Whether you want live score updates, breaking football news, or a little help managing your fantasy football league, these are the football apps that every NFL fan should download before the season starts.
1. NFL Game Rewind
NFL Game Rewind lets you rematch NFL games on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. If you missed a game, or just want to watch your favorite moment from a recent game, this awesome app can give you exclusive camera views and tons of bonus content.
Pros:Watch full replays of NFL gamesRobust statsSchedule is easy to navigateSee exclusive “All-22” and “End Zone” camera anglesTons of content
Cons:Requires subscriptionDoes not include access to live NFL gamesAvailability of HD-quality video is subject to device internet-connection speedNot available for some users outside the USDue to NFL broadcast restrictions, NFL Game Rewind service is unavailable during the telecast of Sunday night and Monday Night Football games
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.
Pros:Fanium uses a slow live draft format with an eight hour window for selectionFree to downloadDraft clock automatically adjusts to speed up picks when one member is dragging their feetExcellent mobile designAutopick drafting is available
Cons:Scoring system may not appeal to all playersNo support for older Android devices, Windows Phone, or BlackBerryUnlike some other apps, Fanium caps the number of leagues you can joinThere are no kickers or team defensesMay be missing some deeper features that experienced players crave
3. ESPN Headlines
ESPN Headlines scrapes the latest news from the world of sports, and puts it in an easily scannable interface. This makes the news easier to digest and saves you a ton of time. If you want to stay abreast of football news, or any other news from the sporting world, this app has got you covered…as long as you use Android, that is.
Pros:Robust feed of sports newsGreat for users with older devices, as this app is compatible with Android 2.1 and upInterface is ideal for skimming headlinesFree appHolds a 4.1 rating on Google Play (as of this writing)
Cons:Not available for iOS devicesNot an official ESPN appLong overdue for an updateSome users have reported issues with loading contentInterface is slightly dry and cramped
4. FanDuel: One Week Fantasy Football Leagues
Learn more about how FanDuel works in the video above.
If you’re really into fantasy football, but don’t necessarily want to stay with a league for an entire season, you should check out FanDuel. The FanDuel app basically allows you to join a one-week fantasy football leagues for real money. One-day leagues are also available. If you like sports and you like getting paid, you’d better download this app.
Pros:Join public leagues or play among friendsOver $10 million paid out every weekPick new teams on a weekly or daily basisEntry fees are as low as $1UI is easy to navigate
Cons:The entry fees are low, but they are still a factorMay not appeal to those looking for a long-term league experienceDeposit bonus is released as real cash at a rate of 4% of the entry fee of the contest you enterSome users may prefer web interface over app interfaceSign up could be faster
theScore offers a ton of great features for football fans, along with other major sporting events. You can receive free Push Alerts with scoring updates or key moments, or just stay on top of breaking news about your favorite players. Learn more about this app in the video above.
Download theScore for Android here.
Pros:Also great for following NBA, NHL, MLB, and other major sportsReal-time coverageUse the “My Score” section to customize the apptheScore has recently integrated with WhatsApp, making social sharing easierGet alerts for all kinds of stats and in-game happenings
Cons:Requires relatively recent operating system on your smartphoneParallax scrolling feature may not appeal to all (can be disabled in settings)Some users have complained that more sports should be addedSome users find calculating time zones for certain games to be confusingSome users dislike ads