Football season is back, baby!
The kickoff to the 2016 NFL season is rapidly approaching, and from office leagues to public leagues, we're sure there's a lot of you looking to get in on the fantasy action. We've gathered up our favorite Android apps to help you dominate this year's fantasy football draft (and hopefully, the season that follows it)! You'll find plenty of options here, each letting you drill down into player statistics, latest news, and updates to your draft.
Note: these apps are for season-long fantasy football, not daily fantasy sites like FanDuel and Draft Kings.
Update, August 10: This article has been updated with new information about the ESPN Fantasy Sports app.
Yahoo Fantasy includes fantasy leagues for more than just the NFL; you can get in on MLB, NBA and NHL at the same time, too. Before the league actually starts towards the end of the month, you can work on mock drafts, check in on player news and score updates, and see what the experts are saying about the latest progress.
NFL Fantasy Football
The official NFL Fantasy Football app features live and mock drafts, live scoring, in-game video highlights, the ability to join and create leagues, quickly choose your weekly lineup, and tweak your player lineup. There's lots of timely player news available and expert analysis to help you in your game.
ESPN Fantasy Sports
ESPN's Fantasy Sports app leverages the network's extensive news teams to provide real-time alerts of trades, injuries, and scores for your favorite teams. You can also check in on live auctions and gut-wrenching snake drafts in addition to participating in mock and live drafts. Of course, you can set your weekly players and follow the latest NFL news from within the app. A new update has also added ESPN's other fantasy sports to the app like baseball and hockey.
CBS Sports Fantasy
CBS Sports Fantasy is a great football reference that provides projections, 2016 stats, and outlooks by CBS experts. You can play around with mock and live drafts, and dive in with full team management, live scoring, and chat with other players in the league. CBS Sports fantasy allows for on-the-go trades for your multiple teams, spanning football, baseball, basketball and hockey.
Fantasy Draft Dominator
The Fantasy Draft Dominator is a cheat sheet to help you make the best picks for your draft. Players are scored across 20 positions within 19 categories of passing, 12 categories of rushing, 12 categories of receiving, 7 categories of kicking, and 27 categories of defense. You'll have more data than you'll know what to do with once this is installed. This is one of the highest-rated fantasy football apps in the Google Play store, and one of the most expensive, too, but really, what's five bucks if it can help you get an edge in a thousand dollar league?
So what's your favorite?
There are a lot of ways to get in on fantasy football. What are yours? Who are you eyeballing for your draft? Which leagues do you play in? Hop into the comments and let us know!