As we approach most a new fantasy football season, it’s time to remind you that you’re not trying your best to win if you don’t have one of the best fantasy football apps.
From apps that make you a draft day legend to apps that help you run your league efficiently, here are some of the best fantasy football apps for iPhone in 2019.
NFL Fantasy Football
It’s probably no surprise to learn that the NFL has their own fantasy football app, but those who tried it once upon a time may be surprised to learn just how far it’s come.
The NFL app certainly benefits from the resources of the NFL. It’s great to look at, easy to use, and some will argue that it’s even one of the quickest to update in terms of breaking news and other relevant information.
Features of this fantasy football app include next-gen stats straight from the NFL, game video recaps, and expanded player profiles that give you a better look at how major players are performing from a fantasy perspective.
When it comes to the actual drafting process, NFL Fantasy Football doesn’t exactly offer anything exceptional, but it’s a serviceable feature of the app that certainly gets the job done and benefits from some overall smoothe design that just makes everything included on this app that much easier to use.
There’s some debate on whether or not NFL Fantasy Football is worth using over the other major competitors out there when it comes to complete fantasy season management, but at the very least, this app offers you pretty much everything you would need and expect from such a service.
ESPN Fantasy Football
ESPN is not only one of the biggest names in sports, but they’ve cemented themselves as one of the leaders in fantasy football.
Honestly, it’s hard not to love what the ESPN Fantasy Sports app offers. Easy access to other fantasy options aside, one of this app’s biggest selling points is the way it allows you to easily access ESPN’s army of analysts and the information they have to offer. True, a lot of the best stuff is hidden behind a premium paywall, but even the free material available to you is much better than what you’d get through a lot of other fantasy apps.
Best of all, EPSN’s features year’s worth of improvements and refinements that make it one of the most streamlined fantasy football apps out there. That’s especially true of the draft and team management process which skew more elaborate graphics in favor of a streamlined interface that makes it easy to manage your team even on smaller screens.
Having said that, it must be noted that fantasy football apps like the one offered by the NFL do offer more visually enticing menus if that’s something that you happen to crave from your fantasy football mobile experience.
All in all, though, the popularity of the ESPN app is certainly justified and also makes it a great option for newer fantasy players or those who choose to play in a league of random players.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports
Yahoo got in on the fantasy football game early, and their commitment to that concept has resulted in one of the most surprisingly popular (and surprisingly well-rounded) fantasy football apps out there.
Much like ESPN’s app, part of the appeal of Yahoo Fantasy Sports is that it both lets you manage teams from multiple sports leagues and lets you enjoy years worth of subtle tweaks and refinements designed to enhance your overall fantasy experience. That means a refined and simple-to-use experience that doesn’t bog you down with unnecessary options and other filler.
That’s kind of the other thing about the Yahoo app, though. It’s a bare-bones app that is honestly best for those looking for a simple fantasy experience or those who already in the Yahoo ecosystem and want to keep things simple.
That’s not to say that this is an inferior app from a functional standpoint, but its relative lack of features means that you might be better off looking at some of the more robust options out there.
As one of the fastest rising names in the fantasy football scene, there’s a chance you’ve heard of Sleeper before. If you haven’t, then it’s time you’ve heard about one of the absolute best fantasy football apps out there.
Where Sleeper shines is in the draft process. Simply put, Sleeper has one of the deepest draft systems on any of the popular apps out there. It offers an almost unrivaled amount of information and assistance that is just as useful for inexperienced drafters as it is for veterans looking for more tools to utilize.
From there, Sleeper offers an incredible number of team management options complimented by some surprisingly fantastic presentation for such a smaller app.
Sleeper may lack the user base of other fantasy football apps, but if you’re organizing your own league, it may just be the best fantasy football app for iOS.
CBS Sports Fantasy
As one of the other most popular fantasy football apps out there, CBS Sports Fantasy has certainly earned a reputation as one of the go-to options for fantasy football players everywhere.
