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There are a lot of reasons that the NFL has become the preeminent league in American professional sports. The telegenic nature of the game, the strength of the marketing machine, the undeniably impressive on-field athleticism – all key components to the game’s massive success.

But one of the very biggest has to be the proliferation of fantasy football.

What fantasy football has done – particularly with the advent of the internet – is change the way the sport is consumed, giving people reason to watch games that don’t involve their own rooting interest. It’s the sort of thing that turns non-fans into casual fans and casual fans into passionate fans.

As we approach the season’s kickoff, thousands of fantasy football leagues are the in process of holding their drafts. Millions of people are making their selections, deciding which combination of players gives them the best chance of coming out on top and winning money, trophies and/or bragging rights.

There’s an entire industry built around giving advice to fantasy football players. There are experts out there who spend countless hours breaking down statistics and trying to project which players are going to have big years and which ones are going to regress. They’ll tell you why you should select a player and when.

I am not one of those experts.

What I am is someone who has played fantasy football regularly for nearly two decades. I’ve won a championship or two along the way. I’ve also finished dead last once or twice. Mostly, I’ve fallen somewhere in-between. And since I’ve lived my fantasy life as part of that vast middle class, I thought it might be interesting to pass along a few bits of wisdom that I’ve picked up along the way.

Published in Sports

PORTLAND – I’m not very good at fantasy baseball.

I’ve had some luck in the realm of fantasy football over the years, but as far as fantasy baseball goes, well – I’m kind of terrible.

Published in Sports

There are a lot of reasons that the NFL has become the preeminent league in American professional sports. The telegenic nature of the game, the strength of the marketing machine, the undeniably impressive on-field athleticism – all key components to the game’s massive success.

But one of the very biggest has to be the proliferation of fantasy football.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:13

The Sports Edge Reality > Fantasy

I don't know how to pose this to people, so I'm just going to lay it out there - I'm pretty sure that playing fantasy sports have been ruining my experience as a sports fan.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:30

Living the Fantasy Life'

Matthew Berry explores the wide world of fantasy sports

The past decade or so has seen an explosion in the realm of fantasy sports. Once the domain of a few hardcore fans, fantasy sports have become a massive part of the world of sports fandom, bringing a new level of insight and enjoyment to the table for millions across the globe.

One of the biggest and brightest names out there when it comes to fantasy sports is Matthew Berry. Best known for his nom de internet 'The Talented Mr. Roto,' Berry has been an avid player of fantasy sports since his teenage years. Even during his time as a working Hollywood writer, Berry spent much of his free time devoting himself to the ins and outs of fantasy sports. His writing at the seminal fantasy website RotoWorld, at his eponymous site and at the sports media behemoth that is ESPN has always struck a wonderful balance between entertainment and information.

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