Five fantastic free apps for fantasy football fans
Football season is in full swing, and hopefully your fantasy team is dominating your league, but if not, there’s still time to turn it around. The best way to do that is to stay on top of the all the goings-on in the NFL any way you can—you have to know who’s injured, who’s healthy, who’s choking, and who’s having a breakout year. Cut the fat on your own roster, through trades or by watching the waiver wire, and keep making changes in your starting lineup until things finally click. If all that sounds like work, don’t worry—these fantasy football apps make it easy to manage your team, keep tabs on the rest of your league, and of course, talk some smack to your opponents. Better yet, all these apps are free.
You can’t talk about football apps and not include the NFL Enterprises’ NFL Mobile—not to be confused with NFL.com Fantasy Football (which isn’t as good). This app is feature-packed, with a user-friendly interface and smooth navigation.
Football fans will be pleased with the wealth of info NFL has packed into this app, including schedules, scores, standings, news, and videos. You can select your favorite team to get a customized experience, and of course there’s a fantasy football manager.
This section includes advice and expert analysis, rankings, projections, trends, and info on injuries. Basically, it has everything you need to know to keep your fantasy team on top.
Thuuz Sports is another fully featured app that goes beyond offering the standard fantasy football manager. It includes plentiful info on all major sports, including a swipeable interface that shows schedules. You can change settings to view only the sports you’re interested in and sort games by their start time or excitement rating (based on current buzz).
The app also offers alerts and a tracking tool for finding where you can watch games online or on TV. The fantasy section lets you import teams from CBS Sports, ESPN, FleaFlicker, FoxSports, NFL.com, and Yahoo. In addition to the usual features, such as the ability to execute trades right in the app, Thuuz includes a Smack Talk module and an Invite Rivals feature, which lets you take things to the next level.
For those in a league created via ESPN, its eponymous Fantasy Football app is an obvious choice. You won’t see as many extras as the first two apps have, but the ESPN fantasy app has the fantasy offerings down pat.
You can manage multiple teams and leagues; follow your matchups in real time; add, drop, and trade players; and make up-to-the-second lineup changes. You can also get alerts when your players score, as well as view and post messages (aka trash-talk) to your league’s message board.
Additionally, the app includes the latest football headlines, the NFL Scoreboard, video, and the latest tweets from ESPN Fantasy Analysts.
CBS Sports is the name of the game here, making this app a good choice for those in a CBS Sports league. This app has a slightly slicker interface than ESPN’s option, though you get a lot of the same features and info. The main screen offers sections for advice, news, and projections. Digging further into advice gets you player news, player rankings, roster trends, and fantasy tips. You can manage multiple teams, switching between them with two quick taps, as well as add, drop, and trade players on the fly. There are also live scoring alerts and access to CBS’s Survivor Pools, and Pick’em games, which you can even jump into mid-season.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports Football is a veritable smorgasbord of fantasy football features—and it looks good to boot. It’s also very easy to navigate, and it gives you access to all the tools you need.
As you would expect, you can add, remove, and trade players from the app, as well as create live and mock drafts while chatting with other managers. There are also live scoring alerts and a roster manager that lets you select backup players the moment you hear of an injury.
Other features include matchups, breaking news about players, and message boards. Additionally, detailed player pages offer stats and advice from fantasy experts. It’s a great choice for those in Yahoo Sports leagues.