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Meet The Team

  • Derek Farnsworth

    • Current Ranking: 23
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 37

    Top-Ranked Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Utah, but has since joined Team RotoGrinders. He is currently spotted in the Top 50 Overall rankings on RotoGrinders, and has been ranked as high as 5th. The talented Mr. Noto was a 2012 DSBC Finalist, 2013 DSBBC Finalist, 2013 DSBC Finalist (x2), 2013 DD BLB Finalist, 2013 DFBBC Finalist, and 2015 DK King of Boston Finalist. He also won the 2015-16 FCK NBA Players Championship. Notorious has been nominated for five Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards, including basketball, baseball, and golf.

    Notorious

    • Top 50 Overall Ranking, 3x FD/DK Live Finalist
    • Top 50 Super Heavyweight Ranking
    • Top 5 PGA Ranking
    • Top 100 NFL Ranking
    • Top 50 NBA Ranking
    • Top 50 MLB Ranking
    • Nominated: FSWA 2015 NBA Writer of the Year
    • Nominated: FSWA 2013 Golf Writer of the Year
  • Justin Van Zuiden

    • Current Ranking: 54
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 30

    Justin Van Zuiden (fantasy alias STLCardinals84) is a leading RG contributor for NFL, NBA, MLB, CFB and golf. One of the game’s best, he is currently in the Top 10 in the 2015/16 Tournament Player of the Year race and has six live final appearances to his name, as well as a second place finish in the 2015 FantasyAces College Football Championship..

    STLCardinals84

    • Top 50 Superheavyweight Ranking, 4x Live Finalist
    • Top 100 Overall Ranking
    • Top 100 NFL/MLB/PGA Ranking
    • Top 250 NBA Ranking
  • Dan Back

    • Current Ranking: 222

    Dan Back (db730) is host of the RotoGrinders Daily Fantasy Fix podcast, and The GrindersLive VideoCast. Dan, who took home the 2014 FSWA award for “Best Podcast”, has over a decade of fantasy sports experience and is consistently one of the top ranked Grinders. He has become one of the foremost authorities in weekly college football over the past two years and has shown his prowess in a number of other sports as well.

    • Host: Daily Fantasy Fix, 7x Live Finalist
    • 2013 DFBBC Finalist
    • Super Joust I Champion
    • Top 200 Overall Ranking
    • Top 100 PGA Ranking
    • Top 300 NFL/MLB/NBA/NASCAR Ranking
  • Eric Crain

    • Current Ranking: 51
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 73

    Eric Crain, aka jakz101 , is a former professional poker player who started playing DFS full time in October of 2015. He is a eight-time live finalist who specializes in tournament play and is ranked in the top-40 of three different sports (NFL, NBA, MLB). He had his biggest win in October of 2016, when he won $1.2 million by finishing 1st, 3rd, and 4th in the DraftKings NFL Millionaire Maker. Crain hosts multiple shows every week on RotoGrinders.

    • DraftKings NFL Millionaire Maker Winner (2016)
    • Top 50 Overall and Super Heavyweight Ranking
    • 2x FanDuel Live Finalist
    • 5x DraftKings Live Finalist
    • Top 100 in MLB/NBA/PGA/NASCAR rankings
  • JM Tohline

    JM Tohline (Tuh-lean) – DFS alias JMToWin – is a novelist and a DFS player who specializes in high-stakes MLB and NFL tourneys, with a strategy geared toward single-entry play in multi-entry tourneys. He joined the DFS scene at the beginning of the 2014 MLB season, and has since won five DFS championship seats and two separate trips to the Bahamas. His tendency to type a lot of words leads to a corresponding tendency to divulge all his DFS thoughts, strategies, and secrets…which is exactly what he does in his RotoGrinders articles and RotoAcademy courses. You can find JM on Twitter at JMToWin.

    • Writer/Novelist, 3x FanDuel/DraftKings Live Finalist
    • 2014 DraftStreet DSBC Finalist (x2)
    • Top 1000 TPOY, MLB and NFL Ranking
  • Andy Means

    • Current Ranking: 335

    Andy Means, aka meansy53 , is a 2004 graduate of Duke University, where he was a walk-on with the basketball team for three years. He also recently graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2015 with a Masters in Accounting. Andy started playing Daily Fantasy Sports as a hobby in the fall of 2014 and began grinding full-time as a professional in 2016. His first year as a professional resulted in two DraftKings live finals and a top 30 overall RotoGrinders ranking.

