FantasyGuru.com Staff Bios
John Hansen - @Fantasy_Guru
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 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 can still be found today.
When the NFL Network and NFL Films decided to cover fantasy sports, they called Hansen, who 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 DirectTV.
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 2-5 p.m. ET on Sirius channel 211 and XM channel 87. He also hosts “SiriusXM Fantasy Football Pre-Game” show from 11-1pm ET each Sunday during the NFL season. 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 our Adam Caplan into one of their episodes. Hansen and Caplan were in four scenes and played themselves hosting the Sirius/XM Radio show. Check out the show online here.
Specializing in 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 he spends his spare time coaching little league baseball.
Adam Caplan - @CaplanNFL
With FantasyGuru.com merging with Footballinjuries.com in 2008, NFL Insider Adam Caplan came on board as an information consultant to FantasyGuru.com, providing inside information on player injuries and player personnel. Caplan has been covering the NFL and fantasy for over 15 years, most notably with FOXSports.com and Scout.com (August 2002-July 2011) as a national NFL reporter and as the editor of Footballinjuries.com. In addition, Caplan is a regular contributor to Philadelphiaeagles.com as a personnel analyst and is an insider for Thesidelineview.com. In 2013, Caplan will be appearing on ESPN’s new TV show “NFL Insiders.”
Caplan can be heard all year with FantasyGuru.com publisher John Hansen on Sirius/XM’s Fantasy Football show (XM 87/Sirius 210).
From strictly a fantasy perspective, he also appeared weekly on “NFL Fantasy Live” on NFL.com and DirectTV and on the NFL Network's “Playbook” show. Caplan was also a chief fantasy analyst on the NFL's DVD on fantasy football in 2003, plus he's appeared over the years on the “Fantasy Fix” show on Comcast Sportsnet. Caplan has won well over 10 Expert League titles, and he's been playing fantasy football for nearly 25 years.
Greg Cosell - @gregcosell
One of the preeminent NFL personnel and matchups analysts in the country, Cosell has been contributing to FantasyGuru.com for nearly a decade.
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 and Adam Caplan host the Podcast, and they use their combined 30+ years of experience covering fantasy football to get the most out of Cosell’s vast knowledge of the NFL and football, in general. A transcript of the key points covered in the Podcast also appears on the site for premium subscribers, so those who prefer to receive their information in print will be able to enjoy the many valuable nuggets Cosell will be dishing out in 2013.
Lance Zierlein - @LanceZierlein
Lance Zierlein has been hosting drive-time sports talk radio in Houston since 1997 and over the past 16 years, he has been featured on websites, television and radio shows around the country for his analysis surrounding fantasy football, the NFL and the NFL draft. Zierlein has been a featured fantasy football columnist and NFL blogger for the Houston Chronicle since 2005, and he transitioned his popular weekly newsletter to the Internet back in 2010. You can find his football website at TheSidelineView.com. Lance grew up in a football family and his father, Larry Zierlein, is an offensive line coach, who has coached college and pro football for 33 years. Larry Zierlein has coached the offensive lines for three different NFL teams (including the Super Bowl winning Steelers in 2008-2009) and recently came out of retirement to join the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant offensive line coach.
Lance specializes in offensive line evaluation and has learned offensive line play and evaluation from his father over the years. Lance has a variety of contacts around the league and has supplemented his evaluation by studying under league scouts, front office executives, and former NFL linemen.
Zierlein's commentary on radio, his writing on the Houston Chronicle and on his website, TheSidelineView.com, has been featured on such prominent outlets as Pro Football Talk, TheRedZone.org, The Big Lead, ESPN, The New York Times, CBS Sports and PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
Joseph Dolan – @fg_dolan
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. While at Penn State, Dolan covered basically every varsity sport the university fields in some capacity, and sat in on Joe Paterno press conferences before he could legally order a beer. 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.
Much to the chagrin of co-worker Matt Camp, 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, and he enjoys going back to Penn State to soak up the remaining drops of his college life whenever a convenient weekend presents itself.
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.”
