You might be late getting your NFL fantasy draft going. Or It might be the fact that you realize you need more information and better tools to defeat your DFS foes. Heck, maybe you have started dabbling in sports betting, now that it’s legal in most states.
The point is if you are neck-deep in sports, you need easy access to the information you need. You don’t want to drown in apps and sports news that doesn’t fit your requirements. You can find much of what you need at a few select sites. Some of the best sports betting news content is at sites like SBR. But you also need instant access to updates on your mobile devices so you can adjust your fantasy lineups or hedge your bets on the fly based on real-time, accurate data.
So, with that in mind, let’s look at a few of the most user-friendly sports apps —in no particular order.
B/R Bleacher Report
The best thing about Bleacher Report is its team-based customization. You can completely adjust your feed to limit the noise, so you don’t get buried in reports that don’t matter to you. B/R’s mobile app is available on the two largest mobile operating systems in Android and Apple.
But what really stands out about this app is its user-friendliness. It looks great and is easy to navigate, but the filter system is what makes B/R a must-have for your sports info arsenal. As mentioned above, it’s customizable … but with so many filters … customizable is an understatement. You can set this app up to meet specific needs. Other cool features are the ability to bookmark stories and set up carousels for the teams you follow. But, for us betting and fantasy people, the fact that team news is often dropped on B/R before it hits anywhere else can give you the edge you need to win.
Ok, if you get B/R, you have an app that will give you up-to-the-moment team-based breaking news. But what about individual player stats and news? This is where RotoWire shines. A couple of years ago, they wouldn’t have made this list based on their site and app design. Still, since their redesign, RotoWire not has the best individual player data for fantasy sports but is actually user-friendly and easy to navigate now. Between B/R and RotoWire, you’ll have most of the data you need for player and team info. With RotoWire, you’ll be able to track individual performance and situational player history. B/R above will help you keep tabs on things like locker room issues.
Ok. Now that you have team news and player news covered. It would be best if you had fast up-to-the-second scores. This app not only gives you scores, but updates, breaking news, and expert analysis. I like the analysis from theScore because it Grade-A and gives me a break from the regular ESPN personalities. Again, this app is super customizable. You can adjust the settings to personalize your newsfeed, and it even has a nifty feature to chat with friends or even groups of like-minded strangers.
Yahoo Sports is kind of like the granddaddy of sports apps. You can’t go wrong with having this app on your phone. Even when I am not using Yahoo’s fantasy leagues, the app directly links to the fantasy pages so you can see projections and realtime fantasy points. But on top of this, it’s one of the most comprehensive sports apps around. Yahoo is a heavyweight in the sports media world so you get expertly curated content including blogs and videos and you can watch a ton of MLB and NHL for free without having to pay for a subscription. If you like sports outside of the USA and Canada, Yahoo is loaded with great content, scores, and stats for all the major association football leagues (soccer), cricket, tennis, and boxing. Plus, the Yahoo Sports mobile app’s latest iteration is sexy, clean, and easy to navigate.
There you have it. The Top 4 user-friendly sports apps for your mobile device. There are many great apps out there, but between these four, you should have all the information you need without overcrowding your phone and drowning in unneeded noise.