Scott Fish Bowl 360: Maury Ballstein Division

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Maury Ballstein Division

Click the links to see the interviews

Carl Zabel — Dynasty Football Warehouse
Eric Olinger — Dynasty League Football
Jeremy Hardt — Fake Pigskin
Rachel Wold — Fantasy Football Chick
James Brimacombe — Football Guys
Geoffery Godfrey — InTheRafters
Jason Schandl — numberFire
Akshay Anand — Pro Football Focus
Andrew Bowman — Skyllzone
Brian Tesch — Fan
Liam Baldwin — Fan
Joe Massa — Fan

To see all the divisions, check out the Scott Fish Bowl 360 page.

Carl Zabel — Dynasty Football Warehouse

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

Eric Olinger — Dynasty League Football

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

My name is Eric Olinger and I’m addicted to Fantasy Football. I am a Senior Writer and the IDP Team Leader for DynastyLeagueFootball.com. I can be found on the tweets at @OlingerIDP.

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

I probably want to take down Andrew Bowman (@FantasyAcumen) the most, simply because he was the first to talk trash when the divisions were announced. For that, I must crush him.

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

This is the first time I’ve played in the Fish Bowl, so I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the .25 per carry scoring rule. I knew I wanted two high volume runners and a top tier QB in the first five rounds. I was able to pull that off with Arian Foster, Alfred Morris and Matt Ryan.

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

One non-fantasy football talent I have is being a skilled ambiturner, meaning I can turn both left and right, and once Blue Steel drops, it’s going to revolutionize the male modeling business. I was also born a Merman.

Jeremy Hardt — Fake Pigskin

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

I am the @FantasyGumshoe – constantly combing the desert for fantasy gold. I’m also clearly a man with a lot on my mind, and I’d appreciate if you stay out of my mind, Zach.

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

Well if we’re talking about sex, I will say that the last person I Want to take down is Andrew Bowman. Something about a man with a bow really doesn’t sit well with me. He’s probably not as attractive as Rachel Wold anyhow. After all, she has the whole Wold in her hands. If we’re talking about fantasy football, (I hope we are because I should be perceived with the utmost respect,) then I would say I’m looking forward to taking down Eric Olinger of DLF. He’s a great competitor, Zach, and I’m hoping he doesn’t come with the big dogs in Week 1.

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

I wanted to draft a couple guys that I thought were high variance type players that were better suited for large field/ tournament type settings that I thought were also probably being undervalued by the community according to ADP. This is why you see my “poison dart in the legs” strategy of pairing both Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. Both have a pretty good schedule when you pair them together, and both come with upside in terms of volume and ceiling. I also drafted Mark Sanchez late in the oft change Sad Sam goes down again this year. After that, I wanted to simply stick to the plan of drafting consistent week-to-week performers that are also values at their positions. Generally, this is called the “Old balls” strategy, or the Dad Bods. So you see I have Andre Johnson, Emmanuel Sanders, Rashad Jennings, VJAX, and Brandon LaFell. I’m obviously all about Jamaal Charles and Jeremy Hill, and also proving my public backing of unpopular Joseph Randle this year.

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

Nothing exciting from this guy, because I have a wife and 3 kids. There’s nothing exciting about that. However, I’ve taken to experimenting with different healthy pizza recipes using whole wheat flatbreads and pitas and english muffins, and I’ve pretty much mastered the art. If you haven’t put buffalo sauce, chicken, jalepenos, banana peppers, onion, and bacon on a whole wheat english muffin with cheddar cheese and bake it, you just aren’t living the right domestic life. I also perfected a Chicken Fajita pizza. So eat that.

Rachel Wold — Fantasy Football Chick

James Brimacombe — Football Guys

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

Long time Fantasy Football fanatic for the past 17 years playing in a variety of Redraft, Keeper, Dynasty, and IDP leagues year in and year out. The past 4 years I have adapted to the DFS game and have had the opportunity to share my insights as a staff writer at Footballguys.com. Twitter handle: @JamesBrimacombe

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

Numerbire – Jason Schandl @Schlamdl – We battled side by side in the draft the whole way through liking similar players and one round He would grab my target and the next round I would grab his guy. I figure the battle will continue all season long with us going back in forth in the standings.

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

I never usually have a set strategy starting a draft as I like to let the first 2 or 3 rounds act as my starting point and see where it takes me and then make a plan for the rest of the draft. I went with Gronkowski as my first round pick and liked knowing that I had the top TE in the league and was happy to build off of that. After that I wanted a stud at RB and WR and felt good about my choices in DeMarco Murray and Mike Evans. From there I felt like I had a good trio of players that I could build off of and have a contender right out of the draft. With the QB flex I was surprised by how quickly the QB’s were flying off the board so I knew I wanted to get in on the action but wasn’t ready to throw away my entire draft to do so. I went with Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers in the 5th and 6th Rounds and followed that up later with Black Bortles as my QB3. I felt Stafford had an off year last season and was underpriced for what he could offer playing in a dome in a division that can put up points and with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate to throw the ball to. Also Rivers is one of the QB’s that I think has more upside than people think this season as the Chargers offense looks to have some depth all across the board and Rivers can be that gunslinger that we love to watch. I wanted some upside guys on my team and I felt good about Hyde, Sims, Agholor, Latimer, and Allen as those type of players that could make a real difference going forward.

