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Established in 2008

Gridiron Experts is an 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 break down film to make the best possible prediction week in and week out. We are thankful to have such an awesome, loyal fanbase.


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Mike Rigz

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 two kids and lives on the West Coast. He's 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.

Jody Smith

Co-owner and Managing Editor of Gridiron Experts. 2012 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Expert. Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 26 year fantasy football veteran. Featured on NFL.com, Fantasypros, Football Diehards annual magazine, local AM sports radio, podcasts everywhere and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School.

Jason Willan

Self-described fantasy degenerate that has been participating in fantasy sports leagues since the spiral notebook scoring era. If you can make a fantasy league out of it, I’m in.

Zach Greubel

Three things I enjoy: sports, food, water. Three things I don't enjoy: Twilight, the company of those who enjoy Twilight, wind gusts of 20-25+ mph. Life-long Broncos fan

Phil Clark

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.

Neil Dutton

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.

Bob Talbot

Bob, a Quinnipiac grad, is an avid sports fan and fantasy enthusiast. Currently resides in the professional sport-less state of Connecticut, but will never forget his roots in the great state of New Jersey.

Mitchell Renz

Mitchell is a proud Centenary University graduate where he played baseball, worked for the New York Jets and in his free time majored in Sports Management. After college he moved to Germany for a year where he learned that football is actually played with your feet and beer is cheaper than water. While over there he worked for the Cologne Cardinals, a professional baseball team and Koelnmesse, one of the world’s largest exhibition sites. Currently, Mitchell works for The Parkview Sports Group, consulting sport facilities and managing a global YouTube star, Domingo Ayala. He is the defending champ in his family’s fantasy football league where he has been a member for the past ten years and is the Commissioner in league with his college friends. The only thing he enjoys more than a good glass of whiskey or a cold beer is withstanding fantasy football victories and the bragging rights that come with it. Mitchell may come from Danville, a small town in central Pennsylvania but his dreams of being in the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame are huge.

George Fitopoulos

​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.

Michael Hauff

My Name is Mike and I'm from New York. I have always had a deep passion for sports with football being at the focal point. It would make sense that Fantasy Football would be something I would gravitate towards. I have run my own fantasy league for almost 10 years now and participate in various other leagues. I have also been told that I am an exceptional writer. I decided with enough encouragement from family and friends that writing was something I should pursue. It didn't take long to figure out that my love for the game of Fantasy Football would bring the most out of my creative writing skills. I have since found my way and have contributed to a few different websites. I look forward to continuing on this journey of creatively bringing my fantasy football thoughts to the masses.

Kevin Hickey

Kevin is from Hilton Head, SC and is very passionate about football and fantasy football. He attended Charleston Southern University where I played baseball for four years. Currently Kevin covers the New York Giants for Sports Media 101 and contributes content to QBmecca.com.

Eric Ludwig

Eric joined the Navy just before 9/11 and shipped off to boot camp as a Nuclear Engineer in January 2002. He was accepted into an officer program and became a Surface Warfare Officer driving big ships with lots of guns after graduating from The University of Memphis with a degree in Engineering. Eric played fantasy football for years before the Navy, but limited internet access and hectic schedules during multiple deployments made following football closely nearly impossible. Upon returning stateside, Eric started consuming fantasy strategies and analysis to catch back up on the NFL. Not only did Eric catch up, he got hooked and caught the fantasy sickness. Eric separated from the Navy and returned to his hometown of Buffalo, NY to resume his sadistic love of the Bills locally.
In addition to football, Eric loves poker and writing. The lessons Eric learned while reading well over 20 poker books and playing poker avidly often drives his approach to fantasy. As a family man, Eric doesn’t get away to the poker tables nearly enough, but he finds time to pursue his love of writing and fantasy football. Eric specializes in redraft league strategies and loves the complexity of auction drafts

Anthony Cervino

Anthony Cervino is a lifelong NFL enthusiast, especially of the Dallas Cowboys. He has been infatuated with the game since childhood and was introduced to fantasy football as a young teen. Back then, the league commissioner typed out the weekly newsletter and used the Daily News to tally scores. In a statistic-driven game of fantasy football, Anthony believes that sometimes you have to rely on that good ole gut instinct. Anthony resides in New Jersey where he lives with his wife, son and a pomeranian that is named Roman (after Tony Romo). When Anthony is not immersed in the NFL or fantasy football related activities, he enjoys bodybuilding and spending time with his family. Anthony is committed to giving you his best analysis and most accurate statistics to help you win championships. Don't hesitate to tweet Anthony @therealnflguru about anything NFL or fantasy-related topics. He will always respond in a timely fashion.

