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.

Author Archive

In-Season Articles

In-Season Articles

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 Staked: Looking Behind to See Ahead, or Hindsight and 2020

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s entering Week 11, so in four days, two-thirds of the 2,400 FFPC Main Event teams will do what eliminated teams do: look to next year. This year’s ADP was dominated by running backs in the first half of Round 1, with wide receivers, a few more RBs and tight end Travis Kelce selected with picks six through 12. The second round had a more even mix of WRs and RBs, with TEs Zach Ertz and George Kittle thrown in. As I touched on in Monday’s post, starting RBs…...

High Staked: What Went Wrong

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I can officially say things didn’t work out this season like we’d hoped. For the first time since 2014, none of the FFPC high-stakes teams I run with three friends are likely to advance to the league playoffs or compete for the big money. The breaks we’ve benefitted from the past few seasons didn’t materialize this year, and it’s easy to see where we went wrong: Running backs. The strategy on which we’ve based our success – take a stud running back early, grab a top tight end and…...

Bracket Busting: Making Our Points

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. When our family goes around the table to say what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, I have my answer: the FFPC playoff seeding system that rewards high-scoring teams instead of only those with the best record. That’s right. While everyone else says stock answers like “I’m thankful for my health” or “I’m so happy we have a nice house to live in,” I’m going to speak from the heart about my appreciation that the inability of the vaunted Patriots defense to shut down Lamar…...

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 Staked: Looking Behind to See Ahead, or Hindsight and 2020

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s entering Week 11, so in four days, two-thirds of the 2,400 FFPC Main Event teams will do what eliminated teams do: look to next year. This year’s ADP was dominated by running backs in the first half of Round 1, with wide receivers, a few more RBs and tight end Travis Kelce selected with picks six through 12. The second round had a more even mix of WRs and RBs, with TEs Zach Ertz and George Kittle thrown in. As I touched on in Monday’s post, starting RBs…...

High Staked: What Went Wrong

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I can officially say things didn’t work out this season like we’d hoped. For the first time since 2014, none of the FFPC high-stakes teams I run with three friends are likely to advance to the league playoffs or compete for the big money. The breaks we’ve benefitted from the past few seasons didn’t materialize this year, and it’s easy to see where we went wrong: Running backs. The strategy on which we’ve based our success – take a stud running back early, grab a top tight end and…...

Bracket Busting: Making Our Points

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. When our family goes around the table to say what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, I have my answer: the FFPC playoff seeding system that rewards high-scoring teams instead of only those with the best record. That’s right. While everyone else says stock answers like “I’m thankful for my health” or “I’m so happy we have a nice house to live in,” I’m going to speak from the heart about my appreciation that the inability of the vaunted Patriots defense to shut down Lamar…...

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…...

High Staked: Looking Behind to See Ahead, or Hindsight and 2020

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s entering Week 11, so in four days, two-thirds of the 2,400 FFPC Main Event teams will do what eliminated teams do: look to next year. This year’s ADP was dominated by running backs in the first half of…...

High Staked: What Went Wrong

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I can officially say things didn’t work out this season like we’d hoped. For the first time since 2014, none of the FFPC high-stakes teams I run with three friends are likely to advance to the league playoffs or…...

Bracket Busting: Making Our Points

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. When our family goes around the table to say what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, I have my answer: the FFPC playoff seeding system that rewards high-scoring teams instead of only those with the…...

What we do
Connect
Support

rotovizmain@gmail.com

Sign-up today for our free Premium Email subscription!

© 2019 RotoViz. All rights Reserved.