Fantasy Focus Football

Host: Matthew Berry, Field Yates & Stephania Bell
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ESPN fantasy experts Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell provide daily strategy, previews and injury reports.

About the Host

Matthew Berry, Field Yates & Stephania Bell

Matthew Berry is a Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst for ESPN. Berry writes regularly for ESPN.com, hosts the Fantasy Focus podcast with NFL reporter Field Yates, and co-hosts ESPN.com’s live Sunday morning fantasy football program Fantasy Football Now, as well as Fantasy Football Kickoff on Tuesdays during the NFL season. He also appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows including, Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, First Take, Mike & Mike in The Morning and more. Berry, also known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” is an Emmy Award winner for his work on Fantasy Football Now and a five-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, including a Writer of the Year award. Berry joined ESPN in February 2007 when his Web site, TalentedMr.Roto.com, was acquired by ESPN.com. Launched by Berry in March 2004 as an online fan group, TalentedMr.Roto.com quickly became known as an online community with quality, timely fantasy news and analysis. Developing as a place for “Personality Driven Fantasy Analysis,” the site earned 51 Fantasy Sports Writers Award (FSWA) nominations (winning 12), and four Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) award nominations (including Best Site) over it’s three year existence. Berry also founded (and still owns) RotoPass.com. Described as “One of the stars of the web” and a “fantasy savant” by the New York Times, Berry has been covered in books, magazines, Web sites and newspapers across the country. Prior to starting TalentedMrRoto.com, Berry was a screenwriter in Hollywood, where, among other credits, he wrote for the sitcom Married With Children and worked on movies including Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. He began his professional career as a stand up comedian, once opening for Dennis Miller at Goldstein Auditorium at Syracuse. He also spent a year as a production assistant for The George Carlin Show on Fox, before being accepted to the prestigious Warner Brothers Writer’s Workshop, due in part to a recommendation letter from Carlin. Born in Denver, but raised in College Station, Texas, Berry began playing fantasy sports at age 14 and plays in dozens of leagues every year across multiple sports. He started writing about fantasy sports professionally in 1999 and has been a contributor to many top media and sports outlets prior to joining ESPN, including MLB.com and NBA.com. He is a graduate of Syracuse University. NFL reporter Field Yates writes for the Insider pages of ESPN.com and ESPN Boston, and he appears on Fantasy Football Now, NFL Insiders, NFL Live and SportsCenter. Yates, who joined ESPN in 2012, also makes regular appearances on ESPN Radio and co-hosts the Fantasy Focus podcast with Matthew Berry. Yates is a former NFL employee who spent two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and interned for four summers with the New England Patriots. During his time in Kansas City, he worked on both the scouting and coaching staffs, and split his four summers in New England with coaching and scouting duties as well. Prior to joining ESPN, Yates contributed as a football writer to a number of sites and authored a blog entitled Thoughts from the Field. A native of Weston, Mass., Yates attended Wesleyan University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in psychology. Stephania Bell joined ESPN as a senior writer and injury analyst in 2008. A licensed physical therapist, board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Bell regularly appears on SportsCenter, Fantasy Football Now and Fantasy Football Kickoff. She also contributes to NFL Insiders, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, ESPN Radio and ESPN.com. The 2016 NFL season is her first as daily co-host of ESPN Radio’s weekday podcast Fantasy Focus Football. Prior to joining ESPN, Bell worked for Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, California, and taught at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. She has held teaching positions in the physical therapy programs at Samuel Merritt College and the University of Kansas and has lectured nationally on various topics. She has also served as a consultant for athletes and performing artists with complex conditions. Bell graduated from Princeton University with a degree in French Literature and earned a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Miami. She went on to earn a certification in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Bell has held elected positions in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and was heavily involved in the early stages of developing standards for credentialing of post-professional residency and fellowship programs. She remains active in both the AAOMPT and the APTA and is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the University of Miami Alumni Fellowship Award, the AAOMPT John McM. Mennell Service award and the Media Orthopedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). Most recently, she is the first ever ESPN recipient of a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page award, which recognizes newswomen in the New York metropolitan area for excellence in journalism.

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