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Meet The Team

  • Derek Farnsworth

    • Current Ranking: 75
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 174

    Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

    • Lead RG Expert & Contributor
    • 3x FD/DK Live Finalist
    • Top 50 Overall Ranking
    • Top 100 TPOY Ranking
    • Top 50 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • Top 150 NFL/NBA/MLB Ranking
    • Nominated: FSWA 2015 NBA Writer of the Year
    • Nominated: FSWA 2013 Golf Writer of the Year
  • Justin Van Zuiden

    • Current Ranking: 290
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 151

    Justin Van Zuiden, aka stlcardinals84, is a popular RotoGrinders contributor and GrindersLive host who routinely finishes in the top 10 of the TPOY race. He’s appeared in numerous live finals and has logged countless six-figure wins in a host of different sports.

    RotoGrinders Interview after $100,000 Payday

    RotoGrinders AMA

    • Lead RG Expert & Contributor
    • Top 40 Overall Ranking
    • Top 30 TPOY Ranking
    • Top 30 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • Top 70 MLB/PGA Ranking
    • 10x FanDuel Live Finalist
    • 2018 DFS Writer of the Year Nominee by FSWA
  • Dan Back

    • Current Ranking: 440

    One of the most respected and preeminent voices in all of daily fantasy, Dan Back (db730) is the host of numerous RotoGrinders shows, including the RotoGrinders Daily Fantasy Fix podcast and GrindersLive shows. As RotoGrinders’ Media Director, Dan can also be found on SiriusXM radio and has received numerous accolades in the industry for his work, including winning the 2014 FSWA award for “Best Podcast”. He has over a decade of fantasy sports experience and is consistently one of the top-ranked Grinders. Dan is a multiple-time live finalist who routinely ranks near the top of the RotoGrinders standings in all major sports.

    BettingTalk Interview

    • RotoGrinders Media Director
    • 2013 DFBBC Finalist
    • Super Joust I Champion
    • 8x FanDuel/DraftKings Live Finalist
    • Top 275 Overall Ranking
    • Top 300 NFL Ranking
    • Top 25 PGA Ranking
  • Dan Gaspar

    Since his addition to the RotoGrinders community, MrTuttle has been continually climbing the Grinders leaderboards and is currently ranked in Top 150 overall. He has qualified for countless live finals as well and has proven himself to be one of the best high-stakes DFS players in the industry. You can find him on Twitter @MrTuttle05.

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • Top 250 Overall Ranking
    • Top 1500 NFL Ranking
    • Qualified for live finals in four different sports
    • Has won over 15 live final entries
  • John Breslin

    • Current Ranking: 32
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 22

    John Breslin, aka squirrelpatrol , is a consistent top-ranked Grinder and RotoGrinders contributor. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated with an M.B.A. from prestigious New York University. He followed that up studying abroad at the London School of Economics. He’s been playing fantasy sports since 1996 and is still scarred from being on the losing end of James Stewart’s 5-TD performance. John beat out the competition to take home first place in the 2018 FanDuel World Fantasy Baseball Championship and has numerous other six-figure finishes to his name.

    SquirrelPatrol RotoGrinders Interview

    • RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2018 FanDuel WFBC Champion
    • Top 40 Overall Ranking
    • Top 30 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • Top 25 NBA Ranking
    • Top 30 MLB Ranking
    • Top 30 NFL Ranking
    • 17x Live Final Qualifier
  • Dave Potts

    • Current Ranking: 39
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 107

    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 two-time winner of a million dollar first place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball live final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Millionare 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 recently 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 GrindersLive appearances. Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2.

    • RotoGrinders MLB Premium Director
    • 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 75 Overall Ranking
    • Top 50 MLB Ranking
  • Andy Means

    Andy Means, aka meansy53, was a walk-on with the esteemed Duke University basketball team for three years before graduating in 2004. He has a Masters in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has been playing DFS since 2014 – professionally since 2016. He is a featured contributor for RotoGrinders who has qualified for multiple live finals and displays his extensive basketball knowledge as the lead host of our top premium show – NBA Crunch Time.

