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Gridiron Experts

Established in 2008

Gridiron ExpertsGridiron Experts is a fantasy football advisory site that helps you win your fantasy league. Nearly all our fantasy football experts have over 15 years of experience in drafting and fantasy strategy.

Gridiron Experts uses an equal balance of statistical data and gut feelings for ranking fantasy players throughout the year. We understand that the game of football is fought in the trenches and that stats are made to be broken. At the same time we look at trends and patterns and breakdown film to make the best possible prediction week in and week out. We are thankful to have such an awesome, loyal fanbase.

Mike Rigz

Mike Rigz

Editor and Chief 

Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn’t focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft.  Mike has one year old son and is expecting a daughter in late July (2015),

Mike lives on the West Coast and is happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.


  • Read Mike’s Latest Article
  • Favorite Team(s) Philadelphia Eagles & Oregon Ducks

Jody SmithJody Smith

Senior Writer/ Analyst

Jody Smith is a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) and a 23 year fantasy football veteran who turned to the world of fake football when his own career as a light-blocking, sure-handed tight end was tragically ended by the notoriously unfriendly Memorial Stadium artificial turf. Jody fondly remembers the days of accumulating fantasy results with a Monday morning newspaper, a spiral notebook and a pencil.

Over the years he’s won numerous accolades and championships, including being named the “Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert” for 2012 in the highly-respected rankings contest from FantasyPros.com. He’s a fierce supporter of the University of Texas and he, his wife and three year old son live in a quiet community halfway between Houston and Galveston Texas.

Zach Greubel WriterZach Greubel

Head Writer

Zach hails from the bustling metropolis of Cheyenne, Wyoming- two hours north of Denver, Colorado. This geographic location, and sound parental advice, caused Zach to become a Broncos fan shortly after birth. He’s been yelling at the TV during Broncos games ever since, especially during the 2012 Denver-Baltimore playoff game.

Zach also cheers for the Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, and Wyoming Cowboys. His fantasy football career began at a relatively young age but didn’t really take off until the turn of the decade. Aside from playing fantasy sports and watching sports, Zach also enjoys eating, sleeping, and merry-making.

Jason WillanJason Willan

Head Writer

Jason Willan is the Fantasy Consultant, a self-described fantasy degenerate that has been participating in fantasy sports leagues since the spiral notebook scoring era. He has developed a successful career as a consultant in commodity markets, and applies many of the analytical and strategic skills from that trade to his work in fantasy sports. lifelong resident of Kentucky, he also considers himself somewhat of an expert on bourbon and horse racing. Jason’s passion for fantasy football is equaled only by his love for family and the Green Bay Packers. When he’s not analyzing NFL statistics or writing about fantasy football, Jason is likely trying to brainwash his two young daughters with tales of frozen tundra and cheeseheads.

Preston WickershamPreston Wickersham

Head Writer

Texas Tech graduate, he has also supported the Red Raiders since infancy. Preston is of the belief that his choices of fandom will significantly decrease his lifespan. When not anxiously watching his favorite teams, Preston can be found doing mock drafts far too early, watching the world’s worst horror movies with his girlfriend, and playing his Super Nintendo

Shae Cronin Shae Cronin

Head Writer

Shae hails from Maryland, graduated from Towson University, leads his own circus at Bet Big DC, yells at the television from the couch, is a devout food enthusiast, takes pride in fantasy sports bargain shopping, is a sucker for the arts and is brimming with useless pop culture knowledge. When he’s not drudging away behind his outdated laptop, Shae enjoys eating, traveling and rooting for teams that usually don’t win.

Darren Collette Darren Collette

Editor/Head Writer

Darren, an alumni of FIU with a BA in journalism, is from Miami and works as a freelance writer for The Miami Herald, mostly covering high school football. He was spoiled at his own high school, which had a pretty good RB named Frank Gore who he once saw rush for 419 yards in a single game. Darren got into fantasy football around 2007 and likes to brag that he has won league championships almost half the time he plays (really only 13 of 36 times). He is accomplished at the game Roller Coaster Tycoon and won a “player of the decade” award and is also know to be a pretty dangerous poker player. Darren, a lifelong resident of Miami, is a Dolphins fan by default.

Jason JohnsonJason Johnson

Head Writer

Jason is a fantasy football fanatic from the left side of the mitten state. His career in fantasy football began 17 years ago after coming home as an Army paratrooper and joining a league of school buddies in a 14-team, 2-QB league that’s still going strong. Jason is a data-driven computer geek by trade, and a sports fan by birthright, and fantasy football is the sweet-spot nexus ‘tween the two. His hobbies include photography, disc golf, trivia, and Al Bundy-like reminiscing about his high school record 24 tackles in one, glorious game.

He’s soon to be married to a wonderful woman who shares his love for the Lions and Tigers, and tolerates his geeklove of Star Wars and fantasy football.

