Whether big money is on the line or it’s all just in good fun, fantasy basketball enthusiasts can have a hell of a time keeping up with all of their players and the latest news. Fantasy Freak Basketball, an app designed by eContek, aims to help you out by providing you with news specific to your players.
As soon as you open the app, links and summaries (along with attributions) to the latest basketball news begin scrolling slowly up the screen. Tap “Settings” to customize that news and start adding your fantasy players. Rather than choosing your players or searching by team or last name, you simply type them into the field and click “Add.” My only concern here was that a misspelling would lead to missing information on those players, but when I intentionally butchered the spelling of Shaquille O’Neal, articles about him immediately began to pop up anyway.
You can delete players anytime and add up to fourteen at a time. Tap “Back” to return to the main scrolling screen, and all of the article titles and links will be those featuring the latest on one of your fourteen players, every time you open the app. The articles are pulled from a number of major sites, including ESPN, CBC, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Fox Sports.
Tap “Schedule” to check out upcoming games. Here was my only (very small) issue with the app. It simply opens the schedule on ESPN’s NBA page, although it does not take you out of the app and into Safari. However, because it’s a website layout (landscape), as opposed to a phone layout (portrait), it would be easier to navigate if we could rotate the app into landscape position.
That being said, the app fulfills its main purpose – keeping you up to date on the players that matter to you – very nicely. For two dollars, I’d recommend this for any fantasy basketball fan.
Fantasy Freak Basketball [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.