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Meet The Team

  • Derek Farnsworth

    • Current Ranking: 205

    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 100 Overall Ranking
    • Top 100 TPOY Ranking
    • Top 50 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • Top 150 NFL/NBA/MLB Ranking
    • Numerous Award Nominations
  • Justin Van Zuiden

    • Current Ranking: 290
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 155

    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, including five in PGA.

    RotoGrinders Interview after $100,000 Payday

    RotoGrinders AMA

    • Lead RG Expert & Contributor
    • Top 100 Overall Ranking
    • Top 30 TPOY Ranking
    • Top 30 Superheavyweight Ranking
    • Top 70 MLB/PGA Ranking
    • 10+ Time Live Finalist
    • DFS Writer of the Year Nominee
  • Dan Back

    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
    • 8x FanDuel/DraftKings Live Finalist
    • Top 275 Overall Ranking
    • Top 300 NFL Ranking
    • Top 25 PGA Ranking
  • Dan Gaspar

    • Current Ranking: 349

    Playing DFS since early 2011, 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. You can find him on Twitter @MrTuttle05.

    • GrindersLive Host & RG Premium Content Contributor
    • Top 1000 Overall Ranking
    • Top 1500 NFL Ranking
    • Qualified For Live Finals For 4+ Different Sports
    • 15+ Live Final Qualifier
    • 1/4 of SwoleCast
  • David Kaplen

    • Current Ranking: 486

    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.

    • GrindersLive & Lead RG Content Contributor
    • 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: College Football Writer of the Year
    • 2013 FanDuel WFBBC Champion
    • Numerous Live Final Appearances
  • Dave Potts

    • Current Ranking: 40
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 82

    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
  • John Breslin

    • Current Ranking: 46
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 25

    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

    • Lead 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
  • 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: 270

    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

    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: 470

    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

    • GrindersLive 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)
  • 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, taking down the 2011 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.

    • GrindersLive and Beer’s Six Pack Host
    • 2011 FFFC Champion
    • 2010 FFFC Finalist
    • Previously Ranked #1 Overall
  • Paul Errington

    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.

    • GrindersLive 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 Premium Product Director
    • Projected Ownership Analyst
    • Multiple Live Final Appearances
  • Chris Kirkwood

    • Current Ranking: 109
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 130

    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
  • Will Priester

    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
  • 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
  • Jon Schiller

    • Current Ranking: 150
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 195

    Jonathan Schiller is a college fantasy sports expert who has also demonstrated strong ability in daily fantasy basketball and football. He’s an advanced stats nerd who uses any and all predictive stats to help the RG community succeed. You can find him on Twitter @Bronzesword.

    • College Basketball Specialist
    • College Football Specialist
  • Jordan Cooper

    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
  • Taylor Ezell

    • Current Ranking: 364

    Taylor Ezell (fantasy alias ezellmt) has been playing fantasy sports for over a decade and made the transition to daily fantasy near the end of 2013. Once an editor on RotoGrinders, Ezell has transitioned into a top DFS Grinder in the industry. His biggest accomplishment is winning the 2018 DraftKings Fantasy Hockey World Championship for $100k. He was a 2015 DraftKings World Baseball Championship Finalist and the *runner-up at the 2015 DraftKings $1M College Football Championship. Outside of fantasy sports, Taylor is an accountant (IT Auditor) living in Nashville. You can follow Taylor on Twitter @taylorezell.

    • 2018 DraftKings FHWC Champion
    • 2015 DraftKings FBWC Finalist
    • 2015 DraftKings FCFWC Finalist
    • 2018 DraftKings FFWC Finalist
    • 2018 DraftKings FBWC Finalist
    • 2020 DraftKings FHWC Finalist X 2
    • 2018 DraftKings FHWC Finalist X 3
  • Allan Lem

    Allan Lem (aka “fathalpert”) began playing fantasy sports in high school and transitioned to DFS in 2015. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and lives in California with his wife and two kids. Allan got his break in the industry covering Preseason NBA content and has since helped with NBA, Summer League, MLB, and Preseason NFL content as well as overseeing the RotoGrinders blog program. He dreams of winning a big tournament so he can try cashing one of those giant cardboard checks at his local bank. You can follow Allan on Twitter @allanlemdfs.

