Fanamana – InGame Fantasy Review
Fanamana is taking Daily Fantasy Sports to a new level of interaction for players with InGame Fantasy. InGame Fantasy is a mobile interactive fantasy game available on iOS and Android where you select players as the games are in progress allowing you to make on the fly lineups as you try to accumulate more runs than your opponents. With InGame Fantasy you don’t need to perform a bunch of pre-game research and analysis (although a good knowledge of players will go a long way to being successful). Instead, you just start playing a game (contest) whenever you have some available time like waiting in the line at the grocery store or after you put the kids to bed for the night. You can also start and stop as often as you like throughout the night or the contest “window” and play when it is convenient for you.
Our friends at InGame Fantasy are hosting a $250 freeroll tourney for FantasyPros readers to get acquainted with their app. You can join anytime from Thursday through Sunday night. Plus, the first 10 people who sign up with the promo code FPros will get a $5 signup bonus credited to their account. Download for iOS or Android at InGameFantasy.com.
The contest lobby is similar to what you would see on many DFS sites with a list of open contests that you can enter including Head-to-Heads, Double Ups and Leagues. The Head-to-Head contests available span from $1-$25 and feature No Fee (rake). They also have a Daily Freeroll available and a “Batting Practice” section where you can simulate the gameplay to get more familiar with it. I highly recommend utilizing the practice and daily freerolls until you get familiar and comfortable with the app, which won’t take long.
The goal of the game is to score more runs than the other opponents in the contest over a certain period. While most contests are over a three-inning period, there are others that go for six innings and even some that last a full nine frames. To score runs you treat it just like a regular baseball game where you try to accumulate hits and walks to score runs before getting three outs. You have control of your lineup by selecting a player that is currently “On Deck” in MLB games that are in progress. After selecting your player, you get the outcome of their at-bat. If they get a single you will have a man on first base in your inning. If they get out, you have one out in the inning. You then select another “On Deck” batter and so on trying to accumulate hits, walks and ultimately runs before you get three outs and the inning is over. The team with the most runs after three innings wins the contest and the prize (money). Total hits and total bases are used as tie-breakers.
The user interface is very simple to navigate allowing you check the current leaderboard of your contests. When you select your next hitter you will see a list of all the “On Deck” batters along with their batting average and the opposing pitcher and their ERA. With just a few clicks you can select up to three batters at a time which allows you to play at any pace you like. You can also play in multiple contests at one time and have the ability to select a batter to use in “All Open Contests” or just in the contest you are currently viewing, allowing for a lot of flexibility and different strategies. You can also set alerts to notify you when games start and when your batter’s at-bat is completed.
I have entered about a half dozen contests over the past week and have really enjoyed the experience. The app is easy to use and I have already started to form strategies to have some early success (took down my first League on Tuesday). The best part is I can play when I want to and as quickly or as deliberately as I want to, which is great for a guy with a wife and two kids. I recommend giving it a try, but be careful as I could see it becoming the Candy Crush addiction equivalent for DFS players.
Don’t forget to check out the $250 FantasyPros freeroll at InGame Fantasy. Download for iOS or Android at InGameFantasy.com.