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Fanball Part Time Writer Opportunity

by • July 17, 2019

By Paul Charchian

As many of you know, from time to time, I post an open call for part time fantasy football writers.  I’ve turned up some great writers, some of whom have gone on to full time careers in the fantasy sports industry.

I’m excited for another year of sifting through your submissions and finding people who combine a passion for writing with fantasy football insight.

You do not need any formal published writing experience or education.  Some of my best writers have been people who were deeply passionate about writing but hadn’t had been published.

Can you be the Adam Thielen of walk-on of fantasy writers?

The Job

Mostly, you’ll be helping us write player preview matchups (i.e., Cam Newton vs Jaguars). In a typical week, you’ll write about 20 matchups, each being one paragraph long.  Done correctly, the assignment takes about three or four hours.

You will be making a 17-week commitment. You can’t flake out and bail halfway through the year. You’ll get a week off every 5 or 6 weeks.

What you get

Don’t quit your day job. You’ll get beer money for your efforts, in proportion to the 3-4 hours it takes do the job. But the bottom line is this, if you’re doing this for the money, it’s not the right job for you.

More importantly, you’ll get detailed feedback to improve your writing and training to put together great fantasy analysis. Personal and professional growth is the most rewarding part of the job. If these elements don’t motivate you, don’t apply.

Your Assignment

Still reading? Good.

To be considered for this opportunity, you need to submit 10 one-paragraph matchups (see below for an example) for the wide receivers who you rank 11-20 in Week One of the regular season.  These should be no longer than 5-6 sentences per matchup.  Here’s an example from last year of the longest writeup we’d want to see.

JuJu Smith Schuster @ Ravens
Ben Roethlisberger is one of just four quarterbacks attempting over 42 passes per game, and JuJu Smith-Schuster has taken advantage of the volume. He’s gained 100 yards or tallied a score in two of his last three games, garnering seven targets per game over that span. It won’t be easy this week, as Baltimore is nasty against opposing receivers, allowing the fourth-fewest scores with less than one per game, and the fewest yards with a measly 135 per game. Smith-Schuster will face slot cornerback Tavon Young most often this week, and that’s no bueno. Opposing slot receivers, including JuJu, haven’t reached pay dirt against the Ravens since Week 2. He did, however, find the end zone in his lone meeting with Baltimore last season.

You must include statistics that backup your assertions.

Defense matters. Defensive players matter.

Your grammar should be very tight. Hyphens, everybody. Hyphens.

I like conversational tones, and don’t be afraid to speak in the first person.

Entertainment counts for a lot.  You can entertain a lot of ways, with humor, nifty turns of phrase, even personal anecdotes—if you can squeeze them in.

Include a cover letter that tells us a little about you and your interest in working with us.  I don’t need a resume, but feel free to include salient background information in your cover letter.

Your submission should include your name and contact information.  You’d be surprised at how many people don’t do this.

Your submission is due by Wednesday, July 24th at 9:00pm CT.  Submissions that arrive later will not be reviewed.

Send your submission as a MS Word document to [email protected]. Send any questions to the same address. 

Because of the volume of submissions we typically receive, we can’t always respond to candidates who aren’t selected to move forward in the process. Please don’t be offended.