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Best Fantasy Football Websites For Advice, Commissioning & More

By Jared Smola 10:00pm EDT 8/11/23

There are literally hundreds of fantasy football websites to choose from these days.  The reality is there are a few gems and a bunch of dogs. 

We’ve used just about all of them. Here’s a list of what we think are the best fantasy football websites:

 

Best Fantasy Football Draft Assistant

Draft Sharks is the ultimate draft assistant — blending tools based on fantasy football AI… with the most accurate analysts in the industry.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • An unlimited live-draft sync that connects all your leagues to their commissioning services in real time.
  • The Draft War Room (a dynamic cheat sheet) that uses fantasy football AI to suggest player picks as you draft. 
  • Player rankings that change in real-time based on 17 draft value indicators.
  • A mock draft trainer that gives you a realistic draft experience — in minutes.
  • Email your draft questions to be answered by full-time FF analysts in August.
  • Membership comes with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

 

Get the most powerful Draft Assistant in fantasy football.

 

Best Website to Play Fantasy Football

There are a lot of platforms to host season long fantasy football leagues. Here is our list of favorites with pros and cons:

  1. Sleeper
  2. ESPN Fantasy Football 
  3. Yahoo Fantasy Football

Sleeper Fantasy Football

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • Free
  • Easy setup. The setup on mobile is far superior to any other platform
  • Completely customizable with most scoring and roster options available
  • Tons of advanced scoring options. Some scoring options are missing for now. 
  • Feature-rich - All fantasy sports, March Madness, pickems, etc. 
  • Slick interface - Gamified design that is fairly intuitive
  • Color-coded draft board 
  • League chat that actually works, usually

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE:

  • The web interface is lacking 
  • It can be hard to navigate between leagues
  • Feels cartoonish, especially when used to ESPN or Yahoo platforms
  • It can be hard to navigate when first starting
  • Glitches a lot - restarting frequently makes it functional  

Get your league running on Sleeper

ESPN Fantasy Football

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • Free
  • Clean, intuitive user interface
  • Large userbase and easy-to-find leagues

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE:

  • Interface feels outdated
  • Confusing lineup-setting controls
  • It does not support dynasty leagues 
  • Whatever IBM Watson is….

But you can take advantage of their preset player rankings, as well as a few other tips »

Yahoo Fantasy Football

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • Free - with a premium option 
  • Intuitive navigation limits confusion, even for newbies
  • Large userbase and easy-to-find leagues
  • Dark mode on the app is very helpful
  • Built-in tools to analyze rosters and leagues. “Rate my draft” is a fan favorite

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE:

  • Ads can be overwhelming. Especially on mobile
  • Subscription to get full features. Some of which used to be free
  • The chat system is buggy. Many leagues have to use a 2nd party chat

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Best Website for Hosting Dynasty Fantasy Leagues

Two great options for hosting dynasty fantasy football leagues are Sleeper and Fantrax.

Sleeper is great for relatively “simple” dynasty formats. Fantrax is much more customizable and works better for “Camous to Canton” leagues, contract, or IDP formats

Get your league running on Sleeper

Start your next dynasty on Fantrax

  

Best Website For High-Stakes Fantasy Football: FFPC

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • Season-long and Dynasty 
  • $1 million Main Event grand prize
  • Unique format (TE-premium scoring and 2 flex spots)
  • Varying draft options (live in Vegas or online)
  • Lightning-fast, guaranteed payouts
  • Best customer service in the industry
  • Varying formats (standard, superflex and best ball)
  • Varying price points ($77, $250, $500, $750, $1250, $2500, $5000)

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Join an FFPC dynasty league

 

Best Football Stats: Pro Football Reference 

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • Free to use
  • Extensive data; stats date back to before the NFL existed
  • Easy to navigate, with links to player, team, and season stats
  • Player game logs that make it easy to compile stats for specific spans
  • Increasing availability of advanced stats

   

Best Advanced Stats: Player Profiler

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • Free player pages
  • Lots of available data
  • Percentile rankings that add context to stats
  • We actually like the data here so much that we made a deal to feed those stats right to the DraftSharks.com player pages and in-depth rankings profiles.

   

Best for Best-Ball Tournaments: Underdog Fantasy

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • $2 million grand prize in Best Ball Mania 3
  • Varied entry fees ($3, $5, $10, $25 and up)
  • Fast and slow drafts
  • Great drafting interface (on computer and mobile)
  • Draft rooms fill quickly
  • Tournaments throughout the year: 
    • Preseason
    • In-season
    • Playoffs

Start drafting on Underdog and get a free deposit match up to $100

   

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most accurate fantasy football website?

