Football Essay Contest

Hello all you fake football writers and aspiring writers! Welcome to our 2016 writing contest. We’ll have prizes, guest judges, and a whole lot of fake football ideas being thrown around in a nice and orderly fashion. First off, let me thank our sponsor Fantasy Pros. Second off, you may ask, what’s in this for me!? Well, here are the prizes:


Overall 1st Place: $250 cold hard PayPal cash & a fully loaded Draft Wizard from Fantasy Pros.

Overall 2nd Place: $150 cold hard PayPal cash & a fully loaded Draft Wizard from Fantasy Pros..

Overall 3rd place: $100 cold hard PayPal cash & a fully loaded Draft Wizard from Fantasy Pros.


PLUS! If you are so inclined, first place will be given a weekly platform on The Fake Football to spout off fake football knowledge.

PLUS! PLUS! You will get your work read by some of the best fantasy writers in the business and a ton of experience in writing about fake sports for a deadline and with a predetermined topic, both integral parts of making it in the freelance fake sports writing business.


Who is eligible? If you have never been paid for your work in sports writing, you may enter.

When? There will be three rounds with a new fantasy football writing prompt for each of those rounds. The due dates for each round are: First Round: Friday July 8th, 10pm central Second Round: Friday July 22nd, 10pm central  Third Round: Friday August 10th, 10pm central. The new writing prompts will be given when the first and second round winners are announced. All writers are eligible to write in each of the three rounds. You could place outside of the top three in the first round and then win the next two and still win the whole thing.


What are we looking for?

Length: This will depend on the topic of course, but the more you can do with less, the better. 800-1400 words is about what people can handle before they hit the escape hatch.

Grammar: Yes, use some. Read it out loud. Have someone look it over. We all make mistakes. One or two of them isn’t the end of the world, but many make it hard for the reader to pay attention to the actual meaning.

Stats vs Analysis vs Humor: A balance of all three is always great. Stats give you a good foundation. They give the reader information and show them that you’ve done actual research. Analysis without stats can sometimes ring hollow, so start with the facts/stats and then bring in your opinion. And your opinion is what makes this your piece of writing, so give us something to think about.  The last item on the list is humor and the easiest to screw up. Humor is a double edged sword. If it works you set yourself apart from the crowd, but if it doesn’t, your readers will forget about what you are trying to say and get into an eye rolling contest with themselves.


What’s the first topic already!? Select an offseason move, be it coaching change, free agent signing(s), or new playing surface and give the readers your analysis of the moves and how you believe they will impact fantasy football this season.

Where? Send all submissions attached in a Word document with the file named after you — “Your Name” and the subject line: “TFF Round 1” to by Friday July 8th, 10pm central.


Guest Judges Include:


Named the first ever Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA in 2005, Bob Harris was inducted into the organization’s Hall Of Fame in 2013. He began his fantasy sports career as Editor and Webmaster of the TFL Report in 1993. Added Senior Editor for Fantasy Sports Publications, Inc. to his list of titles in 1997; his work has been prominently displayed in all four FSP Fantasy annuals — Fantasy Football Pro Forecast, Fantasy Football Diehards, Fantasy Football CheatSheets and the Fantasy Football DraftBook — ever since. Harris was a weekly contributor at from 2001 through 2007 and at in 2007. You will currently find Harris online exclusively at You can also listen to Harris on The FootballDiehards on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.



David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Football online since 2000, eventually joining the crew at CBS in 2003. That five-man Fantasy content staff consisted of three eventual FSWA Hall of Famers (Tristan Cockcroft, Scott Engel and  Michael Fabiano) and a two-time FSWA award-winning writer (Daniel Dobish) … and Gonos. He’s good at spelling.

Gonos has been playing Fantasy Football dating back to 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner. He won the 2008 FSTA Fantasy Football Championship, as well as the 2008 Tout Wars title, and then he apparently went into a coma for five years.

His columns have also appeared on,,, and He currently writes Fantasy Sports for both of his sites:, and



Spencer Limbach is a full-time daily fantasy sports player and writer. He serves as a Daily Fantasy Specialist for Rotoworld; also contributing to FanDuel Insider, other DFS sites, and of course, The Fake Basketball. Equipped with a degree in Economics, deep-seeded sports knowledge, and a passion for writing, he has become a trusted source in the fantasy sports world.




Jeanna Thomas writes about the NFL for SB Nation and covers the Atlanta Falcons for The Falcoholic. She has also written about college football for the AJC’s SEC Country vertical and SB Nation’s Land-Grant Holy Land. When Jeanna isn’t writing about football, you’ll probably find her talking about football on Atlanta sports radio, various podcasts and Twitter.



Rich Hill is the Managing Editor for Pats Pulpit with the goal of bringing strong, level-headed analysis to the discussion. Rich specializes in statistical breakdowns, breaking news, engaging opinion works, and in-depth film reviews.




Zach Law





Dalton Del Don is a fantasy sports writer for Yahoo. Lover of Larry David and Radiohead.





Jody Smith is a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) and a 26-year fantasy football veteran who turned to the world of fake football when his own career as a light-blocking, sure-handed tight end was tragically ended by the notoriously unfriendly Memorial Stadium artificial turf. Jody fondly remembers the days of accumulating fantasy results with a Monday morning newspaper, a spiral notebook and a pencil. Over the years he’s won numerous accolades and championships, including being named the “Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert” for 2012 at and an FSTA (Fantasy Sports Trade Association) award for in-season rankings. He’s also co-host of the Fantasy Factor podcast and can also be heard on weekly radio shows in Houston, New Orleans and podcasts everywhere.



Phil Alexander is a staff writer for He is a proud The Fake Football alumnus, whose work has also been featured on numberFire, GridIron Experts, and FantasyPros.




Oh, and have fun!

I’ve been into sports since I was a little kid. Now I’m a varsity football player at Birmingham High School. I’ve been on the team for three years, and my first two years were on the frosh-soph team. During the off-season for the past three years, I’ve done shot put.

Ever since I’ve been on the football team, I’ve learned so much more than I thought I would. Football has done great things for me. It keeps me in shape and makes me want to go to school.

One memorable thing happened during my first varsity game. We were playing Canoga Park High School, and the guy whom I had to block intimidated me. On the first play of the game, I overpowered him and then dropped him. That’s something I’ll never forget.

There’s also so much you go through as a team. You start feeling like family. You know that you have to work together to do things right. I can see how being on the team has affected my social life. You learn how to interact, not only with your teammates, but other people, too. That’s something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I’ve learned how to work with others, which is an essential thing when you get a job and have to work with others.

I’ve learned many lessons from playing football. The first is that life is hard, and if you choose the easy way out, it only gets harder. Coach always tells us that many football players become great men in our nation. For example, six of our last eight presidents were football players. Football helps them, because they’ve already been through the hard part, and now everything feels like a piece of cake to them.

Football has taught me that life doesn’t always go the way you planned it. You always plan to win a game, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. Life is like that. You can plan to have a house and all that good stuff, but who knows what will really happen.

In my house, sports aren’t a big deal. I’m the only athlete in my house, and my little brother will be playing soon, too. I think sports are a great thing, because they open the gateway to a better life. It teaches you a lot and gives you many opportunities.


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