- The No. 1 most popular fantasy football game launches 24th season across ESPN platforms
- Updated collection of game features, expert analysis, news, and statistical data and insight
- Exclusive content for ESPN+ subscribers, including in-app access to The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry
- ESPN Fantasy App now faster and easier to use with more information than ever
- ESPN.com introduces enhanced experience, new tools for league managers and updated draft functions
ESPN Fantasy Football, the No. 1 most popular fantasy football game, has begun its 24th season with enhanced game play and expanded content on the ESPN Fantasy App and ESPN.com, as well as exclusive content for ESPN+ subscribers and the fantasy sports industry’s most comprehensive collection of expert analysis, news, statistical data and tools across app, web, television and audio.
For the 2019 season, the ESPN Fantasy App, the No. 1 fantasy app on iOS and Android devices, has introduced enhancements that make playing ESPN Fantasy Football faster and easier, with more information and insight than ever before. Updates to the app’s navigation make accessing key screens simple, and slick updates to the roster screen provide fans with more data as they manage their teams. For the first time ever, ESPN+ subscribers will be able to watch fantasy-relevant programs, like The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry, directly in the app. Also, updates to the app’s video player allow fans to easily browse playlists of clips, double-tap to skip ahead or rewind, and easily play back previous videos.
As always, the ESPN Fantasy App makes it easy for fans to sign up, create or join a league, customize their league and draft, make trades, add players, follow matchups with real-time scoring, see expert analysis and video, and view and post messages to other league members. The app also allows fans to play the entire suite of ESPN Fantasy games, including Fantasy Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and Streak, all in a single app. All ESPN Fantasy games are free to play. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ within the ESPN Fantasy App or on ESPN.com, as well as the ESPN App across mobile and TV-connected devices.
ESPN Fantasy Football players on ESPN.com will be greeted this season with a new, modern experience. Improvements to the website include more efficient sign-up flows, auto-saving roster moves, new player cards, the ability to set lineups for future weeks, improved tools for league commissioners, and new win probability and touchdown tracker features that will keep fans glued to their live matchup on game day. The draft has also been updated, with enhancements for researching players, improved player search and chat, a redesigned interface and more ways to share draft results on various social media platforms.
Fantasy Football on ESPN.com provides multiple tools for a draft including comprehensive preseason content that analyzes and projects the performance of more than 500 players. Cheat Sheet Central, rankings and strategy tips are part of all the content available, along with new editions of Matthew Berry’s Draft Day Manifesto and his Love/Hate column, Field Yates’s second-year breakouts and Tristan H. Cockcroft’s complete guide to streaming quarterbacks. Other content exclusive to ESPN+ subscribers include Mike Clay’s ultimate draft board and Eric Karabell’s Do Not Draft list and tiered rankings. Also, the ESPN Mock Draft Lobby runs nearly unlimited live practice drafting sessions for all ESPN fantasy football players.
In addition, ESPN Fantasy has continued to work with IBM, embedding Watson artificial intelligence into unique, in-depth projection and player comparison tools. ESPN is also working with TD Ameritrade, which will provide ESPN fantasy players with a tool to contextualize their team’s end-of-regular-season projections to help assess how their team is performing beyond the current league standings.
For ESPN+ subscribers, ESPN Fantasy Football offers an array of tools and information to get an edge. In addition to industry-leading analysis from ESPN’s team of fantasy experts, fans can use the Custom Draft Value Generator, Lineup Recommender, and Free Agent Recommender tools on ESPN.com to put their best possible team on the field every week of the season.
ESPN Fantasy Football Insight and Analysis
Every year ESPN Fantasy delivers to fans the most comprehensive, in-depth news, analysis and insights on fantasy football from the industry’s No. 1 roster of writers, analysts and media personalities in the industry.
- Matthew Berry (a.k.a. “The Talented Mr. Roto”), Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) and Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) Hall of Famer, will host The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry on ESPN+, appear weekly on ESPN.com and the ESPN and ESPN Fantasy apps, as well as Monday Night Football during the NFL season. His weekly column will be published Thursdays on ESPN.com and the ESPN App.
- Field Yates will continue to co-host the daily Fantasy Focus Football Podcast with Berry, write his weekly free agent pickup column and contribute to ESPN.com fantasy rankings.
- Mike Clay will continue to drive ESPN’s season-long and weekly projections with his popular Fantasy 32 column every Tuesday, highlighting a fantasy fact or trend from each of the NFL’s 32 teams. He will also join the Fantasy Focus Football Podcast three days a week and continue his industry-leading wide receiver/cornerback matchup analysis every week and explore a new statistic: “opportunity-adjusted fantasy points,” an evolution of the opportunity-adjusted touchdown statistic.
- NFL writer Matt Bowen, who spent seven years in the NFL as a safety, uses his X’s and O’s acumen to provide instant scouting insight to the on-field action in our Sunday fantasy reaction file, team up with analyst and historian Tristan H. Cockcroft to break down and contextualize the most important fantasy storylines of the day.
- In addition to working with Bowen on Sunday fantasy reactions, Cockcroft, an ESPN.com senior writer and FSWA Hall of Famer, will continue to compile ESPN’s exclusive Consistency Ratings and contribute to weekly rankings.