Tanner Bollers

Tanner is a Colorado Native and 3rd generation Denver Broncos season ticket holder. He grew up on a Cattle Ranch in North East Colorado. He began playing Fantasy Football in '08 while attending College at the University of Northern Colorado, and has been a Dynasty player since 2012. Tanner resides in the Colorado Springs area where he is an avid fisherman/hiker and enjoys pretty much anything outdoors (like most Coloradans). He has been married to his wonderful wife, Nicole since June 2014. And they are expecting a beautiful baby girl January 2017. Tanner has recently taken up Home Brewing, and if he doesn't blow anything up, aspires to own his own Brewery someday.

Tim Torch

I started playing redraft fantasy football in 2007. After winning my first championship in year one I was hooked immediately. The following season I finished in last place in both of my leagues, haha. After this epic failure I decided to always be one step ahead of my friends and family. I started studying the teams closer, watching the draft and learning more about the NFL as a whole instead of focusing on individual players. After two years of studying I realized I was often early on players to grab off the waiver wire and decided to try dynasty fantasy football. I have been playing dynasty for six years total and have been in more competitive leagues (myfantasyleague.com) for the past three. Over the past three years I have written about dynasty, DFS, redraft and scouting reports on upcoming rookies or unknown players.
I am one of the weekly co-hosts of the Under the Helmet podcast (available on iTunes and Podbean) and you can also find my written content at uthdynasty.com and dynastynerds.com.

Mark Bonadonna

Mark started playing fantasy football with his friends at college back in 1991. He’s been hooked ever since. He considers himself a veteran player- not an expert. Hey- who let this guy in here? This is Gridiron Experts- security! Just kidding Mark haha! He writes articles to help both rookie and experienced fantasy football players alike- except for his no good friends, Chad and Kelly, who have crushed many of his title dreams throughout the years. His message to them, “Curse your miserable hides you slugs. Find another writer from who to gather your no good research to beat me haha!” He evaluates players by reading scouting reports and by using the eye test from watching game highlights more so than just pure statistics. He believes it’s important to trust your gut instead of being a lemming and blindly following average draft position rankings. His tip, “When preparing for a draft or auction most people only look back, they treat last year’s statistics like the gospel. Last year is over. Things change, teams change. It’s more important to look forward”. When he’s not watching football, you can find him at the gym getting in a workout or grabbing a pizza. You can also find him at his fantasy football website SleepersandBusts.com

Brad Castronovo

A former D1 College Wrestler at Boston University, Brad hails from Bridgewater, NJ. By day, Brad works in the corporate automotive world, but by night, he is an avid sports, football, and fantasy sports enthusiast with a passion for winning. Over the past decade, Brad has won dozens of fantasy league championships and was recently brought on as the co-host of the DFS Dive podcast. Brad is a diehard Tennessee Titans fan, and, accordingly has dumped a ton of money into NFL Sunday Ticket in his years! Please share your comments, critiques, and feedback-- as Brad loves it when his readers/listeners help stir the pot!

Robert Kohnfelder

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, Robert is certainly glad to be free from the classroom setting. Robert has been playing fantasy football for over half of his 23-year old existence, and his attentiveness to the NFL has grown exponentially over time. As a proud commissioner of the same fantasy league for almost a decade, Robert has always enjoyed putting in some extra time and effort to make football season as entertaining as possible. Aside from a trio of championships on his resumé, the highlight of Robert's fantasy football career may very well be a last-minute roster decision from the ‘09 season: Miles Austin, in his first career start, provided him with 250 yards + 2 TDs to kick off his relatively short-lived fantasy stardom. Of course, as we all know, fantasy can also be heartbreaking at times, like when you trade away rookie Doug Martin right before he goes off for 272 yards from scrimmage + 4 TDs. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Robert is a die-hard Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan.

Matthew Russo

Matt Russo has been playing fantasy football for well over 10 seasons and has a special affinity for dynasty and keeper league formats. You can also find him playing plenty of low-stakes action all across the DFS industry in both football and baseball. Matt played college football at Tufts University, a small Division III school near Boston, and was the starting quarterback there for two seasons. Since his playing days, he has become a practicing attorney in the western Massachusetts area where he currently lives with his wife and an autographed picture of his hero – Tom Brady.

Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via Wordpress.com to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

Paul Maland

Paul is a native of North Idaho who spent many years in Southern California. He was a walk-on wide receiver and studied Exercise Science during his collegiate years. After hanging up the cleats he began working as a beat writer for a Chargers NFL blog site and quickly began to build upon his work. He now covers all 32 NFL teams as a news correspondent and fantasy football analyst. In fantasy terms he specializes in redraft and season-long formats. He believes in going against the trends and blowing through the media hype. Most importantly he is very happily engaged and the proud father of a beautiful baby girl.

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