March 5, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Android users can now batter up – vicariously, at least – with the new ESPN Fantasy Baseball 2012 application. Though the 2012 season doesn’t open until April 4, league commissioners are probably organizing their draft plans, so owners may as well get familiar with the fantasy app now.
ESPN Fantasy Baseball 2012 offers a condensed version of fantasy league activity on Android phones. Similar to the Fantasy Football app, it offers near complete team management on the go. Owners can set their starting line-ups, add free agents and claim players off waivers, or drop someone from their team. They can also propose and reject trades with other owners. These transactions are then viewable in the Activity Feed.
Headlines on player surgeries and news will help inform lineup decisions. ESPN also includes video clips from analysts like Matthew Berry and Eric Karabell, as well as a specialized stream with tweets from its baseball reporters. Buster Olney is sweet on The Rays, so maybe that might make you look at some of Tampa’s players as sleeper picks.
Aside from controlling a team, FB 2012 tracks the accuracy or foolishness of your decisions. Owners see how their line-up is doing whether in a head-to-head or roto league. The app offers push notifications when someone in your lineup is injured or if a starting pitcher is on the bench. There’s also an option to be notified on trade developments (in the fantasy league, not MLB real-world trades).
ESPN Fantasy Baseball 2012 supports managing multiple leagues and is available for free to ESPN.com Fantasy Baseball players. Download the app from the Android Market (Android 1.6 or higher required).