Who We Are
Hansen has published FantasyGuru.com, one of the oldest fantasy information sites on the Internet, since 1995. A former rock disc jockey, Hansen began appearing on a sports cable TV show in New Jersey under the name “The Fantasy Guru” in 1994 and quickly gained a reputation for his predictions and evaluations. Hansen’s first prediction in the fantasy business was that second-year Ram WR Isaac Bruce (who posted 21/273/3 as a rookie) was the next Jerry Rice and was the sleeper of the year - and Bruce posted 119/1781/13, making him one of the best sleepers in the history of fantasy football. Hansen's foray in the fantasy sports media business was a position at ESPN.com, where he was the first fantasy football columnist for the popular Web site, starting in 1996. He was a columnist for ESPN.com for seven years, ending in 2003, but not before being the first individual to contribute to ESPN's fantasy football coverage online, on ESPN Radio, and on TV. Starting in 2003, Hansen began working with Yahoo! Sports, where his work was found until 2014.
From 2002/2003, Hansen appeared weekly on “NFL Fantasy Live” alongside former NFL Player Ron Jaworski and on the NFL Network's “Playbook” show alongside former NFL Players Sterling Sharpe and Solomon Wilcots. Hansen was also asked to be featured on a strategy-based preseason DVD the NFL produced in 2003. Hansen appeared weekly (from 2003-2009) as the chief fantasy analyst on the “Fantasy Fix” show on Comcast Sportsnet’s local stations in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Baltimore/Washington, Sacramento, and others. The show also aired nationally on DirecTV.
In 2003, Hansen launched FantasyGuru.com Magazine, an annual fantasy football magazine that featured the first NFL player interview in a fantasy magazine (then reigning ROY Clinton Portis). After the 2009 season, the company decided to go back to producing content 100% online, as the magazine was no longer a viable option. Hansen around this time also had a nationally-syndicated newspaper column that appeared weekly in papers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
In 2004, Sirius NFL Radio was born, and Hansen was contracted to host the network’s weekly show “Sirius Fantasy Football.” In 2010, due to this show's great success on Sirius, SiriusXM decided to launch an entire channel devoted to fantasy sports and Hansen now hosts "SiriusXM Fantasy Football" M-F from 2-4 p.m. ET on Sirius channel 211 and XM channel 87. With at least one show per week in the off-season, the show airs year-round. In 2010, Hansen's content on Sirius NFL Radio was so well-received by NFL legend John Madden that Madden voluntarily voiced over a promo for Hansen's show. Also in 2010, the creators of the hit comedy series "The League" on FX wrote Hansen and former contributor (and now ESPN NFL Insider) Adam Caplan into one of their episodes. Hansen and Caplan were in four scenes and played themselves hosting the SiriusXM Radio show. Check out the show online here. Over the years on SiriusXM, Hansen has hosted weekly specialty shows for the football season with former NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson, current WR Roddy White, and actor/director Michael Rapaport. He's also hosted several shows with former RB Maurice Jones-Drew. .
In 2013, he was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association's Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the F.S.T.A Winter conference in Las Vegas in January of 2014. Hansen's award can be seen in this tweet. Also in 2013, Hansen deemed in the preseason the FantasyGuru.com Staff League as his #1 league for the year, and he proceeded to post a 14-0 record in the regular season only to come win win short of a perfect 16-0 season. In 2013, Managing Editor Joe Dolan used Hansen's 2013 preseason projections finished 3rd out of 130+ experts on Fantasy Pros' 2013 Preseason Draft Accuracy rankings. In 2015, Dolan used Hansen's 2015 projections to finish 1st out of 140+ experts on Fantasy Pros' 2015 Preseason Draft Accuracy rankings.
In 2014, Hansen was contracted to be the chief fantasy analyst for a ground-breaking new "Fantasy Zone" channel on DirecTV. Fantasy Zone airs for 7 hours and was the first national television show that offers immediate fantasy analysis of the games while they're happening, and much more. In 2016, Hansen is entering his third season as the leading analyst for the channel.
Focusing only on football, Hansen is one of the most connected fantasy writers in the country and attends events such as the Super Bowl, NFL Draft, and the annual Scouting Combine, interacting with NFL players, coaches, analysts, agents, and insiders alike.
A 1993 graduate of Rowan University, Hansen is married with four children and resides in Southern New Jersey, where has spent much of his spare time coaching little league baseball/softball.
