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Meet the Experts

  • David Kaplen


    One of the “OGs” of the daily fantasy industry, David Kaplen (aka headChopper) has been dominating DFS as long as it’s been around, including winning the inaugural FanDuel NBA Live Final. Chop is a 2x NFL Milly Maker Winner ($1,000,000 prize) and has multiple Live Final appearances. You can catch Chop year-round as a show host and Premium content contributor who specializes in NFL, College Football, NBA, and MLB. Follow Chop on Twitter – @headchopper

  • Kristi Metzger


    Kristi Metzger works in wealth management full time, but that has not stopped her from dominating in all aspects of fantasy sports ever since she started playing. She was the runner-up in FanDuel’s 2018 NFL Live Final and has quickly qualified for multiple other Live Final seats since beginning her career in DFS. Kristi can be found under the alias Krayton on DFS sites and will be contributing content on both the written and media side for RotoGrinders.

  • Dave Potts


    One of the preeminent baseball minds in all of fantasy, Dave Potts (aka CheeseIsGood) has won contests at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS. He is a 2x winner of a $1,000,000 1st place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball Live Final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Milly Maker Tournament in 2015. In addition, he’s won the Main Event championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and the NFBC Platinum League, which is the highest buy-in entry league. His consistent success in the NFBC tournaments earned him a prestigious spot in their Hall of Fame. Dave can also strum a mean guitar while carrying a tune, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see him do so on one of his MLB Crunch Time appearances. Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2

  • Dan Gaspar


    Playing DFS since early 2011, Dan Gaspar (aka MrTuttle05) is an industry OG who has found success across multiple sports. He has qualified for countless Live Finals and takes pride in being able to adapt to the ever-changing DFS landscape. Dan now works as a Senior Projections Operator for Better Collective, overseeing projections for all core sports as well as being the main provider of projections for most niche offerings. Follow Dan on Twitter – @MrTuttle05

  • Chris Prince


    Chris Prince (aka beermakersfan) has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and has been playing daily fantasy since the early days in 2009, making him one of the true “OGs” of the DFS industry. He was one of the first winners of a major Live Final, taking down the 2011 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship, which led to numerous appearances on FanDuel commercials and magazine ads. Previously ranked #1 overall in the RG DFS rankings, Chris can be found giving his expert fantasy & sports betting analysis on RotoGrinders, ScoresAndOdds, and SiriusXM. Follow Chris on Twitter – @beermakersfan

  • Justin Van Zuiden


    Justin Van Zuiden (aka stlcardinals84) is a longtime RotoGrinders contributor and show host. He’s appeared in numerous Live Finals, has logged countless 6-figure wins in a host of different sports (including 5 in PGA), and is a former DFS Writer of the Year Nominee by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. You can find Justin’s ‘Covering The Bases’ series on weekends during the MLB season. He is also a main contributor of sports betting picks at our sister site, ScoresAndOdds, and is a co-host on the RotoGrinders Game Night show on SiriusXM. Follow Justin on Twitter – @stlcardinals84

  • Derek Carty


    You may recognize Derek Carty from his role on Baseball Tonight, his articles at, or his occasional SportsCenter appearances. He’s also been published by FOX Sports, Sports Illustrated, NBC’s Rotoworld, FanDuel, and Fantasy Insiders, among many others. He’s a long-time DFS player and the creator of THE BAT and THE BLITZ, perhaps the most sophisticated DFS projection systems on the market. Prior to DFS, Derek honed his statistical chops as the Fantasy Manager of two of the biggest sabermetric outlets, Baseball Prospectus and The Hardball Times (now the nerdier branch of FanGraphs — yes, that’s a thing), and holds an elite track record in year-long expert leagues (6 titles while finishing top-3 over 50% of the time). He’s also the only active fantasy writer to have graduated from MLB’s exclusive Scout School, which he blends with his statistical background to form a complete picture of a player.

