The Scott Fish Bowl commences on July 11th. We asked Zach Law to interview some of the participants about the experience. Today’s subject: Bill Riccette – c0-host of the Gridiron Graduates podcast.
1. Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “persona”? Include your Twitter handle.
I am representing my podcast, Gridiron Graduates
, which I co-host with my good friend and excellent football mind Ian Wharton
. I’ve played fantasy football for many years, spent some time as a fantasy writer and podcaster, now focusing on the league, as a whole. @Bill_Riccette
2. Who in your division do you want to take down the most?
My division (Anna Kendrick) includes Andy Singleton of Nickel Press TV, Dennis Esser of The Fantasy Coach Podcast, Eric Olinger of Dynasty League Football, Michael Florio of RotoExperts, Mike MacGregor of Draft Buddy, Sean Tenerelli of The Sports Underground, Thor Holmer of FFCouchCoach, Adrian Janson of the Aussie Guys NFL and fans Derek McCreath, Jeff Kozlowski, and a yet-to-be-determined fan.
All these guys are great, but if I had to choose one I’d want to go after the most, I’d say Florio. To beat someone from RotoExperts would be some nice bragging rights. It’d also be fun to joke and say I beat Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk just to get some laughs (insert laugh emoji here). Andy and Dennis are also good guys, so I’m definitely looking forward to taking them on.
3. Do you have a strategy already set up for the draft or do you let the board fall to you?
Before I started doing mock drafts, I thought about taking a QB with my first pick. I hold the 2nd pick in our division, meaning I could take Cam Newton if I want to. The .25 points per carry and the superflex make him very intriguing. So in my first mock, I tested this strategy out. I was so-so with how my team shaped up, taking Doug Martin and Jay Ajayi as my RB1 and RB2 and rolling with Golden Tate as my WR1 (I took Greg Olsen in round 3 for the Cam/Olsen duo).
Honestly, at this point, I may consider going RB with my first pick, as the QB value in rounds two and three look pretty good and I can grab some top RBs and WRs. So it’s a mix of having a bit of a strategy but also letting the board fall to me in each round and seeing which players look good and who I’m willing to take some chances on.
4. If you got to pick your draft slot, what would you take and why?
I would probably pick the middle of the draft, in the 5-7 range. A draft like this can be pretty tough being at the ends of each round, especially with the strong minds throughout the league and the fact that every other round, I’m waiting 20 picks before I select again. That makes things very interesting for me and means I’ll have to be very flexible throughout the draft and may have to reach on some players to ensure I get them.
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?
This is pretty easy. A bunch of people in this draft have been there for me for a long time, providing support and helping me get off the ground as a writer. Jim Day
, Shane Hallam
, Allie Fontana
, and Sigmund Bloom
are four individuals I owe a lot of gratitude to, have been there since Day 1 and have supported me all the way and I would love to buy them dinner or a beer in the future. Especially Shane since we both live in Pennsylvania.
6. What’s one non-fantasy football related interest you have that would surprise the rest of the SFB?
Well, a lot of my followers know that I am also a bracketology enthusiast during the college basketball season, so that wouldn’t be much of a surprise.
I’m also a huge fan of game shows. I watch them all the time on TV and on Youtube and have often dreamed about becoming a contestant on a show. I’ve even taken the Jeopardy online test a number of times and yes, it is very difficult. You really have to know your stuff or really cram a lot of information to do well and get on the show. I’d also love to be on The Price is Right and/or Wheel of Fortune. But my all-time favorite show has to be Press Your Luck. It was one of the first shows I came across as a child when re-runs aired on the USA Network and I was instantly hooked and still watch it on GSN and Youtube.
Thanks to Bill 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.