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

I am a Canadian hockey player living in the middle of the desert in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Geoffery Godfrey — InTheRafters

Jason Schandl — numberFire

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

I’ve been playing fantasy football for just about as long as I can remember (I don’t have a great memory, but it’s definitely been a while). I took Adam Vinatieri and his Super Bowl winning prowess early in my first league, and I’ve been drafting poorly ever since. You can find me on Twitter @Schlamdl.

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

It’s got to be James Brimacombe. It felt like we were sniping each other in just about every round, settling things during the season is the best way to do it.

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

WRs seemed to be pretty valuable in this format, and I ended up really loading up at the position. I waited a bit on quarterback, but I’m more than happy to have Dalton and Palmer there. My running back situation ended up as a bit of a disaster, but I did end up with some late round lottery ticket-types that I like. Generally though, I found my strategy to be “hold my breath and hope for the best”.

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

There are non-fantasy football talents?

Akshay Anand — Pro Football Focus

Andrew Bowman — Skyllzone

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

I saw that Matthew Berry was “The Talented Mr. Roto” and thought what’s more cocky than that. So I started a twitter feed that was equally arrogant. And somehow, people followed me. I think I have the best twitter handle ever. Too bad I don’t have the fantasy knowledge to back it up 🙂

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

Hell, where to start? First thought was Oli as Eric Olinger of DLF was the first name I saw. Then, I saw Jeremy Hardt (aka @fantasygumshoe) who has followed me, and vice versa for a long while. But let’s be honest guys, there’s only one person we HAVE to beat and that’s the FFChick herself Rachel. Yes, I’m breaking protocol by calling out a “chick” but something tells me she’s got the balls to put me in my place 🙂

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

I went with QB early and often. As such, I’ve got Rodgers and Peyton. My RB’s are a bit weak (read: suck) and I might draft differently if the draft were held today. But that’s life and if my boys throw 50+ TD’s this year, who knows?

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

This is the hardest fucking question (feel free Zach to change that to effing but please don’t). I have absolutely no talents. No one wants to hear about the intricacies of Internal Revenue Code Section 704(b) and substantial economic effect. As such, I’ll simply say that I watch more television than anyone reading this. If you want to watch a new show, I’m you man. (check out UnReal via Lifetime)

Brian Tesch — Fan

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

In real life, my occupation/ personality lead me to be good-natured/empathetic, but in fantasy football, I get to fulfill that unscratched itch to be a bit of a heel. Think of me as a cross between Gordon Geko, Chong-LI, and Dean Portman, with a weakness for RBs. It’s over two sentences, but you can follow me on Twittah @TheRealTesch

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

If anything, I’m extremely happy to be in a division with both tremendous amounts of competence and friendliness. Judging from Twitter avi’s we’ve got family men, deep thinkers, world travelers, fictional characters, and an adorable puffer fish.

However, one stood out. Much like the actual team he roots for, I both respect its roster construction and its organization, but if I have to pick a rival to have an unrelenting, fomenting distaste for, it has to be Akshay Anand. Much like the Patriots, your decline will be sudden and unexpected (Again, like the Pats, probably not this year).

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

It wasn’t so much the flex that I had to alter my strategy for, but the .25 per carry and no penalties for fumbles/interceptions strongly altered my draft board. My dream team (Kaepernick/Mariota) were snatched by Jeremy Hardt and the aforementioned jerk, Mr. Anand, and the scrambling apple of my eye (Tyrod Taylor) was taken before my eyes by my self-appointed rival.

May I add, drafting from the turn in a 2 QB format was a terrible game of value or QB chicken. I finally broke down at the 8/9 turn and paired Sam Bradford and Robert Griffin III, both QBs who may turn it over, but will have solid rushing/passing stats, if they stay healthy.

Hardly a “lock box” strategery, but the format seems to give a bonus to those who could be affectionately labeled DGAF’s

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

I was once helped write, and also acted (term used loosely) in a so bad it’s good college film.

Liam Baldwin — Fan

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

Know your limits, but don’t limit yourself. @The_Bubblefish

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

Anyone who gets in my way!

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

Improvise, adapt, overcome.

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

I speak Gaelic. [Zach note: I do as well when I’ve had enough beers.]

Joe Massa — Fan

Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “personna”? Feel free to include your Twitter handle.

My twitter handle is @MoeJassa. I’d say my fantasy persona is a mixture of Denny Carter’s hair and Rumford Johnny’s impressions. Which is to say it’s glorious while versatile.

Who in your division do you want to take down the most?

I believe Rachel Wold was in my division last year so I guess we have a rivalry, or something.

What kind of “strategery” do you plan to employ during this unusual QB flex draft?

I decided to wait(relatively) on QB’s and try and stock up on RB/WR for the other 3 non Superflex spots. It’s a strange concept but I wanted to attempt to build a roster that would score more points than the rest of the teams in the league. Trying something new.

What is one non-fantasy football talent that would shock and awe the rest of the league?

I can now feed/change/bathe a child without putting down my beer. So I’m pretty proud of that.

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