A few years back, the higher ups here at SB Nation decided to move the fantasy football coverage we provided here at Fake Teams to the SB Nation Fantasy Football page. Now that they are established, I felt that it was time to provide the Fake Teams community with some fantasy football coverage this offseason, leading up to draft day.
Update: and if you like writing about fantasy baseball, I am looking for one or two fantasy baseball writers as well.
Before reading, or shortly thereafter, make sure you do two things:
1. Sign up and join for Fake Teams
2. If you want your real name to appear on the site, please use it when joining. Otherwise, you can use any name you want.
What am I looking for?
1. I am looking for experienced, or inexperienced, writers who have a passion for fantasy football. I live and breathe fantasy baseball, so I write about fantasy baseball, and would do more if my schedule allowed.
2. I am looking for you to contribute 1-2 articles per week.
3. You would be writing according to a set schedule during the season. During the offseason, there is more flexibility in the scheduling.
4. Need someone willing to write on assigned topics from time to time.
What will we be writing about this offseason?
1. Draft coverage - top players at each position, fantasy impact of draft results for each team, player profiles
2. Super early position rankings for 2014 including keeper leagues
3. Super early mock draft results
4. Impact of free agent moves and coaching changes
5. Players to target at each position
6. Players to avoid at each position
7. Sleepers at each position
Is the position a paid position?
Not initially, but could lead to one if you show your writing chops and meet deadlines on a consistent basis.
Why isn't it a paid position? I can write, dammit!!
Yes, I know you can write. But, I have been doing this since 2008 and have seen plenty of good writers come and go. Some have written for a few weeks/months, then either got burned out or lost the desire. Coming up with good ideas to write about isn't always easy.
With all that said, I have seen plenty of writers come and go, but leave to write elsewhere. Here are a few:
1. Many summers ago, a journalism major came to me asking to write about fantasy baseball while school was out. He was the editor at his college newspaper, and had a passion for writing. He is now the Jets beat writer for the New York Daily News. His name is Seth Walder.
2. Several years ago, when I first added fantasy football coverage to Fake Teams, one of the first fantasy football writers I added was Mike Gallagher. He now writes for Rotoworld covering fantasy basketball and SB Nation fantasy covering fantasy football.
3. Kenneth Arthur joined Fake Teams several years ago, covering fantasy baseball. In addition to writing for Fake Teams, he writes for SB Nation Fantasy, Field Gulls - SB Nation's Seattle Seahawks fan site, and for the fantasy football desk writing player updates severals nights a week during the season. (Kenny - let me know if I missed a site.)
4. Several of my former, and even current, writers have moved on to write for Baseball Prospectus, including Alex Kantecki, Bret Sayre, and Craig Goldstein. Bret now runs the fantasy content at BP.
5. One of our former writers, Andrew Ball, who also wrote for SB Nation's saber-slanted site, Beyond the Boxscore, now works as a scouting intern for the Tampa Bay Rays. Andrew also worked for the York Revolution in the independent leagues.
As you can see, writing for Fake Teams has led to other opportunities elsewhere on the 'net, in newspapers and even in major league baseball. I cannot guarantee any of this will happen to you, but if you are a good writer, someone may come knocking. Or emailing. Or tweeting.
Ok, I am interested! What do I do now?
Once you have joined Fake Teams, I need you to write a fan post, the ones that you see on the middle of the right side of the front page. I would like you to write about anything fantasy football related. Maybe you think player X will have a breakout year in 2014, or player Y will disappoint. Or, you feel one of the offseason free agent moves will do wonders for player Z's fantasy value in 2014. Go ahead and write a fan post about it.
For the one guy on Twitter asking about writing EPL, please write a fan post on anything related to fantasy EPL.
Also, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know when you have posted your fan post, and what name you have written it under.
Why do I have to write a fan post? I have written elsewhere.
Ok, send me examples of your prior work, if it is recent. Recent meaning you wrote it in the last 3-4 months. If not, I would like you to write a fan post as described above.
I will review every fan post written, and if I like it, I may even promote it to the front page.
I look forward to working with you in the future. Let's do this.