Role of podcasts in preparing for a fantasy football draft - the "in" from Grande Vegas

Millions of sports fans are now playing fantasy sports, a game in which they assemble imaginary teams of real life players and score points based on the statistical performances of those players.

The most popular fantasy sport in America is fantasy football which, in the last few years, has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry thanks largely to the legalization of online casino sports betting and the increasing use of bitcoin.

Fantasy football is a game but it is serious business to its participants, many of whom place big bets on their assessments of how they believe that their fantasy teams will perform.  To prepare to build teams, there are a number of things that fantasy participants can do including:

  • Checking players’ bye weeks.
  • Replacing injured players.
  • Assessing the team’s strengths and weaknesses in order to acquire and trade the right players.
  • Checking the waiver wire and free agent pool to see who might be available at the last minute.
  • Exploiting both favorable and unfavorable match-ups.
  • Keeping track of important league dates when acquisitions and trades might be happening.

To focus on these important tasks, many fantasy football participants listen to football podcasts. These podcasts feature people knowledgeable about fantasy football including writers, sportscasters and analysts who provide up-to-the-date assessments of what’s happening in the world of football to give fantasy participants a leg up as they move forward in building their teams.

Some of the best fantasy football podcasts on the air today include:

The Fantasy Footballers Podcast

One of the most popular fantasy football podcasts is Fantasy Footballers podcast which won the 2016 Best Sports & Rec People's Choice award from the Podcast Award and the 2016 People's Choice award from the Academy of Podcasters.

Fantasy Football brings Andy Holloway, Jason Moore, and Mike "The Fantasy Hitman" Wright together to analyze tge world of Fantasy Football as they talk through their differing opinions and offer astute analysis and, usually, spot-on advice.

The show is both entertaining and informative. The hosts take questions from listeners and discuss those questions on-air so that everyone can learn from each. Rated as being “the best” at being both informative and entertaining.

Fantasy Football Today

Host Adam Aizer is joined by analysts Jamey Eisenberg, Heath Cummings and Dave Richard for a daily podcast on projections, ranking, mock drafts, resources, tools and more.

For 5 minutes every weekday morning the hosts gather to break down the happenings of the previous 24 hours in the world of football so, by the time the five-minute podcast has finished, you know everything that you need to know to create the best team possible.

Everything is presented from a Fantasy perspective so before you finish your morning cup of coffee you’ll have the information that you need to make the best Waiver Wire transactions, trades and startlist moves.

Yahoo Sports

Yahoo was one of the first web platforms to feature fantasy sports. The Yahoo Fantasy Sports piggybacked onto Yahoo Sports which originally launched  in 1997.  Yahoo invested heavily in its sports site, building pages for teams in almost every major North American Sport and providing information from STATS.Inc.

SportsMap launched in 2011 and Yahoo Fantasy sports app came on the market in 2012, well before sports betting was legalized in 2018. Today the Yahoo Sports’ fantasy experts, Dalton Del Don, Liz Loza, Scott Pianowsky, Andy Behrens and Matt Harmons combine fantasy sports advice with tips for placing bets and, to fans’ delight, guidance about life.

Each of the Yahoo fantasy sports experts brings his or her own voice, philosophy and personality to the channel to help fantasy sports participants become more informed and more successful fantasy managers.

ESPN’s Fantasy Football for Beginners

If you’re considering getting involved in fantasy football but don’t have a background or experience, ESPN’s Fantasy Football for beginners is geared specifically for people who are new to fantasy football and gives you all the information that you need including how to get started, how to prepare for your draft and what to do as the season progresses.

The ESPN Beginner’s podcast goes over the rules of the competition, how to prepare for the draft, how to use the autodraft option, how to trade and expected etiquette. You have to sign up for an ESPN membership to access the podcast but the podcast is free for everyone and afterward, you can play fantasy football via ESPN or move on to another platform at your leisure.

Commission: Impossible

Commission: Impossible is a podcast hosted by league commissioners Scott Fish and Ryan McDowell so their insights and commentaries come from the perspectives of people who were managing leagues. That makes for some fascinating thoughts that other fantasy football hosts don’t consider.

Listening to Fish and McDowell provides thoughts on aspects of fantasy football that players generally don’t consider.

Commission: Impossible is a good podcast for owners and commissioners, for veteran dynasty players who are looking at different leagues and for players who are interested in seeing the fantasy football  industry from the perspective of the owners and commissioners.

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