#SFB480 Interview with Pat Fitzmaurice

#SFB480 Interview with Pat Fitzmaurice

The Scott Fish Bowl commences on July 11th. We asked Zach Law to interview some of the participants about the experience. Today’s subject: Pat Fitzmaurice — 4for4 contributor.

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

I write articles and compile player rankings for SI.com and thefootballgirl.com, and I write the in-season Waiver Wire Watch for 4for4.com. I was a full-time editor for Pro Football Weekly way back in the late ’90s, and I’ve remained an occasional fantasy contributor to PFW since 2000. (Twitter handle: @Fitz_FF)

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

Hmmm. That’s a tough one. There are a lot of talented people representing a lot of terrific sites in the Will Smith Division. Let’s go with Charles Kleinheksel of RotoViz, simply because I’m convinced that the RotoViz guys are a species of big-brained alien invaders hell-bent on taking over the planet.

3. Do you have a strategy already set up for the draft or do you let the board fall to you?

As a newbie, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the format, which is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ll most likely stick to value-hunting rather than trying to hammer a particular position in the early rounds.

4. If you got to pick your draft slot, what would you take and why?

My preference would be to patrol the middle of the draft, where I don’t have to worry much about getting caught on the wrong side of a positional run. Give me pick No. 7, and I’ll probably take the best WR available.

5. If you could select four people in the Scott Fish Bowl (#SFB480) to have either a beer or dinner with, who would it be?

The list of SFB competitors with whom I’d like to have beers is longer than Merton Hanks’ neck, but it would start with my buddy at 4for4, John Paulsen, who’s the best ranker in the business and also an incredibly cool and down-to-earth cat. Yahoo’s Andy Behrens and I have long talked about getting together for pizza and beer at a place in Chicago we both love, but until it actually happens, Andy has to be on this list. Sigmund Bloom of Football Guys is the de facto mayor of the fantasy community, and yet I’d be content to spend an evening with Sigmund talking exclusively about music and not even getting around to football. And it would be a great honor to buy DLF’s Scott Fish a few drinks in return for his outstanding work in running this league and doing a good deed for children in the process. (Plus, anyone with a Scottish flag in his Twitter avatar has to be pretty cool.)

6. What’s one non-fantasy football related interest you have that would surprise the rest of the SFB?

After years of trying to convince myself that golf, slow-pitch softball and the occasional pickup basketball game constituted a good-faith attempt at physical fitness, I’ve gotten into running. I’m nowhere near as dedicated or as fast as my wife, but for a doughy middle-aged dude, I can hold my own. When I was younger and life was easy, running seemed hard and altogether unappealing. Now that I have kids and a mortgage and a myriad of other things to worry about, running seems easy, and it’s nice to shut off my brain for 30-45 minutes and just concentrate on the music coming through the earbuds.

Thanks to Pat for answering and Zach for hosting. You can find Zach on Twitter @zach_law and make sure you visit his website — Zachlawonline.com. You can catch him on Going for Two every week, talking football, beer, and just about anything else with co-host Sharona Stormborn.

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