    RotoGrinders Interview

    • Lead Analyst for NBA Crunch Time
    • 2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist
    • 2016 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist
    • 2017 NFL CVR Expert Winner – FanDuel and DraftKings
    • 2017 MLB CVR Expert Winner – FanDuel and DraftKings
    • Top 200 Heavyweight Ranking
    • Top 200 MLB Ranking
    • Top 600 Overall Ranking
  • Dean Shavelson

    • Current Ranking: 129

    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 MLB CVR rankings winning top honors for both FanDuel and DraftKings in 2016 and 2017 and is consistently ranked as one of the best Grinders in the industry. He can also be found providing written content for RotoGrinders and on the FSTA nominated Sirius XM RotoGrinders show.

    • GrindersLive Host Extraordinaire
    • Top 200 Overall Ranking
    • Top 20 Welterweight Ranking
    • Top 500 NFL Ranking
    • Top 250 MLB Ranking
    • Top 75 NBA Ranking
    • Monitor of Body Parts
  • Stephen Young

    • Current Ranking: 226

    The long-time host of the popular Morning Grind, Stephen Young, aka stevietpfl is also one of the top NASCAR analysts in the industry. The RotoGrinders lead NASCAR analyst is a multiple time finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writer Association Racing Writer of the Year. Stevie is also a top baseball mind who excels in multiple sports in DFS. He has qualified for multiple live finals including a 3rd place finish at the 2015 FantasyAces Basketball Championship.

    RotoRadio Interview

    RotoGrinders AMA

    • RotoGrinders Morning Grind Host
    • 2013 Starstreet Playboy Championship Finalist
    • 2014 FantasyAces Fantasy Basketball Championship 3rd Place
    • 2015 FanDuel Playboy Baseball Championship Finalist
    • Top 200 MLB Ranking
    • Top 200 Overall Ranking
    • Top 5 NASCAR Ranking
  • Eric Crain

    • Current Ranking: 154

    Eric Crain, aka jakz101 , is a former professional poker player who started playing DFS full time in October of 2015. He has qualified multiple times for live finals and is routinely ranked at the top of all the major sport leaderboards. Perhaps his biggest claim to fame is when he won the DraftKings NFL Millionaire Maker in October of 2016 (as well as finishing 3rd and 4th). A popular RotoGrinders contributor, Crain hosts multiple shows each week and often provides excellent in-depth written analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members.

    RotoGrinders AMA

    RotoGrinders Interview After Winning DK Millionaire Maker

    The Mindset Advantage Podcast Interview

    High Roller Radio Interview

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • Top 150 Ranked Player
    • Sirius/XM Host
    • 4x FanDuel Live Finalist
    • 5x DraftKings Live Finalist
    • 1X DRAFT Live Finalist
    • NFL Millionaire Maker Winner ($1M Prize)
  • Tony Niehaus

    • Current Ranking: 29
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 84

    A former poker industry professional, Tony Niehaus, aka BigT44 has one of the largest personalities in the DFS industry as seen by his countless GrindersLive appearances. A former star basketball player in high school, Tony has taken his lifelong love of sports and fantasy sports and turned it into a fulltime gig as a professional DFS player. He’s routinely at the top of the RotoGrinders rankings and has well over a million dollars in lifetime winnings along with qualifying for multiple live finals.

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2015 WFBC Finalist
    • 2015 WFBBC Finalist
    • 2015 PFBC Finalist
    • 2016 FFWC Finalist x2
    • 2016 WFFC Finalist x3
    • 2016 PFBC Finalist
    • 2016 PFBBC Finalist x2
    • 2017 FFWC Finalist
    • Top 150 Overall Ranking
    • Top 150 TPOY Ranking
    • Top 300 NFL Ranking
    • Top 200 MLB Ranking
    • Top 100 NBA Ranking
  • David Kaplen

    • Current Ranking: 208

    One of the “OG’s” of the Daily Fantasy industry, David Kaplen, aka headChopper has been dominating DFS as long as it’s been around including winning the 2013 DFBBC and making too many live finals to count. He finished runner-up for the 2012 RotoGrinders Tournament Player of the Year and followed that up with a top 10 finish in the 2013 TPOY race. His popular videos such as the MLB Chop Shop and UFC Takedown can be frequently found on the RotoGrinders front pages.