    • Top 100 Superheavyweight Ranking, 3x Live Finalist
    • Top 200 Overall Ranking
    • Top 500 ranking in MLB
    • Top 50 ranking in NBA
    • 2016 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist
    • 2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist (x2)
  • CJ Kaltenbach

    • Current Ranking: 82
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 225

    TheSeige is a contributor to RotoGrinders who also appears frequently on GrindersLive. He is a proven DFS winner, ranking in the top 100 overall. TheSeige has also had great live final success, with 12 live final appearances. When he’s not contributing to RotoGrinders, you can find him watching sports somewhere in St. Louis.

    • Top 5 Middleweight Ranking, 11x Live Finalist
    • Top 100 Overall Ranking
    • 2015 FantasyAces FAFC Winner
    • Numerous Live Final Appearances
    • Top 100 MLB/NASCAR/NBA Ranking
    • Top 250 PGA/NHL Ranking
  • Dean Shavelson

    • Current Ranking: 156

    Dean Shavelson, aka dean78904 entered the DFS world around the 2012 MLB All-Star game with an initial deposit of around $140. Thanks to a Cody Ross dong (vs a LHP of course) Dean took down his first GPP, and he never looked back. Dean is indefinitely committed (some may say obsessed) to tracking down Doc Brown, Biff Tannen, and a very specific almanac. Despite his lack of success in locating the infamous “Grays Sports Almanac”, Dean is consistently ranked as a Top 60 Overall Grinder. Additionally, Dean is putting his UCF Radio-TV degree to good use as an on-air GrindersLive co-host and contributor of written RG content.

    • Host: Flagship GrindersLive Show
    • Top 20 Welterweight Ranking
    • Top 200 Overall Ranking
    • Top 200 MLB and NBA Ranking
  • Dave Potts

    • Current Ranking: 270

    Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, is a full-time fantasy baseball player and analyst. Dave has won at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS baseball, including not one but TWO $1 million wins in the 2014 FanDuel DFBC and the 2015 DraftKings MLB Main Event. He has also previously won the Main Event Overall Championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship, and the NFBC Platinum League (the highest buy-in entry level). – Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2

    • TWO-TIME Million Dollar Winner in MLB DFS
    • 2014 FanDuel DFBC Champion ($1M Prize)
    • MLB Millionaire Maker Winner ($1M Prize)
    • NFBC Season-Long Main Event Overall Champion
    • NFBC Season-Long Ultimate Auction Champion
    • Top 300 Overall Ranking
    • Top 200 MLB/NHL Ranking
    • Multiple Live Final Appearances
  • Stephen Young

    • Current Ranking: 420

    StevieTPFL has been playing baseball since he was five years old, and if it weren’t for a few rotator cuff injuries, could have played at the highest level. Luckily, rotator cuff injuries don’t impede your Daily Fantasy game, and his baseball knowledge has led to much DFS MLB success. In addition to finishing 3rd at the 2015 FantasyAces Basketball Championship, Stevie has qualified for six live events total. Stevie has stapled himself as a very consistent tournament player, and has had a lot of success with NASCAR, MLB, NFL, and NBA. He was a finalist for the 2015 and 2016 Fantasy Sports Writers Association Racing Writer of the Year award. He is currently the lead NASCAR analyst, and the host of the RotoGrinders Morning Grind podcast.

    • Host: Morning Grind, 6x Live Finalist
    • 2013 Starstreet Playboy Championship Finalist
    • 2014 FantasyAces Fantasy Basketball Championship 3rd Place
    • 2015 FanDuel Playboy Baseball Championship Finalist
    • Top 500 Overall Ranking
    • Top 25 NASCAR Ranking
    • Top 500 MLB and NFL Ranking
  • Christopher Gimino

    • Current Ranking: 348

    Chris Gimino is a top ranked grinder and contributor at RotoGrinders. He is a four-time live finalist, including the 2015 DraftKings Fantasy Football World Championships as well as the 2016 DraftKings Fantasy Basketball and Baseball World Championships. Chris is a dedicated contributor to RG Premium content. He is focused on delivering actionable tools & advice for subscribers from a measured, level headed standpoint.

    • 3x FanDuel/DraftKings Live Finalist
    • Top 350 Overall Ranking
    • Top 100 Heavyweight Ranking
    • Top 500 MLB Ranking
    • Top 300 NBA Ranking
  • David Kaplen

    • Current Ranking: 225

    Since beginning his Daily Fantasy voyage in 2008, headChopper has been crushing the competition. His accomplishments in DFS include: 2013 DFBBC Champion, a 3x FFFC Finalist, 2x DFFC Finalist, PFBC Finalist, PFFC Finalist, PFBBC Finalist, & a DSBBC Finalist. With all that said, College Football might be his best sport. He’s been near the top of rankings since 2009, during the infancy stages of Daily Fantasy. He’s been ranked as high as #3 Overall, and is respected as one of the best GPP Grinders in the community. He finished runner-up for the 2012 TPOY, and finished 10th in the 2013 TPOY.