AJ RutledgeAJ Rutledge

Head Writer

AJ Rutledge was born and bred in the Buckeye state. AJ spent two years at The University of Akron majoring in Sports communication. A die hard Denver Broncos fan who lives forty minutes down the road from Cleveland. He enjoys Cleveland sports regardless of countless heartbreaks. AJ is co-owner of Fivewidespread.com and now writer for Gridiron Experts. He loves all things sports especially football.

Bob TalbotBob Talbot

Head Writer

Bob Talbot is a Quinnipiac grad, an avid sports fan and fantasy football enthusiast. He currently resides in the professional sport-less state of Connecticut, but will never forget his roots in the great state of New Jersey. Bob issues audit opinions by day and issues fantasy opinions and advice by night.

Joey HolkaJoey Holka

Featured Writer

Joey Holka is from Phoenix, Arizona and an avid Arizona Cardinals fan. He played Division I Hockey at St. Cloud State University where he graduated with a degree in Finance in just three years. Recently completed his first pro hockey season for the New York Rangers minor league affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. NFL and fantasy football enthusiast that is a self-proclaimed sore loser and an overly competitive person.

Robbie DunneRobbie Dunne

Featured Writer

Robbie is a Chicago Bears fan having lived in the city for four years and enjoys nothing more than a good edge rusher or nose tackle. Robbie lives in the hope that one day the Bears can make it back to the Superbowl and convinces himself every season that this will be the year.

 

Eric MoodyEric Moody

Featured Writer

Eric Moody is a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) and writes exclusively about fantasy football. He has a lifelong passion for the game and played on the collegiate level as an offensive lineman. Eric also participated in Dan Hatman’s Scouting Academy in order to learn the process of player evaluation at an NFL level by using game film. When he provides fantasy football advice he prefers to “play the piano with both hands” using game film, analytics, and statistics to help you understand his perspective.

Eric enjoys Netflix, listening to music, playing bass guitar, drinking coffee, and spending time with his family. He lives in Dallas, Texas

Jen RyanJen Ryan

Featured Writer

Jen happily calls northern New Jersey home, and despite MTV’s greatest attempt to tarnish her home state, she is a proud Jersey girl. She can’t get enough of MFL10’s, loves her competitive family redraft league, and is thrilled to be a part of Ross Tucker’s Fantasy Feast Eatin’ League for this upcoming season. Jen considers herself a classy deJenerate, and can’t wait for DFS football to begin. The Draft Kings and Fan Duel commercials told her that she could be a millionaire and, considering she is gullible and loves to gamble, she is so excited to chase that million in 2015. Television accounting pays her bills but crunching fantasy numbers, analyzing them, and writing about them is where her heart is. Jen is also one of the craziest Cowboy fans you will ever meet and will go to her grave swearing that it was a catch.

Brian JesterBrian Jester

Featured Writer

Brian has been playing fantasy football for 16 years and commissioned his first fantasy league at age 12. When he’s not writing about sports, you can find him playing every daily fantasy sport and participating in high stakes fantasy football contests.

Brian won more than 1,000 NFL contests on FanDuel last season and has won multiple league championships in the Footballguys Player Championship contest. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Brian usually spends his winters agonizing over Terrapins basketball.

When the weather is warmer, Brian is known for his receiving prowess in flag football leagues on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Austin GayleAustin Gayle

Featured Writer

Austin Gayle is currently pursuing both his Liberal Studies and Journalism degree at San Diego State University. He began his writing career as the lead editor/writer for the website he created thedraftpulse.com. He is an Oakland, California native who has a strong passion for football at both the collegiate and professional level. He has been studying the NFL draft for over four years now and has started publishing his analysis of college level prospects since the year 2014.

He is now a featured writer for theunitedgrind.com, an NFL draft columnist for football.com, and a featured writer for justblogbaby.com. He is also a member of the Football Writers of America Association. Due to his Bay Area roots, Austin is an avid fan of the Oakland Raiders.

Jack DelaneyJack Delaney

Featured Writer

Jack started to build connections in the industry by writing for the fantasy football gaming platform SKYLLZONE in 2014, and he became a contributor at the start of 2015 for, “The So-Called Fantasy Experts”. He is the author of five fantasy football ebooks, and Jack was a top-40 finisher in the 2014 Rotobowl. Jack graduated from West Virginia University, and still roots on the Mountaineers in football and basketball.

Neil DuttonNeil Dutton

Featured Writer

Neil’s been playing fantasy football for ten years, including a victory in 2014 in a league arranged by NFL.com Fantasy expert Adam Rank. Huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, and follows the fortunes of the England cricket team, usually with his head in his hands for both.

Neil lives with his fiancé Kate and their daughter Zoe. He is an atrocious Words with Friends player.

George FitopoulosGeorge Fitopoulos

Freelance Writer

​George is a 2010 ​graduate of ​Northeastern University with a degree in Journalism, but instead of walking at ​his graduation, ​he walked down the aisle at ​his wedding. ​George has been playing fantasy baseball since ​he​ was a kid, filling out every Sporting News salary league card, but never sending one in due to ​his lack of a checking account. ​He still remembers the time he spot-started Storm Johnson and got a rushing TD out of it. Never forget.