Results tagged ‘ Experts Interviews ’

Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview: Geoff Stein

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Welcome back to the newest installment in our series of
interviews aimed at giving readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of
those fantasy writers and pundits who have reached the level of
“expert.” It seems there has been an explosion in the number of
people claiming the title in the last few years, but no one seems to know where
they come from. These interviews aim to change all that, while also giving
aspiring “experts” (such as myself) some advice on both how to break
into the industry and ways to improve your fantasy skills.

 

Our guest this week is Geoff Stein, the operations manager
for Mock Draft Central.

 

In
your opinion, what makes you a fantasy expert? (basically the polite way of
asking – why should people listen to you?)

 
I don’t think people should listen to me.  I like to point things out and
allow people to make their own choices/decisions.  I’m not a “do this”/”don’t
do that” type of writer;  instead I
focus on producing an original, entertaining piece that makes people
think/informs.

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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview: Todd Farino

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Welcome
back to the newest installment in our series of interviews aimed at giving
readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of those fantasy writers and
pundits who have reached the level of “expert.” It seems there
has been an explosion in the number of people claiming the title in the last
few years, but no one seems to know where they come from. These interviews
aim to change all that, while also giving aspiring “experts” (such as
myself) some advice on both how to break into the industry and ways to improve
your fantasy skills.

Our guest this week is Todd Farino, the founder of Fantasy
Baseball Search
and the creator of our Expert League.

 

In your opinion, what makes you a fantasy expert?
(basically the polite way of asking – why should people listen to you?)

 

I don’t really like to call
myself an expert.  I’ll leave that to the readers.  I love to analyze
baseball from a strategy POV.  I think the reason why I have success and
hopefully why people should listen to me is I don’t beat around the bush. 
I tell it like it is.  Some analysts won’t risk their reputation on tough
calls, but I will.  I have a history of winning, playing tough
competitors, and backing up everything I say.  If people want to take
advantage of skills that I have built over the past 18+ years the more to
them.  I still feel I have alot of growth left to do and I’m constantly
revising my strategies every season.  The key to winning is to stay
ahead of everyone else.  I do that the pretty well so far and I don’t
succumb to the pressures of the industry.  I’m very raw in that sense.

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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview: Jon Williams

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Welcome
back to the newest installment in our series of interviews aimed at giving
readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of those fantasy writers and
pundits who have reached the level of “expert.” It seems there
has been an explosion in the number of people claiming the title in the last
few years, but no one seems to know where they come from. These interviews
aim to change all that, while also giving aspiring “experts” (such as
myself) some advice on both how to break into the industry and ways to improve
your fantasy skills.

Our guest this week is Jon Williams, the founder of Advanced
Fantasy Baseball
.

 

In
your opinion, what makes you a fantasy expert? (basically the polite way of
asking – why should people listen to you?)

I suppose a lot of people think that winning championships qualify you but I
would disagree. People should listen to me because I make decisions and endorse
players based on the evidence rather than hunches and following the crowd. In
fact I love when the crowd disagrees with me.

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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview: Evan Dickens

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Welcome
back to the newest installment in our series of interviews aimed at giving
readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of those fantasy writers and
pundits who have reached the level of “expert.” It seems there
has been an explosion in the number of people claiming the title in the last
few years, but no one seems to know where they come from. These interviews
aim to change all that, while also giving aspiring “experts” (such as
myself) some advice on both how to break into the industry and ways to improve
your fantasy skills.

Our guest this week is Evan Dickens, a writer for the expert
league’s host site, Fantasy Baseball Search, and one of the co-hosts of the
Fantasy Baseball Tonight podcast.

 

In your opinion, what
makes you a fantasy expert?
 
I believe in, as Cory Schwartz would say, “showing my work.” I will
(almost) never give a fantasy opinion unless I can provide some statistical
support for my position. At the same time, I believe in actually watching
baseball as the best way to evaluate the starting pitchers I recommend.

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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview: Mike Kuchera

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Welcome
back to the newest installment in our series of interviews aimed at giving
readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of those fantasy writers and
pundits who have reached the level of “expert.” It seems there
has been an explosion in the number of people claiming the title in the last
few years, but no one seems to know where they come from. These interviews
aim to change all that, while also giving aspiring “experts” (such as
myself) some advice on both how to break into the industry and ways to improve
your fantasy skills.

Our guest this week is Mike Kuchera, podcast pioneer and
founder of The Fantasy Man.

 

In
your opinion, what makes you a fantasy expert? (basically the polite way of
asking – why should people listen to you?)
 

