Find yourself thumbing through the virtual pages of Fanball and wondering, "Who do these guys think they are?"
Wonder no more; here's a glimmer of insight into the team compiling these rankings, banging out these words and—if all goes according to plan—making your autumn Sundays (and Thursdays and Mondays and the occasional Saturday) a bit more enjoyable.
In 1993, Charch co-founded Fanball.com, one of the largest pure-play fantasy sites on the internet. In his 14 years at Fanball, he helped grow the company from a handful of part-time enthusiasts in his apartment to 80 employees spanning offices in three cities. He published over 200 issues of Fantasy Football Weekly, and is one of the longest-tenured content creators in the industry.
Through his many radio appearances across the country, Charchian interacts with thousands of fantasy sports players each year, and is one of the most recognized industry experts. His fantasy football radio show is in its 23rd year, and is the longest-running fantasy show ever.
Charchian also serves as president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry’s advocacy organization, with over 200 member companies. He has been involved in almost every aspect of the industry’s growth, including the rise of daily fantasy sports. In 2013, he was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame.
Follow Charch on Twitter @PaulCharchian
Scott has been toiling away as a writer and developer in the fantasy football industry since 2005. He started by writing start/sit columns for a website where he was a top five most accurate ranker two years in a row. Or so he claims.
In 2007, he started his own site called Fantasy Football Oasis (FFOasis) which peaked at over 850,000 pageviews in a month. Only 90% of that was Scott refreshing the page. That site helped develop many writers in the fantasy industry and was one of the first to focus on PPR and IDP content. It was the first fantasy site out there publishing developmental dynasty content.
In 2014, Scott shut the doors on FFOasis and joined Dynasty League Football as a Senior Writer / Senior Developer. The writing became less and less frequent as Scott spent most of his time developing and creating tools behind the scenes.
Now Scott is most known for his giant pro-am fantasy league where he pits the best analysts in the industry against each other and fans. You can read about that league on ScottFishBowl.com. It’s a thing, trust us.
Scott is also the host of two podcasts, The Bull Rush and Commission Impossible. The Bull Rush is fantasy based; but has games, bits, a lot of humor, and feels like a few guys hanging out at a bar. It’s an incredibly popular podcast with nearly eight listeners every week. Commission Impossible is a podcast dedicated to helping commissioners setting up leagues, with issues, and discussing fun twists.
He also runs a yearly charity called FantasyCares. All money raised is used to buy toys for Toys for Tots each December. Info on that can be found at FantasyCares.net. Over the last two years, this drive has raised nearly $20,000 for toys for kids.
In 2017, Fish left a 15-year career at Pepsi and joined Fanball as a Senior Fantasy Analyst.
Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottFish24
To use fantasy football terms, Aaron Whitlock is perhaps what you would consider, a deep sleeper. A relative newcomer, still in diapers while some of his fellow Fanball writers were winning fantasy titles, Whitlock is enthusiastic and brazen enough to think that he can hold his own with these grizzled vets.
Born and raised outside of Flint, Mich., a rabid fan of the Detroit Lions, Whitlock learned early in life that he would need to find a way to make NFL Sundays a little less painful. Fantasy football was the perfect outlet; as the Lions suffered through the Millen era, Whitlock captured playoff victories that his hometown team never could.
Through his college years, Whitlock’s obsession with fantasy football only continued to grow. While at Saginaw Valley State University, he cohosted a campus radio show, covering local sports teams, and dishing out fantasy advice. It was during his time cohosting the show that Whitlock realized he wanted to shift his major away from education, to a career more in demand, stable, and lucrative... sports journalism.
After transferring to Michigan State, a clichéd change in majors, a writing internship with MLive, and a Spartans golf podcast, Whitlock walked away with his degree in sports journalism and enough debt to fill a Scrooge McDuck swimming pool. Now Whitlock brings his blend of quasi-relevant pop culture references, sports cynicism, and self-deprecating humor to the Fanball team, where he hopes to help others succeed in both NFL and NBA contests, or at the very least have a few laughs along the way.
Follow Aaron on Twitter @AaronJWhitlock
Mat was the very last intern at the old Fanball and like the Backstreet Boys, he’s back… all right. Through years of toil and tumult, Mat has now climbed the new Fanball’s organizational ladder to the heights of "miscellaneous manager." When not managing the unmanageable, you can hear the sultry sounds of Mat’s voice on the Fantasy Football Weekly radio show (search for it on iHeart Radio) and also on the Fantasy Football Almost Daily podcast.
