Monty Phan

Lead writer focusing on high-stakes fantasy football. 2017 FFPC Main Event regular season points champion. 4-time FFPC Main Event league winner. 2018 FFPC Bare Knuckle league champ.

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High-Stakes Drafters are Bullish on Top Rookie RBs — Should You Be?

Under normal circumstances, drafting rookie running backs in the FFPC Main Event is a complete minefield. The 2017 class likely ruined expectations for years after, as the likes of Kareem Hunt, Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette finished in the top nine, a tidy profit on their third-round ADPs – and that’s not counting Alvin Kamara, who was drafted much later and finished as the overall RB3. The appeal is obvious: A rookie starter (or possible co-starter) typically comes much more cheaply than an entrenched veteran, so the payoff is larger if he hits. But the downside is huge, too: There’s…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Attacking High-Stakes Dynasty Startups With One of the World’s Top Players, Part 2

While trying to find ways to fight shelter-in-place boredom in this sports-deprived environment, I’ve taken on (probably too many) new FFPC dynasty teams, which inspired this guide to how I’ve built teams in four different formats: standard (one quarterback) and superflex head-to-head leagues, and standard and superflex best-ball squads. The first part focused on my general philosophy as well as the quarterback and running back positions. This section rounds out the rest. Wide receiver The reasoning behind building a team around strong RBs is rooted in the belief that WRs are much easier to acquire in FFPC leagues, either through…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Attacking High-Stakes Dynasty Startups With One of the World’s Top Players, Part 1

Monty won’t come out and say this, of course, but he’s one of the top high-stakes players in the world. He’s also an FFPC veteran with a wealth of experience in their various formats. I asked him to discuss his approach to FFPC dynasty leagues, including startups, orphans, and rookie drafts, and I’m excited to get his thoughts on both classic and superflex leagues. In Part 1, he discusses his overall philosophy and breaks down the QB and RB positions. In Part 2, he takes us inside his WR and TE moves and explains how to approach rookie drafts. I’ll…...

NFL Week 16: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. For nearly four months every year, my wife puts up with a husband who is totally useless on Sundays, a slave to the Red Zone Channel and NBC Sunday Night Football. Just when the season crescendos to a climax – the fantasy playoffs – is when her patience nearly runs out. What’s she rewarded with? A husband who’s then absorbed by a full slate of Saturday games the weekend before Christmas! Happy holidays, honey! Regardless of where you finished this season, Week 16 was filled with a lot of “I really…...

NFL Week 15: Coin Flips

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. If you’re wondering what caused the greatest uproar in the NFL Twitterverse yesterday, it should come as no surprise that it was what everyone believed to be a miscommunicated call between Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott that could have had a huge effect on the rest of the game. It was the pregame coin toss. As even casual fans are aware, the team that wins the toss can elect to kick or receive the ball to start the game, or it can defer that choice to the second half…....

NFL Week 14: You Winston, You Lose Some

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. It’s Week 14, so I’m sure a bunch of you barely lost last week in a win-and-you’re-in game to make the playoffs, or you’re now staring down elimination after Sunday’s games. Here’s a fun masochistic fantasy football activity I like to do: Continue to set your lineup even after your team is no longer in contention, so that if it smashes right after you’ve been eliminated, you can feel even worse! Perhaps one reason you lost last week was because even though the Bucs scored 28 points, your quarterback, Jameis Winston,…...

NFL Week 13: A Relevant DeVante Parker is Truly Fitzmagical

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. Let’s get something straight: Detroit rookie David Blough’s last name rhymes with “cow,” not “dough.” I get it, a lot of folks think it’d be funnier if it was pronounced “blow,” because, frankly, that’s what everyone expected an undrafted, third-string quarterback starting his first career game against the Bears defense would do. Except that nothing was funny about confidently benching Kenny Golladay, only to see Blough connect with him on a 75-yard TD pass, the first completion of the rookie QB’s career. How now, touchdown Blough? David Blough's first career NFL…...

NFL Week 12: Penny Saved, or Penny Burned?

