ESPN Fantasy has teamed up with IBM Watson, the enterprise-grade analysis and decision support technology, to surface new insights to ESPN fantasy football players and support better lineup and free-agent decisions for players.
Dark data and the power of AI
More than 80 percent of the world's digital information does not fit neatly into databases and spreadsheets: text, audio and video. This "dark data" cannot be analyzed by traditional software. IBM Watson on the IBM Cloud was built for this challenge. Its enterprise-grade AI has already analyzed more than 5 billion words for ESPN fantasy football owners, extracting meaning and insight for more informed decision-making.
How Watson learned fantasy football
The ESPN Fantasy Insights with Watson capability draws upon the latest in machine learning techniques and deep neural networks. An expert team of data scientists and developers collaborated to train the system and deliver the insights in a way any fantasy owner can understand.
Watson's fantasy football insights will be presented to ESPN users through regular segments on The Fantasy Show with Matthew Berry, in fantasy analysis on ESPN.com and the ESPN Fantasy App, and by clicking the "Insights" tab on ESPN.com Fantasy Football player cards.
Fantasy insights are provided by IBM Watson in a partnership with ESPN. ESPN has sole editorial control over the use, placement and analysis related to this content.