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Fantasy Football 2014: Top 5 Best Apps

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Gearing up for fantasy football in 2014? The following apps are the best for managing your league, and can even help you take your team to the next level. Read on to see our top picks for the best fantasy football apps for the 2014-2015 season.


1. RotoWire Fantasy News Center

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(RotoWire.com Fantasy News Center)

RotoWire.com Fantasy News Center is a great resource for fantasy football fans. The app provides up-to-the-minute fantasy sports news and analysis for football, as well as other sports. If you’re looking for a way to stay current on injuries and other news, this app is a solid option. RotoWire has a whole host of awesome fantasy apps, which you can check out at the RotoWire site. All of their awesome apps can help up your fantasy football game this season.

Download the Android version here.

Download the iPhone version here.


Pros:

  • Free
  • Easy to navigate
  • Handy player search feature
  • Info on both pro and college sports
  • Offers both news and recommendations based on injury reports

  • Cons:

  • Seems a bit slow to upload stats, compared to some other apps
  • Some features require a subscription
  • May not appeal to those looking for an app that focuses only on football
  • Interface may feel a bit sterile to some
  • Some users want more info throughout the app

  • 2. Fanium: Mobile Fantasy Football

    Check out the video above to watch a “getting started” guide for Fanium.

    While Fanium may be too feature-light for some experienced players, it will appeal to fantasy football noobs, or those looking for a more streamlined experience that will be less of a time drain. It may also appeal to those players who lack real-world league connections and are looking for an experience that feels a bit more solo-friendly. It will also work for leagues where nobody can agree on a date to get together for the draft.

    Pando Daily had some great things to say about this app in their write-up of Fanium:

    “One of the biggest differences between Fanium and every other season-long (as opposed to daily) fantasy game in the market is the league creation and drafting experience. In most cases, setting up a league is akin to filling out forms in the waiting room of a doctor’s office…

    Fanium solves for this problem by removing the strict timeline for the draft through what it calls ‘Flowlive.’ A Fanium draft is powered entirely by push notification and can take hours or days, as much or as little time as the participants want and need. Each user has up to eight hours to make their pick, before it is the next user’s turn.”

    Download the Android version here.

    Download the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Fanium uses a slow live draft format with an eight hour window for selection
  • Free to download
  • Draft clock automatically adjusts to speed up picks when one member is dragging their feet
  • Excellent mobile design
  • Autopick drafting is available

  • Cons:

  • Scoring system may not appeal to all players
  • No support for older Android devices, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry
  • Unlike some other apps, Fanium caps the number of leagues you can join
  • There are no kickers or team defenses
  • May be missing some deeper features that experienced players crave

  • 3. Fantasy Sports Advisor

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    (Fantasy Sports Advisor)

    Fantasy Sports Advisor offers both football and baseball advice. If you need help determining who to draft, who to start, or who to trade, this is a great app to check out. You can get custom advice within 24 hours, with an answer based on your particular score, roster, and specific dilemma.

    The only downside seems to be that, as of this writing, the app hasn’t yet been updated for 2014. The last big update was in early August of last year, and it’s non unreasonable to expect the 2014 update around the same time. Still, this update schedule might not work out for you, depending on when your team schedules its draft date.

    Download the Android version here.

    Download the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Free app
  • Customized sports advice
  • Simple navigation
  • Includes both ranking and basic news feeds
  • Some users have reported freezing

  • Cons:

  • Custom advice comes at a price: 99 cents for two questions, up to 50 questions for $20.99
  • Has been awhile since last update
  • Lacks free, robust commentary and advice
  • May not appeal to those with pressing questions that require answers within jus a few hours
  • App’s split focus on football and baseball may not appeal to some users

  • 4. ESPN Fantasy Football

    Check out this funny promo video for ESPN’s fantasy football in the player above.

    ESPN’s latest update to their fantasy football app has gotten rave reviews from various tech blogs. Phandroid notes the Android version of the app is now particularly noteworthy:

    “What we get compared to the original — which was a pretty terrible, non-native pain in the wahoo — is a breath of fresh air. ESPN has finally hired developers to create an app that 100% adheres to Android’s design guidelines. Overflow pickers, sliding menus, and native UI elements all come together to create an app that feel at home on Android. Push notifications will alert you to pertinent goings-on as soon as they happen. Heck, they even implement circle-shaped profile photos.”

    If you’re an Android fan who was disappointed with the previous version of the ESPN app, now might be a good chance to give the app a second look.

    You can learn how ESPN stacks up against CBS and Yahoo’s fantasy football offerings by reading this article.

    Download the Android version here.

    Download the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Recently updated with cosmetic and functional changes
  • Free alerts
  • Create a team or league right from the app
  • Enhanced social media integration
  • Easy Facebook login

  • Cons:

  • Somewhat limited message board capabilities
  • Users report app can sometime crash
  • Some users have reported issues with adding people to their league
  • May not be optimized for your tablet
  • Some users report the latest version of the app feels a bit dumbed down

  • 5. Downcast

    Check out CNET’s review of the Downcast app in the video above.

    If you’re serious about fantasy football dominance, then you need to spend at least a few hours a week listening to the best football podcasts. The iOS app Downcast is a great place to grab your favorite podcasts– without the need to sync with iTunes. If you’re looking for an app that can centralize all your favorite NFL podcasts and fantasy football advice, Downcast is a great option. At least, as long as you own an iOS device.

    If you’re looking for a list of the best fantasy football podcasts to start with, check out this reference guide from FantasySports.com, which highlights some awesome football podcasts.

    Download the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Create and edit smart playlists
  • Support for password-protected feeds
  • Settings for auto-download and episode retention
  • Search and subscribe to podcasts right from within the app
  • Great for non-football related podcasts, too

  • Cons:

  • Only available for iOS and Mac (Sorry, Android fans)
  • OS X version of the app is quite expensive compared to iOS version
  • Not free
  • Lockscreen controls can be frustrating
  • Getting customized settings just right can be somewhat time-consuming

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