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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Drafting in an FFPC TriFlex Dynasty Startup? Here Are 3 Big Trends You Need to Know in 2022

Editor’s Note: Monty Phan is one of the top players in the FFPC with titles in the redraft, dynasty, and best ball. He was the 2017 points champion in the regular season of the Main Event.  While studying the intensity with which her father was monitoring the NFL Draft last week, my teenage daughter asked me, with equal parts fascination and irritation, “Why do you…...

Deep Cuts: Trading in FFPC Dynasties Ramps Up as Rosters are Pared Down Before Deadline

There are three times during the NFL offseason when the trade market in FFPC dynasty leagues really heats up: the March cutdown to 16 roster spots, the May rookie/free agent drafts and the final September cuts before the start of the regular season. The highlight of any dynasty league is trading, so when I inevitably have to answer a family member about why my phone…...

Darrell Henderson’s Value Jumps to a Top-24 RB in the Wake of the Cam Akers Injury

Back in April, before the NFL Draft, Shawn Siegele and I drafted a team together in one of the new RotoViz TriFlex FFPC dynasty leagues that had just launched. After drafting our first running back, Chuba Hubbard, in the 10th round, and our second RB, Tony Pollard, in the 12th, we waited until the 15th round to draft our third RB: Darrell Henderson. You probably…...

20 Rounds From a RotoViz TriFlex Dynasty Startup, Including the Draft’s Impact on Trendy Sleeper Picks

Editor’s note: Monty Phan updated his draft diary throughout the 20 rounds of a recent RotoViz TriFlex Dynasty startup. All 20 rounds are now in the book. Get Monty’s thoughts on all the picks, including reflections on how the late rounds might play out differently post-NFL draft. During quarantine last year, one side effect of my boredom was that I joined a bunch of startup…...

Elijah Moore Wasn’t a Sleeper, But His Dynasty Startup ADP Is Ready for Takeoff With the Jets

Elijah Moore was selected by the Jets with the No. 34 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. With one of the more underwhelming receiving corps in the league last season, New York has addressed that by signing Corey Davis in free agency and now by using a second-round pick on Moore.  Regardless of your past feelings regarding the Jets, the offense is undergoing a revitalization…....

High Staked: We Actually Made It Through 16 Weeks of Fantasy Football

We made it. Well, not literally “we.” The NFL made it through the fantasy football season (relatively) unscathed, which seemed pretty iffy four months ago. But we, as fantasy enthusiasts, made it, too. This time of year is always somewhat bittersweet for me. It’s impossible for me to overstate just how much I love NFL Sundays (as well as Monday nights, Thursday nights and, this…...

High Staked: Week 15, When QBs Made A Run For It

Here we are, at one of the most stressful parts of the NFL season. You’re on edge for every fantasy playoffs do-or-die moment, agonizing over start/bench decisions so intently that when others ask what you’re thinking about, you actually considering answering truthfully before succumbing to embarrassment and instead just muttering, “Stuff.” If you’re a long-time married man like I am (nearly 23 years), this part…...

High Staked: Who Could Be the 2020 Version of 2017 Todd Gurley?

Three years ago, Todd Gurley had one of the most epic fantasy-playoff runs in history, rushing for 366 yards and five touchdowns while catching 16 passes for another 225 yards and three scores during weeks 14 to 16. It’s seared into my memory because an FFPC Main Event team that I help manage nearly took down the grand prize despite lacking Gurley.((We finished ninth overall,…...

High Staked: Is It Time To Go Cuckoo for Keke?

About five days after a special edition of Wednesday Afternoon Football, we get a Week 13 that has a Monday double-header and Tuesday Night Football. As of this writing, amid the final regular-season week of fantasy football in a lot of my leagues, a ton of results remain up in the air because there are still three games left in the week. Of course, it’s…...

