As the popularity of ESPN Fantasy games and content continues to grow, ESPN has hired award-winning fantasy basketball writer Dr. André Snellings to expand ESPN’s Fantasy Basketball coverage across all ESPN platforms. He will start at ESPN on Monday, November 20, and be based in Bristol, Conn.
Snellings joins ESPN as a Fantasy Writer following a full-time, 16-year career as a neural engineer, during which he was also a senior writer and analyst for Rotowire and a contributor to several fantasy sports outlets, including TYTSports, Nylon Calculus, Fansided, and Summit Hoops.
A two-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Basketball Writer of the Year, Snellings has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Michigan and uses his background as a scientist and basketball fanatic to understand and interpret the game in unusual ways, resulting in unique insights for fans.
"André has an interesting background, but more than anything he’s a true basketball guy who understands what fans are looking for because he is a super fan himself,” said Dan Kaufman, Senior Deputy Editor, Content Development. “When we began looking for someone around whom we can build a rich, industry-leading content experience for Fantasy Basketball, André quickly rose to the top of our list.”
Since ESPN Fantasy consolidated its major sports apps – football, baseball, basketball and hockey – into a single ESPN Fantasy App in August of 2016, total players for ESPN Fantasy Basketball is up +67 percent.
In the last year, all 15 of ESPN Fantasy’s games enjoyed significant increases in number of players, and 14 of the 15 games set all-time records. On NFL Sundays, ESPN Fantasy accounts for more than half of all minutes consumed across ESPN Digital platforms.