Hello. My name is Jay Clemons, the newly crowned Lead Fantasy Writer for Fox Sports South.
For those familiar with my award-winning work with Sports Illustrated, National Football Post or Bleacher Report, it’ll be a smooth transition to FS South and the rigors of systematically attacking the baseball and/or football beats every day.
For those who don’t share that contempt of familiarity, no worries, for you’ll have plenty of time to develop a loathing of my candid, passionate and droll approach to fantasy analysis — before realizing the value in following a 30-something man-child who’s charmingly obsessed with sports, politics, Twitter, breakfast cereal, meaningless YouTube clips from the 1970s and ’80s and every great line that’s ever been uttered in an American sitcom.
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My daily mission statement here includes five simple tasks:
4. Be accessible
5. Do everything in my power to help your fantasy baseball or football teams contend for championships — or at the very least, compete for division titles and playoff berths.
It’s the minimum requirement for a customer base that craves information … and strategies for stealthily landing Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge or Braves pitcher Mike Minor sometime after Round 13.
The first few weeks on the beat are all about establishing a template of expectations with the readers, old and new, while helping them prepare for the all-important baseball drafts in the next 20 days or so. It’s also about putting breaking-news items (injuries, trades, positional switches) into the proper fantasy context.
Obviously, I’ll have to balance the fantasy realm with my other real-world writing and TV obligations with Fox Sports South, but the formula of success — and pacing of creatively doling out beneficial fantasy bites — remains the same:
Preparation will never be an issue. You simply don’t meet a lot of people who happily forsake sleep for Baseball Reference page views at 4:30 a.m.
Speaking of which, I can now be reached, day or night, on Twitter at @FOX_JayClemons.