    • Grinders Live & ChopShop Host
    • Top 100 Overall Ranking
    • Top 200 TPOY Ranking
    • Top 15 Heavyweight Ranking
    • Top 250 NFL/NBA/MLB Ranking
    • NFL Millionaire Maker Winner ($1M Prize)
    • 2012 TPOY Runner-Up
    • Nominated: FSWA 2013 College Football Writer of the Year
    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Champion
    • Numerous live final appearances
  • Mike Petta

    • Current Ranking: 24
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 51

    Mike Petta, aka Hoop2410 left his career as an accountant behind in 2014 to pursue DFS full-time. It was a wise choice as he’s been one of the top in the industry ever since having finished routinely at the top of the RotoGrinders rankings and making multiple live finals. The Detroit, Michigan resident can frequently be found on GrindersLive shows providing expert analysis and on Twitter at the username hoop2410.

    Fresh Fish DFS Show Interview

    RotoGrinders Interview

    • Grinders Live Host
    • Top 50 Overall Ranking
    • Top 75 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • Top 75 MLB Ranking
    • Top 150 NBA Ranking
    • 2015 FanDuel WFBC 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 making him one of the true “OGs” of the DFS industry. He was one of the first winners of a major live final, taliking down the 20111 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship which led to numerous appearances on FanDuel commercials and magazine ads. Still a top DFS player, he can be found on RotoGrinders columns, podcasts, videos, and GrindersLive shows providing expert analysis. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Chris now lives in the Detroit area where he is a full time family man with a beautiful wife and three young daughters. The lifelong Packers and Brewers fan is always helpful to DFS players and can be found on twitter at username beermakersfan.

    • Grinders Live and Beer’s Six Pack Host
    • 2011 FFFC Champion
    • 2010 FFFC Finalist
    • Previously Ranked #1 Overall
  • Kyle Murray

    • Current Ranking: 106

    After quickly ascending the RotoGrinders rankings, kmurray03 (Kyle Murray) finally joined forces with Team RG in 2019. Ranked in the top-100 in the 2019 TPOY race, Kyle has already racked up NINE Live Final births in 2019 alone, and he’s quickly proven he’s a force to be reckoned with in multiple sports.

    • 2019 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist x2
    • 2019 FanDuel FantaSea Champion
    • 2019 DraftKings FWBC Finalist
    • 2019 FanDuel WFBC Finalist x3
    • 2018 WFBC Finalist x2
    • Three top-6 live final finishes in 2019
  • Paul Errington

    • Current Ranking: 76

    Paul Errington, aka boggslite, is a longtime top player in the DFS industry who is one of the best in the industry at MLB and NHL (who also routinely performs well in all major sports including a top 50 finish in NFL in 2017) and can frequently be found providing expert analysis on those two sports here at RotoGrinders, both in written content and on various GrindersLive shows. A University of Arizona graduate and Southern California native, Paul has had tremendous success in DFS – mainly as a GPP player. He can be found on twitter at the username boggslite.

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • Top 50 Overall Ranking
    • #3 Heavyweight Ranking
    • Top 5 NHL Ranking
    • Multiple Live Finals
    • DK MLB Perfect Game Champion
  • Derek Carty

    You may recognize Derek Carty from his role on Baseball Tonight, his articles at ESPN.com, 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.

    • Creator of The BAT
    • Featured On ESPN
    • MLB Scout School Grad
    • LABR Champ
  • Chris Gimino

    Chris Gimino is a top mind in the DFS industry and one of the primary contributors at RotoGrinders including one of the most accurate ownership projection systems in the industry. A multiple time live-finalist, Chris delivers actionable tools and advice for RotoGrinders Premium subscribers that helps them make informed decisions for their lineup builds.

    • RotoGrinders Product Director
    • Projected Ownership Analyst
    • Multiple Live Final Appearances
  • Brit Devine

    Brit Devine is a former low/midstakes Online Poker Pro/Coach who quickly transitioned to DFS in 2011 after Black Friday. He was the Operations Manager at DFS site Fan Throwdown before parting ways in 2014 where he then turned to playing DFS full-time. Mainly a cash game player, Brit provides expert analysis frequently via written columns and GrindersLive appearances.

