There are numerous ways to manage your fantasy football teams using the iPhone or iPod touch. In addition to the official apps from ESPN, Yahoo, or CBS, there are a number of football apps that will track multiple teams from different websites. You'll also find plenty of apps with football news and fantasy draft advice. Here are eight fantasy football apps worth checking out.
While the 2010 version of ESPN Fantasy Football set you back US$4.99, the 2011 version is free! With that, one of best tools for managing your fnatasy team has become even better. The app includes an interactive management tool so you can easily craft your starting lineup, complete trades, or drop players from your team. It also features live scoring and it supports push notifications for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. Fantasy football news is available within the app, and it includes Twitter integration as well. Even the ads are gone from last year's version! If you play in an ESPN league, check this one out.
Reviewers at the App Store absolutely rave about the Fantasy Football Cheatsheet app ($2.99). With information on over 500 football players, the Fantasy Football Cheatsheet is a great way to keep on top of your fantasy team. For each player, the app includes a profile, historical stats for 2009 and 2008, projections for 2010, and the latest news. Within the app, you can manage multiple drafts, view team schedules, or browse the latest injury information. The "My Team" tab provides an overview of all the latest news impacting your team.
If you manage multiple fantasy football teams on both Yahoo and ESPN, the Fantasy Football Monster app ($2.99) is worth a look. The app works with both Yahoo and ESPN fantasy teams, but keep in mind that it no longer supports CBS teams like it has in past years. Fantasy Football Monster has all the basics, including the ability to add/drop players, complete trades, view standings, and browse the latest news and injury information. The app also makes it easy to edit your lineup by dragging and dropping individual players.
The Yahoo Fantasy Football app (Free) also gets very strong ratings from reviewers at the iTunes store. Unlike previous years, live scoring will be included for free in the 2010 app. Yahoo Fantasy Football lets you manage your team and starting lineup, add or drop players, and view schedules. The interface has also been updated to a sleeker look, and the app has been optimized for the iPhone 4, according to Yahoo.
HuddleHub's Fantasy Football (Free) is another app that lets you manage both Yahoo and ESPN teams. In addition to all the normal management tools, Huddlehub Fantasy Football features free live scoring for all NFL games. The interface is pretty slick, and the snazzy blue design stands out compared to most fantasy football apps. You can import multiple teams from both Yahoo and ESPN, all of which are accessible from the team management tab.
If you manage a fantasy football team on CBSSports.com -- rather than Yahoo or ESPN -- the CBS app could be worth your while. In addition to NFL live scoring and football news, the CBS football app also includes management tools for fantasy teams. You'll be able to update your team, manage your starting lineup, and add or drop players. The CBS app also includes a good amount of video content, such as game recaps and player interviews.
ESPN's fantasy football draft app (Free) provides a host of research and statistics to get you ready for your draft. The app includes rankings for over 500 football players, each with their own "player card" with statistics and professional analysis. The rankings are updated throughout the season. You can sort players by rank, which makes it easy to see the top players at a glance, and email your draft list. Since it's a free app, the ESPN Fantasy Football Draft Kit includes ads along the bottom of the screen.
If you're into multiple fantasy sports, the FanBall.com Fantasy News app (Free) provides news and analysis for four different professional leagues. You'll get plenty of NFL news and player updates, but the app also includes information on professional baseball, hockey, and basketball. The "Our View" section features analysis from FanBall's experts on what the news means for fantasy teams.