContributor IJuly 11, 2010

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When you are interested in playing fantasy football, the question often becomes, “Where do I play?”. You may have teams that you have drafted with friends from work or people you know, but sometimes one or two teams just isn’t enough. There are many places you can play online fantasy football for free or for money. After years of playing online and off, these are the Top 5 recommended fantasy football websites.


ESPN is ranked as the best because of their variety. You can join a public league or a private league, or even make up your own custom league. The only drawback about using ESPN to create a custom league is getting it filled. They don’t have a public posting like some other online fantasy football sites, which means you will have to post any openings in your league to the message board to get people to join your league. The rest of the features are outstanding, however.

Their drafts are efficient and problems rarely occur when drafting on ESPN. There have been technical problems on quite a few other fantasy football websites, but ESPN seems to have perfected their draft software to the point that it runs very smoothly. In the event you have a problem with accessing their draft room, they even have a simple Java application that will work without any problems.

It is easy to join a public league on ESPN, and during the height of the fantasy football draft season you can find a draft at just about any time. Perhaps the best feature that ESPN offers is their custom leagues. You can choose to set up a league with practically any amount of players and point scoring system you like. You can also include defensive players, and unlike many other websites that feature defensive players they break them down into every position, not just defensive line, linebacker, and defensive back. You can play 11 players on offense and 11 players on defense if you want, just like a real team.

ESPN also offers both free leagues and pay leagues. They also offer free analysis and their own player rankings, making them the number one recommended fantasy website.

There are many fantasy fans that play on Yahoo year in and year out. They have an easy to sign up process and offer easy access to public leagues. They also offer custom leagues where you can set up customized rosters, but for fantasy buffs who like to play with defensive players, they only break them down into defensive lineman, linebackers, and defensive backs, so if you want a league with cornerbacks, safeties, defensive ends, and defensive tackles, ESPN would be a better choice of online fantasy football sites.

Yahoo also offers pay leagues and free leagues, as well as player rankings and fantasy analysis.

3. NFL

It would only make sense that the National Football League would have one of the better websites out there. Their draft application is very easy to use, and they offer custom leagues, private leagues, and pay leagues as well as free public leagues. They also offer defensive player options, player rankings, and fantasy analysis.

Their fantasy football application is the same as NFL.com. Very easy to use, all kinds of league options, player rankings, and fantasy analysis.

Fanball has a number of pay to pay fantasy leagues with big cash prizes, and even offers free leagues that offer players a chance to win their way into a money league the following season. Their draft application runs smoothly, but their waiver rules work a little bit differently than most other fantasy websites. For high stakes fantasy football however, Fanball is a good online fantasy football choice.

So there you have a primer about online fantasy football sites. Here’s more free fantasy football advice for fans to check out.

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