ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon Presented by EA SPORTS NFL Madden 21 Returns


ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon Presented by EA SPORTS NFL Madden 21 Returns

  • Insights for Draft Preparation Begins the Marathon; 10-Team Draft Concludes 24+ Hours of Programming
  • Matthew Berry Expounds Upon His Love/Hate List on a Special Edition of The Fantasy Show
  • SportsCenter, Get Up, First Take, NFL Live, Jalen & Jacoby, and Keyshawn, JWill, and Zubin Among Participating Shows
  • ESPN Fantasy Football available on and ESPN Fantasy App

The fifth annual ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon Presented by EA SPORTS NFL Madden 21 launches season-long, multi-platform programming dedicated to the immensely popular game across ESPN’s networks. Two SportsCenter Specials, with the first featuring fantasy draft preparation and the second spotlighting a 10-team draft, will bookend this year’s 24+ hour programming block which begins Sunday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET and concludes on Monday, Aug. 24 at 9:30 p.m. In between, fantasy football news, rankings, analysis, predictions and insights will be intertwined throughout ESPN’s studio lineup, highlighted by senior fantasy football analyst Matthew Berry revealing his Love/Hate List during a special edition of The Fantasy Show airing Monday afternoon on ESPN2 (3 p.m.).

SportsCenter Specials Provide Key Information Leading into Fans’ Fantasy Drafts
SportsCenter Special: Fantasy Football Marathon (8-10 p.m. on ESPN2 – August 23) will serve as a crash course for fans preparing for their fantasy drafts, as the two-hour special will cover a bevy of information that will help fans win their league. NFL insider Field Yates will host with Berry. Among the highlights:

  • Berry’s analysis and rankings for every position
  • Yates’s eight rules for drafting
  • Updates from senior writer and injury analyst Stephania Bell on players coming off injuries and surgery
  • Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter with latest on training camp battles
  • Analyst Damien Woody and fantasy expert Mike Clay on the breakout fantasy players for 2020
  • Sleeper picks, including late round fliers to target

SportsCenter Special: Fantasy Draft (7-9:30 p.m. on ESPN – August 24) will feature 10 team managers implementing the fantasy advice provided throughout the course of the marathon as they participate in a 14-round fantasy draft. Trey Wingo will host, Berry will analyze and the team managers joining virtually are Bell, Clay, fantasy host Daniel Dopp, NFL analyst Mina Kimes, fantasy analyst Anita Marks, NFL reporter Dianna Russini, Schefter, NFL Nation reporter Cameron Wolfe, Woody and Yates.

Berry’s Love/Hate List on The Fantasy Show Among Marathon Highlights
Berry will expound upon his Love/Hate List for the 2020 season during a special edition of The Fantasy Show Monday (3 p.m.) on ESPN2, which he co-hosts with Dopp. Each of the key fantasy football positions and specific players that Berry believes are prone for either a prime or down year will be discussed The new list for this season follows Berry’s post-NFL Draft edition. Throughout the regular season, the show regularly airs on ESPN+ (further details below).

SportsCenter, Get Up, First Take, and Jalen & Jacoby, as well as Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin on ESPN Radio, will have fantasy elements as part of their respective shows, including one-minute, specialized packaged videos offering tips and analysis heading into the season. Additionally, the marathon will be part of the new NFL Live commentator team’s debut, as new host Laura Rutledge will be joined regularly by NFL analysts Dan OrlovskyMarcus SpearsKeyshawn Johnson and Mina Kimes.

Fans Signing Up to Play ESPN Fantasy Football
ESPN Fantasy Football, the most popular fantasy football game, is open for sign-ups with enhanced game play and expanded content on the ESPN Fantasy App and, as well as exclusive content for ESPN+ subscribers. Fans can also consume the fantasy sports industry’s most comprehensive collection of expert analysis, news, statistical data and tools across the app, web, television and audio.

The ESPN Fantasy App, the No. 1 fantasy app on iOS and Android devices, makes playing ESPN Fantasy Football fast and easy, with more information and insight than ever before.

ESPN Fantasy Football Content Continues All Season
ESPN’s fantasy football marathon jumpstarts a full season of fantasy football programming, highlighted by:

  • The Fantasy Show on ESPN+: Embracing the fun spirit of the game, Berry and a cast of characters aim to make fantasy football players smarter with a mix of news and analysis presented with Berry’s smart, irreverent style. The show will air twice a week, typically on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
  • Fantasy Focus – Streaming and Podcast: Providing daily strategy, previews and injury reports, the show is already underway as NFL training camps heat up. Continuing five days a week throughout the season, the program will stream live at 10 a.m. on the ESPN App, the ESPN Fantasy App, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and is available the same day via podcast.
  • Fantasy Football Now – Fans’ go-to source for pregame information every NFL Sunday (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on ESPN2). Each week, actives and inactives, as well as weather reports, player news and so much more are discussed.

In addition to the marathon, fans can also stream all of ESPN’s fantasy shows – Fantasy Football Now, Fantasy Focus Podcast, The Fantasy Show, and more throughout the season — along with their favorite live events directly in the Fantasy app.

More on ESPN’s fantasy offerings will be available as the season approaches.


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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