With the NFL season under way many football fans are just getting started with another great season of Fantasy Football. If you're a Fantasy sports fan, you've probably already mapped out who your favorites are at each position and right now you're hoping your picks will reap big rewards as the numbers start rolling in. If you're looking to join a late-starting league, you know that every pick counts and any help with organizing your team is what could push you to the top of your league.

Here at CNET Downloads we know that being successful at Fantasy Football means picking the right players and putting together a great team, but it also means watching and tallying the numbers week after week to calculate your rank. There are several online services that track picks and help you pick your teams, but downloadable software goes the extra mile by helping you with your league setup and making the right player choices. That's why we've rounded up a group of downloads you can use to stay on top of your team stats and organize your league just the way you want. All of these applications are shareware programs with limited trials to give you a taste of what you'll get by registering for the full version.

FanDraft Football gets your Fantasy Football season started right with the look and feel of a real NFL draft. With crisp clear graphics, you can run FanDraft Football on a projector or digital monitor so everyone can see who gets who as you pick your teams. Stay on top of your opponent's picks with the streaming draft ticker, automated draft clock, and multiple draft board views. You can import personalized team logos, team manager images, and even team songs if your league is willing to go the extra yard. You also can create reports to pass out to league members so a hard copy of the draft results is always close at hand. FanDraft Football is shareware and costs $29.95, but is perfect for any Fantasy Football kickoff party--both before or after the start of the season.

FanDraft Football
Make your picks in style with colorful graphics perfect for your big screen TV. (Credit: CNET Networks)

Fantasy Football Expert 2008 offers all the tools you need to succeed at Fantasy Football during the season. It was designed to help you make the most out of your team and always use your teams' strengths to your advantage. It features a proprietary algorithm that helps you choose which players to include every week based on trends and overall stats. You can quickly compare possible fantasy picks to see which players will yield the most points. During your league's season, a Fantasy Football points calculator lets you check your status against opponents and forecasts end-of-season scores so you know exactly where you stand in the rankings. You can even check out offensive and defensive schemes for all NFL teams to help you design the perfect team every week. This one only offers a 5-day trial, but with the season moving into week 2, you'll want to register quickly.

Fantasy Football Expert 2008
Review your opponents offensive schemes so you can pick the perfect lineup. (Credit: CNET Networks)

Draft Analyzer takes your team analysis to whole new level offering numerous ways to view and sort player statistics and follow updated rankings closely. You'll automatically get a daily update of player news and notes from top fantasy sports companies. Use the wizard to easily prepare for draft day and create reports that export to Microsoft Excel. Even if you can't bring your laptop to draft day, Draft Analyzer will help you create and print out cheat sheets so you can make informed selections for your team. You get Ultimate Player Rankings, a list aggregated from several online experts to ensure you have the best player rankings available. Draft Analyzer also supports mock drafts so you can get some practice before your league's draft day, along with auction-style drafts, and a player recommendation engine so your team is ready to generate big points week after week. Draft Analyzer can be integrated into the league commissioner services of ESPN and CBSSports.com (license must be purchased at their site to access these features).

Draft Analyzer
Get detailed player stats to make informed decisions about your picks. (Credit: CNET Networks)

If you want your Fantasy Football team to succeed this season you have to be prepared with the right software. Using these downloads, you'll be able to prepare for draft day, create the right atmosphere to make the best picks, and keep track of player performance and team rankings over the course of the season. Remember: it's not too late to get set up with fantasy football software that can help your team stay on top. But with your extensive Fantasy Football software ready to go, there's only one more question you need to ask yourself: Are you ready for some football?

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.