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: Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. There are times when I feel like this column may be more useful if I gave waiver wire advice before bidding ends every Wednesday night instead of writing about the aftermath on Thursday. But do you want to know the truth? When it comes to waiver bids, no one really knows anything. Take this week’s potential waiver savior: Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. I added Robinson everywhere I could during the summer when Tyreek Hill faced a potential suspension. Then I dropped him when Hill was cleared to play…...

High Staked: We Started RoJo – And Survived! (For Now)

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Sometimes, despite all the careful draft preparation, or the meticulously researched lineup decisions, or the precise planning of waiver adds and drops, what your fantasy week comes down to is pure, dumb luck of the schedule. Even with lackluster performances from our three high-stakes teams – two in the FFPC Main Event and one in the Super Bracket contest – we have a shot at winning all three matchups, mainly due to how our opponents’ squads were even more lackluster (lacklusterier?). First, there was this: Rapsheet: Ronald Jones in…...

Bracket Busting: Our Attempt to Bring Home the FFPC Super Bracket Tourney Title

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. Monty: There’s a little-known rule about signing up for live drafts in the week leading up to the start of the NFL season: If you’ve got kids in grade school, always check to see when Back to School Night is. I’ve had at least one kid in school for a decade, so you’d think I would know this by now, considering my wife has the office job and I’m usually the parent who has to go to these things. The reason this rule is…...

High Staked: Grind Bidding

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I knew this would happen. Every year, I tell myself not to add more leagues. If I do choose to join one, my rule is that it has to be different enough from my other leagues in some key area to make it worthwhile. Last year, for example, I joined dual 14-team leagues with all the same owners, with one league an auction keeper redraft, and the other a dynasty with an annual auction rookie draft, because I wasn’t in any auction leagues.1 This year, in March, I added…...

High Staked: Vegas, AB!

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Since last Thursday, no player in fantasy football has come with as much risk and reward as Antonio Brown. In the FFPC high-stakes leagues that drafted in the days leading up to the NFL’s opening Sunday, the balance of Brown’s risk versus reward changed practically hourly. But perhaps that’s fitting, considering the drafts took place in Las Vegas, where no one better symbolized a roll of the dice than Brown. I spent around 50 hours in Las Vegas with three friends, drafting four teams: two on Thursday, one Friday…...

FFPC Strategy Session: A Guide to Waivers

This is the sixth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits up to 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan.  Every year, around July and August when NFL training camps open and preseason starts, I get that itch. My springtime mantra of “I need to cut down how many leagues I’m in” turns into “oh,…...

FFPC Strategy Session: How to Attack the Main Event After the Thursday Opener

This is the fifth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits up to 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan.  In our 2017 FFPC Main Event draft, the team I run with three other friends faced a choice at the third overall pick: Take Ezekiel Elliott, who one day earlier had won an injunction that…...

FFPC Strategy Session: What to Do with Rookies in the FFPC Main Event

This is the fourth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan.  How to draft rookies, especially running backs, is an interesting issue in the Main Event. Because of the shortened regular season – each team plays the other 11 squads one time each, then the league playoffs are…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Examining the Main Event’s Onesie Positions of QB, TE, PK and DF

This is the third article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan. Last time, I explained how I would attack the single-digit rounds. In this post, I’m focusing on the double-digit rounds – namely, the onesie positions of quarterback, tight end, kicker and team defense. Quarterback The advice here…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Building a Juggernaut During the Single-Digit Rounds

This is the second article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan. As I mentioned in the first part of this series, knowing the rules is essential to succeeding not just in the Main Event, but in any fantasy league. You’d be surprised at how often owners draft a…...

High Staked: Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. There are times when I feel like this column may be more useful if I gave waiver wire advice before bidding ends every Wednesday night instead of writing about the aftermath on Thursday. But do you want to know the truth? When it comes to waiver bids, no one really knows anything. Take this week’s potential waiver savior: Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. I added Robinson everywhere I could during the summer when Tyreek Hill faced a potential suspension. Then I dropped him when Hill was cleared to play…...

High Staked: We Started RoJo – And Survived! (For Now)

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Sometimes, despite all the careful draft preparation, or the meticulously researched lineup decisions, or the precise planning of waiver adds and drops, what your fantasy week comes down to is pure, dumb luck of the schedule. Even with lackluster performances from our three high-stakes teams – two in the FFPC Main Event and one in the Super Bracket contest – we have a shot at winning all three matchups, mainly due to how our opponents’ squads were even more lackluster (lacklusterier?). First, there was this: Rapsheet: Ronald Jones in…...

