Scott Fish Bowl 360: Earmuffs Division

It’s fantasy football season, which means cursing is going to start soon and you’ll need some Earmuffs.

Earmuffs Division

Links to the interviews:

Ryan McKee — Pro Football Focus
Mike MacGregor — Draft Buddy
Jeff Haverlack — Dynasty League Football
Matt Lane — Fake Pigskin
Harut Hovhannesian — Football Nation
Ric Serritella — NFL Draft Bible
Scott Whitfield — RotoRankings
Matt De Lima — Scout
Jack Delaney — Your FF Coach
Charlie Parker — Fan
Jack McCarack — Fan
Jason Franklin — Fan

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

Ryan McKee — Pro Football Focus

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

I am the reigning Scott Fish Bowl champion and looking to be the first to repeat. Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy and Twitter handle is @ryanmckee.

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

Probably Sean Larsen because those RotoViz guys are wicked smaht. Darkhorse pick would be fan Jack McCarack because he has an avatar next to his name.

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

I stuck with the strategy that worked for me last year, which was to hone in on RBs early. I’m a classic ‘zig when they zag’ guy and in this format, RBs fall the most. So last year I landed Forte, Foster and Lynch, while this year it netted me Charles, Foster and Ingram. However, last year I fell behind in picking QBs, so this year I was sure to address it with two QBs that have high rushing upside. I’m therefore a little weak at WR but feel that the position is deep enough that I should be able to start a competent group each week.

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

I’m a Canadian living in Australia working for Essendon Football Club in the AFL (Aussie Rules)

Mike MacGregor — Draft Buddy

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

I’m Mike a.k.a. @DraftBuddy but also a.k.a. @FantasyThrowdwn when that project is live in-season. I’ve had a long fantasy football career as a player and contributor to the industry, with a lot of original ideas, but never one as crazy as running a league commissioning 360 teams for free. Props Scott!

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

Terminalkennedy for sure, as he is a regular at Fantasy Throwdown. I was glad to see him and I get assigned to Earmuffs. And the #1 pick to boot! Yep, you’re going down Jason!

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

I mostly approached the draft as if it was a start 2-QB league rather than a flex, making sure I got a pair of high job security and fairly reliable passers at a fair price. There are a lot of weekly starters so I didn’t want to go with upside over a secure role and touches too early, and then when we got to veteran players who few people had any interest in, like Joique Bell, Mike Wallace, Chris Ivory, I grabbed them.

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

I have – I’ve lost count – but educated guess about 20,000 comics in my basement. Nothing crazy valuable like an Amazing Spider-Man #1, but if there is ever a paper shortage I am good.

Jeff Haverlack — Dynasty League Football

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

I’ve always considered myself a gentleman assassin. Depending on the group I’m with, I’ll engage is some light-hearted trash talking, but all in good fun. On game day or following a win, any trash talking, gloating, boasting, etc. falls away and good sportsmanship takes over. Many are very close to their teams and players and rubbing in a win or overly complaining about a loss is classless in my opinion. But when it comes to building a team, I use the format, rules, trades, waiver wire or anything else at my disposal to win it all without apology. Feel free to smack talk me @DLF_Jeff but keep light hearted please.

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

The easy choice would be for me to list Rotoworld and Evan Silva as I respect his work, his knowledge and his approach. He’s solid in any format. But being that I’m already in a league with him, we’ve been going head to head for years now. I’m going to go with FantasyAlarm. Why? Because they have SiriusXM shows and I listen to them on the road. As a dynasty player, I’d love to take down FantasyAlarm radio nerds.

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

I had to be careful about not being too cute. I think the general feeling is that dynasty coaches can’t play redraft. Sure we can and without a lot of different focus. But I don’t think the reverse can occur as quickly, that takes time. My strategy here was to not get overly cute. Not to try and outsmart those that had already likely done multiple redraft drafts to this point already. I had decided that after the top four or five running backs were off the board, I would be turning my attention to the top receivers as my anchor, feeling very comfortable that there were enough team situations remaining to provide RB upside. Most of all, backs that would be getting touches. Quarterback wouldn’t be selected until at least round seven. After my first two receivers, it was all about value …. taking players that shouldn’t be falling but did. I also used a Strength of Schedule chart. Overall, it was important not to get locked in to one strategy.

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

I think most are surprised when they learn I play guitar – Heavy Metal guitar. I’ve never played in a band due to time constraints but even now at 48, I like pick up the axe on occasion and shred away.

Matt Lane — Fake Pigskin

Harut Hovhannesian — Football Nation

Ric Serritella — NFL Draft Bible

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

R.I.C. in the place to be from the Fantasy Football Insiders Podcast, you can follow me @NFLDraftBible

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

Not familiar with anyone in my division but looking at the names, Matt De Lima would be the natural rivalry, since he works for Scout and I work at NUC Sports. It’s time to take it to the fantasy football roundtable and let the best man prevail!

