The Scott Fish Bowl commences on July 11th. We asked Zach Law to interview some of the participants about the experience. Today’s subject: Greg Smith – TwoQBs.com co-founder.
1. Can you give me a two-sentence introduction to your fantasy football “persona”? Include your Twitter handle.
I’m @gregsauce on Twitter and my outlook on fantasy football stems from general enjoyment of the NFL plus an equal share of fascination with the design of fantasy games themselves. That love of complex-but-digestible formats has made me a zealot for 2QB/Superflex leagues, and to that end I recently co-founded TwoQBs.com with Salvatore Stefanile (@2QBFFB) & Joshua Lake (@LakeTwoQBs).
2. Who in your division do you want to take down the most?
Any man who calls himself “The Oracle” on Twitter is asking to have his crystal ball shattered, so I’m gunning for Matt Freedman.
3. Do you have a strategy already set up for the draft or do you let the board fall to you?
I never lock into strategies before a draft, but the 480-team format certainly rewards team ceiling a bit more than traditional standalone leagues. Aiming for balance and volume of predictable touches is my default setting in fantasy drafts, but winning in such a large field of strong competitors will require a selective handful of higher-variance gambles. Identifying those moonshots pre-draft, without the context of other picks is a fool’s errand, but I know I’ll be taking those calculated risks as they fall to me in the draft.
4. If you got to pick your draft slot, what would you take and why?
In the mock drafts we’ve run to gather ADP data for TwoQBs, I’ve liked my early-pick teams a bit more than my late-pick teams (full disclosure: those are shallower, 10-team leagues). Running backs are largely being shunned this offseason, so it’s easy to find value at that position throughout the draft. This phenomenon results in tooth-and-claw fighting over receivers, so a top-3 pick offers the most relative value at fantasy’s most demanded position with Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., and Julio Jones as 2016’s clear top-tier wideouts. By that logic, third pick would offer the most first-round value, but I’d take the first pick if given the option. I prefer having back-to-back picks and I like having my choice of the top three receivers to start the draft.
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 first is Jeff Brubach. He and Chet Gresham gave me my start at TheFakeFootball.com back in the day, and I still need to thank them in person for that opportunity. Next is Sigmund Bloom, in hopes that our group’s banter would be half as interesting as his “On the Couch” podcast conversations. Third is Denny Carter, who would surely pass on any delicious food or drinks brought to the table in favor of soda crackers and sparkling water, leaving more of the good stuff for me and the others. Last but not least is Sky Sperling, to ensure I’d have someone around willing to branch out and talk fantasy baseball.
6. What’s one non-fantasy football related interest you have that would surprise the rest of the SFB?
Nerd alert! I’m an avid Magic: The Gathering fan. Judge me if you will, but despite the culture stereotypes and the game’s heavy dose of fantasy-genre tropes, Magic is the most engaging-yet-complex gaming experience I’ve come to love outside of fantasy sports. I’ve been slangin’ spells since I was a kid (with the occasional hiatus) and had some success in my adult life as a competitive player, traveling for large tournaments and playing on the Pro Tour in 2013. I even hosted a Magic podcast for a few years. All the while, Magic has taught me to be a better fantasy player. The MTG formats I play involve research-driven, strategy-heavy drafts resulting in head-to-head match-ups using the drafted commodities. Sound familiar? My involvement in Magic has waned in recent years to focus more on family and work, but my friends and I maintain a small local community of drafters, just like a fantasy football home league.
Thanks to Greg 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.