Follow Mat on Twitter @ExplosiveOutput
John discovered fantasy football in high school and, in 1984, he played head to head against his brother. Not knowing what values to assign to positions, he went with his gut – making Dan Marino, Mark Clayton and Mark Duper his first three picks. He’s been working in the fantasy industry since 1998, a Minnesota Vikings beat writer for 25 years and a mainstay in all the dying mediums that have found themselves in the journalistic burial ground – newspapers, magazines and AM radio. Holler has won more fantasy titles than he can count (though he admittedly can’t count too high) by drafting strong and trading better.
John doesn't believe in Twitter, but he will exchange hand-written letters with you. In cursive.
Brian started playing fantasy sports as an 8th grader in 1994, and after that, there was no looking back. He has partaken in literally, hundreds of leagues, and has written for FanSided, Razzball, Fantasy Victory, and LeagueSafe Post. Brian is also co-host of Fantasy Football Weekly (KFAN 100.3/Minneapolis) and a weekly guest on Fantasy Football Sunday (610 Sports/Kansas City). When it comes to daily fantasy sports (DFS), Brian has 5+ years of experience and was firmly planted inside the top 5% of RotoGrinders’ overall rankings when compliance requirements forced him to retire from the sweat.
Follow Brian on Twitter @btxj
Over the past few years, Trevor has had numerous articles published on a variety of sites like ProFootballFocus, Razzball, and LeagueSafePost. In addition to his fantasy football writing, he plays and has written about fantasy MLS. Yes, people play fantasy MLS. There are dozens of us. Dozens! Trevor was a fervent daily fantasy sports player and had real success having won over a thousand dollars in a single contest multiple times. <insert line about how many fantasy football leagues he’s played in and won here>
Follow Trevor on Twitter @TJones5
Matt has served as a sports editor and sports writer at a variety of daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa and Minnesota over the last 14 years. He started as a part-time writer at the Sioux City Journal in 2003 and also served as sports editor of the student newspaper for three years while attending Briar Cliff University. Most recently, Steichen spent 10 years in the south metro as sports editor of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages. His work earned him numerous Minnesota Newspaper Association sports awards. In his spare time, Stike enjoys playing softball, spending time with his wife and four sons, following Bob Dylan on tour and dominating his high school friends in fantasy football.
Follow Stike on Twitter @Matt_Stike
J.K. is part of the esteemed rookie NBA Content class. He has an unique background born in Louisville, KY raised in Connecticut, yet he is the biggest Cleveland sports fan you will find on the East Coast. He passionately roots for the Browns, Indians, Cavaliers, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. J.K. is an avid Fantasy player dabbling in fantasy football, basketball, baseball and golf. His past occupations have included being the home clubhouse manager for the New Britain Rock Cats, the former AA Minnesota Twins affiliate, where he spent four seasons. He also was a part time play-by-play announcer for Connecticut High School hockey games, and also did play-by-play for the mens and womens basketball teams at his alma mater Anna Maria College. He is the co-host of the infamous podcast Whitlock and The Vaughn, and his role model is Larry David.
Follow J.K. on Twitter @JK_TheVaughn
Born to be a writer, Evan is the son of a longtime newspaper journalist and English teacher. His love of sports journalism began when he started writing for his high school newspaper at age 15 and was the sports editor his junior and senior year. After high school Evan attended Lock Haven University, a small public school in the center of Pennsylvania. While at college Evan began playing season long fantasy football with friends and his love of the game only grew from there. Soon thereafter, he started playing season long fantasy basketball, hockey, and baseball so that he could enjoy the game all year around. He has been playing with a collection of family and friends every year since. After leaving college he was introduced to the wonderful world of daily fantasy sports or DFS. He got his shot at Fanball with the help of Brian Johnson and he enjoys playing and writing about all of the daily fantasy sports. His hobbies include fishing, kayaking, hunting, gaming, traveling, playing with his three dogs, watching sports. He not only writes about basketball, he also plays the sport with friends, along with bowling, and backyard games such as washers and bag toss. His favorite sports teams include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, and Washington Capitals. He is engaged to the love of his life and has been with her for nearly five years. Evan's fiancé is currently pregnant and he expects to be a father in August.
Follow Evan on Twitter @Evanbletz1
Greg has been playing fantasy sports so long that he once owned Kellen Winslow on one of his teams…Kellen Winslow Sr. While he’s participated in fantasy football since the 80s, he cut his teeth in the industry in the late-90s as one of the first fantasy golf writers.
He’s taken home the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award on two occasions, in 2005 and 2013, but he’s no one-trick pony. Greg has written on college football for over a decade and has recently ventured into DFS work on the NBA and MLB as well.
To say that fantasy sports are a big part of his life is an understatement. Greg has been participated in DFS for nearly five years’ straight, taking days off only when contests aren’t available and yes, that means he’s dipped his toes into the WNBA pool.
Follow Greg on Twitter @gregvara