February, 2011

FSB Daily 2/18: NFL.com, FFPC, Fantazzle, Razzball, Lester’s Legends

Friday, February 18th, 2011

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano sat down this week with fantasy football MVP Arian Foster. Spoiler alert: He didn’t pass along the hug that so many of us would like to give.

- John Haskell described in a recent interview with DraftSharks.com’s Jared Smola the agony created by having to wait for the delayed Vikings-Eagles tilt to deliver him $100,000.

- A couple of interesting things going on over at Fantazzle.com this weekend: For starters, as fantasy NASCAR options dwindle, Fantazzle opens its racing season with Sunday’s Daytona 500. And for fantasy basketball fans — or anyone looking for a reason to be interested in the all-star game — there’s an NBA fantasy game that combines the Sunday showcase with elements of the skills competition.

- Razzball.com is on the lookout for football writers.

- LestersLegends.com will take a look at you whether your game is football, baseball, basketball or the NFL draft. (Take that hockey and soccer BS elsewhere, though.)

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Sirius Drafts Cliff Floyd to Its Fantasy Baseball Team

Monday, February 14th, 2011

You might remember Cliff Floyd from such fantasy baseball seasons as 2005, when you scoffed at the buddy who drafted the then-Met only to luck into a career-high 34 homers and your league’s title.

This season, perhaps Floyd can point you toward some similar values.

That’s because the man who played for eight major-league teams over 17 seasons — most recently the Padres in 2009 — kicked off his career as a fantasy host on Monday.

Floyd will sit behind the mic three days a week on Sirius XM Fantasy Baseball, which airs 2-5 p.m. Eastern and also counts former Mets GM Steve Phillips as a host.

“We all know that winning is the name of the game in fantasy baseball,” Floyd said in the press release. “I’m looking forward to helping our listeners sort through pitcher/batter matchups, stats and all the other things that factor into wins and losses so all those fantasy GMs can dominate their leagues.”

Floyd debuted with the Expos in 1993 and also spent time with the Marlins, Red Sox, Cubs and Rays, in addition to the aforementioned Mets and Padres.


FSB Daily 2/8: ‘The League,’ Yahoo!, Strat-O-Versary, Examiner

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- Apparently all caught up in the excitement of the Jordy Nelson Era dawning, FX announced the day after Super Bowl Sunday that it will be picking up The League for a third season.

- Yahoo! opened the doors on fantasy baseball Tuesday, with Andy Behrens focusing on some new features for dynasty leaguers.

- Regardless of your feeling about Strat-O-Matic’s role in the creation of fantasy baseball, there’s no denying that it helped breed many a current stathead from young-geek seedling. This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the game’s creation, kicked off by a free event in New York City on Feb. 12.

- A panel of eight folks who act as fantasy football writers for assorted local Examiner.com outlets combined to vote Arian Foster the 2010 fantasy MVP, Michael Vick the “Biggest Surprise” and Randy Moss the “Biggest Disappointment.” (Wild guess: Moss reacted with a shrug and a scowl.)

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CBS Fantasy Buddies Up with MLB.com for 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Right after I posted the “officially baseball time” item, I skipped over to e-mail — yeah, I skip … I figure it beats prancing — and was greeted by a message announcing the fantasy partnership between MLB.com and CBS Sports.

First of all, this partnership is noteworthy because it belonged to Yahoo! in 2010. At least some further interest is added by the fact that CBS’ longtime deal to run the commissioner product for NFL.com ended before the 2010 football season.

Whether it has anything to do with NFL.com pumping up the inclusion of game highlights in its new in-house fantasy product for the season just ended, video highlights is among the selling points in the ad touting the CBS-MLB alignment.

In announcing CBS Sports’ baseball product as the “official” commissioner of MLB for 2011, the ad mentions the following new features:

“- In-game and post-game video highlights for all your players
- Free MLB.com GameDay package
- Enhanced league management tools for the Commissioner
- New look
- Simple drag & drop roster management”

MLB.com GameDay is the audio package that provides local-radio coverage to games in every MLB market, which will apparently be available to everyone in your league if you sign up with CBS.