Joe Dolan joined FantasyGuru.com as a Senior Writer in March of 2009, and ascended to managing editor in 2014.
Joe is a son of the video-game age - his extensive knowledge of NFL rosters dates back to the early 1990s, when he could tell you that Bo Jackson was the greatest athlete of all time, Christian Okoye could launch a linebacker 35 yards through the air, and Jim McMahon was the backup to the legendary "QB Eagles" in Tecmo Super Bowl. As soon as he could use a computer, he transferred this knowledge to fantasy football before he entered high school.
As with most sports writers, Dolan opted for the pen over the pads when he realized he had zero outstanding athletic ability. He attended Penn State University, where he ascended to sports editor of The Daily Collegian, PSU's student-run independent publication. After graduating from Penn State in May 2008, Dolan took a job producing content for PhiladelphiaEagles.com, where he covered the team extensively and served as an on-camera personality on The Writers' Roundtable.
Starting in 2010, Dolan has been the co-host of the weekend edition of "SiriusXM Fantasy Football" and "SiriusXM Fantasy Football Game Day" on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. In 2011, he rejoined the Philadelphia Eagles as a weekly on-camera contributor and analyst on “Eagles Nightly.” He’s also been heard/seen on radio stations and television stations from Nashville to Sacramento, contributing weekly spots on fantasy football.
In 2011, Dolan won the 14-team SiriusXM Hosts’ League, comprised solely of hosts on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, pulling out a championship after finishing as a runner up the year prior. He was also the champion of the 12-team SOFA IDP Experts’ League in 2010. In 2013, using our projections with some minor personal tweaks, Dolan finished 3rd out of 130+ experts on the Fantasy Pros' 2013 Preseason Draft Accuracy rankings. He bested that in 2015, when FantasyGuru.com’s projections finished 1st overall in the Preseason Draft Accuracy rankings.
Dolan is a deranged Philadelphia Phillies fan, and witnessed the uprooting of several trees in Center City Philadelphia after the Phils captured their second world championship in October 2008. He subscribes to the theories of Bill James and other sabermetricians, and his dream job (except this one, of course) is to run an MLB franchise as general manager. In the meantime, the PA native is quite content following football for a living.
Dolan is constantly providing his thoughts and answering questions on his personal Twitter feed, @FG_Dolan.
Brolley was blessed with the mobility of Peyton Manning, but he lacked Manning’s encyclopedic football knowledge and his laser-rocket arm. Not surprisingly, colleges didn’t come calling for Brolley after four years as a high school quarterback in Western Pennsylvania. He decided to stay as close to the game as possible, so he studied journalism and took up sports writing at Penn State University. Brolley covered a variety of varsity sports while writing for The Daily Collegian, a student-run paper, including the football team.
Brolley joined Fantasy Guru as a senior writer in the summer of 2012, and he’s been one of the main contributors to the site’s content since then. He works closely with John Hansen and Joe Dolan to produce many of the site’s top articles. Brolley handles any fantasy questions that come into the Fantasy Guru Twitter account during the season. He can also be heard on The Fantasy Guru Podcast throughout the year, including during the season on the Down to the Wire podcast with Paul Kelly.
Brolley graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism in 2008 and that summer he interned with the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa. Before joining Fantasy Guru in 2012, he spent four years at The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where he covered a lot of high school and Division III football in the fall. Brolley, from Ebensburg, Pa., has been a Pittsburgh sports fan since birth. He's still in shock that the Pirates' broke their 20-year streak of losing seasons in 2013.
Brolley has been on an impressive run in his own fantasy leagues, winning multiple titles each of the last few years. Feel free to tap into Brolley’s vast fantasy knowledge by following him on his Twitter handle @FG_Brolley.
Graham Barfield is a statistical junkie who loves all sports, especially football. At a young age, Barfield tracked box scores in USA Today and vehemently watched Randy Moss’ every move on the field. He played baseball on all-state teams and was a pitcher throughout highschool, always relishing in the stats. From day one, Barfield has always loved numbers.
Graham has a degree in Finance from the University of North Florida and when he is not crunching fantasy football data, he is enjoying the outdoors, working out, reading or eating all types of food. His favorite authors include Nicholas Taleb and Nate Silver and he has a special penchant for Thai food.
With FantasyGuru, Graham will orchestrate all types of different statistical endeavors, chat on podcasts and will occasionally rib John Hansen over his disdain for Arian Foster. Even though his background in fantasy sports has always been qualitative, Barfield enjoys all types of football analysis and is a news-junkie. You can follow him on Twitter @GrahamBarfield.