  • Andy Means


    Andy Means (aka meansy53) was a walk-on with the esteemed Duke University basketball team for 3 years before graduating in 2004. He also has a Master’s in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has been playing DFS since 2014. He has qualified for multiple Live Finals and displays his extensive basketball knowledge as a host of our top show – NBA Crunch Time. In the summer of 2022, Andy took over the role of Premium Content Director for the RotoGrinders Network, overseeing the vast array of content that is created on RotoGrinders, ScoresAndOdds, and FantasyLabs. Follow Andy on Twitter – @ameansy
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  • Chris Gimino


    Chris Gimino is a top mind in the industry and one of the primary contributors at RotoGrinders. Together with our team of experts, his work is powering projections, simulations, ownership, and analytics across 10+ sports for betting, DFS, and fantasy pick’em contests. A multiple-time Live Finalist and shipper of 6-figure wins, Chris delivers actionable tools and advice for RotoGrinders Premium subscribers. Follow Chris on Twitter – @ChrisGimino

  • Stephen Young


    The Head of Motorsports at RotoGrinders and the long-time host of the popular Morning Grind podcast, Stephen Young (aka stevietpfl) has been one of the top NASCAR, NFL, NBA, and MLB analysts in the industry since its inception. He has accumulated numerous Live Final seats and is a multiple-time finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Racing Writer of the Year. Follow Stevie on Twitter – @stevietpfl

  • Dean Shavelson


    Dean Shavelson (aka dean78904) has been playing DFS since 2012 and is one of the most senior GrindersLive on-air hosts. He’s dominated the RotoGrinders CVR rankings, winning top honors in MLB for both FanDuel and DraftKings in consecutive seasons, and is consistently ranked as one of the best Grinders in the industry. The UCF grad provides NBA, MLB, and NFL written and media content for RotoGrinders and ScoresAndOdds. Follow Dean on Twitter – @DFS_Almanac for questionable sports, movie, and TV takes.

  • John Breslin


    John Breslin (aka squirrelpatrol) is a consistent top-ranked Grinder and one of the best tournament players in the entire DFS industry. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated with an MBA from prestigious New York University. John is a Live Final specialist who has won 100+ Live Final seats. He took home 1st place at the 2018 FanDuel World Fantasy Baseball Championship ($300,000 prize), both 1st ($500,000 prize) and 2nd place ($200,000 prize) at the 2021 FanDuel World Fantasy Basketball Championship, 2nd place at the 2022 FanDuel World Fantasy Baseball Championship ($250,000 prize), and 2nd place at the 2023 DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship ($600,000 prize). And most recently, he took down the NFL Milly Maker ($1,000,000 prize) in Week 2 of the 2023 season. John has been playing fantasy sports since 1996 and is still scarred from being on the losing end of James Stewart’s 5-TD performance in 1997. Follow Squirrel on Twitter – @jbresl

  • Kevin Roth


    Over the past decade, Kevin Roth has become the go-to source for all things sports-weather related. A lifelong sports fan and admitted weather nerd, Kevin is proud to have combined his two passions and trailblazed a new niche in the DFS and sports betting community. He has a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science (Meteorology) and over 10 years of experience on TV in some of the country’s biggest severe weather markets. Kevin’s WeatherEdge product is a one-of-a-kind sports-weather research tool that combines historical data on stats and weather from past games to help users understand how the weather will impact every game on a slate at a glance. Follow Kevin on Twitter – @KevinRothWx

  • Dan Back


    One of the most respected and preeminent voices in all of daily fantasy, Dan Back has over 10 years of experience as a high-level DFS player and content leader. Dan hosted a long-running DFS show on SiriusXM Radio and also owns an FSWA award for “Best Podcast.” His biggest passions in fantasy sports are both College Football, NFL, and PGA. After years of hard work and dedication, Dan has climbed the ranks to become the Senior VP of Operations & Marketing at Better Collective US. When he’s not pulling the strings behind the scenes, Dan also loves speculating on the Futures markets in sports betting. Follow Dan on Twitter – @dan_back

  • Derek Farnsworth


    Derek Farnsworth (aka Notorious) is a lead RotoGrinders Expert and one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the DFS industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in several sports and multiple Live Final appearances. Noto provides expert NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards. Follow Noto on Twitter – @RG_Notorious