The NFL season is right around the corner. This is my favorite time of the year, and it also means Fantasy Football is here, too! If you’re like me, then you’ve already begun the process of evaluating the rookies prospects, considering who your keepers might be, and most importantly–planning your Fantasy Football party menu. After the draft, the most important part of competing in most fantasy leagues is maintaining a constant connection with your team. There are vital trends and facts that every fantasy owner needs to stay on top of if they want to bring home the trophy at the end of the football season. In my experience, these are the three best apps to do so on your iPad.
ESPN has been in the Fantasy Football business for a long time now. They were one of the first to offer free leagues, and continue to provide one of the most interactive feature rich options for those who don’t want to drop $150+ to enjoy Fantasy Football with their friends. They also allow hard-core users to own as many as 10 teams and still play for free. Not bad, and you know the analysis and insight is going to be spot on because it’s ESPN. Other notable features include..
- Use the app to participate in mock drafts or use it for your live draft
- Manage your teams throughout the year. Set your starting line-up, add & drop players, work the waiver wire, and even manage trade options
- Notifications! Get notified when your have scoring updates, trade offers or injuries.
- View live-scoring
- Take a look at all your team news and fantasy analysis by the ESPN pro’s
CBS Sports Fantasy takes a little more of a “kitchen sink” approach when it comes to Fantasy Football. They have combined all of their Fantasy Apps into one app. If you only use Fantasy Football, it’s easy enough to access. Each time you re-launch the app it opens in the Fantasy app you had opened, so you don’t have to dive deep into the settings to access your Football team/teams each time. CBS is also selling themselves as the place to go for your Fantasy prep whether you use them or any other site–which is an interesting approach. They even let you access all the draft prep and without a username and still have access to all their great features including…
- Season projections for the current year and stats from the previous season including outlooks, analysis and advice.
- A “Draft Companion” to see the latest player stats, news, rankings and projections
- Individual player news
- Player rankings and projections based on up-to-date info
- Fantasy video shows every Sunday providing start-em and sit-em advice
With a CBS Sportsline account you get additional “premium” info…
- Individual Drafts for regular leagues as well as keeper and Dynasty
- Team management
- Live scoring
- Personalized content for your teams and players
The official NFL.com Fantasy app has come along way, and is still improving. For those seeking a more minimalistic approach, this app might be the best place to start, especially if you are new to the fantasy football scene and are a little overwhelmed by all the options of setting up and running a league. However, you won’t find the visual “polish” and feature rich content that apps like CBS & even ESPN offer. Still, as another free option, NFL adds some options and growing competition that we all benefit from. Nothing new or original in the feature list either…
- Live Drafts (standard, auction, mock)
- Join & create leagues
- Video highlights
- Live scoring
- Team(s) management (set line-up, player transactions, roster and trade options)
- Player news
- Expert analysis