Since 2012, Draftsharks.com has the most top finishes in the yearly fantasy football accuracy contest and had three experts finish in the top-10 in accuracy for 2022. Over the last decade, Draftsharks.com has earned top finishes in preseason accuracy, IDP accuracy, DFS accuracy, multi-year accuracy, and weekly accuracy.

According to FantasyPros, Jared Smola of Draftsharks.com, is ranked as the most accurate fantasy expert over the last 3 years. 

This has also lead to Jared being crowned with "the most accurate fantasy football projections" since all of his rankings are built on his extensive projection system.

You can read more about Jared's process as the most accurate fantasy football expert.

Who are the Most Accurate Fantasy Football Experts 

  1. Jared Smola – Draft Sharks
  2. Rob Waziak – Fantasy Life
  3. Nick Zylak – Fantasy Football Advice
  4. Ryan Noonan – 4for4
  5. Francisco (Chato) Romero – Estadio Fantasy

According to the multi-year accuracy contest hosted by FantasyPros. 

Is Yahoo or ESPN fantasy better?

Both are very popular platforms, but ESPN narrowly won the popular vote (52% to 48%) as the better fantasy platform. 

When polled, the Draftsharks' analysts slightly preferred ESPN over Yahoo. 

Where do most people play fantasy football? 

In 2022, an estimated 62.5 million played fantasy sports, and about 50.4 million played fantasy football specifically. 

  • ESPN - Verified 11 million users in 2022
  • Yahoo! - Estimated 10 - 12 million users
  • Sleeper - Estimated 4 - 5 million users 
  • NFL - estimated 2 - 3 million users
  • CBS - estimated 1 - 1.5 million users*

*CBS platform has a league hosting fee. We estimate their userbase to be dropping each year versus the others increasing. 

What is the most used fantasy football app(s)

Here is a list of the most used fantasy football apps:

  • ESPN Fantasy Sports – 10M+ Downloads
  • Yahoo Fantasy – 10M+ Downloads
  • NBC Sports – 10M+ Downloads
  • NFL Fantasy Football – 5M+ Downloads
  • DraftKings Fantasy Sports – 5M+ Downloads
  • FanDuel Fantasy Football  – 1M+ Downloads
  • Sleeper Fantasy Sports – 1M+ Downloads
  • CBS Sports Fantasy – 1M+ Downloads
  • Underdog Fantasy Sports – 100K+ Downloads
  • Draft Sharks Fantasy Football – 10K+ Downloads

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Should I trust fantasy projections?

Football is tough to project week to week due to variance and the game's complexity.

Weekly projections should be used as a guideline to make decisions but should not be considered “the gospel.”

Since the timeframe is longer, season-long projections are often more accurate than weekly projections.

Draft Sharks is home to the most trusted and most accurate fantasy football analysts.

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Is DraftKings or FanDuel better for fantasy football?

Overall, DraftKings is a better platform for DFS, but FanDuel and Yahoo! have much to offer. 

  • DraftKings: provides the best user interface and the largest tournament payouts.
  • FanDuel: offers a variety of contests beyond the usual cash games, tournaments, and guaranteed prize pool (GPP) competitions. 
  • Yahoo!: convenient, if you're already playing season-long leagues there.

  

Best Fantasy Football Website for Advice and Tools

Draft Sharks is the best website for fantasy football tools. Featuring platform league sync and live draft sync, Draft Sharks makes the most robust tools for all fantasy football formats, including redraft (season-long), dynasty, DFS, and best ball.  

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • An unlimited live-draft sync that connects all your leagues to their commissioning services in real time.
  • The Draft War Room (a dynamic cheat sheet) that uses fantasy football AI to suggest player picks as you draft.  
  • A mock draft trainer that gives you a realistic draft experience — in minutes.
  • “Who To Start” tool that helps when you can’t decide between players.
  • Free Agent Finder that scans all of your leagues and suggests who you should go after.
  • Trade Navigator finds you the perfect trade partner in your league.

Get access to powerful tools that simply work.

Other rankings are stale  before the 2nd round.

Draft using the best dynamic tool in the industry. Our fantasy player valuations (DMVP) change during your draft in response to...

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  2. Opponent and Team Needs
  3. Positional scarcity & available players
  4. Ceiling, injury risk, ADP, and more!

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