I’m just a guy that loves fantasy sports. Its not like I have a Bachelor’s
degree in Fantasy Sports or a minor in Stat-o-nomics. No such thing. I was one
of the first to put myself out there on the Internet as someone who was
knowledgeable and someone who could help beginners and even some
experienced players win their leagues. From that, people started to recognize
me as an expert. I did not give myself that title. When I started, I just
wanted to be the first guy to offer free advice and talk about fantasy sports,
and it just grew from there.
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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview: Ryan Hallam

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Welcome
back to the newest installment in our series of interviews aimed at giving
readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of those fantasy writers and
pundits who have reached the level of “expert.” It seems there
has been an explosion in the number of people claiming the title in the last
few years, but no one seems to know where they come from. These interviews
aim to change all that, while also giving aspiring “experts” (such as
myself) some advice on both how to break into the industry and ways to improve
your fantasy skills.

Our guest this week is Ryan Hallam, the founder of Fighting
Chance Fantasy
.

 

In your opinion, what makes you a fantasy expert?  (basically the polite way of asking – why
should people listen to you?)

 
There are a few reasons. One, of course, is my experience. I have been playing
fantasy for a long time and have immersed myself in learning all of the
players, having an idea of who will break out and who is on the decline, and I
feel my strategies tend to work. The second reason is I truly do care about my
readers and emailers. I don’t write this blog everyday for my own ego, I do want
to help you succeed. I do get great satisfaction out of watching my readers
succeed.

 

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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview – Matthew Leach

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Welcome
back to the newest installment in our series of interviews aimed at giving
readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of those fantasy writers and
pundits who have reached the level of “expert.” It seems there
has been an explosion in the number of people claiming the title in the last
few years, but no one seems to know where they come from. These interviews
aim to change all that, while also giving aspiring “experts” (such as
myself) some advice on both how to break into the industry and ways to improve
your fantasy skills.

Our guest this week is Matthew Leach, the longtime Cardinals
beat writer for MLB.com
and author of “Game of My Life: St. Louis Cardinals:
Memorable Stories of Cardinals Baseball,” which you can buy here.

 

Do you think your
role as a beat writer helps or hurts in playing fantasy?

Yes. It helps with some things — I have a pretty good read on the teams in the
NL Central and what they’re doing, as well as the teams I see a lot in Spring
Training (Orioles, Mets, Marlins). But it can be harder to keep up with the
rest of the game, because I’m so focused on the team right in front of me.

 

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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview – Matt Lutovsky

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Welcome back to the newest installment in our series of
interviews aimed at giving readers insight into the minds and backgrounds of
those fantasy writers and pundits who have reached the level of
“expert.” It seems there has been an explosion in the number of
people claiming the title in the last few years, but no one seems to know where
they come from. These interviews aim to change all that, while also giving
aspiring “experts” (such as myself) some advice on both how to break
into the industry and ways to improve your fantasy skills.

 

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Our guest this week is Matt Lutovsky, one of the top fantasy
writers for industry leader The Sporting News.

 

In your opinion, what
makes you a fantasy expert? (basically the polite way of asking – why should
people listen to you?)

 

I have good feel for what it takes to be competitive in
fantasy leagues — types of players you want, types to avoid, draft situations,
etc. But more than that, I enjoy digging through stats and trying to prove or
disprove widely held beliefs about players or trends. For instance, I was
confused this year as to why everyone just took for granted that Josh Hamilton
was a first-round pick, but Carlos Quentin was dropping to third or fourth
rounds in a lot of drafts. They’re basically the same player and have about the
same major league track record. Based on per plate appearance numbers, Quentin
was better last year (which a lot of people might not realize). Yet, fewer
people believe in him than Hamilton. Why?

 

I love looking for stuff like that and expounding on it. Sometimes
you start digging through the numbers and find out you’re wrong. So be it, but
you have to look. I take pride in doing that, and I take pride in always
looking ahead and trying to figure out potential issues before they even pop
up. I’m not always right, but I’m always looking.

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Fantasy Baseball Expert Interview – Junkyard Jake


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Welcome to the first in a series of interviews aimed to give readers some insight into the minds and backgrounds of those fantasy writers and pundits who have reached the level of “expert.”  It seems there has been an explosion in the number of people claiming the title in the last few years, but no one seems to know where they come from.  These interviews aim to change all that, while also giving aspiring “experts” (such as myself) some advice on both how to break into the industry and ways to improve your fantasy skills.

 

Our first guest is RC Rizza of Junkyard Jake, a terrific writer who has been involved in the fantasy industry since 1998.

 

In your opinion, what makes you a fantasy expert? (basically the polite way of asking – why should people listen to you?)

 

Well, first off, I think the term ‘fantasy expert’ is perhaps a bit of a specious term on par with ‘Grand Dungeon Master’ or ‘Federal Reserve Chairman’, but essentially, to be an ‘expert’ associated with anything requires acute interest supported by diligent research.  As it relates to fantasy baseball, I think the most knowledgeable writers/commentators are really just rabid baseball fans with a keen eye for evaluating talent, the ability to absorb scouting information and a modicum of number crunching skills thrown in for good measure.

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