Developer: Roto Sports, Inc.
Price: $4.99
Version: 1.3
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iOS Integration: Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface: Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Re-play Value: Rating: ★★★★½
Overall Rating: ★★★★½

With regular season football around the corner, many fanatics are scrambling to finish up their fantasy football drafts. Anyone how hasn’t quite had the time to keep up-to-date with all the players or those who need a cheat sheet to help with last minute decisions will want to check out RotoWire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2012. It is considered one of the best fantasy football apps available. Let’s check out all the features.

When it is first opened, players should go ahead and update the app via the Update Data button located at the top of the screen. Since it doesn’t require an internet connection, users will want to update it whenever possible. The app will send out a reminder next time it is opened if it has been longer than 24 hours.

After the app is updated, it’s time to start setting it up for drafts. Since the app supports multiple drafts, it’s ideal to name each one to avoid confusion. RotoWire supports three styles of drafts: Snake, Straight and Auction. There are a lot more scoring options in 2012 than previous years such as passing bonus points as well as IDP options. While it doesn’t have all scoring options, it is pretty darn close. From the settings screen, players can also explore roster settings, edit the number of teams in draft and turn on auto position.

Once users adjust the settings, it’s time to get ready for the draft by viewing the cheat sheet. RotoWire includes standard rankings that are recalculated after users enter their scoring system. However, the rankings can also be adjusted manually by selecting the sort button and moving the players up or down the list. Tapping on a name reveals stats, the latest news and RotoWire’s own analysis.

What users really want out of a good fantasy football app is the ability to track players during a live draft. As the fantasy football draft unfolds, users can assign players to My Team or Other Team. The draft status appears on the Cheat Sheets as green check marks for My Team or red X’s for the Other Team. It’s also possible to add players to the Watch List.

There are a couple downfalls that could improve the app such as the option to allow users to assign drafted players to specific teams or set draft spots, but both of these really are a matter of personal preference.

Overall, RotoWire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2012 is packed with a lot of useful information like rankings and season outlooks as well as team depth charts, real-time news, historical stats and other football-related odds and ends. What makes it stand out from other apps is that it is customizable to each user’s league and draft rules. The developers have greatly improved the quality of the app this year, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has yet to complete their football draft.

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