CBS Fantasy Sports: App Review

BreakingModern — According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), almost 57 million people in the U.S. and Canada play fantasy sports. The start of the NFL season on Sept. 10 is a good place to jump in and join the fun. But whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran of the fantasy game, you’re going to need a little help. I suggest you consider the benefits of a mobile app like CBS Fantasy Sports.

Fulfilling the Fantasy

The CBS Fantasy Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and, of course, Android (which I am using for this review).

CBS Fantasy Sports

One reason fantasy sports in general — and fantasy football in particular — have become so popular is the ease of joining a league. A typical league will have 12-player “teams,” but you don’t have to round up a dozen friends or friends of friends before you can form a league. All you have to do is join one of the hundreds of public leagues available on the CBS Fantasy Sports platform. Or you could start a public league of your own, invite a few friends, and let the rest of the slots fill up with potential new friends.

The CBS Fantasy Sports app, along with the CBS Fantasy Sports website, make the process of starting and joining a league about as easy as it can get. I’m in a public league called the Southeasters with a few friends and several people I don’t know. We set up an automated draft so we didn’t have to coordinate a live draft and now I’m in the process of fine-tuning my team.

When the NFL season begins, you will be able to check your team’s score in real time from your mobile device. If you feel like talking some trash to your fellow competitors you can initiate a chat session. The CBS Fantasy Sports app is also great for making roster changes when teams publish last-minute injury lists.

CBS Fantasy Sports

Victory

For any fantasy sport, the key to victory is information. Knowing that the quarterback on your bench is playing against an inferior defense could be just the advantage you need to win your game. This valuable insight can be obtained by doing your own research or by getting advice from the fantasy experts. There are now television shows and websites devoted to breaking down NFL games from the perspective of fantasy players and the CBS Fantasy Sports app easily connects you to those informational sources.

However, I’m a little disappointed with the app when it comes to integration with the CBS Fantasy Sports website. While the website has lots of images, videos and links to in-depth advice, the app just has a few links. I’m also surprised there isn’t more tie in with the NFL pregame and fantasy advice shows. I think CBS is missing a real opportunity here.

CBS Fantasy Sports

Jump In

Overall the CBS Fantasy Sports app gives you a good set of tools for managing your fantasy team. You can use the app to find out about injured players and make last-minute changes to your starting roster. This feature alone could save your season and is worth the free download.

However, I wish there was more fantasy information available from within the app itself. As it works right now, you’ll have to go to the website to get the best fantasy news available, which in some ways makes the app redundant unless you only have your smartphone or tablet available to access your league. Perhaps when the season begins, more timely information will be available.

Still, if you are in a CBS Fantasy League and stuck on a mobile device needing to change your roster, then the CBS Fantasy Sports app is your only option — besides losing, of course, which is not really an option at all.

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Mark Kaelin

Author: Mark Kaelin

Based in Louisville, KY., Mark W. Kaelin is a tech and gadget writer who also covers fine living for us here at BreakingModern.

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