Fantasy Sports League are serious business. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, nearly 57 million people will play in fantasy leagues in the US and Canada this year. Each of them will spend an average of $465 doing so. And most of them will play fantasy football, which is by far the favorite faux game. Although fantasy leagues can get competitive, fantasy football is pretty chill. You don’t have to set a daily lineup like they do in fantasy baseball, basketball, or hockey. Most of the action happens on Sunday, providing six days to tweak your roster.
Granted, a lot can happen in that time, stuff like injuries, roster changes, disciplinary actions, and players getting benched. A genius waiver-wire pickup or a boneheaded start can make or break your season, and the best moves usually come down to getting key info before an opponent. As in all things, knowledge is power.IBM Watson will help collect and comprehend the deluge of data and offer an overall outlook for every player on your roster. A new app called Edge Up Sports taps Watson via APIs and, like an A.I.-driven Rotten Tomatoes for fantasy football, offers a crowdsourced “sentiment” for your players.
Edge Up Sports doesn’t host fantasy leagues. Instead, it’s a companion research app that lets you import your roster from other leagues, then gathers news, updates, trending topics and other data. “On a single service, you get all the information through a single analyst, and you still have to read and see what the latest updates are,” says CEO Ilya Tabakh. “And the projections are generally pretty poor for everybody. One of the things we’re doing is just taking a wider view of the landscape. We think it’s a more complete picture of what’s going on.”