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  • Cal

    RG CoFounder & Admin

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    • $1M Prize Winner

    • x4

      2015 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    Around five years ago I went to lunch with a local highly ranked DFS player. His screen name was socrdave and he was interested in getting into the content and media side of DFS. He and Dan Back really hit it off and David Kitchen became our first GrindersLive host alongside Al Zeidenfeld.

    Since then David has gone on to build an incredible site and brand with his team and FantasyInsiders. Throughout all this time he’s lived right here in Nashville. It’s always made sense for us to work closely together again, and I’m excited to announce we’ve made it happen.

    RotoGrinders.com completed an acquisition of the assets of FantasyInsiders.com. We will be integrating much of FantasyInsiders.com into RotoGrinders premium, including my personal favorite, the SwoleCast. David Kitchen is assuming the role of Creative Director at RotoGrinders. You’ll be seeing a lot of his influence in what we do going forward. Many of the FI contributors will contribute here as well.

    We are going to convert FantasyInsiders.com into a season-long focused site. RotoGrinders has always been DFS focused and will remain that way. We all have a lot of great ideas for Season Long, and this deal provides the perfect outlet and opportunity to see those ideas through.

    I’m excited to provide even more value to RG and FI customers. David is already here in the Nashville office churning out good ideas. Onwards and upwards!

    Just for fun adding in a look at some of David’s early RG work:

    There’s also this RG Slack favorite from the good ole days of advocating for TN DFS up on Capitol Hill:

  • Socrdave

    2013 DFBC Finalist

    • 690

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    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Thanks Cal… The decision to come back to RG was a lot easier than the decision to leave. I’m extremely pumped to bring the FI brand over to RG. Hopefully people will see a lot of what we did at FI carry over to the RG brand in an even better way.

    From a DFS perspective, I’m excited to be working with a team of people … in person! And having resources to turn ideas into reality. I’m also excited about having specialized producers of live shows and people that ship out t-shirts (NOT my specialty).

    We’re going to have a lot of fun and everyone here will hopefully be a part of that process.

    From a season-long perspective, it just makes sense for this partnership. With all of the season-long sites attempting to get into DFS, we want to bring the same analytical tools and entertainment to the industry. The industry is still changing, and things like the rising popularity of best ball seasonal sites are an example of that.

    Our weeknight SiriusXM Fantasy show is already heavily focused on season-long content, and we’re going to gradually add podcast, shows, content, draft kits, and tools to help people win their leagues.

    All in all, a lot of work has gone into the this site, the FI brand, the acquisition deal, but we’re not done. We’re just getting started, and it’s going to be a blast.

  • VChair23

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    This will be interesting, looking forward to seeing what comes from the combination.

  • proshares

    Been with FI for a couple of years, the content/writers will just make RG that much better!

    My only question was about the FI yearly sub I had rolling over to RG but it looks like that already happened.

  • Numberoneoutlaw

    So the only way we can listen to the swole cast is by being an incentive member to RG?

  • ChaosM83

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    Awesome news, looking forward to all the new contributions!

  • Taterchipdip

    I remember Mr. Kitchen. He was the one who had about 8 – 9 two liter bottles of Pepsi Max next to him during RG videos. Now all we need is Emac and Al Smizzle to return. Welcome Back

  • RBL4LIFE

    Let me see so if we subscribe to PREMIUM we will win MILLIONS

  • WidumBoise

    DAVIS MATTEK= GOAT

  • sochoice

    • 2017 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    • 2017 FanDuel WFFC Champion

    Despite Soccer Dave’s misplaced love of Derrick Henry and his preseason plodding, this is a great move. Hope it works out for everyone involved.

  • joonyari22

    • Blogger of the Month

    @Numberoneoutlaw said...

    So the only way we can listen to the swole cast is by being an incentive member to RG?

    this is the way it should be, imo.

    Welcome FI fam!

  • smutpeddlers

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    • Ranked #51

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    Maybe @socrdave Can MRGGA………

  • drewcrawford03

    • 318

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    • 2018 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    • 2019 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Swolecast remaining DFS-focused hopefully?

  • Bigo1

    Well done to all the FI team. As a Soccer fan, I was always impressed with their product.

  • table41a

    Will SwoleCast now be behind paywall?

  • kellykip

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    @Socrdave said...

    and people that ship out t-shirts (NOT my specialty).

    We’re going to have a lot of fun and everyone here will hopefully be a part of that process.

    Well, receiving t-shirts IS my specialty, so I’d be more than happy to be a part of that process

  • garbage9922

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    • Ranked #18

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    • 2016 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    The FI podcast was already half seasonal talk with David Kitchen and Sammy Reid (the other half being college stories with David and Ben) so the transition should be smooth.

  • madmanjayWV

    @Numberoneoutlaw said...

    So the only way we can listen to the swole cast is by being an incentive member to RG?

    Welp — almost 1/2 a day and no answer to your ? ^^^ sorry — Have no clue whatsoever

    Sounds like a deal made in Heaven gents — best of luck #SLAYINGIT

    https://twitter.com/sbuchanan24/status/900168142890160128

  • proshares

    @madmanjayWV said...

    Welp — almost 1/2 a day and no answer to your ? ^^^ sorry — Have no clue whatsoever

    Sounds like a deal made in Heaven gents — best of luck #SLAYINGIT

    https://twitter.com/sbuchanan24/status/900168142890160128

    They answered it on GL last night FWIW, it’ll be behind the paywall.

  • yisman

    note the spelling in the screenshot in the first post!

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/rical-misc/Pastedimageat2017-08-22153PM

  • smutpeddlers

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    • Ranked #51

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    Ugh

  • hendog

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    • Ranked #69

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    • 2017 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    Will those of us with a subscription to FantasyInsiders through RotoPass be grandfathered in to any of the content at RotoGrinders?

  • Bay101

    Will there be another nightly podcast?

  • radcock12

    Yo I was like wtf where has the fantasy insiders pod at. I now know why! Shit congrats Dave and the crew. I hope sammy and davis joined!

  • Socrdave

    2013 DFBC Finalist

    • 690

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    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    @hendog said...

    Will those of us with a subscription to FantasyInsiders through RotoPass be grandfathered in to any of the content at RotoGrinders?

    Hey Hendog,

    RotoPass NFL users will get access to DFS cheat sheets on Fantasy Insiders for this upcoming football season. Those will be directly from RG. That’s the only DFS content that will be on the site.

  • Socrdave

    2013 DFBC Finalist

    • 690

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    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    As far as pods and shows, the Swolecast will still be DFS (on RG now)… and Sammy and Davis will hopefully make some media appearances on the upcoming pods.

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