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 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…...

High Staked: Last Gasp Efforts

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s the last gasps. With two more weeks left in the regular season, this is the time of the FFPC Main Event schedule when my friends and I would be bouncing group text messages off each other on how best to shore up the high-stakes teams we manage together in anticipation of our looming playoff run. However, that’s not the case this year. We’re on the outside looking in. It sucks. Every Wednesday, one of us will go through our teams and make suggestions for which guys to grab…...

High Staked: That Sinking Thielen

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Observations from Week 9 in FFPC high-stakes leagues: Kirk Cousins continues to be one of the hottest quarterbacks since Week 5, having thrown for at least three touchdowns in four of his past five games, including on Sunday. So it’s absolutely maddening to see lines like these from his top wide receivers:   The Adam Thielen line is particularly hurtful, because we started him, only to see the worst possible outcome occur: a reinjury of his hamstring early in the game, before he had recorded any stats. It was reminiscent of the…...

High Staked: Bad Beats

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I haven’t used this space that often this season to give detailed updates on the FFPC high-stakes teams I help run, but I’m doing so this week because I believe there’s a common unifier among those who play fantasy football: the bad beat. As opposed to the dominant teams we’ve had the past few years, our squads this year are struggling to stay afloat. The conclusion of Week 8 would mean that more than two-thirds of the FFPC regular season would be in the books. It was a pivotal…...

High Staked: *Sigh* … Drake

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. When you’re already thin at running back and forced to start Kenyan Drake, this is infuriating to read, especially when it’s 30 minutes after the early Sunday games have already started: I’m told trade talks are progressing involving #Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake, who won’t travel for tomorrow’s game against the #Steelers. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 27, 2019 As someone who drafted Drake quite a bit this year, the only thing that would be more frustrating than the above scenario is if, after all this, he isn’t even traded. But…...

Bracket Busting: Decisions, Decisions

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. The scenario: We had an ailing Amari Cooper we wanted to start against the woeful Eagles secondary, but the Cowboys weren’t playing until Sunday night, and all our other best options were going in the early Sunday games. The decision: We rolled the dice that Cooper would be active and benched Will Fuller against the Colts. The result: It was the right call. Cooper put up a decent effort, while Fuller left in the first quarter with a hamstring pull after recording only one…...

High Staked: Ty Time?

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s pretty clear that a lot of teams are hoping Ty Johnson can save their FFPC Main Event seasons — or at least serve as a valuable player to stash. This is likely especially true of teams that elected not to go RB-heavy in the high-leverage rounds of the draft and are now paying the price for having drafted backups that have yet to ascend to starter status. Yes, that description fits the three FFPC teams — two in the Main Event and one in the Super Bracket — that…...

High Staked: Getting Trolled

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Here’s a perfect summary of Week 7 in the NFL: David Johnson, highly questionable all week, is declared active for the game, to the relief of his owners. He takes a handoff on the game’s second play, gains 2 yards, then sits the rest of the day. Naturally, his backup, Chase Edmonds – likely on benches everywhere – logs 150 total yards and 3 touchdowns. So many fantasy lives, ruined. Oh, but as if it wasn’t enough to lament having had Johnson’s 0.2 points in your lineup or Edmonds’s 35 points on your…...

High Staked: A Wing and a Prater

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Like I’m sure it is with most people who do fantasy football, my Sunday night ritual is to go through all my leagues and see what I need on Monday to win. Like I’m sure it is with most people my age who do fantasy football, I usually then immediately forget whatever it was I just learned. So it was in our FFPC Super Bracket league, in which we were down by 13.4 points going into Monday night. I’m sure I looked at our matchup, saw that we needed Matt Prater…...

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…...

High Staked: Last Gasp Efforts

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s the last gasps. With two more weeks left in the regular season, this is the time of the FFPC Main Event schedule when my friends and I would be bouncing group text messages off each other on how best to shore up the high-stakes teams we manage together in anticipation of our looming playoff run. However, that’s not the case this year. We’re on the outside looking in. It sucks. Every Wednesday, one of us will go through our teams and make suggestions for which guys to grab…...

High Staked: That Sinking Thielen

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Observations from Week 9 in FFPC high-stakes leagues: Kirk Cousins continues to be one of the hottest quarterbacks since Week 5, having thrown for at least three touchdowns in four of his past five games, including on Sunday. So it’s absolutely maddening to see lines like these from his top wide receivers:   The Adam Thielen line is particularly hurtful, because we started him, only to see the worst possible outcome occur: a reinjury of his hamstring early in the game, before he had recorded any stats. It was reminiscent of the…...

