If you play fantasy football -- and more than 27 million people play fantasy sports -- you're likely constantly checking online to see how your players are doing, or what their injury status is for next week's game.â†µâ†µ
But what do you do when you're away from your computer? Break out in a cold sweat? Fear not, for today the New York Times reviews several smartphone apps available for NFL stats for the iPhone as well as Android phones and Blackberrys.â†µâ†µ
The NFL's "official" app, NFL Mobile, which used to be part of Sprint's service, has switched this year to Verizon. But the article says there are plenty of other apps available on all platforms that can give you the info you crave:â†µâ†µ
IPhone users, and Android and BlackBerry owners who donâ€™t subscribe to Verizon, may not enjoy the riches of N.F.L. Mobile, but they can still cobble together a football feast with a handful of good apps. The list currently includes NFL.com Game Center 2010 ($5 on iPhones), ESPN Fantasy Football 2010 ($5 for iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys) and Fantasy Trader ($2 for iPhones). Some users have complained that the $5 apps arenâ€™t worth the price tag, so you may want to check-in on the iTunes reviews before buying.â†µâ†µâ†µ
â†µSome good apps even cost nothing. Fantasy league competitors with iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android devices will do well with free apps like Yahoo Fantasy Football â€™10 and CBS Sports Pro Football, both of which offer help managing your roster and tracking your teamâ€™s results.â†µ
â†µESPN Fantasy Football 2010 has more features, like push notifications for injuries and scoring updates, but at $5, itâ€™s the sort of app that only more serious fantasy hobbyists will consider.
So fear not, fantasy football players. You can stay tethered to your team 24/7. Good luck!