    HeadChopper

    • Top 30 Heavyweight Ranking, 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Champion
    • Top 200 Overall Ranking
    • Top 200 NFL/NBA Ranking
    • Top 400 MLB/PGA Ranking
    • 2012 TPOY Runner-Up
    • Nominated: FSWA 2013 College Football Writer of the Year
    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Champion
    • Numerous live final appearances
  • John Breslin

    • Current Ranking: 43
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 38

    John Breslin, aka Squirrel Patrol , is currently ranked in the Top 20 in the RotoGrinders 2016 TPOY Standings and is ranked Top-50 overall in baseball and basketball. John survived four years at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh without becoming a Steelers fan, graduated with an MBA from New York University without becoming a Yankees fan, and studied at the London School of Economics without becoming a fan of any EPL team. A Fantasy Sports player since 1996, John is still scarred from being on the losing end of James Stewart’s 5-TD performance.

    • Top 10 Heavyweight Ranking, Top 50 TPOY Ranking
    • Top 50 Overall Ranking
    • Top 50 NBA Ranking
    • Top 100 NFL/MLB Ranking
  • Tony Niehaus

    • Current Ranking: 76
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 91

    In December of 2014, Tony “BigT44” Niehaus gave up his job of running a poker room after ten years in the industry. After playing part time and proving he could win consistently, it seemed like the right decision because of a lifelong love of sports and fantasy sports in general. It certainly looks like the right decision, considering BigT44 has climbed into the Top 100 of the RG Overall Rankings (Top 10 in the Heavyweight Division). He has over a million dollars in winnings and has qualified for four live finals, with a pair of Top 10 showings. You can find him on Twitter at BigT44DFS.

    • Top 100 Overall Ranking, Numerous Live Final Appearances
    • Top 200 MLB/NBA Ranking
    • Top 75 Super Heavyweight Ranking
  • Bobby Firestone

    • Current Ranking: 100
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 107

    BobbyFi was one of the top live and online poker players in the world from 2006-2010, earning over $2,000,000 in payouts. After Black Friday, he was always looking for a new way to combine his unique blend of game theory, love of sport and entrepreneurship. He found that in the Daily Fantasy Sports world. BobbyFi has dabbled in DFS since 2013 but has not devoted himself to it full time until 2015. And while he always made good money and had excellent results, he absolutely exploded after taking on the DFS world full time. With multiple six figure scores in the first two weeks at his new profession, it has only grown from there.

    • Top 100 Overall/Super Heavyweight Ranking
    • 5x Live Finalist
    • Top 200 NBA Ranking
    • Top 100 MLB Ranking
  • Jack Hendrixson

    • Current Ranking: 128
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 103

    Jack Hendrixson, aka wining247 , is a licensed plumber in the state of IL but is better known as Wining247. He is a GPP expert, ranking in the top 30 for TPOY while sitting around 60th overall. Despite playing fantasy sports for only three years, he has been to three NBA live finals and will soon attend his first NFL live final. He is an NBA expert with a contrarian mindset.

    • Ranked Top 100 Overall/Superheavyweight
    • 6x FanDuel/DraftKings Live Finalist
    • Top 50 NBA Ranking
    • Top 100 MLB Ranking
  • Paul Errington

    • Current Ranking: 29
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 52

    Boggslite has been playing fantasy sports for over a decade and has recently made the transition to playing DFS fulltime. A University of Arizona graduate and Southern California native, Boggs has had tremendous success mainly as a GPP player, having earned an entry into the 2013 DFBC. He is a top 25 TPOY candidate and also a top 100 MLB, top 15 NHL, and top 20 CFB grinder.

    • Top 5 Heavyweight Ranking
    • Top 50 Overall/TPOY Ranking
    • Top 10 NHL Ranking
    • Top 20 MLB Ranking
    • Top 100 NFL Ranking
    • Multiple Live Finals
    • DK MLB Perfect Game Champion
  • Mike Petta

    • Current Ranking: 37
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 59

    In 2014, Mike Petta, aka Hoop2410, left his career as an Accountant behind when he decided to pursue Daily Fantasy Sports full-time. Since then, life’s been great. Hoop2410 is a Top 25 ranked Overall Grinder, a 2015 FanDuel WFBC Finalist, and is ranked as a Top 10 Overall Grinder. Mike lives in the Metro Detroit area and is a regular contributor to RotoGrinders.