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2014 PFBC Finalist
    • Top 100 Bantamweight Ranking
    • Former Operations Manager at FanThrowdown
  • Chris Kirkwood

    • Current Ranking: 111
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 157

    Chris Kirkwood graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in economics. He’s been steadily climbing the Daily Fantasy Sports rankings since 2014 and in 2015 decided to pursue it full time. A 2016 FanDuel WFBC and 2019 DraftKings FBWC runner-up, Chris is currently hovering around the top 100 overall in the RG rankings. He considers basketball his best sport and makes a habit of watching every NBA game with his dog Phil (named after Phil Ivey).

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2016 FanDuel WFBC Finalist
    • 2019 Runner-Up at 2019 DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship
    • Top 100 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • 2019 NBA CVR Expert Winner
  • Grant Neiffer

    One of the most vibrant and interesting personalities in all of DFS, Grant Neiffer, aka gneiffer07 has economics and accounting degrees from Azusa Pacific University. He’s been playing DFS since 2013 and fantasy sports from the ripe old age of 10. He has qualfiied for countless live finals and is routinely at the top of the RotoGrinders rankings in all the major sports. He can frequently be found on GrindersLive shows and podcasts and producing written expert analysis for RotoGrinders users.

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2015 FAFC Finalist
    • 2015 FABC Finalist (x4)
    • Top 1000 NFL Ranking
  • Jordan Cooper

    • Current Ranking: 270

    Jordan Cooper, aka blenderhd, is a former stand-up comedian and former poker professional who has played DFS nearly full-time for 4+ years. A perennial King of The Pitch contender, he is consistently one of the top-ranked soccer players on DraftKings. With his expertise in game theory, he has multiple 5-6 figure GPP first-place finishes in NFL, NBA and MLB. Known for having very conservative bankroll management and not chasing live final qualifiers, he is often made fun of as one of the most profitable “nits” in the industry.

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2018 DraftKings KOTP Runner-Up
    • 2016-2019 DraftKings KOTP Finalist
    • Top 250 Overall Ranking
    • Top 25 Middleweight Ranking
    • Top 10 SOC Ranking
    • Top 150 MLB Ranking
    • Top 300 NBA Ranking
  • Chris Lowery

    Chris Lowery aka Pepsi7 has a long of history of proven success in fantasy sports getting his start in season long leagues where he won many high stakes expert leagues across baseball, football, and hockey. He made the jump to DFS in 2012 and dominated MLB in 2013 in a huge way by winning the FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship for a six-figure payday. The RotoGrinders Director of NHL content, Pepsi7 can frequently be found on RotoGrinders GrindersLive shows, videos, and written articles providing expert insight for hockey and baseball.

    • RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2012 DFBC Finalist
    • 2013 DFBC Champion (and 3rd place)
    • Top 100 NHL Ranking
  • Will Priester

    • Current Ranking: 264

    Will Priester, aka chiefjustICE06, has emerged on the DFS scene in the past couple years and finds himself in the top 100 overall rankings for Overall Grinder and Tournament Player of the Year. A former financial advisor and now full-time DFS professional, Will is a new on air personality and contributor for RotoGrinders, He is a top 100 ranked NBA player who also ranks high in the other major sports (NFL and MLB) with several live final appearances under his belt. Expect big things from the Chief in the future!

    • Grinders Live Host & RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2018 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist
    • 2017 FanDuel WFBC Finalist
    • Top 100 NBA Ranking
    • Top 1000 MLB and NFL Ranking
    • Top 100 Overall Ranking
    • Top 150 TPOY Ranking
  • John Britt

    One of the top baseball and hockey analysts in the DFS industry, John Britt aka jmbwngfn is a full-time accountant and family man hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. The proud graduate of the University of Missouri, John’s passion is hockey but he excels at multiple DFS sports. He has made his way to a live final and led the now defunct Daily Joust in NHL wins. He’s also been nominated multiple times for awards for his written work including 2014 Best Fantasy Baseball Ongoing Series, 2015 Hockey Writer of the Year, 2016 Hockey Writer of the Year & 2018 Hockey Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA). John can be found on Twitter at the username JMBWngFn.

    • RotoGrinders Premium Content Contributor
    • 2011 WFBC Finalist
    • Nominated: FSWA 2014 Best Ongoing Baseball Series
    • Nominated: FSWA 2015, 2016 & 2018 Hockey Writer of the Year

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