The English Premier League is one of the hottest sports commodities on the planet, so, it stands to reason that the fantasy version of the game will be considerably popular. Fans across the globe follow the league closely and probably feel like they can construct an unbeatable starting 11 if given the chance. That being said, there are often many different options when it comes to fantasy providers. It’s hard to know exactly which provider you should team up with and which one offers the best services. So, here you’ll find a rundown of some of the best EPL fantasy providers on the web.
The Official EPL Fantasy Game
No compilation of EPL fantasy providers would be complete without the official, licensed version, and this is obviously the best place to start. The game obviously benefits from its close proximity with the EPL itself along with an association with EA Sports for the 2013-14 campaign. Users can create and join leagues and build up a powerhouse squad of 15 players (4 alternates) every week. You’ll have £100m of virtual money at your disposal each week and plenty of research to help you make the right decisions.
Perhaps the largest benefit of the official game is that it comes complete with prizes for certain overachievers. There are quarterly and monthly rewards that range from a copy of the new FIFA ’14 video game to a trip to see the Premier League game of your choice. One grand prize winner gets a trip to the UK and a ticket to see another Premier League game during the 2014-15 season. Although the game itself is somewhat ordinary, many people might find themselves playing just for the potential prizes.
FanXT is somewhat of a newcomer on the scene of fantasy football, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to offer. They have a very basic fantasy setup that’s similar in style to the official game. You choose 15 players (4 alternates) to fill out your roster each week and they all accumulate points based on various statistical categories. There were weekly, monthly and overall cash prizes up awarded for the last season, but there doesn’t appear to be any prizes available this time around (other than bragging rights with your friends), but, for those who love the game, this is certainly a solid choice. FanXT also has an EPL match prediction game that allows you to predict the outcome (including the score) of all 10 matches each week.
But, FanXT doesn’t simply stop with that. They’ve also got a “Fantasy EPL Commissioner” option that allows you to take the reins over an entire league. You can set the values of the players, how much money your league members can start off with, the amount of teams in the league, and virtually anything else you can imagine. This is innovative, as almost all current fantasy football offerings don’t give you this kind of customization. Usually, you rely on a set list of rules and regulations and you have no say in how those rules are carried out. But, with FanXT’s EPL Commissioner, you can create a league exactly how you see fit. You can start a 14-day free trial at any time without the need for a credit card.
Yahoo is actually one of the largest fantasy sports providers on the internet. More people use Yahoo for their fantasy sport ventures than virtually any other site on the web (and for good reason). The game itself is, again, very similar to almost any other fantasy football game, but Yahoo has one of the sleekest and easiest to use designs that you’ll find. They have also integrated player notes into the interface so that you can be notified of injuries or late scratches as soon as possible. Yahoo gives you the ability to play on multiple devices, ensuring that you’ll never be left behind.
All of that being said, Yahoo still categorizes their EPL fantasy offering as a “casual game,” and that really seems to show through. It’s certainly fun, but there’s little incentive to keep paying attention week after week and there are no customization options.
These three fantasy Premier League providers offer a distinct cross-section of the game. You have incentivized play, competitive (and customizable) play, and casual play to choose from. In any event, this upcoming season is sure to be an exciting one no matter what fantasy provider you choose.