I am, admittedly, not a fantasy football enthusiast, but I know that many of you out there love creating teams and competing against your friends or co-workers in fantasy football leagues.
The iPad can be an invaluable tool in fantasy football, giving you a leg up on your opponents. There are several apps out there to manage your draft and your team during the season, so if you want to incorporate the iPad into your fantasy football league, make sure to check out our guide.
There are a wide variety of fantasy football apps in the App Store, and every major league has its own app. Even if you participate in a private league, there’s an app that can help you – just take a look at our list of Top Fantasy Football apps. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, a quick search will do it.
For this guide, I’ve used Yahoo’s popular fantasy football app, which has just been updated for the 2012 season, but any similar app will work just as well. For example, if your team is on ESPN, you’ll want to pick up the ESPN Fantasy Football app, or for CBS Sports, check out the CBS Sports Pro Football app. If you are part of a private league, there’s still an app for you. Check out the NFL Cheat Sheet, which is a great standalone or companion app for any league.
To begin a team on Yahoo, or with any of these options, you will need to log in. For this particular app, you need a Yahoo ID, a Facebook account, or a Google account. Most of us have one of the three, making it a simple task to log in.
From there, you’ll need to create or join a new league. You can join a pro league which has an entry fee of $20 or $100 with prizes for winning, or find a public league based on your specifications. If you’re new to fantasy football, you might want to start with the simpler option.
There are a lot of choices for league competitions, depending on whether you pick pro or public. Public leagues are casual, but you can choose between autopick and live online draft.
Live online drafts require a flash-enabled browser and will take several hours to complete. For more casual players, you can choose pre-ranked players drafted based on Yahoo’s default rankings.
You can customize your avatar with a logo from your favorite team or a custom image, and you’ll need to choose a team name. From there, you will be assigned default player rankings, but you can customize them to your liking.
If you’re an experienced fantasy football player you can also set up your own league, using either a head to head or a points for scoring. You can choose a time for your draft after August 15th, and if you chose a public league with a live online draft, you’ll also be able to schedule a time for your picks (this must be done on the computer, as it requires Flash).
Once your team is set up, you can use this app to manage your teams and leagues, plus get live scores so that you can follow your teams in real time during games.
The app also features roster management, which lets you anticipate injured players and have a backup on hand, and you can keep track of all your matchups within the app so you’ll always know what’s going on. There are message boards, so you can chat with fellow league players and fantasy football lovers.
Finally, you can use the app anywhere for breaking news and videos. Keeping up with the latest updates at all times will definitely give you an edge over players who don’t have their fantasy football teams right at their fingertips.
Will you be playing this season? What’s your favorite fantasy football app? Share it with us in the comments.