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FSB Daily 3/9: WCOFF, Synsport, Baseball Sharks, RotoWire

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

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

- Fantasy Players Association president Scott Atkins has a report on late WCOFF payments to 2010 winners, including this quote from co-owner Dustin Ashby: “We’re in the process of correcting a mistake that was made in the processing of player awards. The issue causing the delay has been corrected. We expect the distribution of awards to be completed soon.”

- Many might be unfamiliar with, but this week’s announcement that the site will likely shut down before the 2011 NFL season reminds us of the niches that remain in the fantasy industry and the dedication of those users. Creator John Marino also decries the effect of the big, free league providers.

- Tony Holm and his Fantasy Sharks crew recently launched, which just so happens to deal in fantasy baseball content.

- RotoWire recently rolled out a fantasy baseball draft kit app for the increasingly popular Android phone, which joins the existing iPhone version.

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FSB Daily 1/31: Neyer, ESPN, Meat Loaf, WCOFF, Fantasy Fishing

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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

- As he points out, Rob Neyer was hired 15 years ago by Starwave to edit fantasy content for the initial iteration of On Monday, he produced his final piece for ESPN.

- Sprint ID devices earlier this month launched the ESPN Pack, which enables fantasy-team management on the go, among other things.

- To anyone familiar with his fantasy prowess, it should come as no surprise that Meat Loaf knocked off Jerry Cantrell to win the ESPN-publicized Alice In Chains & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League.

- Tony Windis and his girlfriend will be finishing their 2010 football season in Dallas this weekend at the Super Bowl, thanks to Windis’ victory in the World Championship of Fantasy Football. Oh yeah, he’ll have $300,000 to kick around as well.

- The Fantasy Fishing game from FLW Outdoors gained immediate attention by handing out $1 million grand prizes in each of its first two seasons before dipping to a $50,000 top amount last year. The 2011 season opened recently and will close with a $100,000 lead prize.

- Even if ice fishing ain’t necessarily your bag (baby), this guy has the right idea with creating a fantasy-type scoring system for other activities in your life. After all, that’s how all these fantasy sports got their start anyway.

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2010 FSTA Award Winners

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Back home from the latest Fantasy Sports Trade Association winter conference, we’ll have material over the next few days covering some of the stuff learned.

At the end of a Wednesday gobbled up by travel and family time, though, we’ll pass along the winners of the most recent set of FSTA awards (in bold):

Grid Iron Fantasy Sports —
World Fantasy Games — RapidDraft Fantasy Football Weekly app
RotoWorld — Draftmaster software; Season PassOnline Fantasy Draft Guides
Fantasy Football Crystal Ball
Head2Head Sports — Injury/Bye Protection — Fantasy Grinder — Fantasy Football Draft Kit (mobile)
LeagueSafe — Fantasy Football 2010

World Fantasy Games — RapidDraft
Athlon — Pro+College Fantasy Football — Fantasy Playoff Challenge

MOST OUTSTANDING AD — TV spot — print ad (World Fantasy Games) — Week 17 Twitter mock draft
ESPN — campaigns for fantasy baseball, Tournament Challenge and fantasy football — print-Web promotion

FanDuel — Free Fantasy Football
World Fantasy Games — Diamond Challenge Fantasy Baseball

Baseball HQ — First Pitch Forums
WCOFF — Fantasy Live webcast
Head2Head — The Draft 2010
FanDuel — Fantasy Football Championship (WFG) — RapidDraft Weekly

UNIQUE AD — “Dots” TV spot — print-Web promotion (WFG) — Twitter mock draft

Fantasy Sherpa
Baseball HQ
The Huddle
XML Team
RapidDraft News (WFG) (Charlie Wiegert’s blog)

RotoLab — Bloomberg Decision Maker; Fantasy Tour
Competitive Sports Analysis — scoutPRO
Fantasy Football Crystal Ball — Fantasy Football Weekly app — Fantasy Football Commissioner — online draft room
Fantistics — Fantasy Draft Assistance Tool: Baseball; Football
RotoWorld — DraftMaster
Advanced Sports Media — Draft Analyzer

FaGames — Fantasy Football 2010
Competitive Sports Analysis
Gridiron Fantasy Sports —
Joe Namath (World Fantasy Games)


NFL Ensures Ri-Vick-ulous Fantasy Finish to 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

When the NFL moved the Eagles and Vikings away from Sunday night, there’s no reason to doubt safety as the motive. The unintended consequence: fantasy aggravation.

You can call it ramping up the excitement if you want, but the point is that fantasy players around the country are waiting at least a day longer to find out who wins — a situation only magnified by the inclusion of the Eagles and their multitude of fantasy resources. In many cases, significant money hangs in the balance.

The World Championship of Fantasy Football, for instance, had six teams among the top 10 entering Week 16 that await Eagles-Vikings results. Leader Jeff Schinker may need some help from Philly receiver Jeremy Maclin to hold off a second-place squad relying on Vick and Adrian Peterson. Holding on will mean a difference of $250,000 in prize money.

At, Week 16 began with Michael Vick quarterbacking eight of the top 10 teams in the race for $100,000 and a few others such as Eagles kicker David Akers and the Philadelphia defense in position to come into play. With only the Tuesday night game to go, however, it appears that leader Jeff James — with Vick at quarterback — is safe.

The inaugural season of the Footballguys Players Championship also sports a $100K grand prize and plenty of Vick, as seven of the top 10 entering the final week employed the Philly passer. As it stands, Ryan Strickler’s second-place team can claim victory with just 13 points from Vick, well below the quarterback’s per-game average this season.

Similarly, the Fantasy Football Players Championship — the main event put on by the company that partners with Footballguys on their contest — has Tuesday night players breathing down the neck of the current leader. Richard Risinger clings to a mere 7-point lead, with the second-place HOGS sporting Maclin and the Philadelphia defense and the third-place Syracuse Slappers running out Vick and Peterson. The winner there takes $100,000 as well.

The National Fantasy Football Championship has to look a little further down the leaderboard but finds Tuesday-night intrigue nonetheless. As pointed out by founder Greg Ambrosius on the site’s message board (with help from some other members), the sixth-place team could overtake the current leader with a big combined performance from Vick and LeSean McCoy. On top of that, the ninth-place team remains alive despite a 75.38-point deficit because it has Vick, DeSean Jackson and Percy Harvin yet to go.

With another $100,000 targeted for the NFFC winner, that’s a total of $700,000 in fantasy winnings with at least some tie to tonight’s game … and that’s only a snapshot of first-place money for five national contests. Imagine the scenarios when you extend to all paying spots in these competitions and the rest of the leagues and contests out there.

Whether the NFL realized it or not, moving the Eagles-Vikings primetime game two days back promised to make the finish to this fantasy football season more interesting and memorable.