Q: What is the "Website Watchdog?"
A: The "website watchdog" serves as the eyes & ears of the fantasy football industry. As we gather information from fantasy football sources around the country, we'll report it.
Q: What kind of fantasy news does the "watchdog" report on?
A: Everything! We conduct interviews. We'll take a look at various web sites and report on how creative their site is. Is it user friendly? Does it have a nice layout? Football contests? NFL happenings, fantasy situations etc. etc.
Q: How does the "watchdog" collect his info?
A: Very easy, from you! Fantasy Tailgate is blessed with the opportunity of using television, radio and the Internet as our way of communicating our message. Therefore, we are able to attract a very broad audience. Last year alone, we fielded more than 1000 questions per week (weeks 1-16) of email and telephone questions relating to starting line-up advice, fantasy football websites and general industry news.
CALL TO ACTION
PLEASE email Fantasy Tailgate if there is something you would like to see the Website Watchdog report on. For example, are you receiving great service from a particular website? Is there a feature a certain website offers that helps (or hurts) your fantasy football decisions?
Is there something from your site (feature, contest, etc) that you'd like us to take a look at? Our goal is to be compelling, accurate and balanced. We welcome and appreciate your input.
We welcome all thoughts, comments, criticisms, compliments, etc.
SCOTT: I have been playing fantasy sports since the 80s, and earlier incarnations,
such as Strat-O-Matic, well before that. I have been writing sports
professionally since the late 19080s, and began as a fantasy writer for CBS
Sportsline in 1997, after working in their newsroom for nearly a year. The move
to ESPN.com has been wonderful. We have a huge, dedicated audience that really
take what we say very seriously.
DAN: Obviously, you were a part of Sportsline.com when the fantasy football
industry exploded. What was that like?
SCOTT: When I began, you were a geek if you played fantasy sports. Now, you're a geek if you don't play it. It was very exciting to watch countless amounts of people find out about our wonderful hobby.
DAN: What do you see as the next developing trend in fantasy football?
SCOTT: More people discovering individual defensive players, and more mainstream media coverage.
DAN: Ok, let's jump into some football here. With the rash of injuries that has
hit the NFL, who are the top 3 back-up candidates that could really make a
splash this season and why?
SCOTT: At this point, Antowain Smith, Joey Harris and Steven Jackson could all get a chance to play and make some significant fantasy contributions.
DAN: Keenan McCardell is now a San Diego Charger. Should fantasy
GMs flock to the waiver wire if he's available?
SCOTT: No way. He has missed too much time to make a real difference.
DAN: Obviously, a fantasy GM should never bench his/ her studs. However, which
team defenses warrant some thought and consideration when lining up your
starters against them? Why?
SCOTT: New England can shut anyone down, and Baltimore simply creates too many turnovers.
DAN: What are your thoughts on Brian Westbrook? After two weeks of play, he
reminds many people of Charlie Garner in his prime, versatile on the ground
and through the air. Will it last and why?
SCOTT: Yes, he will last. he's tough and durable.
DAN: In the fantasy football world, is Jeremy Shockey overrated? If so/ not, why?
SCOTT: No, he isn't. I never expect too much from any tight end.
DAN: Give us your take on the overall fantasy situation in Carolina. Stephen Davis is battling injuries and Steve Smith are out. DeShaun Foster may be gone for the season and Keary Colbert is stepping up to the plate.
SCOTT: Davis is back, but can't be trusted. Colbert is unreliable so far, yet can score against weaker secondaries.
DAN: Scott, thanks so much for your time and fantasy football insight. Where
can our "Tailgaters" see more of you?
DAN: Please keep up the great work at ESPN.com and best of luck in all you do.