Normally, this space would be focused on FFPC high stakes, but I was asked to take a more general look at the weekend’s NFL slate, because my own FFPC season is pretty much over and I’m trying to branch out beyond writing about bitterness and regret. However, we can’t really have a full fantasy football experience without at least a dollop of bitterness and regret, can we? So let’s start at the top: Thursday’s Texans-Colts game, a perfect example of the fantasy football version of Adam Sandler’s line, “Things that could’ve been brought to my attention yesterday!” The assumption: T.Y…....

Bracket Busting: Survive and Advance

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. There are few activities more exhilarating yet ultimately meaningless than the rollercoaster of rooting for specific scenarios during the final game of the final week of playoff qualification in high-stakes leagues. Nothing made this clearer to me than when Chargers kicker Mike Badgley lined up for a field goal attempt in Monday’s game against the Chiefs as my dad and I watched. Me: “I need him to make this.” My dad: “Why? Is he on your team?” Me: “No. We need a team to…...

High Staked: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Welcome to Week 11 in FFPC high stakes, where, once again, we’re reminded that there’s a big difference between what we think should happen and what actually occurs. For a lot of teams, it’s – mercifully – the final reminder, because it also happens to be the last week of the regular season. Unfortunately, it’s also the end of the line for the two Main Event teams I help run with three friends, ending the streak of five straight times we’ve advanced out of our league, including four consecutive…...

High-Stakes Drafters are Bullish on Top Rookie RBs — Should You Be?

Under normal circumstances, drafting rookie running backs in the FFPC Main Event is a complete minefield. The 2017 class likely ruined expectations for years after, as the likes of Kareem Hunt, Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette finished in the top nine, a tidy profit on their third-round ADPs – and that’s not counting Alvin Kamara, who was drafted much later and finished as the overall RB3. The appeal is obvious: A rookie starter (or possible co-starter) typically comes much more cheaply than an entrenched veteran, so the payoff is larger if he hits. But the downside is huge, too: There’s…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Attacking High-Stakes Dynasty Startups With One of the World’s Top Players, Part 2

While trying to find ways to fight shelter-in-place boredom in this sports-deprived environment, I’ve taken on (probably too many) new FFPC dynasty teams, which inspired this guide to how I’ve built teams in four different formats: standard (one quarterback) and superflex head-to-head leagues, and standard and superflex best-ball squads. The first part focused on my general philosophy as well as the quarterback and running back positions. This section rounds out the rest. Wide receiver The reasoning behind building a team around strong RBs is rooted in the belief that WRs are much easier to acquire in FFPC leagues, either through…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Attacking High-Stakes Dynasty Startups With One of the World’s Top Players, Part 1

Monty won’t come out and say this, of course, but he’s one of the top high-stakes players in the world. He’s also an FFPC veteran with a wealth of experience in their various formats. I asked him to discuss his approach to FFPC dynasty leagues, including startups, orphans, and rookie drafts, and I’m excited to get his thoughts on both classic and superflex leagues. In Part 1, he discusses his overall philosophy and breaks down the QB and RB positions. In Part 2, he takes us inside his WR and TE moves and explains how to approach rookie drafts. I’ll…...

NFL Week 16: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. For nearly four months every year, my wife puts up with a husband who is totally useless on Sundays, a slave to the Red Zone Channel and NBC Sunday Night Football. Just when the season crescendos to a climax – the fantasy playoffs – is when her patience nearly runs out. What’s she rewarded with? A husband who’s then absorbed by a full slate of Saturday games the weekend before Christmas! Happy holidays, honey! Regardless of where you finished this season, Week 16 was filled with a lot of “I really…...

NFL Week 15: Coin Flips

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. If you’re wondering what caused the greatest uproar in the NFL Twitterverse yesterday, it should come as no surprise that it was what everyone believed to be a miscommunicated call between Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott that could have had a huge effect on the rest of the game. It was the pregame coin toss. As even casual fans are aware, the team that wins the toss can elect to kick or receive the ball to start the game, or it can defer that choice to the second half…....

NFL Week 14: You Winston, You Lose Some

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. It’s Week 14, so I’m sure a bunch of you barely lost last week in a win-and-you’re-in game to make the playoffs, or you’re now staring down elimination after Sunday’s games. Here’s a fun masochistic fantasy football activity I like to do: Continue to set your lineup even after your team is no longer in contention, so that if it smashes right after you’ve been eliminated, you can feel even worse! Perhaps one reason you lost last week was because even though the Bucs scored 28 points, your quarterback, Jameis Winston,…...