In and of itself, this app doesn’t necessarily offer too much that’s different from the other fantasy apps out there, but that’s not really the point. CBS’ fantasy app offers one of the best all-around combinations of presentation, features, reliability, and usability. It’s an all-around, no-fuss app designed to appeal to those who don’t demand much more from their fantasy football apps than a simple experience.
It’s not necessarily the best all-around option, but CBS Sports Fantasy is a great jumping-off point for those who are just getting into fantasy football or those who have a lot of friends in the app’s ecosystem.
Rotowire Fantasy Football Draft Kit
In a world of free fantasy football app, the $4.99 price tag the Rotowire Fantasy Football Draft Kit app will probably stand out as an injustice. However, this may just be the best $5 you’ll spend if you’re serious about winning your fantasy football league this year.
This app describes itself as a “cheat sheet,” and while we may not go quite that far, there’s no denying that the amount of information available in this app is far more substantial than anything you’ll find on competing services.
Player breakdowns, rankings, sleeper and bust scores…this is basically everything you could ever hope to know going into a fantasy football season distilled into one highly-usable app. The amount of information cleanly displayed in this app is astonishing.
Yes, the price tag is a bit of a bummer, but this is a great investment for those serious about their fantasy football seasons.
Footballguys Fantasy Football Draft Dominator
If you’re one of those fantasy football players that doesn’t like to go into draft day unprepared, then the Footballguys Fantasy Football Draft Dominator may just be for you.
This cheat sheet app is designed to offer you as much information as you can possibly handle on draft day. From targeted sleepers to adjustable rankings that take into account the draft so far, this app is designed to compile as much expert information in as small a format as possible.
This app even allows you to mock draft in a variety of scenarios so that you don’t go into draft day and face something that you’re simply not prepared for. It’s a minor miracle for anyone who sweats going into draft day afraid of just not knowing who to pick.
There’s almost no reason not to have this app by your side on draft day.
Fantasy Football Draft Wizard
The Fantasy Football Draft Wizard is another draft assistant designed to help you dominate draft day by accessing as much information as possible.
Fantasy Football Draft Wizard truly excels as a mock draft assistant. It’s quite simply one of the best ways to participate in deeper mock drafts on mobile. Not only are the app’s mock drafts feature-rich, but they’re designed to be accessible on a variety of mobile devices.
On draft day, you can sync this app with your preferred drafting service and benefit from an incredible influx of expert information that helps you stay on your toes no matter how the draft goes.
At the very least, you should download this app and take advantage of its post-draft scoring system that helps you know how you performed and what you should look to improve going into the season.
RotoWire.com Fantasy News Center
Fantasy football fans know that Roto wire is one of the absolute best when it comes to delivering timely fantasy news on top of expert analysis of what that news means to you. This app allows you to receive a concise feed of that information directly to your phone.
Considering that most fantasy football seasons are won based on those who make the best adjustments as the season goes on, it’s no real surprise that many of the best fantasy football players rely on a service like RotoWire to keep up with the constantly changing world of football.
This app may not help you dominate draft day or tell you who to pick up in free agency, but it can help you to make the best decisions possible as the season wears on.
You’ve probably seen quite a few advertisements for DraftKings in recent years. As one of the best ways to play fantasy sports for money, DraftKings has certainly become popular among competitive fantasy players.
The thing about DraftKings, though, is that it’s surprisingly accessible to non-hardcore fantasy fans as well. With its daily/weekly fantasy games and low-stakes wagers, DraftKings offers many ways to just jump in, enjoy some fantasy play, and maybe earn a little money in the process.
It’s not a real option for season-long fans, but for those who want to enjoy some fantasy action without the commitments, DraftKings is a fantastic alternative to more traditional forms of fantasy play.
Mich like Draft Kings, FanDuel lets you participate in daily and weekly fantasy play in order to compete against others for money.
FanDuel does distinguish itself from the competition in a few ways, though. Actually, it features a fairly impressive “friends” mode that represents the absolute best way to participate in this style of fantasy competition with your friends. Other services struggle to allow multiple users who know each other to play in the same leagues.
Outside of that feature, we’d say that it’s certainly worth trying both FanDuel and DraftKings just to see how they differ and which feels best to you.