High Staked: Bad Beats

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I haven’t used this space that often this season to give detailed updates on the FFPC high-stakes teams I help run, but I’m doing so this week because I believe there’s a common unifier among those who play fantasy football: the bad beat. As opposed to the dominant teams we’ve had the past few years, our squads this year are struggling to stay afloat. The conclusion of Week 8 would mean that more than two-thirds of the FFPC regular season would be in the books. It was a pivotal…...

High Staked: *Sigh* … Drake

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. When you’re already thin at running back and forced to start Kenyan Drake, this is infuriating to read, especially when it’s 30 minutes after the early Sunday games have already started: I’m told trade talks are progressing involving #Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake, who won’t travel for tomorrow’s game against the #Steelers. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 27, 2019 As someone who drafted Drake quite a bit this year, the only thing that would be more frustrating than the above scenario is if, after all this, he isn’t even traded. But…...

Bracket Busting: Decisions, Decisions

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. The scenario: We had an ailing Amari Cooper we wanted to start against the woeful Eagles secondary, but the Cowboys weren’t playing until Sunday night, and all our other best options were going in the early Sunday games. The decision: We rolled the dice that Cooper would be active and benched Will Fuller against the Colts. The result: It was the right call. Cooper put up a decent effort, while Fuller left in the first quarter with a hamstring pull after recording only one…...

High Staked: Ty Time?

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s pretty clear that a lot of teams are hoping Ty Johnson can save their FFPC Main Event seasons — or at least serve as a valuable player to stash. This is likely especially true of teams that elected not to go RB-heavy in the high-leverage rounds of the draft and are now paying the price for having drafted backups that have yet to ascend to starter status. Yes, that description fits the three FFPC teams — two in the Main Event and one in the Super Bracket — that…...

High Staked: Getting Trolled

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Here’s a perfect summary of Week 7 in the NFL: David Johnson, highly questionable all week, is declared active for the game, to the relief of his owners. He takes a handoff on the game’s second play, gains 2 yards, then sits the rest of the day. Naturally, his backup, Chase Edmonds – likely on benches everywhere – logs 150 total yards and 3 touchdowns. So many fantasy lives, ruined. Oh, but as if it wasn’t enough to lament having had Johnson’s 0.2 points in your lineup or Edmonds’s 35 points on your…...

High Staked: A Wing and a Prater

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Like I’m sure it is with most people who do fantasy football, my Sunday night ritual is to go through all my leagues and see what I need on Monday to win. Like I’m sure it is with most people my age who do fantasy football, I usually then immediately forget whatever it was I just learned. So it was in our FFPC Super Bracket league, in which we were down by 13.4 points going into Monday night. I’m sure I looked at our matchup, saw that we needed Matt Prater…...

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…...

High Staked: Last Gasp Efforts

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s the last gasps. With two more weeks left in the regular season, this is the time of the FFPC Main Event schedule when my friends and I would be bouncing group text messages off each other on how…...

High Staked: That Sinking Thielen

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Observations from Week 9 in FFPC high-stakes leagues: Kirk Cousins continues to be one of the hottest quarterbacks since Week 5, having thrown for at least three touchdowns in four of his past five games, including on Sunday. So…...

High Staked: Bad Beats

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I haven’t used this space that often this season to give detailed updates on the FFPC high-stakes teams I help run, but I’m doing so this week because I believe there’s a common unifier among those who play fantasy…...

High Staked: *Sigh* … Drake

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. When you’re already thin at running back and forced to start Kenyan Drake, this is infuriating to read, especially when it’s 30 minutes after the early Sunday games have already started: I’m told trade talks are progressing involving #Dolphins…...

Bracket Busting: Decisions, Decisions

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. The scenario: We had an ailing Amari Cooper we wanted to start against the woeful Eagles secondary, but the Cowboys weren’t playing until Sunday night, and all our other best options were going in…...

High Staked: Ty Time?

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. It’s pretty clear that a lot of teams are hoping Ty Johnson can save their FFPC Main Event seasons — or at least serve as a valuable player to stash. This is likely especially true of teams that elected not…...

High Staked: Getting Trolled

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Here’s a perfect summary of Week 7 in the NFL: David Johnson, highly questionable all week, is declared active for the game, to the relief of his owners. He takes a handoff on the game’s second play, gains 2…...

High Staked: A Wing and a Prater

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Like I’m sure it is with most people who do fantasy football, my Sunday night ritual is to go through all my leagues and see what I need on Monday to win. Like I’m sure it is with most people…...

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