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Win your fantasy football league with the help of these Android and iPhone apps

With the onset of the 2014-15 NFL season right around the corner, fantasy football fans are no doubt starting to salivate. Whether you tasted fantasy football glory on your fantasy league’s floor a season ago — or quite the opposite — everyone’s record currently sits at 0-0. If you’re like the millions of other rabid fantasy football fans, the process for figuring out your draft strategy started the moment the league championship game ended. In the meantime, you’ve kept tabs on the incoming rookies and where they might fall while deliberating which key players you intend to keep for the next year and pondering what players you should drop to your current draft spot. Hell, you’ve probably even made a series of graphs comparing the top position players’ bye weeks to your team’s biggest needs. At least, we hope you have.

However, if you shook your head, rest assured knowing you’re not alone. The aforementioned level of preparation would make even Peyton Manning blush, so don’t get down on yourself for starting late. With plenty of expert fantasy info available at your fingertips, anybody can hoist their league’s trophy by season’s end using one of the many stellar apps available for iOS, Android, and Windows platforms.

Here are our top picks for the best fantasy football apps, so you’ll be able to know the difference between a Bishop Sankey and a Latavius Murray, right down to the very street they grew up on as kids. While you’re at it, take a look at our basic guide for streaming live football games online for free and our picks for the best NFL football apps.

Updated July 17, 2014 by Rick Stella: Changed all apps to reflect the 2014 season.

NFL.com Fantasy Cheat Sheet 2014
iOS | Android
Free
NFL Cheatsheet Cheat sheet is more than an apt description. In addition to offering NFL.com’s supported fantasy leagues, the official provides a cheat sheet rife with information to help you dominate your league. The app is designed to be a companion piece, showcasing up-to-the-minute player news, the ability to track your favorite players, and the option to manage multiple drafts the app helps you gain a significant advantage regardless of which league you intend to utilize.
Rotowire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2014
iOS
$4.99
Rotowire Draft Kit RotoWire’s fantasy football draft kit does more than let you simply track your favorite players. Just inputting your desired league’s settings alone allows RotoWire to create projections and rankings directly within the app. It even allows you to run mock drafts against AI opponents to get an idea of which players are available in certain rounds, as well as write notes, search for specified players, and view the latest news and analysis for individual players.
CBS Sports’ Fantasy Sports Mobile
iOS | Android
Free
CBS Fantasy Football CBS’ fantasy sports app boasts fantasy tracking for football, baseball, and basketball, while additionally providing compatibility with a wide array of websites. The app also presents up-to-the-minute player news, live video advice, and performance projections in a simple interface. You even have the ability to start your league’s draft via the app, regardless of whether you’re near your home computer or not, and view performance projections and live scoring.
Bleacher Report’s Team Stream
iOS | Android
Free
Bleacher Report Team Stream Though Team Stream isn’t a fantasy-specific application, it does provide provide the quickest access to player and team updates of any application. Its news reports come via Twitter, providing the fastest roster updates, injury news, and free agent signings. Bleacher Report also provides stories, pictures, and videos from local newspapers, various blogs, and national websites to bring you every possible update and push notification you need to stay informed.
RotoWire Fantasy News Center
iOS | Android
Free
RotoWire Fantasy News Center A fantastic free alternative to its Draft Kit, RotoWire’s Fantasy News Center brings everything fantasy football-related right to your fingertips. With up-to-date player news, coach interviews, and quick access to team schedules, you’ll have a bevy of useful information without having to spend a dime. The app also provides in-depth player analysis and covers a wide range of sports other than football, making those times at the water cooler slightly more bearable.
ESPN Fantasy Football Manager 2014
iOS | Android | Windows
Free
ESPN Fantasy Football Besides functioning as a primary fantasy league provider, the ESPN fantasy football app also provides expert analysis, player updates, and point projections. The app allows you to customize your smartphone’s notifications for injuries, player subs, and scoring updates, while additionally offering live scoring. Moreover, ESPN’s long list of fantasy analysts provide videos, tweets, and various news stories to compliment the stats.
Downcast
iOS
$3
Downcast Though not relevant year-round, listening to fantasy football podcasts throughout the regular season will help you take your draft to the next level. Downcast offers plenty of football-themed podcasts for download on a daily basis. Once you find your preferred set of podcasts, Downcast automatically downloads, stores, and syncs your desired episodes across platforms for listening on your own time. One of our personal favorites? Definitely ESPN’s Fantasy Focus Football.
Football Guys Mobile
iOS | Android
Free
Football Guys Mobile A serious app for the serious football fan, Football Guys Mobile combines more information than you’ll know what to do with. You can quickly access game scores, player updates, commentary, depth charts, newsletters, cheatsheets, rankings, projections, podcasts, forums, and more within the app, and you can even filter the information to exactly what you want to read or hear. It’s an all-encompassing football app — even if it’s not the easiest on the eyes.
Fantasy Alarm
iOS | Android
Free
Fantasy Alarm For fantasy football managers who can’t stop tinkering with their lineups before Sunday’s kickoff, Fantasy Alarm is the app for you. The app’s up-to-the-second lineup changes, breaking news, and league rumors continually keep you in the know regarding your players each week. It even provides each real-time alerts whenever a player on your roster appears on the official active-inactive list released an hour prior to each game. Bye week notifications also come standard.
Yahoo! Sports’ Fantasy Football
iOS | Android | Windows
Free
Yahoo Fantasy Football Though Yahoo’s official app primarily serves as a league application, you do have access to various stat updates, expert analysis, and mock drafts. The app also covers three other sports — hockey, baseball, and basketball — and allows you to switch between your leagues, view breaking news and community forums, and check messages to scope out the potential competition. As expected, you can also manage your roster, pick up wavers, and make trades.
Thuuz Sports Entertainment
iOS | Android
Free
Thuuz Sports Entertainment App Using the Thuuz Sports app lets you keep track of every highlight-reel dunk, one-handed catch, or game-winning home run within a single spot. The app rates daily games from 0 to 100, giving you quick access and information on the day’s best moments. Furthermore, it offers the ability to track any fantasy players you’ve drafted or want to keep an eye on, along with up-to-date player information and injury news that could impact your chances of winning.
Fantasy Football 2014 Draft Insight
Android
$2
Fantasy Football Draft Insight App A great tool for scouting each team’s rosters before your own draft, Fantasy Football 2014 Draft Insight lives up to its name. It’s insightful, conveniently updating during your league’s draft and using its analysis to determine what player you should select next. The developers update the app weekly, routinely responding to user feedback in the process, while bringing you constant player updates and timely roster news wherever and whenever you need it most.

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