Star Fantasy Leagues Review

Star Fantasy League started up in 2012 by Justin and Zachary Stanley, brothers that loved fantasy sports and wanted to create the ideal platform to play them on. Since then it has grown really quickly and in last year’s NFL season they paid out $375,000 in winnings. This year they aim to provide over half a million dollars for the players of their site.

Star Fantasy League has gained a lot of respect of its players and has made a number of collaborations, like using STATS, the sports statistics service, and being a member of the Fantasy Sports Trading Association. They have appeared also in important media sites, on CBS, GamesBeat, ABC and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Star Fantasy Leagues’ Variety of Fantasy Football Games

Games tend to be daily, weekly, seasonal and yearly with 10, 20 or single head-to-head events and multiplayer leagues that will appear often allowing hundreds of players to join in and win great prizes.

There is the regular one-to-one game, Heads-Up for playing friends and colleagues, or similar a Double-Up or Triple-Up, which if you are the top half or third you win double or triple your entry fee respectively. For a few playing at the same time there are the multiple player Winner Take All games, where the winner simply wins it all and the typical Salary Cap league events which take place regularly. These are where you select your team with a budget of $100,000 and where until the scoring starts you can make as many changes to your lineup as you wish. A number of them will appear as Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPP) and these will be events where the prize pool will be paid out fully no matter how members join in. Some game allow for multientry too, and are marked up for this, that will allow you to play them all at the same time if you wish to.

Snake Draft Leagues may well add the pressure and make it more exciting, where you only have a number of seconds to select your draft, or simply choose the auto-draft. These come in two varieties, Instant Snake Drafts and Season-Long Snake Drafts.

Star Fantasy Leagues’ Site Usability

The site is definitely themed to provide distinction, which some may find appealing or not, but it does give the site personality. The lobby looks busy with a large number of buttons to help you filter down the events you wish to look at. The minimum-maximum slider for the amount of buy-in you are interested in is a good idea, knowing what range you have to spend allows you to compare events. From the buttons you can select the type of league you want, its duration, what game type, style and number of players. Overall, the site is easy enough to use as newbie or expert enthusiastic player.

The site sports high quality statistics features and the room for drafting has great filtering functionality to help you home in on the players you want in your team. Players can be focused on by position, matchup and team and added to your roster. Usefully, you can export and import your lineups easily for pulling into the contests later.

The registration on Star Fantasy Leagues is more secure than most sites, with their collaboration with IDology and making it safer for regular players. Here you must identify yourself with your address details and last 4 digits of your SSN before you can start playing. This may seem excessive and intimidating for some players and will slow down their growth a little, but on the plus side you know that everyone who is in the system is more authentic and there are no duplicate accounts on there.

Star Fantasy Leagues’ Player Support

At a time when many companies cannot afford or be bothered to keep a chat facility on their sites it is great to see an active chat on the Star Fantasy League pages (just click on the ‘show chat’ tab on the right hand side of the page). This allows the members to chat to each other and build a sense of community, which really does build loyalty and fun to playing online. There is also the means of emailing support to get answers to whatever queries you might have, which is probably more useful when personal info needs to be communicated. There is a reasonable amount of FAQ or informational material on the site that explains much of what you need to know to enjoy playing there.

Star Fantasy League uses Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover as credit card means of depositing money, although withdrawals from all these can take a while because checks have to be posted. The other forms of transaction are PayPal, Dwolla and Skrill (used to be MoneyBookers) and these tend to be much easier and quicker to use. A delay of only one business day is suggested on the site for PayPal or Dwolla users.

The rake taken is a standard 10% of the lower entry fee events, however this goes down to 8% at $109 to 5% at $420.

Star Fantasy Leagues’ Incentives

Still building up their base of players and game there is a fair amount of action taking place in the Star Fantasy League lobby at any time you enter it from freerolls to $420 an event. There is also a sign up bonus at 20% of the deposit to being taking part here, all the way up to a maximum of $500 free.

Star Fantasy Leagues Summary

Star Fantasy Leagues are growing and getting better as the team behind them now become more established. They do not quite have the large events seen in more popular sites but there is always enough going on to keep the member occupied. The freerolls are good for getting the newbies more involved too.

Star Fantasy Leagues

Star Fantasy Leagues
7.5

Incentives

70/10

    Variety of Games

    80/10

      Usability

      70/10

        Player Support

        80/10

          Pros

          • - Lots of freeroll contests
          • - Secure registration
          • - Active chat makes site social and friendly

          Cons

          • - Bad mobile experience
          • - No mobile app
          • - Lower user base compared to competitors