It’s that time of year where faithful (American) football fans start getting anxious and antsy. Not because they’re worried about how their favorite club is going to perform in the upcoming season. No, it’s the virtual team that gets these folks all worked up. Fantasy football season is upon us.
We’ve put together a collection of five apps that will help Android users create, manage, and track fantasy football teams. We know there are scores of other apps available to choose from but we think these five are a solid place to start. We’d love to hear what Android app(s) you are using for fantasy football. Is it one of these or do you prefer a different title?
This week’s topic: Fantasy football apps for Android
ESPN Fantasy Football 2012
The official ESPN Fantasy Football app features full team management (start/bench players, add, drop, and claim players off waivers, propose, trades), and the ability to post messages to your league’s message board. Stay in the know with up-to-the-minute scoring and stats as well as personalized push notifications for injuries, substitutions, and scoring updates. Of course you’re the smartest guy in the room but it doesn’t hurt to have news, videos and tweets from ESPN’s fantasy analysts on your side. Note that you’ll not be able to manage past or future teams and that this is for 2012 only.
NFL.com Fantasy Football 2012
If you’ve got an NFL.com fantasy football team then you’ll want to download this free app. Details are exactly what you’d think they are, including registration of a team, live scores, player news, and other basic management. Have more than one team? This app lets you control everything across each of your clubs and provides ability to set lineups anywhere and everywhere. NFL.com also promises new features before the official start of the 2012 NFL season.
Yahoo! Fantasy Football ’12
The web’s most popular fantasy football service’s mobile companion is as rich it gets. Like the others, it provides live scoring and stat tracking, full roster management, and message board access. Have a particular matchup you want to track? Yahoo! allows for that across current, past, and upcoming matchups. Login options include Yahoo!, Facebook and Google.
CBS Sports Pro Football
Not specifically designed for fantasy football, the CBS app is a great sports app to have for following football in general. It’s been nearly 9 months since the last update so we’re not sure if they’ll add anything new for the 2012 season. Details include live fantasy scores, lineup settings, add/drop players, stats, player news, on demand video, and expert analysis. Speaking more broadly, this is also one of our favorite ways of following professional football.
Fantasy Football Insider
Whether you’re participating in an ESPN, NFL.com, or Yahoo! fantasy football league, this app is a great way to supplement your mobile experience. Get stats, standings, schedules, rumors, news, insider information, and more to stay a step of your frenemies. Live coverage, videos, integrated Twitter feeds, and other great things are but a click away. Bonus premium content is also available to PFW subscribers!
What apps are you using to manage your Fantasy Football team? Leave a comment below with your picks and faves!