Review: Top Fantasy Football Apps
There are more than a few fantasy football apps available for download and depending on what your role is within the league, some are better than others. If you’re a league commissioner and have a very specific set of rules you’d like to execute on, a basic app isn’t going to be for you. Or maybe you’re like me and simply want the competition, you’ll look to play on apps that are easy to use. Whatever app you choose, the point should be to have fun!
I’ve asked The Commish Crew to help me on this post and have gathered our collective input on the top apps out there. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list, complete with our rankings (out of 5 trophies) to help you choose the best platform for your league’s needs or style of play.
First, here is a criteria guideline we used to grade each application:
Let's get into it:
Sleeper is one of the newer apps in the FF space and a favorite of much of The Commish Crew. The developers at Sleeper consistently add new features, keeping users engaged. The reviews in the App Store are highly positive from seasoned fantasy players, while new users report difficulty navigating the app. The league chat features are a major plus, as many leagues resort to using additional apps just to communicate. You can also import your leagues from ESPN or Yahoo. I’ve personally noticed that the scoring updates often need to be refreshed, but the interface (with customizable mascots) is fun, which keeps players like me, engaged.
Ease of Use: 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 (4)
Overall Design: 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 (5)
Accuracy in Player Rankings + Stats: 🏆 🏆 (2.66)
Commish Settings: 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 (4.22)
Added/Exclusive Features: 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 (4.88)
Sleeper Overall Grade: 4.14 / 5
This is my personal favorite and happens to be the application of choice for The Commish Crew home redraft league. The Yahoo Fantasy App is the most widely used app among all the others. It is easy to use, it’s nice to look at, I can see my entire starting lineup on my phone screen, and the updates are fast. I could love it so much because I’ve used it the longest, but it also could just be the best. :)
There are a couple of negative points to the Yahoo app. Keeper leagues can’t select their keepers via the app. Players would need to log in on their desktop. Also- there are a lot of banner ads and they unnecessarily clutter the screen.
Ease of Use: 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 (4.25)
Overall Design: 🏆 🏆 🏆 (3.75)
Accuracy in Player Rankings + Stats: 🏆 🏆 🏆 (3.75)
Commish Settings: 🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 (4)
Added/Exclusive Features: 🏆 🏆 🏆 (3)
Yahoo Overall Grade: 3.75 / 5
ESPN - The “Work League” App
The name alone, ESPN, is synonymous with sports. The app’s clean and simple user interface makes it a popular option (ranking in popularity just behind the Yahoo app). I’ve used this app for several years. It’s a good one. Easy to use and such, but it’s slow. It often won’t load if there’s been a big update or a big play happening. But overall, it’s a top pick for everyday users.
One of the features this app touts is its IBM Watson technology. I’ve found the tool helpful for starts or sits using the “Boom or Bust” data. However, Watson has a real reputation when it comes to its “Trade Assistant”. Player feedback suggests that the suggested trades lack real value and are solely based on algorithms. But really… what do you expect from an AI tool?
Ease of Use: 🏆 🏆 🏆 (3.33)
Overall Design: 🏆 🏆 🏆 (3.33)
Accuracy in Player Rankings + Stats: 🏆 🏆 🏆 (3.67)
Commish Settings: 🏆 🏆 (2.2)
Added/Exclusive Features: 🏆 (1.3)
ESPN Overall Grade: 2.77 / 5
NFL Fantasy Football App
The App Store gives this app a 4.6 out of 5, yet it’s hard to find a review without major complaints about the interface. Being that it’s owned by the NFL, the content and updates are first-hand, so that’s a definite plus, but there’s not much more. In my opinion, the app is really just a secondary arm of the NFL Network, encouraging users to be live-stream subscribers. Some features for both the commissioner and the league aren’t available on the app, only via desktop. And, if you’re a hardcore player, you’ll be limited to 6 NFL leagues.
Ease of Use: 🏆 🏆 (2.25)
Overall Design: 🏆 🏆 (2)
Accuracy in Player Rankings + Stats: 🏆 🏆 (2.25)
Commish Settings: 🏆 (1.25)
Added/Exclusive Features: 🏆 🏆 (2.5)
NFL Overall Grade: 2.06 / 5