High Staked: The Taysom Hill We’re Dying On

Welcome to Week 12, also known as The Week We Tilt Our Faces Off. Both of my FFPC Main Event entries that I help run lost their matchups this week. It would be easy to make this personal and turn this space into a Festivus Airing of Grievances, but my guess is that my gripes are going to be common to a lot of fantasy…...

High Staked: Recapping RotoViz Writers’ Success In The FFPC Main Event

I’ll be honest, back in August and September, I was unsure whether the NFL would even make it to Week 11. In that first month of the season, with games getting postponed and moved around, things seemed dicey. But we’re here now. And in the FFPC Main Event, that means one thing: Time’s up. Monday night’s Rams-Buccaneers game marks the end of the contest’s 11-game…...

High Staked: Hail, Murray!

Something I’ve never been able to figure out is why the NFL loads up on games in Sunday’s early slate and then schedules just two or three for the second half of the day. What would make more sense – at least to a football junkie like me, who hates when the Red Zone Channel has lulls of no live action in the late slate…...

High Staked: McCaffrey Makes a Triumphant Week 9 Return, But Is It Too Late?

So, anything besides football happen last week? I’m not sure about everyone else, but it was a bit difficult for me to focus at all on fantasy football in Week 9, what with the nation waiting and waiting and waiting on edge for the results of a contentious presidential election. I got barely anything done, as I spent most the week refreshing election results. I…...

High Staked: Byes and Injuries Make for a Week 8 Halloween Nightmare

In Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season, with the start of the Sunday late games fast approaching, the key lineup decision that my FFPC Main Event ownership group was debating via text was whether to start rookie fourth-round running back DeeJay Dallas against the 49ers or undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty versus the Seahawks. The winner was Hasty, who would join – heavy sigh –…...

High Staked: Getting Back to Normal

The NFL had only one minor COVID-19-related rescheduled game this week. There’s only one Monday night game. There’s no Tuesday night game. It was an abnormally normal week in the NFL. But back to that rescheduled game: Seattle and Arizona were supposed to play in the Sunday late games, but their match replaced the Sunday night Buccaneers-Raiders game, which was moved earlier in the day…...

High Staked: Bye-Week Blues

For weeks, fellow RotoViz writer John Lapinski and I knew we were facing a particularly difficult Week 6 for the FFPC Main Event team we run together. With our top two picks (Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs) both on bye that week, we needed to work some fantasy voodoo if we were going to keep our undefeated streak rolling past the halfway point of the…...

High Staked: On Dak Dejection and COVID Craziness

Two Adam Schefter tweets summed up the weekend of NFL football. The first: Cowboys announced that QB Dak Prescott suffered a right ankle compound fracture and dislocation. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2020 I happened to see the injury as it happened. It was easily one of the most gruesome sports-related sights I’ve ever seen, and one that changes the landscape of the NFL…...

High Staked: Week 4 – When Fantasy and Reality Collided

Whenever I sit down to write this weekly wrap-up, I typically first consider what was noteworthy about the Thursday night game three days before. This time, when reflecting on that Jets-Broncos game, I thought, That was only three days ago? Feels like three weeks. Hopefully we won’t look back on the past few days as the turning point when the wheels fell off the NFL…...

High Staked: Blindly Bidding, Missing, Hitting

With two waiver runs in the FFPC Main Event – one on Wednesday night, and another 48 hours later – there’s an underused strategy that’s pretty effective if you can take advantage of it: When everyone else has presumably started their weekend, sneak a guy onto your roster with a low bid on Friday night. This is the ploy that John Lapinski and I employed…...

High Staked: The Gritting-Teeth Emoji, It Is Us

Week 2 in the NFL was the embodiment of this emoji: Before Sunday even started, among the high-profile players already declared out were Chris Godwin (concussion), Michael Thomas (ankle), Kenny Golladay (hamstring), A.J. Brown (knee) and George Kittle (knee). That led to various jokes poking fun at Zero RB practitioners – “Imagine starting your draft with Thomas, Godwin, Golladay and Brown! Your season’s basically over!”…...