Copy Editor & Webmaster
The behind-the-scenes man for the company, Ben is a 4/4 fan for Philadelphia sports, plus an avid Cleveland sports supporter as well, thanks to his dad and grandparents, whose roots are in Northeast Ohio. He grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and became a professional at writing about and watching football after realizing his immense 4’11 stature entering high-school wasn’t too conducive for playing football. A horror film nut and part-time college educator, Kukainis is proud to continue working alongside the Guru & Company for yet another year.
Kukainis graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a BA in English and a minor in Cinema Studies, and then from Rutgers-Camden in 2014 with an MA in English. At Rutgers, he was a writer and editor for one of the university’s Arts & Entertainment newspapers, as well as a member of Casual Harmony, the school’s premiere all-male a cappella group. After college, he spent four years teaching English and Language Arts at the middle-school and high-school level from 2009-2013 before landing at Fantasy Guru in July 2013. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Composition and Literature at surrounding community colleges in South Jersey and at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ…and it’s inevitable that a handful of his students become Guru subscribers each semester!
Dolan and Hansen have referred to Ben as the “Utility Infielder” and “Swiss Army Knife” of the company, doing everything from proofreading articles, to editing audio in podcasts, to customer service, website maintenance, supplemental writing, gameday updates and more. He’s here to answer questions about the site, subscriptions, articles and everything else under the Fantasy Guru sun with the Twitter handle @FG_Operations.
In 1984, Greg, along with NFL Films President Steve Sabol, created the “Matchup” concept. The resulting show was called “Monday Night Matchup,” and it began as a breakdown of each week’s Monday night game. For the first three years of its existence, ESPN’s Chris Berman hosted the show. Over the years, the show transitioned from a singular breakdown of the Monday night game to a detailed analysis of the 6-7 top games played each Sunday. It is the most respected football show in the industry, a direct consequence of the process by which the show is produced. Greg and the show’s talent, Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge, study and evaluate what is called “coaching tape.” It shows all 22 players on the field on every play; it is the same tape used by coaches and players in the NFL to game plan each and every week. It’s the only football show on television that goes through this process. Therefore, Greg is uniquely equipped to analyze, examine, and explore the NFL game. Greg’s knowledge of the entire league is as comprehensive and complete as that of any pro football analyst in the business.
In addition to consulting on player personnel for the site and breaking down the matchups, Greg appears weekly in a 60-minute Podcast, which runs exclusively on FantasyGuru.com. John Hansen hosts the Podcast, and uses his 20 years of experience covering fantasy football to get the most out of Cosell’s vast knowledge of the NFL and football, in general.
When he isn't glued to the TV every Sunday in the fall, Justin plays drums professionally and drives his daughter to basketball practices. A Jacksonville, FL native, Justin currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Justin grew up idolizing Dan Marino (the Jags hadn't made it to Jax yet) and his appreciation of defensive players started with Zach Thomas, then the '85 Bears. Justin played football (defensive and offensive line) in junior high school before being seduced by the drums (also, after watching some high school kid named Emmitt Smith tear through the high school defenses in his town, he decided maybe he wasn't good enough to make it to the NFL).
As a drummer, Justin tours regularly and has performed with Phoebe Snow, Michael McDonald, Five for Fighting, Earl Klugh, and Mose Allison. He also plays in a few musicians-only fantasy football leagues (with really bad team names like Mick Jaggernaut). In between gigs, you can find him watching tape of defensive players, and generally obsessing about fantasy football, especially IDP.
His strong belief in applying "real football" knowledge to fantasy is what drew him to being a subscriber of FantasyGuru.com in 2011 and a devoted listener to the SiriusXM fantasy football show hosted by John Hansen. Having only missed the fantasy playoffs twice in IDP leagues (and several IDP championships under his belt), Justin discovered a particular knack for winning at IDP fantasy football, which led him to apply for the IDP analyst position at Fantasy Guru in 2015. He’s even been called by Copy Editor Ben Kukainis as the “under-the-radar” MVP of the company! Be sure to follow Varnes on Twitter at @downwithIDP.
Horn retired from the US Army in 2000 after a 21-year career as an infantryman and foreign area officer. He served in Italy, Portugal, and Germany as well as at Fort Benning, Fort Irwin, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Bragg, and the Pentagon in the United States. While on active duty, he earned his Ranger tab, Air Assault Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge.