Bracket Busting: Our Attempt to Bring Home the FFPC Super Bracket Tourney Title

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest. Monty: There’s a little-known rule about signing up for live drafts in the week leading up to the start of the NFL season: If you’ve got kids in grade school, always check to see when Back to School Night is. I’ve had at least one kid in school for a decade, so you’d think I would know this by now, considering my wife has the office job and I’m usually the parent who has to go to these things. The reason this rule is…...

High Staked: Grind Bidding

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I knew this would happen. Every year, I tell myself not to add more leagues. If I do choose to join one, my rule is that it has to be different enough from my other leagues in some key area to make it worthwhile. Last year, for example, I joined dual 14-team leagues with all the same owners, with one league an auction keeper redraft, and the other a dynasty with an annual auction rookie draft, because I wasn’t in any auction leagues.1 This year, in March, I added…...

High Staked: Vegas, AB!

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Since last Thursday, no player in fantasy football has come with as much risk and reward as Antonio Brown. In the FFPC high-stakes leagues that drafted in the days leading up to the NFL’s opening Sunday, the balance of Brown’s risk versus reward changed practically hourly. But perhaps that’s fitting, considering the drafts took place in Las Vegas, where no one better symbolized a roll of the dice than Brown. I spent around 50 hours in Las Vegas with three friends, drafting four teams: two on Thursday, one Friday…...

FFPC Strategy Session: A Guide to Waivers

This is the sixth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits up to 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan.  Every year, around July and August when NFL training camps open and preseason starts, I get that itch. My springtime mantra of “I need to cut down how many leagues I’m in” turns into “oh,…...

FFPC Strategy Session: How to Attack the Main Event After the Thursday Opener

This is the fifth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits up to 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan.  In our 2017 FFPC Main Event draft, the team I run with three other friends faced a choice at the third overall pick: Take Ezekiel Elliott, who one day earlier had won an injunction that…...

FFPC Strategy Session: What to Do with Rookies in the FFPC Main Event

This is the fourth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan.  How to draft rookies, especially running backs, is an interesting issue in the Main Event. Because of the shortened regular season – each team plays the other 11 squads one time each, then the league playoffs are…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Examining the Main Event’s Onesie Positions of QB, TE, PK and DF

This is the third article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan. Last time, I explained how I would attack the single-digit rounds. In this post, I’m focusing on the double-digit rounds – namely, the onesie positions of quarterback, tight end, kicker and team defense. Quarterback The advice here…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Building a Juggernaut During the Single-Digit Rounds

This is the second article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one of the best, the 2017 regular season Main Event points champion, Monty Phan. As I mentioned in the first part of this series, knowing the rules is essential to succeeding not just in the Main Event, but in any fantasy league. You’d be surprised at how often owners draft a…...

High Staked: Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. There are times when I feel like this column may be more useful if I gave waiver wire advice before bidding ends every Wednesday night instead of writing about the aftermath on Thursday. But do you want to know…...

High Staked: We Started RoJo – And Survived! (For Now)

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Sometimes, despite all the careful draft preparation, or the meticulously researched lineup decisions, or the precise planning of waiver adds and drops, what your fantasy week comes down to is pure, dumb luck of the schedule. Even with lackluster…...

High Staked: Grind Bidding

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I knew this would happen. Every year, I tell myself not to add more leagues. If I do choose to join one, my rule is that it has to be different enough from my other leagues in some key…...

High Staked: Vegas, AB!

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. Since last Thursday, no player in fantasy football has come with as much risk and reward as Antonio Brown. In the FFPC high-stakes leagues that drafted in the days leading up to the NFL’s opening Sunday, the balance of…...

FFPC Strategy Session: A Guide to Waivers

This is the sixth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits up to 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn…...

FFPC Strategy Session: What to Do with Rookies in the FFPC Main Event

This is the fourth article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one…...

FFPC Strategy Sessions: Building a Juggernaut During the Single-Digit Rounds

This is the second article in a multi-part series on how to attack the high-stakes Main Event, the flagship contest of the Fantasy Football Players Championship that pits 2,400 teams against each other in a race for the $500,000 grand prize. In the FFPC Strategy Sessions, we learn from one…...

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