Fantasy Football

Are you ready for some football? If you’re a football fan and like to play fantasy, hopefully your team is set and ready to dominate your league. Even though Drew Brees and Brett Favre (OK, Farve, not so much) started helping their teams on Thursday night, things really get going today. Before the rest of the games start, we wanted to provide you with a brief overview of some of the best fantasy apps for Android.

Whether you use Yahoo or ESPN, which are the two main fantasy services, there is an app out there. Each has its pros and cons, which I have outlined for you below. 

Yahoo! Fantasy Football ‘10

Yahoo is one of the most popular sites to play fantasy sports on and football is no exception.

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Upside:

  • Free
  • Check league and player stats
  • Make changes to your roster
  • The UI is similar to the website

Biggest complaint:

  • Yahoo recently brought this app to Android and the biggest complaint I have heard is that it can be a bit unstable. Errors pop up while trying to navigate to different areas of the app. The developers should fix that soon.

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ESPN Fantasy Football 2010

The other major player in fantasy sports.

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Upside:

  • Manage rosters
  • Make all lineup changes
  • Propose trades
  • Get live scoring
  • Scrolling ticker at bottom for news

Biggest complaint:

  • Costs $4.99 (a bit pricey for what it offered for free from other services)
  • No widget

Coming soon:

  • Push notifications

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Huddle Hub

If you play Yahoo and ESPN, Huddle Hub may be a good choice for you, as it allows users to manage both services. It’s currently in Beta, so don’t expect everything to be fully cooked yet.

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Upside:

  • Free
  • Allows management of Yahoo and ESPN leagues
  • Make roster changes

Biggest complaint:

  • Lack of live scoring and notifications 

Coming soon:

  • Live scoring
  • Alerts

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ESPN is a more functional app than the other two, but it should be if you’re paying $4.99 for the app. Yahoo! and Huddle Hub will do just fine if you’re looking for a free alternative.

I would suggest trying them out to see how they work for you. You can try the ESPN app for 24 hours, and if it’s not for you, just get a refund. But make sure to download one of these apps soon as the NFL season is getting underway already. You need to stay on top of the live scoring and what better way than on your Android phone?
 

 

Reader comments

Are you ready for some football? Fantasy football on Android

16 Comments

It really sucks that NFL.com has such a sick app but the fantasy football part of it sucks.
All you can do is add a player. No live scoring. Just stats that are about a half hour behind.
NFL.com should be the leader in fantasy football, not the pretender.

Honestly...how could you miss the guru? They handle all of your yahoo fantasy sports....

Poorly done, android central

Fantasy Guru is a great app, I hadn't used it a lot compared to the others, but it is definitely worthy. I recommend it for anyone using Yahoo for their fantasy sports now that I have gotten a chance to use it.

The CBS one really sucks considering how much we pay for the online service. The ESPN one is pretty good and I don't mind the $4.99 since the site is free. We will see how it does today under a full load.

Is there anything that can actually manage your team on NFL.com? I can't believe they're so behind.

I found the NFL.com web-page to come up pretty well in Landscape view on my Droid X today(it will look even better with flash). It's not as good as an app but still better then nothing.

Any idea how I can get this outside of the states? I am in Hong Kong for the next 2 weeks and my fantasy team got crushed this week...

Yahoos app really let me down today. Super slow navigating through screens and the updates were really far behind. This was all either on wifi or 3G with good service. Droid1 oc'ed to 1g.

I'm loving the ESPN app. I've found a few things on there that I don't even know how to view on the web-page. Well worth the $5 if you pay any attention to you fantasy team.

Not a big fan of the Huddle Hub app, but I can see it's uses if you run 3 or more teams on ESPN and/or Yahoo. Otherwise your phones web-browser will do a much better job of showing you scores and allowing you to customize your team. I'm not really seeing the point in this app since it's only good for people running too many fantasy leagues. People that are running this many leagues are likely going to be into it enough that they will put up the $5 for the ESPN app and get more use out of it. I still have some hope for this app though.

Jeez I wish Fleaflicker would put out an app...

And how do you knock the ESPN app for not having a widget, but you make no mention of that for the Yahoo app?

Yahoo's app also sucks for finding and sorting players to put onto your roster, no draft options at all, no research info, no chat/messaging/smack talk, and it's pretty cumbersome. But it *is* pretty.

I love the ESPN app. I got caught in a tough spot last year a couple of time when I needed to change my line up yet had no access to a computer. I do hope though because it's the "ESPN 2010" app, they don't try charging us every year.