Drafting in an FFPC TriFlex Dynasty Startup? Here Are 3 Big Trends You Need to Know in 2022

Editor’s Note: Monty Phan is one of the top players in the FFPC with titles in the redraft, dynasty, and best ball. He was the 2017 points champion in the regular season of the Main Event.  While studying the intensity with which her father was monitoring the NFL Draft last week, my teenage daughter asked me, with equal parts fascination and irritation, “Why do you…...

Deep Cuts: Trading in FFPC Dynasties Ramps Up as Rosters are Pared Down Before Deadline

There are three times during the NFL offseason when the trade market in FFPC dynasty leagues really heats up: the March cutdown to 16 roster spots, the May rookie/free agent drafts and the final September cuts before the start of the regular season. The highlight of any dynasty league is trading, so when I inevitably have to answer a family member about why my phone…...

Darrell Henderson’s Value Jumps to a Top-24 RB in the Wake of the Cam Akers Injury

Back in April, before the NFL Draft, Shawn Siegele and I drafted a team together in one of the new RotoViz TriFlex FFPC dynasty leagues that had just launched. After drafting our first running back, Chuba Hubbard, in the 10th round, and our second RB, Tony Pollard, in the 12th, we waited until the 15th round to draft our third RB: Darrell Henderson. You probably…...

20 Rounds From a RotoViz TriFlex Dynasty Startup, Including the Draft’s Impact on Trendy Sleeper Picks

Editor’s note: Monty Phan updated his draft diary throughout the 20 rounds of a recent RotoViz TriFlex Dynasty startup. All 20 rounds are now in the book. Get Monty’s thoughts on all the picks, including reflections on how the late rounds might play out differently post-NFL draft. During quarantine last year, one side effect of my boredom was that I joined a bunch of startup…...

Elijah Moore Wasn’t a Sleeper, But His Dynasty Startup ADP Is Ready for Takeoff With the Jets

Elijah Moore was selected by the Jets with the No. 34 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. With one of the more underwhelming receiving corps in the league last season, New York has addressed that by signing Corey Davis in free agency and now by using a second-round pick on Moore.  Regardless of your past feelings regarding the Jets, the offense is undergoing a revitalization…....

High Staked: We Actually Made It Through 16 Weeks of Fantasy Football

We made it. Well, not literally “we.” The NFL made it through the fantasy football season (relatively) unscathed, which seemed pretty iffy four months ago. But we, as fantasy enthusiasts, made it, too. This time of year is always somewhat bittersweet for me. It’s impossible for me to overstate just how much I love NFL Sundays (as well as Monday nights, Thursday nights and, this…...

High Staked: Week 15, When QBs Made A Run For It

Here we are, at one of the most stressful parts of the NFL season. You’re on edge for every fantasy playoffs do-or-die moment, agonizing over start/bench decisions so intently that when others ask what you’re thinking about, you actually considering answering truthfully before succumbing to embarrassment and instead just muttering, “Stuff.” If you’re a long-time married man like I am (nearly 23 years), this part…...

High Staked: Who Could Be the 2020 Version of 2017 Todd Gurley?

Three years ago, Todd Gurley had one of the most epic fantasy-playoff runs in history, rushing for 366 yards and five touchdowns while catching 16 passes for another 225 yards and three scores during weeks 14 to 16. It’s seared into my memory because an FFPC Main Event team that I help manage nearly took down the grand prize despite lacking Gurley.((We finished ninth overall,…...

High Staked: Is It Time To Go Cuckoo for Keke?

About five days after a special edition of Wednesday Afternoon Football, we get a Week 13 that has a Monday double-header and Tuesday Night Football. As of this writing, amid the final regular-season week of fantasy football in a lot of my leagues, a ton of results remain up in the air because there are still three games left in the week. Of course, it’s…...