From the military, Horn went to work as a defense (military, not football) analyst for a major defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. After 15 years working on future warfare studies, he took a second retirement in 2015.
Horn is a graduate of a small engineering college on the Hudson that once ranked 299th out of 300 on a list of party schools. Not content with the rigor of that education, he later attended #300, the University of Chicago, for a Masters in European History. He also graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Portuguese Staff College.
Horn is the author of the fan-favorite and indispensable Offensive ID Series, released in the offseason every year and detailing every head coach or offensive coordinator's offensive trends and philosophy. It's a must-read for every subscriber prior to draft time.
He lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, Gayla, and dog, Lucy. Besides football, his interests include travel, history, cooking, eating well, and volunteer work at a local animal shelter.
Paul started his first fantasy football league in 1987 - back when scores had to be calculated by hand using stats from the local newspaper. He has fond memories of writing out the league standings, scores and transactions by hand and using the copy machine in the high school library to make copies for the owners in the league. He’s been competing in multiple leagues and acting as league commissioner every season since.
Paul was an active participant in the high stakes World Championship of Fantasy Football racking up more than 50 main event wins and a .727 winning percentage from 2005-2009. He also boasts a 2014 SiriusXM Experts League championship.
An early subscriber to Adam Caplan's old FootballInjuries.com website, Paul first met Adam at the WCOFF in Vegas. A shared five hour plane ride back to the East Coast filled with fantasy football conversation ultimately led to Adam introducing Paul to John Hansen and it wasn't long before Paul was working as a contributor to FantasyGuru.com.
Paul is also an award winning radio programmer and air talent whose broadcasting career started in 1994 while he was still a full-time college student. He's been a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and a contributor/staff writer for FantasyGuru.com since 2010.
In 2015 Paul was hired to be the Lead Research Producer on DirecTV's Fantasy Zone channel. Every football Sunday you'll find him surrounded by TVs crunching numbers, digging for statistical nuggets and spotting fantasy trends during seven hours of live DirecTV fantasy football programming.
Simons, a 20-year fantasy veteran, has been a staff writer for FantasyGuru.com since 1995. In addition to his contributions to FantasyGuru.com, Simons has been commissioner of such esteemed and groundbreaking leagues as ffWebMASTERS expert league since 2001, the innovative HAFA-X in its’ inaugural season of 2003, and Hardcore Fantasy Invitational since 2004.
Simons continues to have success in numerous high-profile “Expert Leagues” such as Fan-Ex Online, ffWebMASTERS, and INSANEX as well as innovative detailed leagues such as Hardcore Fantasy Invitational (HFI) and Hire And Fire Association (HAFA). As partner with John Hansen, Simons won the Fan-Ex Online Championship in 2005. He also won the ffWebMASTERS championship in 2005. In 2003, Simons was part of a team that captured the championship in the inaugural season of Hire And Fire Association (HAFA).
During the past 15 years, Simons has cultivated his craft as an Instant Replay engineer/technician in the Northwest and nationwide. He works for the cutting-edge in-house scoreboard show of the Seattle Seahawks. He also works all the Seattle Mariners, the now defunct Seattle Supersonics, and Washington Huskies home games. His clientele includes networks like CBS, ABC, ESPN, NBC, FOX, OLN, and other broadcasting entities. Some of his accomplishments include working the 2000 Summer Sydney Olympics, Games 6 and 7 of the 2002 World Series, and a nine-year hitch as Production Coordinator for a million dollar a year distance learning facility at the University of Massachusetts. Simons is a consummate professional, is thorough in his attention to detail, and is a firm believer of objectivity
A 1979 graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and a 1982 graduate of Fitchburg State College, Simons currently resides outside of the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington.
Tom Kessenich has been working in the fantasy sports industry since 1999 as both a magazine editor and more recently helping to organize and run the highly successful National Fantasy Baseball, Football and Basketball events. Prior to entering the fantasy sports industry, he was an award-winning NFL beat writer who covered the Green Bay Packers from 1991-1999. He also has written two books, one about the Packers and the other about the television show, "The X-Files." Tom is a co-host of the STATS Fantasy Advantage every Wednesday night on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio 210/87 and has a weekly fantasy football radio program during the NFL season on Milwaukee’s WSSP 1250 AM. Be sure to follow Tom on Twitter at @TomKessenich.