    • Written Content/Media Contributor
    • RotoGrinders News/Feature Stories
  • Tyler Tamboline

    • Current Ranking: 261
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 216

    Tyler Tamboline, aka ToeTagginTambo, is an up and comer on the DFS tournament scene. He is a bit of a Swiss-Army knife when it comes to the different sports he plays, as you can see by his rankings on RG. Tambo has a passion for both playing DFS and providing DFS content. He enjoys talking the strategy/game-theory side of things, as much as talking picks and plays. His two main areas of focus are in the two big weekly sports; PGA and NFL. He has been to 2 Live Finals for NFL, placing 3rd at the 2017 King of the Beach. He also qualified 3 times for the Fantasy Golf World Championship in 2019.

    • PGA/NFL RG Expert & Contributor
    • 2x NFL DK Live Finalist
    • Top 200 Overall Ranking
    • Top 100 TPOY Ranking
  • TJ Laessig

    • Current Ranking: 62

    TJ Laessig is one of the best high stakes DFS players in the industry and has quickly shot up the rankings as a result. He is ranked in the top 15 in the RotoGrinders PGA rankings and has also excelled in numerous other sports, using mostly a one-lineup approach in higher-entry tournaments. In 2020 he teamed up with RG to become an analyst.

    • Top High-Stakes Player
    • Low-Entry/High-Stakes Specialist
    • Written/Media Content Contributor
  • Keith Eyster

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

    Keith Eyster (known by eys819) is a top-ranked DFS player, showcasing impressive results in a host of different sports to move into the top 50 of the RotoGrinders overall rankings. He linked up with RG in 2020 and will be bringing members his unique insights into MME (mass-multi entry) play.

    • Top Ranked DFS Player
    • Mass-Multi Entry Specialist
    • Written/Media Content Contributor
  • Kristi Metzger

    • Current Ranking: 204

    Kristi Metzger works in wealth management full time, but that has not stopped her from dominating in all aspects of fantasy sports since she’s started playing. She was the runner-up in FanDuel’s NFL live final and has quickly qualified for multiple finals 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.

    • Top Ranked DFS Player
    • FD NFL Live Final Runner-Up
    • Written/Media Content Contributor
  • Timothy Buell

    • Current Ranking: 106
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 87

    Timothy Buell (DFS alias: tastefultides) has quickly become a dominant force in the world of DFS, picking up multiple six-figure wins in NBA, MLB, and NFL so far. He joined up with RotoGrinders in 2020 and is excited to bring his knowledge to the RG community.

    • Top Ranked DFS Player
    • High-Stakes Specialist
    • Written/Media Content Contributor
  • Justin Carlucci

    • Current Ranking: 157
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 165

    Justin is a multi-time live finalist and Sports Betting Championship qualifier with significant GPP wins across many sports, ranked around the Top 200 overall. He plays cash games and tournaments alike. Justin has experience as an FM radio personality and has almost a decade of editorial experience.

    • Top Ranked DFS Player
    • Top 50 in PGA Rankings & Multiple Live Final Qs
    • RotoGrinders Written/Media Contributor
  • Matt Schmitto

    • Current Ranking: 251
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 191

    Matt Schmitto is the sports betting editor for RotoGrinders. He grew up in Texas, graduating from Texas Tech University. He has played high stakes DFS since 2013, and enjoys betting on golf, basketball, football and whatever else is put in front of him. Schmitto is an advocate of The Bettor’s Oath.

    • DraftKings FFWC Finalist
    • Ranked Top 100 in NFL
    • Ranked Top 200 in PGA
  • Sean Newsham

    • Current Ranking: 167

    Sean Newhsam, aka psufans2, is one of the leading minds in the world of niche sports. He started playing dfs almost a decade ago and routinely is among the top of sports like soccer and college football. Sean comes with a background in hockey working in the front office for a junior hockey team. He can be found on Twitter @psufans2.

    • Top Ranked DFS Player
    • Niche Sport Specialist
  • Alex Hardin

    • Current Ranking: 65
    • Tournament Player of the Year Race: 137

    Alex Hardin has long dominated the DFS lobby and has proven his skill in numerous different sports. He is ranked in the Top 100 overall and has been particularly dominant in the world of niche sports.

    • Top 100 Overall on RG
    • Top Ranked DFS Player
    • Niche Sport Specialist

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