    • Top 50 Overall/TPOY Ranking
    • Top 50 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • Top 50 MLB/NFL/NBA/PGA Ranking
    • 2015 FanDuel WFBC Finalist
    • 2016 FanDuel WFFC Finalist
  • Chris Prince

    Chris Prince, aka Beermakersfan , has been playing fantasy sports for over twenty years and has been playing daily fantasy since the early days in 2009. He was a finalist for the FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship in 2010 and was the 2011 FFFC Champion. You can find his mug all over fantasy magazines and TV commercials and now right here on RotoGrinders.com providing picks and analysis. Chris was born in Milwaukee, WI and is a huge Packers and Brewers fan and now resides in the Detroit suburbs, where he is married and has three beautiful young daughters. Beer loves to help new fantasy players find their way in the industry and is always accessible through RG or on twitter @beermakersfan.

    • 2011 FFFC Champion, Previously Ranked #1 Overall
    • 2010 FFFC Finalist
    • Top 300 Heavyweight Ranking
  • Brit Devine

    Brit Devine is a former low/midstakes Online Poker Pro/Coach who quickly transitioned to DFS in 2011 after Black Friday. He has focused on all things DFS as a fulltime job starting in 2013, where he became Operations Manager at FanThrowdown. After mutually parting ways with FanThrowdown in early 2014, Brit started playing DFS fulltime and qualified for the 2014 Starstreet PFBC by winning the Streak for the Mansion. Brit has become a staple on GrindersLive since he started at RotoGrinders in June 2014 and is a top 150 Grinder.

    • 2014 PFBC Finalist
    • Former Top 150 Ranked Grinder
    • Former Operations Manager at FanThrowdown
  • Chris Lowery

    Pepsi7 has a long of history of fantasy sports, winning many high stakes experts leagues across baseball, football and hockey. He jumped into Daily Fantasy Sports in a big way in 2012, qualifying for the FanDuel DFBC that year, finishing in 7th. After a very successful football season, he dominated the 2013 DFS baseball season. Highlighted by his 1st and 3rd place finishes in the 2013 DFBC for $235,000, and being crowned the 2013 DFBC Champion. Pepsi7 will be sharing his insight and picks in regular contributions on RotoGrinders, covering hockey, baseball and football.

    • 2012 WFBC Finalist
    • 2013 WFBC Champion (and 3rd place)
    • Former top ranked Hockey grinder
  • Derek Carty

    Derek Carty is a MLB expert who has had roles at ESPN on Baseball Tonight, as a writer at ESPN.com, and occasional SportsCenter appearances. He’s been published by numerous publications including FOX Sports, Sports Illustrated, and RotoWorld. He’s perhaps best known for creating THE BAT, a sophisticated MLB DFS projection system that is now available exclusively at RotoGrinders. He also graduated from MLB’s exclusive Scout School.

    • Featured On ESPN
    • Creator of The BAT
    • MLB Scout School Grad
    • LABR Champ
  • Grant Neiffer

    Grant (fantasy alias gneiffer07) graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degrees in economics and accounting. He has been playing DFS since 2013 and fantasy sports since he was able to walk (around age 10). Grant has been playing DFS full time for over a year and already has 17 live final entries won to his name. While he considered NFL to probably be his most profitable sport, Grant has been in the top 50 of the RotoGrinders leaderboard in MLB, NBA, and NFL at one point or another throughout his stint in DFS.

    • 2016 FABC Finalist x2
    • 2015 FABC Finalist x2
    • 2016 FAFC Finalist
    • GrindersLive
  • Brett Appley

    Brett has been playing DFS, under the fantasy alias bbbomb, since the summer of 2014. He dove head first into MMA analysis and began writing his weekly “Beat Down” article for RotoGrinders in January 2015. Outside of DFS, Brett helps manage official athletic websites, living in sunny San Diego. You can follow Brett on Twitter @BrettAppley.

    • Top 15 MMA Ranking
  • John Britt

    John Britt is an accountant from St. Louis, MO and a proud graduate from the University of Missouri. John is a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan and an all-around hockey enthusiast. While hockey is his favorite sport, “JMB” is a true year-long grinder and plays nearly every sport DFS has to offer. John was a finalist in the 2011 FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship and led (the now defunct) Daily Joust in NHL wins. He’s also been nominated for the 2014 Best Fantasy Baseball Ongoing Series, 2015 Hockey Writer of the Year and 2016 Hockey Writer of the Year awards by the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA). John can be found on Twitter @JMBWngFn.

    • 2011 WFBC Finalist
    • Nominated: FSWA 2014 Best Ongoing Baseball Series
    • Nominated: FSWA 2015 Hockey Writer of the Year
    • Nominated: FSWA 2016 Hockey Writer of the Year
    • Top 200 NHL Ranking

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Disclosures: All RotoGrinders content contributors are active DFS players. Contributor screen names can be found on their respective RotoGrinders profile pages. Contributors reserve the right to use players or strategies not discussed in their content on RotoGrinders.