Matthew Berry is Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst, ESPN. Berry writes regularly for ESPN.com, hosts the daily Fantasy Focus podcast (with Nate Ravitz, Deputy Editor, Fantasy Sports, ESPN.com), co-hosts ESPN.com’s live Sunday morning fantasy football program Fantasy Football Now and appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows including NFL Sunday 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.
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