High Staked: The Taysom Hill We’re Dying On

Welcome to Week 12, also known as The Week We Tilt Our Faces Off. Both of my FFPC Main Event entries that I help run lost their matchups this week. It would be easy to make this personal and turn this space into a Festivus Airing of Grievances, but my guess is that my gripes are going to be common to a lot of fantasy…...

High Staked: Recapping RotoViz Writers’ Success In The FFPC Main Event

I’ll be honest, back in August and September, I was unsure whether the NFL would even make it to Week 11. In that first month of the season, with games getting postponed and moved around, things seemed dicey. But we’re here now. And in the FFPC Main Event, that means one thing: Time’s up. Monday night’s Rams-Buccaneers game marks the end of the contest’s 11-game…...

High Staked: Hail, Murray!

Something I’ve never been able to figure out is why the NFL loads up on games in Sunday’s early slate and then schedules just two or three for the second half of the day. What would make more sense – at least to a football junkie like me, who hates when the Red Zone Channel has lulls of no live action in the late slate…...

High Staked: McCaffrey Makes a Triumphant Week 9 Return, But Is It Too Late?

So, anything besides football happen last week? I’m not sure about everyone else, but it was a bit difficult for me to focus at all on fantasy football in Week 9, what with the nation waiting and waiting and waiting on edge for the results of a contentious presidential election. I got barely anything done, as I spent most the week refreshing election results. I…...

High Staked: Byes and Injuries Make for a Week 8 Halloween Nightmare

In Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season, with the start of the Sunday late games fast approaching, the key lineup decision that my FFPC Main Event ownership group was debating via text was whether to start rookie fourth-round running back DeeJay Dallas against the 49ers or undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty versus the Seahawks. The winner was Hasty, who would join – heavy sigh –…...

High Staked: Getting Back to Normal

The NFL had only one minor COVID-19-related rescheduled game this week. There’s only one Monday night game. There’s no Tuesday night game. It was an abnormally normal week in the NFL. But back to that rescheduled game: Seattle and Arizona were supposed to play in the Sunday late games, but their match replaced the Sunday night Buccaneers-Raiders game, which was moved earlier in the day…...

High Staked: Bye-Week Blues

For weeks, fellow RotoViz writer John Lapinski and I knew we were facing a particularly difficult Week 6 for the FFPC Main Event team we run together. With our top two picks (Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs) both on bye that week, we needed to work some fantasy voodoo if we were going to keep our undefeated streak rolling past the halfway point of the…...

High Staked: On Dak Dejection and COVID Craziness

Two Adam Schefter tweets summed up the weekend of NFL football. The first: Cowboys announced that QB Dak Prescott suffered a right ankle compound fracture and dislocation. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2020 I happened to see the injury as it happened. It was easily one of the most gruesome sports-related sights I’ve ever seen, and one that changes the landscape of the NFL…...

High Staked: Week 4 – When Fantasy and Reality Collided

Whenever I sit down to write this weekly wrap-up, I typically first consider what was noteworthy about the Thursday night game three days before. This time, when reflecting on that Jets-Broncos game, I thought, That was only three days ago? Feels like three weeks. Hopefully we won’t look back on the past few days as the turning point when the wheels fell off the NFL…...

High Staked: Blindly Bidding, Missing, Hitting

With two waiver runs in the FFPC Main Event – one on Wednesday night, and another 48 hours later – there’s an underused strategy that’s pretty effective if you can take advantage of it: When everyone else has presumably started their weekend, sneak a guy onto your roster with a low bid on Friday night. This is the ploy that John Lapinski and I employed…...

High Staked: The Gritting-Teeth Emoji, It Is Us

Week 2 in the NFL was the embodiment of this emoji: Before Sunday even started, among the high-profile players already declared out were Chris Godwin (concussion), Michael Thomas (ankle), Kenny Golladay (hamstring), A.J. Brown (knee) and George Kittle (knee). That led to various jokes poking fun at Zero RB practitioners – “Imagine starting your draft with Thomas, Godwin, Golladay and Brown! Your season’s basically over!”…...

