Ask Your Female Fantasy Football Expert: Brandon Marianne Lee

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There’s a fantasy football sisterhood out there. I heard Brandon Marianne Lee on an extended Magic Man podcast. I found the Her Fantasy Football podcast, and the sister chemistry there is solid. It’s like the three Manning boys talking about football, but without the pouting.

How’d you get started in fantasy football writer/podcaster? My sisters and I were raised on football Sundays. We knew nothing else. Our dad, Steve Williams, was a Wide Receiver and a Safety for the University of Colorado – Boulder. He has an Orange Bowl ring. He played with Don Hasselbeck, former Tight End for the New England Patriots and father to Matt and Tim Hasselbeck. Don was a senior and my dad was a freshman, but still… pretty cool. My dad blew out his shoulder and knee on the field, so his career never really took flight. Then he had three daughters, so we bonded with Dad while rooting for John Elway every season until he finally came through. But it’s not just our dad, our mother, Catherine Williams, is a fanatic. She’s analytical and tries to remain positive while my dad declares the game over if we have to punt at all in the first quarter. They are quite the fan pairing. Last spring we had this crazy idea to take our love of football to another level. This is our first year, so you’ll have to interview my co-hosts next year to track our progress.

How does the Her Fantasy Football podcast differentiate itself from other fantasy podcasts, other than talking about making out with Matt Forte? Her Fantasy Football encourages women to not only play, but to dominate the fantastic game of fantasy football. We’re a weekly podcast filled with practical fantasy information, but with a feminine touch. My sisters (Ashley Williams and Courtney Kirby) and I have played fantasy football for over 6 years, and we would scour the Internet for rankings, injury reports, podcasts, research, and everything was so… boy. Not that boys are bad: we love boys! But the websites were very plain or WAY too cluttered. Humor was minimal. Photos were nowhere to be found. All three of us felt there could be a better way to get all of this great information out there and make the whole fantastic game of fantasy football appealing to women. But it’s funny; we have a TON of male fans. And they love the site and the fun vibe of the show. So, even though the initial impulse was to appeal to women, I think it’s great that men are drawn to what we’re doing, as well. It’s been a great experience so far. But yeah, we want to make out with Matt Forte (not this week) and if we feel like a game will give owners a ridiculous amount of fantasy points, we call that matchup the “fantasy orgy of the week.” And we have a good time. At the end of the day, fantasy football is a game. Enjoy it!

Can you use your “fantasy football witch” powers for good this week? Ugh. I try so hard to only cast positive spells. For instance, I willed the Carolina Panthers Defense domination, and it was so. I also put some crazy ingredients in my caldron as a way to encourage Brandon Marshall, T.Y. Hilton and DeSean Jackson to continue their scoring streak. But somehow I messed up and Matt Forte’s super powers were curbed. I apologize.

Is the work a team effort? Who covers which teams from the Her Fantasy Football site? During the off-season we literally drew teams from a hat. The three of us all cover at least one team in each division. Each of us writes for our assigned teams and discusses them on the podcast. And that goes for our writing on as well. We each write for our team, and then we put it all together and edit the entries so they seem to come from a unified voice. We enjoy providing fantasy analysis for an up and coming site.

Jets fan? How happy are you with Geno and the team’s direction? Actually, I’m a born and raised Denver Broncos fan. [Zach note: Those Jets pictures on your Twitter page made me think you went all bandwagon.] I’m originally from Denver, but moved to New York four and a half years ago. My husband is a Jets fan, so we try to get to one game a year. I think Geno is a work in progress, but he’s much better than I thought he would be. At the end of the day, even though he’s loud and not everyone’s cup of tea, Rex Ryan is a great coach. There is a talent problem on that team, and don’t even get me STARTED on the wide receiver situation, but Rex can put together a game plan that will most definitely give the team the best chance to win. As far as my lovers, the Broncos, I would say that I’m most uncomfortable with our dependence on Peyton Manning. I mean, we don’t even have a coach right now, so Peyton steers the ship. After seeing the low hit this afternoon, I got even more nervous. My fingers are always crossed. [Zach note: You’re not quite a one-man team, but nobody’s as dependent on one guy as the Broncos are.]

Is it too late to get on the injured guy train? Picking up Harvin/Andre Brown/Shane Vereen in any leagues and stashing them? It’s never too late to get on the injury train because, sadly, each week players get hurt. I think it’s bad form to do anything other than wish a player a speedy recovery, but facts are facts. When Doug Martin went down, hopefully you rushed to the waiver wire. Vick made a whole career out of fighting against injury, so you knew his backup had fantasy value. You have to use your head, and make logical choices. This week, if Dennis Johnson from Houston is still available, grab him now! Foster is out for the season and Tate still struggles with his cracked ribs. They play two backs and rotate to keep them fresh. Dennis Johnson will be that guy.

Which is the fantasy league that you want to win the most? The Family League, no doubt. First of all, I would love to beat my sisters/co-hosts. That’s what it’s all about! And my parents are super competitive. My brother in law picks up people immediately, so you have to stay on your toes. I won last year and the trophy is right by my television, reminding me to step up my game. I DO NOT want to give back that trophy. Ha!

Can you talk about your spec script work? I’m really a playwright, but I’m working on a Parks and Rec spec script. I don’t have too much to report, because right now I’m focusing on the rewrites for my plays MARGIE THE DOG and AMERICAN FOOTBALL: A PLAY. Yeah, I married my love to football to my artistic ventures. It can be done!

Does your husband have any issues with your football obsession? My husband loves it, for the most part. He doesn’t love losing, but that’s part of the game. Actually, he beat me a couple weeks ago because Andre Johnson decided to have the best game of his life against me. Ugh.

Football or sex: which do you think of more? Football. I have a hottie hubby so I don’t have to think about sex. I prefer to do.

Where are you on the usual football Sunday? Home. I like to catch up on Twitter and stats while the Red Zone buzzes in the background.

Tell me about a hobby/interest outside of football. I am a playwright. That takes up a very large part of my time. I’m a part of a playwrights’ collective call Lather, Rinse, Repeat. We just produced a night of short plays, and it was a success! My work tends to fall into the dark comedy genre. And if you’re interested in my work, in particular, you can follow my artist website.

Which football writers are on your must-read list? I really like Chet Gresham. His sensibility resonates with me. I was lucky enough to meet Adam Rank from the NFL Network at the NFL Draft last April and he continues to follow the show. He’s super nice and a funny/informed fantasy expert. Also, Micah James supported Her Fantasy Football from the beginning. I’m a fan.

List any plugs/sites/podcasts/writing gigs that you’d like to share. All the wonderful social media outlets where we encourage you to stalk us:
Show Twitter:
Sister Twitters:
BlogTalkRadio: Part of the National Gridiron Network:

There you have it. No fantasy site has social media covered like Her Fantasy Football. Follow Brandon on Twitter and listen to the podcast.

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