- ESPN.com senior writer and FSWA Hall of Famer Eric Karabell will write daily, providing a first take on the coming week every Monday morning. His weekly rankings will be published Tuesdays, while his popular Flex Rankings will come out every Wednesday.
- Fantasy injury analyst and ESPN.com senior writer Stephania Bell, who in 2017 became the first woman inducted in the FSWA Hall of Fame, will continue to provide her injury analysis expertise on a variety of platforms, including the Fantasy Focus Football Podcast, Fantasy Football Now on ESPN2, and various columns and features on ESPN.com and the ESPN App.
Every Tuesday, ESPN will publish a compilation of analysts’ PPR and non-PPR rankings, which will also be integrated in the ESPN Fantasy App to help fans make well-informed start/sit and free agent pickup decisions within the game.
ESPN Fantasy Football on TV
ESPN will provide fantasy players with more insights, information and analysis on its television networks for the 2019 season, including:
- Record-Setting ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon: This week’s fourth annual ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon was the best yet, setting a new two-day record for game sign-ups, while producing more than 1.6 million teams drafted. The Fantasy Football Marathon began Monday at 6 p.m. ET and ended Tuesday at 10 p.m., with special Marathon editions of SportsCenter and other top shows on ESPN and ESPN2, including Daily Wager, Get Up!, Golic and Wingo, First Take, and NFL Live. The Marathon also included special editions of ESPN fantasy football shows: Fantasy Football Now, The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry and a televised Fantasy Focus Football
- Fantasy Football Now: The award-winning show debuts Sunday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. ET on ESPNEWS before moving to its usual home on ESPN2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The three-hour show is packed with insights from ESPN Fantasy analysts and includes the latest injury reports, live updates from ESPN’s reporters at NFL stadiums and answers to fan questions. Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell return to the show and will be joined by new host Will Cain. Monday Night Football Analyst Booger McFarland and ESPN NFL Analyst Louis Riddick will be regular contributors to the show.
* All ESPN networks are available to stream live on the ESPN app. Schedule subject to change.
The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry
The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry has returned to ESPN+ for another season of Berry’s insights, irreverent style and cast of unconventional characters. Presented with a daily mix of news, analysis and special guests to help fantasy players win their leagues, The Fantasy Show takes deep statistical dives into key players each week, with a few twists and sidekicks joining Berry, Daniel Dopp and their puppets delivering all the fun.
Themed shows will continue to get fans ready for each week during the season, from recaps to waiver wire specials, Berry’s signature Love/Hate and the match-up preview shows. The Fantasy Show gives fans information not available on other ESPN platforms on who to start, who to sit, who to trade, and who to pick up, all in the name of making everyone a smarter fantasy player.
ESPN Fantasy Football on Audio
Fantasy Football content on ESPN Audio will include expanded programming and new content for the 2019 season.
- ESPN’s Fantasy Focus Football Podcast, the No. 1 fantasy sports podcast, enters its 12th season, delivering fans robust player-based discussions, game overviews and draft strategies. This year, alongside hosts Matthew Berry, Field Yates, Stephania Bell and producer Daniel Dopp, Mike Clay joins the crew as a regular contributor. Fantasy Focus Football began this season with a live show from Detroit on July 30, and its daily preseason schedule started Monday, Aug. 5, with the first of a series of 16 “Double Trouble” shows covering two of the NFL’s 32 teams per episode. August podcasts will also feature weekly NFL preseason recaps, key topics heading into peak draft season, draft strategy and definitive rankings for 2019, culminating with a live mock draft on Friday, Aug. 30. Fantasy Focus Football is available everywhere podcasts are found. Fans can watch the show live at 10 a.m. ET on the ESPN App, YouTube and Twitter (@ESPNFantasy). During the regular season, listeners can look forward to game recaps on Mondays, Yates’ waiver-wire advice on Tuesdays, in-depth rankings discussions on Wednesdays, Clay’s WR/CB matchups on Thursdays and game previews on Fridays, featuring Berry’s Loves and Hates and Bell’s injury analysis.
- Fantasy Focus Football Podcast LIVE—On Tuesday, Aug. 20, 98.7 ESPN New York will present The Fantasy Focus Football Podcast live at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Fantasy experts Berry, Yates and Bell will provide strategy, previews and injury reports for fans.
- ESPN Radio – ESPN Radio covers fantasy football throughout the season and especially on Sundays with a full slate of NFL-specific weekend shows. A rotating team of fantasy experts also provide key insight and updates across all of ESPN Radio’s NFL weekday programming.
- 14th Annual Fantasy Draft Convention and Championship – ESPN 1000, Chicago’s No. 1 sports talk station, will host its 14th annual Convention and Championship at 115 Bourbon Street in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT. Hosted by ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan, the event will include special guests Yates and Matt Bowen, along withESPN Chicago 1000 voices and former Chicago Bears Steve “Mongo” McMichael and Tom Waddle, Fantasy expert Jeff Meller, Marc Silverman, Carmen DeFalco, John Jurkovic, Jonathan Hood and more.