Drafting in an FFPC TriFlex Dynasty Startup? Here Are 3 Big Trends You Need to Know in 2022

Editor’s Note: Monty Phan is one of the top players in the FFPC with titles in the redraft, dynasty, and best ball. He was the 2017 points champion in the regular season of the Main Event.  While studying the intensity with which her father was monitoring the NFL Draft last week, my teenage daughter asked me, with equal parts fascination and irritation, “Why do you…...

Deep Cuts: Trading in FFPC Dynasties Ramps Up as Rosters are Pared Down Before Deadline

There are three times during the NFL offseason when the trade market in FFPC dynasty leagues really heats up: the March cutdown to 16 roster spots, the May rookie/free agent drafts and the final September cuts before the start of the regular season. The highlight of any dynasty league is trading, so when I inevitably have to answer a family member about why my phone…...

Darrell Henderson’s Value Jumps to a Top-24 RB in the Wake of the Cam Akers Injury

Back in April, before the NFL Draft, Shawn Siegele and I drafted a team together in one of the new RotoViz TriFlex FFPC dynasty leagues that had just launched. After drafting our first running back, Chuba Hubbard, in the 10th round, and our second RB, Tony Pollard, in the 12th, we waited until the 15th round to draft our third RB: Darrell Henderson. You probably…...

20 Rounds From a RotoViz TriFlex Dynasty Startup, Including the Draft’s Impact on Trendy Sleeper Picks

Editor’s note: Monty Phan updated his draft diary throughout the 20 rounds of a recent RotoViz TriFlex Dynasty startup. All 20 rounds are now in the book. Get Monty’s thoughts on all the picks, including reflections on how the late rounds might play out differently post-NFL draft. During quarantine last year, one side effect of my boredom was that I joined a bunch of startup…...

Elijah Moore Wasn’t a Sleeper, But His Dynasty Startup ADP Is Ready for Takeoff With the Jets

Elijah Moore was selected by the Jets with the No. 34 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. With one of the more underwhelming receiving corps in the league last season, New York has addressed that by signing Corey Davis in free agency and now by using a second-round pick on Moore.  Regardless of your past feelings regarding the Jets, the offense is undergoing a revitalization…....

High Staked: We Actually Made It Through 16 Weeks of Fantasy Football

We made it. Well, not literally “we.” The NFL made it through the fantasy football season (relatively) unscathed, which seemed pretty iffy four months ago. But we, as fantasy enthusiasts, made it, too. This time of year is always somewhat bittersweet for me. It’s impossible for me to overstate just how much I love NFL Sundays (as well as Monday nights, Thursday nights and, this…...

High Staked: Week 15, When QBs Made A Run For It

Here we are, at one of the most stressful parts of the NFL season. You’re on edge for every fantasy playoffs do-or-die moment, agonizing over start/bench decisions so intently that when others ask what you’re thinking about, you actually considering answering truthfully before succumbing to embarrassment and instead just muttering, “Stuff.” If you’re a long-time married man like I am (nearly 23 years), this part…...

High Staked: Who Could Be the 2020 Version of 2017 Todd Gurley?

Three years ago, Todd Gurley had one of the most epic fantasy-playoff runs in history, rushing for 366 yards and five touchdowns while catching 16 passes for another 225 yards and three scores during weeks 14 to 16. It’s seared into my memory because an FFPC Main Event team that I help manage nearly took down the grand prize despite lacking Gurley.((We finished ninth overall,…...

High Staked: Is It Time To Go Cuckoo for Keke?

About five days after a special edition of Wednesday Afternoon Football, we get a Week 13 that has a Monday double-header and Tuesday Night Football. As of this writing, amid the final regular-season week of fantasy football in a lot of my leagues, a ton of results remain up in the air because there are still three games left in the week. Of course, it’s…...