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

One strategy I employed, being a NFL Draftnik that I am, was to find rookie RBs whose skillset will allow them the opportunity to be their team’s main bell cow. So Ameer Abdullah (Joique Bell coming off injury and out of shape), Cameron Artis-Payne (SEC battle-tested playing behind the injury-prone Turf Toe Johnny Stewart) and Melvin Gordon, an obvious contender for Offensive Rookie The Year should all flirt with 1,000-yards. In Detroit and Carolina, they will be looking to run the ball, a lot. These are great values to me, as opposed to my opponents who may view these players as a risk. I feel confident about these young men and the situations they landed in. I also took a flier on Michael Dyer, undrafted RB for the Raiders who could eventually emerge as their starter. I handcuffed Dyer with Trent Richardson in the late, late rounds (Latavious Murray is likely to endure another concussion). Same with Fozzy Whittaker in Carolina, so when Stewart does get injured, I have the next two alternatives. By getting late round RB value, I was able to stock my WRs (OGB, Maclin, Matthews, S.Smith and Charles Johnson, who I expect to lead Minny in receiving. Also look out for Nick Toon whom I nabbed late. Sorry for the ramble but I hope this perspective can help someone win a trophy because I’m running out of space in my office!

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

The NFL Draft Bible was the first media outlet to broadcast a live podcast from the NFL Draft in 2007. We also streamed the first live online video show from inside the NFL Draft, one year later in 2008. Not sure that is shocking but something I’m proud of and people probably don’t know that.

Scott Whitfield — RotoRankings

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

Hello Zach, I’m Scott Whitfield; owner/operator of RotoRankings. I’ve been playing fantasy football for about 13 years and came up with RotoRankings about 4 years ago. I can also be found @RotoRankings and have an “about” page.

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

No one in particular, but will feel good anytime I win against those who went QB heavy early.

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

I waited until I was almost drowning to take a quarterback. Unfortunately with Geno’s broken jaw now, I’m really behind the 8 ball. Hopefully Manziel makes a good amount of starts this year!

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

I can bench press refrigerators.

Matt De Lima — Scout

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

I used to be the freelancing and enterprising Fantasy writer who wrote for nine different sites and was solely driven in making a name for myself in an industry where who you are doesn’t matter to anyone and the money to be made was practically non-existent. Now, I’m happy to take a backseat to the site I work for and make it the star ahead of myself. I’ll happily ignore any lineup questions and catch an attitude if you disagree with me @mattkdelima.

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

Well, I did just hire Jack Delaney (@yourffcoach) as a writer for Scout Fantasy. But really, he should beat the rest of the division if he’s going to be writing for us. So I hope he wins and I finish in second.

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

I went QB heavy early and if you didn’t go QB heavy early, you have no business winning this league. However, knowing my luck, my QBs will crash and burn and the guy who double dipped on Blake Bortles and Brian Hoyer late will somehow win this thing.

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

I sell sports cards on ebay. You know, like baseball and football cards. Pretty much every evening I post more cards and look to buy old collections from people for pennies on the dollar. I made about $750 last month. If you don’t have multiple income streams, you’re doing it wrong. Turn your hobbies into income, gentlemen. Isn’t that why we are here in the first place?

Jack Delaney — Your FF Coach

Charlie Parker — Fan

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

I would describe myself as a degenerate rookie with an addiction to playing with the best competition possible year round. Mainly a dynasty player who relies on drafting and trading far above waiver wire, none the less I hope to put on a good show while I stare in wonder and amazement that is the Scott Fish Bowl.

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

There’s many great writers and fans in this division and while my first thought was a few of the writers for a personal feeling of accomplishment but I’m gonna say my buddy @DynastyFrank, he’s a good dude, funny twitter follow and the Fan/Fan bragging rights could help keep one of us warm through the cold winter.

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

My strategy was to lock down a solid core of top level WRs (Dez/Jordy/Alshon/Decker) and two solid QBs (Ben/Cutler) and if the right option came I would grab my TE early which was Kelce in the 5th. I went in planning to go late RB and took Gurley as my 1st in the 6th, my plan was to go rookie rb heavy in the mid-late rounds.

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

I can swim the length of a lane pool underwater, used to be a length and a half but then I got old and out of shape.

Jack McCarack — Fan

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

I’m a 7x champ in my 12 team ppr home league of 15+ years. I answer the phone 7x cham every time they call.

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

All the other fans is a good start.

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

I tried to get the most points I could with each pick including taking quarterbacks early and then chasing touchdowns later with TE later.

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

Talent is not needed, I would rather be lucky

Jason Franklin — Fan

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

I’m a recovering fantasy football dynasty addict who, to salvage marital bliss, whittled his dynasty collection to a measly 25 teams (that’s right). I’m also the @terminalkennedy guy, but I don’t have a theme song or catch phrase yet to go with my persona – working on that.

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

Scott made the “mistake” of putting 12 of the nice guys in the same league division. Not to be cliche, but this makes it hard to know which ‘one’ I need to lay the smack down on. The Earmuffs are all about #Hustle, #loyalty, and #respect. The one thing I can pretty much guarantee is that #SFB360 champ will be coming from our division and you can take that to the bank. So for the other 348 teams in the “cheap seats”, and for the millions watching around the world…if you want some, come get some!! #Earmuffs!

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

I had the 1.1, so it’s kinda hard to swing for the fences that early, but I made it a point to avoid “safe” picks and take some risks. I did unintentionally target RB early and often because of how our draft unfolded (L. Bell first, and 4/6 picks), but I tried to get value where it fell, given how balanced the scoring is. If I go on to win, it will be because of my BROBDINGNAGIAN pick of Andrew BabyHawk Hawkins.

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

I can out-drink anyone in the greater state of Wisconsin (and can probably make noise on a national level) in a Chocolate milk “chugging” competition.

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