Number Four: Fantasy Football Weekly
Fantasy Football Weekly is a radio show that airs Saturday mornings at 10 AM in Minneapolis, MN. The host Paul Charchian has been around fantasy football since its inception. He also launched the program leaguesafe that allows players to put their prize money in an account that will release the cash to the winner of the league, at the end of the season.
The show has some of the more interesting segments including “take a chance on me” and “five tough questions worth answering.” Take a chance on me discusses players that are likely to be available as free agents whom the hosts think will have a good week. Five tough questions ask a series of questions that are unique and often difficult for the co-hosts to answer. The show is full of useful information and is definitely worth a listen.
The show is posted on Saturdays in the afternoon and fails to include the Thursday night games. Anyone that has a Monday to Friday job would be forced to listen to the show on Saturday night or Sunday morning. It is easy to spend our commute focused on a two hour podcast but at home on a Saturday, finding two free hours is much more difficult.
Number Three: ESPN The Fantasy Focus
The Fantasy Focus is hosted by Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz. Occasionally, ESPN fantasy analysts Christopher Harris and Eric Karabell will host the show. The ESPN Radio app also posts the show making for easy access.
Being backed by ESPN is a major advantage for the show. The show has won multiple Podcast awards. ESPN provides the show with access to interview NFL players like Giovanni Bernard and Maurice Jones Drew. The Fantasy Focus runs Monday through Friday so if you have a commute to work it is a nice way to make the drive go by. Stephania Bell makes an appearance at least once a week giving this show the best injury analysis of all the podcasts. Since the show is recorded at the ESPN studio you never know who will make an entrance.
Matthew Berry is very proud of his achievements in life and sometimes repeatedly mentions them. The Fantasy Focus also has a tendency to become sidetracked and ventures into the useless information category. The show is loaded with drops that tend to become repetitive. The podcast also has a decent amount of advertisements for companies ranging from Geico to Regus Offices. Pod-Vader the nickname of the show’s producer occasionally gets on the nerves of the hosts and makes for some uncomfortable moments.
Number Two: The Fantasy Football Guys
The Fantasy Football Guys is run by two friends Lyle and Kevin. The bond between the two hosts quickly becomes apparent as they have been podcasting together since 2005 but have known each other for longer. They are just two guys that love fantasy football and do extensive research.
The Fantasy Football guys are the fathers of the "magic formula" a fantasy formula used to help people dominate their leagues. The magic formula can be summarized as drafting three running backs in the first five rounds of your fantasy draft. Every show they analyze each of the games for the week. They have fans submit questions throughout the week on either the forum or to the podcast's E-Mail address. They make sure to answer all of their listeners’ questions. There are no ads on the site or sponsors for their show, proving that they don’t do it for the money.
The show does not carry an explicit tag but it is far from family friendly. The hosts have a habit of making vulgar jokes that would make a sailor blush. Since they only have one show a week they tend to be behind on news updates and injury information.
My Number One Ranked Podcast: CBS Fantasy Football
CBS Fantasy Football is hosted by Dave Richards, Nathan Zegura and Jamie Eisenberg; yes, Jamie is the brother of Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg. The crew also has a video show online Sunday nights to go over the week’s action.
This is one of the more underrated fantasy shows. They have the quality of a major network combined with a crew that gets along with one another. They don't flood they show with goofy drops or irrelevant advertisements. The producer is well prepared and works hard to develop new and interesting segments. They offer great fantasy advice five days a week. Each show has a topic so if you have a question about a specific game you know right where to go.
The show seems to post at random times throughout the day. On Monday the show could be available in the morning and the next day it won’t drop until the evening.