High Staked: The Taysom Hill We’re Dying On

Welcome to Week 12, also known as The Week We Tilt Our Faces Off. Both of my FFPC Main Event entries that I help run lost their matchups this week. It would be easy to make this personal and turn this space into a Festivus Airing of Grievances, but my guess is that my gripes are going to be common to a lot of fantasy…...

High Staked: Recapping RotoViz Writers’ Success In The FFPC Main Event

I’ll be honest, back in August and September, I was unsure whether the NFL would even make it to Week 11. In that first month of the season, with games getting postponed and moved around, things seemed dicey. But we’re here now. And in the FFPC Main Event, that means one thing: Time’s up. Monday night’s Rams-Buccaneers game marks the end of the contest’s 11-game…...

High Staked: Hail, Murray!

Something I’ve never been able to figure out is why the NFL loads up on games in Sunday’s early slate and then schedules just two or three for the second half of the day. What would make more sense – at least to a football junkie like me, who hates when the Red Zone Channel has lulls of no live action in the late slate…...

High Staked: McCaffrey Makes a Triumphant Week 9 Return, But Is It Too Late?

So, anything besides football happen last week? I’m not sure about everyone else, but it was a bit difficult for me to focus at all on fantasy football in Week 9, what with the nation waiting and waiting and waiting on edge for the results of a contentious presidential election. I got barely anything done, as I spent most the week refreshing election results. I…...

High Staked: Byes and Injuries Make for a Week 8 Halloween Nightmare

In Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season, with the start of the Sunday late games fast approaching, the key lineup decision that my FFPC Main Event ownership group was debating via text was whether to start rookie fourth-round running back DeeJay Dallas against the 49ers or undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty versus the Seahawks. The winner was Hasty, who would join – heavy sigh –…...

High Staked: Getting Back to Normal

The NFL had only one minor COVID-19-related rescheduled game this week. There’s only one Monday night game. There’s no Tuesday night game. It was an abnormally normal week in the NFL. But back to that rescheduled game: Seattle and Arizona were supposed to play in the Sunday late games, but their match replaced the Sunday night Buccaneers-Raiders game, which was moved earlier in the day…...

High Staked: Bye-Week Blues

For weeks, fellow RotoViz writer John Lapinski and I knew we were facing a particularly difficult Week 6 for the FFPC Main Event team we run together. With our top two picks (Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs) both on bye that week, we needed to work some fantasy voodoo if we were going to keep our undefeated streak rolling past the halfway point of the…...

High Staked: On Dak Dejection and COVID Craziness

Two Adam Schefter tweets summed up the weekend of NFL football. The first: Cowboys announced that QB Dak Prescott suffered a right ankle compound fracture and dislocation. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2020 I happened to see the injury as it happened. It was easily one of the most gruesome sports-related sights I’ve ever seen, and one that changes the landscape of the NFL…...

High Staked: Week 4 – When Fantasy and Reality Collided

Whenever I sit down to write this weekly wrap-up, I typically first consider what was noteworthy about the Thursday night game three days before. This time, when reflecting on that Jets-Broncos game, I thought, That was only three days ago? Feels like three weeks. Hopefully we won’t look back on the past few days as the turning point when the wheels fell off the NFL…...

High Staked: Blindly Bidding, Missing, Hitting

With two waiver runs in the FFPC Main Event – one on Wednesday night, and another 48 hours later – there’s an underused strategy that’s pretty effective if you can take advantage of it: When everyone else has presumably started their weekend, sneak a guy onto your roster with a low bid on Friday night. This is the ploy that John Lapinski and I employed…...

High Staked: The Gritting-Teeth Emoji, It Is Us

Week 2 in the NFL was the embodiment of this emoji: Before Sunday even started, among the high-profile players already declared out were Chris Godwin (concussion), Michael Thomas (ankle), Kenny Golladay (hamstring), A.J. Brown (knee) and George Kittle (knee). That led to various jokes poking fun at Zero RB practitioners – “Imagine starting your draft with Thomas, Godwin, Golladay and Brown! Your season’s basically over!”…...

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