In 2011, Dolan won the 14-team SiriusXM Hosts’ League, comprised solely of hosts on Fantasy Sports Radio, and he was also the champion of the 12-team SOFA IDP Experts’ League in 2010.
Matthew Camp - @TheMattCamp
Camp has been a fantasy football player since 1997, when he remembers tabulating points using the box scores from the New York Daily News. He graduated from Rowan University in 2007 and was the Vice President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 2007, Camp interned at NFL Films, which led to production assistant credits on DVDs such as “Moment of Impact” and “NFL Greatest Games” along with being a Video On-Demand producer for Comcast. He moved on to an assistant producer role with the Phoenix Communications Group, where he helped produce sports highlights for NBC affiliates across the world.
Matt is an avid New York Mets fan living in Phillies’ territory of Southern New Jersey, where he enjoys playing golf, going to concerts, and attending NFL games. Through his travels, he’s been to over 20 stadiums, the International Series in London, multiple playoff games, and four Super Bowls. Those trips, along with his connections throughout the league, have exposed him to more of the NFL experience just this decade than most fans have in a lifetime, and his background has helped him reach expert status when it comes to all things NFL. Still, he’s wondering what is taking the Jaguars so long to retire Keenan McCardell’s #87.
Since the launch of Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio in 2010, Camp has been one of the hosts of Sirius/XM Fantasy Football, specifically the weekend edition, as well as Sirius/XM Fantasy Football Gameday with Joe Dolan. He also hosts the "In the Loop" podcast along with Dolan right here on FantasyGuru.com.
Tom Brolley – @FG_Brolley
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 stories on the football team.
Brolley graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism in 2008 and that summer he interned with the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa. Brolley spent a couple days at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., where he ran into the great Joe Dolan. Brolley then spent four years at The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where he covered a lot of football in the fall. Brolley even saw a couple high school players that could be future NFL players during his time in Northeast Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2012, Brolley covered Penn State’s first game without Joe Paterno as head coach in 46 years. Brolley, from Ebensburg, Pa., has been a Pittsburgh sports fan since birth. He’s eagerly waiting for the Pirates first winning season since he played Tee-ball.
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.
Horn, our resident stat head, has been playing fantasy football for well over a decade. He wrote for the Fantasy Beat website for a year before joining Fantasy Guru in 2005. In his first expert league, he took home a championship (2006) in the Y! Expert Auction League.
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.
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. He now works as a defense (military, not football) analyst for a major defense contractor in the Washington, DC area.
He lives there with his wife, Gayla, and two dogs, Lola and Napoleon. Besides football, his interests include travel, cooking, eating well, and volunteer work at a local animal shelter.
Mike "IDP" Monk - @IDP_Monk
Staff Writer/IDP Expert
Monk's IDP background included a very successful blog called "Monk's IDP Week," where he concentrated on weekly IDP waiver wire pickups and start/sit advice. Over its four-year existence, it grew quickly and had a very loyal fan base. His advice has led many of his readers to championships. A father of three, Monk openly admits that he's a "Washedupton Deadskins" fan. He's been playing "real" football since he was 6 years old and played DII college football and still plays semi-pro football for his local hometown. Monk’s father was a football coach and taught him how to read different defensive schemes both as a quarterback and calling blitzes from the linebacker's point-of-view. His dad played football for Jim Tressel Sr. and their high school football team never lost a game. Monk believes that he’s absorbed the teachings from some solid sources over the years and that it has helped him predict which players will have big games and which players will not.
Paul Kelly @Paulkellytweets
Paul started his first fantasy football league in 1987. He’s been competing in multiple leagues and acting as league commissioner every season since. He was an active participant in the World Championship of Fantasy Football racking up more than 50 main event wins and a .727 winning percentage from 2005-2009. Paul is also an award winning radio programmer and air talent whose broadcasting career started in 1994. He's been a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and a contributor to FantasyGuru.com since 2010.
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- Jeff Blagg – Apple developer
- Dom Korbel – Snap Count author
- Chris Paavola – Special Contributor and Permutation Drafting author
- Greg McDonald – Auction strategy contributor
- Jeff Brazil – Pulitzer Prize winning author and write of draft strategy articles
- Elliot Solop – Researcher, writer
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