Flea Flicker Pros and Cons- By: Ben Kayser
Fleaflicker Pro’s and Con’s
By: Ben Kayser
So many platforms and so little time. We at the Truth Serum have already reviewed several fantasy football platforms, including one of my personal favorites, Sleeper, but there are so many fantasy platforms that it would be a great disservice to our loyal readers and those seeking our advice to ignore an option, just like how you wouldn’t ignore a player simply because you dislike their team, so all platforms get a fair shake and a fair evaluation from us at The Truth Serum.
In this article, we will discuss Fleaflicker, I can’t say that I have strong negative emotions with this particular platform, I won a dynasty league championship on Fleaflicker in 2019, I took over commissioner duties in two Fleaflicker based dynasty leagues and have met some amazing friends playing in those leagues. There are definitely some nice things about this platform and it has some drawbacks as well so my love/hate relationship with this particular platform will probably either convince you to race to build your league on this site or will send you screaming into an abyss for accidentally starting a benched player in a Fantasy Football Championship, (FYI, I actually did that last year with Derrick Henry and still won, but more on that later).
Fleaflicker has some amazing advantages that cannot be overlooked. It started out as a website and has expanded into an App available for Android and Apple, the two share a lot of functional overlap and the website version has not been ignored by the developers who have upgraded it over the years to make both the app and the website better each year. Fleaflicker also provides numerous options to format your league in terms of both scoring as well as positions, you can easily play individual defensive players (IDPs), heck even punters, (no position is ignored, no matter how little they impact scoring, even one’s who clearly should be). This ability allows an incredible amount of flexibility in league creations though and allows commissioners and fantasy players to make some very competitive and complex leagues. It’s no surprise then that Fleaflicker is often a go to platform for dynasty players. The website and app even help in that regard, every player shows not just their season stats but also a ratio of their consistency as well as their scoring averages over 3 and 5 week trends and by selecting players can review every single season that player has had with ease. This ability to help with dynasty fantasy football also extends to drafts as well, players can easily trade picks during start-up drafts on Fleaflicker and allow for supplemental rookie drafts, even in the first year of a dynasty league. All things considered Fleaflicker has some amazing attributes which have made it a popular platform but don’t go jumping on the site just yet, it is not without its flaws.
The flaws inherent in Fleaflicker are hard to overlook or ignore and they limit the sites popularity compared to some like ESPN, Sleeper, Yahoo, or even NFL’s own version. For starters the ability to communicate with fellow players on Fleaflicker is obvious. Although you can share messages, they are rarely looked at by most leagues I have seen, and are easy to miss. Compared to the league chat in Sleeper, it is positively archaic, this problem also extends to trade discussions as well. The ability to negotiate trades in private is difficult on Fleaflicker because of how poorly messages are communicated on the website and app. Every league I am in that uses Fleaflicker supplements these issues by using Facebook messenger as a “league chat” group and is used far more often in trade negotiations. However, if someone ends up in “Facebook jail” for any number of reasons that have nothing to do with fantasy football, a league could easily end up with being unable to communicate with a member for weeks or days, not an ideal situation in the often fast moving world of fantasy football on waiver wire Tuesday or a fast approaching trade deadline. The Fleaflicker app also has some functionality issues, not every feature available on the website is available on the app, several examples include, an inability to look at a past season once a new season starts on the app and several features like, mock drafts, breaking player news, or waiver wire pick-up advice are only available on the website. It’s also somewhat ironic that a fantasy platform that seems to be so well developed for experienced fantasy football players also doesn’t allow auction drafts, something that some experienced fantasy players prefer over traditional snake drafts.
I honestly wish I could say the flaws in Fleaflicker end there but unfortunately there are several more that deserve mention. Unlike many fantasy platforms like Yahoo, ESPN, Sleeper, or NFL fantasy give advice and projections on every single player each week at no cost to the user. Fleaflicker does the exact opposite, you can get that advice but you are not going to get it for free, the cost is now around $25, (it was only $10 last year), which seems excessive for information that can easily be obtained for free in other locations and was of limited utility regardless. If you are a new player on Fleaflicker don’t fall for the Edge gimmick, I tried it merely to see what it was like last year, but if you are new to fantasy football find people you trust on Fantasy Pros, Rotowire, ESPN, or even Joey, Jeff, and Jordan here at the Truth Serum if you want advice and the cost will be far lower. One final flaw that I cannot ignore with Fleaflicker is that it doesn’t communicate with its fantasy players at all. As I mentioned earlier I won a league championship, but more by dumb luck, I was working in an area with limited internet access last December so when Derrick Henry was benched to rest for the playoffs basically killed me because Fleaflicker didn’t even warn me when that relatively late decision came down. It also cost me a championship as well but NFL Fantasy at least warned me in advance, granted I didn’t see it until it was too late but at least NFL Fantasy tried to warn me, no such luck with Fleaflicker. If you’re a new player mistakes like this can be extremely costly and not everyone monitors the injury report that closely on Sunday mornings so having apps like Yahoo and NFL that warn you before game time give them a definite advantage over what seems like an older design with Fleaflicker.
Fleaflicker is a difficult fantasy platform to evaluate. In some ways the stats are incredibly helpful for experienced fantasy players and it’s certainly an easy app to navigate and become accustomed to. It’s also relatively easy to set up leagues in Fleaflicker and to customize them to your heart’s content. The flaws though can almost be simplified to, communication is an issue on Fleaflicker, not just on trading or league chats but also its inability to communicate effectively with players and leagues using the platform limits its advantages. I give it a C to C- grade, there are better platforms to use at times but it’s also hard to overlook Fleaflicker’s ability to help dynasty leagues which keep it from getting an even lower grade. If you get a chance to play in a Fleaflicker league or take over a team on Fleaflicker, I recommend YOU ABSOLUTELY DO IT, your fantasy skills will be enhanced by playing on this app and will make you a better player and researcher. However, ultimately this is all just my opinion. Do you agree? Or am I crazy, like the guy who takes Lamar Jackson in the first round of a single QB PPR league? Either way play on fellow fantasy footballers and STAY TRUE.