NFL Week 13: A Relevant DeVante Parker is Truly Fitzmagical

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. Let’s get something straight: Detroit rookie David Blough’s last name rhymes with “cow,” not “dough.” I get it, a lot of folks think it’d be funnier if it was pronounced “blow,” because, frankly, that’s what everyone expected an undrafted, third-string quarterback starting his first career game against the Bears defense would do. Except that nothing was funny about confidently benching Kenny Golladay, only to see Blough connect with him on a 75-yard TD pass, the first completion of the rookie QB’s career. How now, touchdown Blough? David Blough's first career NFL…...

NFL Week 12: Penny Saved, or Penny Burned?

Normally, this space would be focused on FFPC high stakes, but I was asked to take a more general look at the weekend’s NFL slate, because my own FFPC season is pretty much over and I’m trying to branch out beyond writing about bitterness and regret. However, we can’t really have a full fantasy football experience without at least a dollop of bitterness and regret, can we? So let’s start at the top: Thursday’s Texans-Colts game, a perfect example of the fantasy football version of Adam Sandler’s line, “Things that could’ve been brought to my attention yesterday!” The assumption: T.Y…....

Bracket Busting: Survive and Advance

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. There are few activities more exhilarating yet ultimately meaningless than the rollercoaster of rooting for specific scenarios during the final game of the final week of playoff qualification in high-stakes leagues. Nothing made this clearer to me than when Chargers kicker Mike Badgley lined up for a field goal attempt in Monday’s game against the Chiefs as my dad and I watched. Me: “I need him to make this.” My dad: “Why? Is he on your team?” Me: “No. We need a team to…...

High Staked: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Welcome to Week 11 in FFPC high stakes, where, once again, we’re reminded that there’s a big difference between what we think should happen and what actually occurs. For a lot of teams, it’s – mercifully – the final reminder, because it also happens to be the last week of the regular season. Unfortunately, it’s also the end of the line for the two Main Event teams I help run with three friends, ending the streak of five straight times we’ve advanced out of our league, including four consecutive…...

High-Stakes Drafters are Bullish on Top Rookie RBs — Should You Be?

Under normal circumstances, drafting rookie running backs in the FFPC Main Event is a complete minefield. The 2017 class likely ruined expectations for years after, as the likes of Kareem Hunt, Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette finished in the top nine, a tidy profit on their third-round ADPs – and…...

NFL Week 16: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. For nearly four months every year, my wife puts up with a husband who is totally useless on Sundays, a slave to the Red Zone Channel and NBC Sunday Night Football. Just when the season crescendos to a climax – the…...

NFL Week 15: Coin Flips

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. If you’re wondering what caused the greatest uproar in the NFL Twitterverse yesterday, it should come as no surprise that it was what everyone believed to be a miscommunicated call between Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott that could have…...

NFL Week 14: You Winston, You Lose Some

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. It’s Week 14, so I’m sure a bunch of you barely lost last week in a win-and-you’re-in game to make the playoffs, or you’re now staring down elimination after Sunday’s games. Here’s a fun masochistic fantasy football activity I like to…...

NFL Week 13: A Relevant DeVante Parker is Truly Fitzmagical

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action. Let’s get something straight: Detroit rookie David Blough’s last name rhymes with “cow,” not “dough.” I get it, a lot of folks think it’d be funnier if it was pronounced “blow,” because, frankly, that’s what everyone expected an undrafted, third-string quarterback…...

NFL Week 12: Penny Saved, or Penny Burned?

Normally, this space would be focused on FFPC high stakes, but I was asked to take a more general look at the weekend’s NFL slate, because my own FFPC season is pretty much over and I’m trying to branch out beyond writing about bitterness and regret. However, we can’t really…...

Bracket Busting: Survive and Advance

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. There are few activities more exhilarating yet ultimately meaningless than the rollercoaster of rooting for specific scenarios during the final game of the final week of playoff qualification in high-stakes leagues. Nothing made this…...

High Staked: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Welcome to Week 11 in FFPC high stakes, where, once again, we’re reminded that there’s a big difference between what we think should happen and what actually occurs. For a lot of teams, it’s – mercifully – the final…...

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