Gridiron Experts Staff
Established in 2008
Gridiron Experts is a advisory website with fantasy football experts providing content and advice to help 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 fantasy football rankings 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.
Gridiron Experts Staff (Including Top Four Contributors at Fantasy Pros)
Senior Writer/ Analyst
Jody Smith is a member of the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) and a 25 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.
#1 In-season OVERALL accuracy FantasyPros (2012)
#1 In-season TE rankings FantasyPros (2012)
#1 Draft PK rankings FantasyPros (2013)
#1 overall accuracy Week 6 FantasyPros (2012)
#4 of 110 for In-season DST FantasyPros (2014)
#4 of 87 In-season WR FantasyPros (2012)
#4 of 92 Draft WR FantasyPros (2012)
#5 of 124 In-season QB FantasyPros (2013)
#5 overall accuracy Week 10 FantasyPros (2015)
#6 overall expert FantasyPros (2012-2015)
Nominated FSWA Article of the Year (2013)
Member of the FSWA
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.
#3 of 131 Week 11 QB accuracy FantasyPros (2014)
#4 overall accuracy Week 14 FantasyPros (2015)
#5 of 120 for PK Week 1 FantasyPros (2014)
#6 of 128 for Week 11 RB accuracy FantasyPros (2015)
Editor in Chief
Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. He hosts Gridiron Experts Fantasy Factor podcast and often is the voice of reason when discussing fantasy questions with premium members. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had an 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 two kids 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.
#1 In-season DL FantasyPros (2015)
#1 IDP accuracy Week 2 FantasyPros (2015)
#2 Draft DL FantasyPros (2012)
#3 overall accuracy Week 15 FantasyPros (2015)
#4 of 20 Draft IDP FantasyPros (2012)
13th of 122nd for In-season QB FantasyPros (2015)
18th of 124th for In-season WR FantasyPros (2015)
24th overall Most Accurate QB Expert from 2012 to 2015
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.
#1 of 132 for overall accuracy Week 4 FantasyPros (2014)
#1 of 98 for overall accuracy Week 11 FantasyPros (2012)
#1 of 91 for Week 17 QB accuracy FantasyPros (2013)
#3 of 91 for RB Week 17 FantasyPros (2013)
#4 of 87 for DST Week 17 FantasyPros (2013)
#4 overall accuracy Week 4 FantasyPros (2015)
#5 of 91 for overall accuracy Week 17 FantasyPros (2013)
#5 of 129 for QB Week 12 FantasyPros (2013)
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.
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.
Jack’s undying love for football dates back to his earliest days: bravely sporting Green Bay Packers attire in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN, while playing football every day after – and drawing plays on his notebooks during – school. After five years as a U.S. Naval officer, Jack has become a nuclear engineer for the Department of Energy by day and an aspiring football mind by night. Jack’s interests include fantasy football (both standard and daily leagues), weekly NFL point spreads, and the NFL draft. A steady advocate of data-driven predictions, Jack leverages his technical background to compile and analyze large football data sets, highlighted by an Excel spreadsheet of every single NFL draft pick since 1965. Jack can also be found drawing coverage away from fellow author Brian Jester in flag football leagues on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Doug was born and raised in Massachusetts his whole life, so all he has known how to do is win from seeing the Patriots week in and week out. He has been playing fantasy football for over 10 years now and is going into his 3rd year of writing it. Doug is a recent graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business. When he is not at his day job doing staffing, he writing about fantasy football and spitting out hot takes on Twitter. The only reason he is writing for Gridiron Experts is because he bribed both Mike Rigz and Jody Smith to give him a job.
After participating in fantasy football for over a decade and a half, Wes started to share from his experiences and began his fantasy football-writing career at TodaysPigskin.com in 2013. There he has provided draft strategies, a deep analysis inside the numbers of each week’s matchups as well as winning FanDuel lineups ever since.
While Wes is a big believer in the numbers, he also understands that the eye in the sky does not lie. So instead of just reading box scores, Wes also watches the tape of each NFL game that is played each week to help stay ahead of the pack in his quest to provide top-notch fantasy football information on a weekly basis.
Wes follows a strict routine each Sunday that all fantasy football players certainly can respect. He starts each Sunday morning fine-tuning his own season long and daily lineups. Upon completion of the lineup adjusting, he enjoys answering start/sit questions on Twitter (@wander34).
Eric has been a long-time fan of fantasy football, but a busy schedule while completing three deployments and countless shorter jaunts out to sea largely destroyed his ability to really stay in the game as a former enlisted Nuclear Electrician and Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy. Upon his return from sea duties in 2012, he started actively studying fantasy football to catch back up on the NFL and ended up becoming an absolute fantasy football junkie. Eric finally decided to put his love of writing and fantasy football to use and knocked on the door of Gridiron Experts until they let him in. Eric loves to play poker and even finds time to read when not chasing around his kids and dog, writing or doing everything and anything fantasy football.
Josh is graduate of Eastern Washington University and earned his JD from Widener University- School of Law. He currently works in the financial sector and also heads up the Unsourced Fantasy Collective as #UnNamed. Josh enjoys NFL, MLB and PGA DFS as well as season-long fantasy football and has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years. Josh resides in the greater Seattle area with his beautiful wife and two daughters and is inexplicably a huge Miami Hurricanes fan. He enjoys following the Seahawks and Mariners and despises the NBA ever since the Sonics were stolen from the city of Seattle.
Jeff has played fantasy football since he was eight years old, way back when you went RB-RB to start your draft. Since then, he’s learned more and more over the years and has worked for companies such as RotoWire, RotoBaller, SB Nation, Bleacher Report, FOX Sports and USA TODAY SMG. Currently, he’s the managing editor for Rams Wire (where Jared Goff is always the hot topic). Jeff’s preference in league format is a two-player keeper league, or complete redraft, and no, he doesn’t believe you should go RB-RB anymore.
Phil is a proud Hoosier, who relocated in Nebraska, and began playing fantasy football nearly 20 years ago. In his first ever draft, he had the third overall pick and selected Barry Sanders. That choice was instantly mocked by several other owners, but Sanders ultimately scored 14 touchdowns and generated 2,358 total yards during an exceptional season. That instantly taught Phil a very important lesson – even though none of us will forecast with 100% accuracy, you should follow your gut instincts whenever you truly believe in a player. Phil began his writing career with RotoWire, later joined Fanball, and has since returned home to the Gridiron Experts. He remains firmly convinced that the key to happiness can be found through a subscription to the Sunday Ticket.
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.
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.
Preston has lived all around Texas. His loyalties lie with the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He lives with his fiancée, Cheyenne. When he’s not busy winning fantasy football championships, he enjoys reading detective novels and taking naps. Preston attributes his fantasy success to pinpointing favorable matchups and evaluating the sweet spot between opportunity and talent.
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.
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.
Russ was born and raised in San Diego, California, so as he grew up watching the Chargers be awful year after year, he searched for other football outlets; enjoying and being skilled at math throughout childhood, fantasy football was a natural mix of two loves. After 25 years of playing fantasy football, it’s only been over the past five years that Russ has focused mainly on football as his game of choice after years of playing fantasy baseball, basketball, hockey and golf. Russ is a pop culture trivia buff and an avid poker player, but has taken a small step back in playing tournament poker in order to spend time with a new daughter born last Christmas.