Each of our reviews, scores, and rankings is derived from our proprietary Ranking Criteria™. We do not have any relationships with companies that guarantee position, rank or score—and we never will. Like many sites, we are compensated through affiliate relationships with each company we review; however, our Ranking Criteria™, along with real customer reviews from people like you, ensure we remain honest and unbiased. Read on to discover more about how user review moderation and expert scoring is processed or select an industry to see our full ranking criteria.

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14% League Types

It is important for a fantasy football service to provide a number of different products that cater to an increasing fan-base. Consequently, we look out for four basic league types in which a potential user might participate:

  • Free: There is no obligation to pay, and users are given access to a standard set of features.
  • Paid: Users can elect to pay an entry fee to compete for cash or prizes.
  • Public: This type of league, usually run and regulated by the provider, is open to any of the site’s users.
  • Private: Users can opt to form their own leagues, set their own rules, and make them closed to the public.

6% Paid League

One aspect of fantasy football that is rapidly growing in popularity is the “pay-to-play” option offered by many fantasy football companies. This type of league option allows users to pay an entry fee for the chance to win cash or other prizes. We evaluate the average price of these paid leagues for each company and provide visitors to our site with the range of prices that a user could expect to pay to participate in one of these leagues.

15% Draft Features

Fantasy football services should offer their users a particular set of draft features to be considered top-quality:

  • Mock Draft: This gives users the ability to test out different drafting strategies, and collaborate with other users before the season begins.
  • Autopick: Using either a snake or auction draft format, the service will automatically set draft orders for teams participating in a given league.
  • Offline Draft: For users who enjoy getting together in person to fill out their fantasy drafts, the best fantasy football services allow manual uploads of fantasy draft results.
  • Draft Kit: Usually available for purchase, the draft kit includes a draft board, player names and numbers, and a variety of other components to bring your offline draft to life.

13% Analysis

Of course, no fantasy football service would be complete without comprehensive expert analysis to keep users informed and engaged with their fantasy teams. As such, we evaluate a services’s analysis and coverage over a variety of metrics, including whether there are industry experts on staff, informative and relevant blogs and podcasts, whether the fantasy football service is connected to a major broadcasting network, and the presence of injury reports and player projections.

20% Gameplay

The most important aspect of any fantasy football service is its gameplay. Not only does this involve live, second-by-second scoring for your individual team, but also your league’s matchup rankings, up-to-the-minute player stats and info, and a functional message board that allows users to communicate, even trash-talk one another during the game.

15% Consumer Reviews

This site is designed to let consumers share their experiences. Given our expertise in many industries and the knowledge that we have gained over the years, we know that some of the most important opinions come from real customers. That is why we have allocated so much of our overall rating to the voice of our validated customer reviews. The Consumer Reviews Score is broken down into three metrics:

  1. The Average User Score
  2. Total Number of Reviews
  3. Total Number of Reviews in the last 12 months

These 3 metrics not only help us understand what consumers are saying, they also help us gain an understanding of volume and recency. All of which are critical to understanding the value of a company in the eyes of the consumer.

Note: this is different from the user score that is displayed on each company profile. The “user score” that is publicly displayed is the average of all user scores published for a given profile.

User Review Moderation

In order to prevent fake and misleading user reviews, BestCompany.com has a review moderation team specifically assigned to moderating all user reviews for all companies listed on the site. This team follows a very specific and strict moderation process that has been designed by gathering learnings from mistakes other major review sites have made in the past.

This moderation process involves a “flag” system where a flag is assessed for each negative attribute associated with a user review. Too many flags result in a disapproval of a user review. Some of the things our moderation staff looks for and assigns potential flags to include:

  • Email address verification of the user
  • IP address duplication and region check
  • User review semantic verification
  • Is the user an employee of the organization?
  • Is the user associated with a competitor of the organization?
  • Foul language of any kind
  • Relevance of the content pertaining to the company and the review

As you can probably tell, we take our user review moderation process very seriously. We believe accuracy and authenticity is critical when it comes to user reviews, and as a result we are constantly finding new ways to evolve our user moderation process to make it better. Please note that while we do our best to manually moderate each and every user review, mistakes can be made; however, our dedication to resolving errors in our process is what sets us apart from other review sites in the industry.

17% Expert Review

Along with the criteria points mentioned above, we take into account a variety of other factors that help determine the viability, stability and trustworthiness of a company. As experts, we conduct an extensive research process specifically tailored to each industry that considers many additional factors including:

  • Financial Standing of the organization
  • The number of industry experts and professionals on staff
  • The company’s ability to scale
  • Historical revenue/growth
  • Past and current lawsuits
  • Customer service and transparency
  • And much more.

We consider this Expert Review process a vital component of how we rank and review companies. As a result, the factors included are always changing, adapting, and updating. We also reserve the right to voice our expert opinions as a part of each review.

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