While fantasy football may have started out as a geeky, niche hobby, it's since grown into a pop-culture phenomenon, even forming the basis of the sitcom "The League." One of the big reasons for that spike in popularity is the wealth of online tools that do away with clunky bookkeeping and make it easier to keep tabs on players and stats across an entire fantasy league. It gets even better with mobile apps entering the fray. Whether you're gearing up for the 2018 season or looking to get an edge in daily drafts, check out the best fantasy football apps on Android and iOS.
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The NFL's Fantasy Football app (Android, iOS) is a good place to start your search for fantasy football apps, with the latest news and data sourced straight from the NFL itself. The NFL Fantasy Football app allows users to join and create leagues, as well as draft a team with your other friends and league competitors, with options for standard, auction and live lobby drafts, as well as mock drafts to test things out. Users can configure their lineups, set up trades, as well as access the latest scores and stats, as well as news, videos and analysis.
ESPN's Fantasy Football app (Android, iOS) allows you to take your desktop fantasy sports account mobile. You can create teams and leagues and participate in mock and live drafts from your phone or tablet. The app comes with team management tools making it easy to set up your starters and bench players, as well as trade them with other league teams. Users can get FantasyCast live scoring, as well as news and videos from ESPN's own team of analysts.
Search giant Yahoo's carved out a respectable niche for itself in the field of online fantasy sports. The Yahoo Fantasy Sports app (Android, iOS) is a top-notch football app that covers a variety of other fantasy sports, such as baseball, basketball and hockey. Players can create or join fantasy leagues, set up drafts, quickly set up team lineups and track scores and performance, as well as check out pieces by Yahoo Sports and Rotoworld experts. In addition to custom leagues, users can also participate in weekly and daily fantasy games with a chance to win real money.
CBS's Sports Fantasy app (Android, iOS) is another versatile fantasy sports app that covers fantasy football, baseball, basketball and hockey. While you'll get the most benefit from playing your fantasy leagues at CBSSports, the app also provides a variety of features such as season projections, a draft companion, player news, and player rankings that will be useful even if you play at Yahoo, ESPN, or other fantasy sports platforms. CBSSports account users can also set up drafts, access live scores and other personalized content.
Rotowire has a long history of providing high quality tools to the fantasy sports community, and this year's Rotowire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2018 is no exception. The iOS app is a powerful assistant to fantasy football fans, allowing them to input their league's roster and scoring settings. The Rotowire app creates a ranked "cheat sheet" based on performance projections. Users can set draft priorities, run mock drafts against the AI, view detailed projections, news stories and analysis and more. Highly configurable and capable of spitting out a wealth of statistics and projections, Rotowire's Draft Kit app makes for a great companion for fantasy football fans who want to take their draft to the next level.
Another well-regarded fantasy football companion app is the Footballguys Fantasy Football Draft Dominator series. The 2018 edition (Android, iOS) continues that tradition, with a comprehensive draft assistant that provides options for customizing settings to match your fantasy football league. Adaptive rankings for your draft picks change to reflect your team's needs, and you'll also find mock drafts, team ratings, pick tiers, and and player watch and avoid lists within the app. It's another solid pick when it comes to apps that can give you an edge in your fantasy draft game.
FantasyPro's Fantasy Football Draft Wizard (Android, iOS) is another neat Fantasy Football draft companion app that provides some useful free features that get better if you subscribe to the premium tiers. Users can set up custom mock drafts, create custom cheat sheets, and check out expert advice and analysis on player picks and draft tactics. The app supports custom drafts, and users who sign up for the premium tiers get extra features, such as a live draft assistant that syncs with major draft hosts such as Yahoo, NFL & CBS, a Pick Predictor, and Keeper League support.