Brian Hastings is a 21-year-old senior at Cornell University, as well as a high stakes poker player and lead instructor for Cardrunners.com. He is best known for his $4.18 million win vs isildur1 on December 8, 2009, the largest single-day win in online poker history. He can be found playing the 200/400+ PLO games and the 1k/2k+ mixed games on Full Tilt Poker. Brian is an avid sports fan, although by no means a fantasy expert. He took third place in his rookie appearance in Eric Kesselman's high stakes home league, and he thinks he is now ready to hang with the big boys.
Andrew Wiggins is the cofounder of the instructional poker site Cardrunners.com. Andrew’s competitive nature inevitably lead him to fantasy baseball. He has been an avid fantasy player for 5 years. Andrew is a huge Detroit Tigers fan that lives in Chicago. His residence means he often encounters White Sox games. You will notice an extreme AL central bias in his team. He isn’t sure that is a good thing. Andrew has never played a league with rules similar to this, so it is going to be an experiment for him. However, Andrew feels up to the task and is ready to prove that he can compete with the experts.
Eric is a former public defender, who retired from the practice of law after five years to become a professional poker player. While most of his approximately $2 M in lifetime winnings were online, Eric has had notable live cash finishes including winning a World Series of Poker Bracelet in 2006. With the exception of last year's embarrassing sixth place finish in this league, Eric has now finished 1st or 2nd in his last 8 leagues. Eric now works as an investment advisor/stock broker, and is author of the quasi-children's story The Existential Giraffe, and also runs a small game design company Agmangames. He has a small zoo in his tribeca apartment.
Derek Carty, 24, is a fantasy baseball writer and analyst living in New Jersey. He's presently the Fantasy Manager for Baseball Prospectus, previously holding the post for The Hardball Times. His work has also been published by ESPN Insider, Sports Illustrated, NBC’s Rotoworld, FOX Sports, and USA Today, among many other websites and publications. Derek is also the Chief Operating Officer of Fantasy Squared. In his four years competing in expert leagues, Derek has won 2 titles with 5 top-three finishes. In 2009, he became the youngest champion in the history of LABR—the longest-running expert league in existence—taking home his first title as a rookie. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau’s Scout Development Program (aka Scout School) and is the only active fantasy writer to have graduated from the program.
Scott Schaffran aka 'The Scooter'
Clark Olson is a professor in computer science at the University of Washington Bothell and formerly worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on computer vision for Mars rovers. He has won the ESPN Uber Challenge twice and finished in the top 5 overall for eight straight years. In high stakes contests, he has won three NFBC leagues (two main event, one auction), and leagues in the WCOFF, FFPC, and NFFC. He is also the reigning champion of this league.
Top 50 finish in ESPN Baseball Challenge three consecutive years, ESPN HR Derby money winner, Top 1% finish ESPN roto seven consecutive seasons, NFBC Ultimate 3rd, NFBC main event league 2nd place finish. Quite adept at watching Mr Childs win events.
Paul Jones is a health care policy advisor and part-time poker player in Boston, MA. Health care reform was his fault. The Milwaukee native was a regular contributor to several fantasy baseball websites in the late '90s and early '00s before law school took away things like free time and his will to live. He enjoys Bruce Springsteen, craft beer, and writing in the third person.
Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble
Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble are the founders and head writers for Razzball.com – one of the largest and most commented non-corporate fantasy sports blogs. While humor/sarcasm is their blog's trademark, they balance it with a sneaky dose of quantitative skills (see Rudy's Point Shares') They play in a number of expert leagues including LABR with top finishes include 1st place in CBSSports NL-only (2011), FantasyPros911 (2009) and top 3 finishes in Yahoo! Friends & Family (2010), KFFL NL-only (2010), and the Yahoo! Hero Sandwich league (2010, 2011). Besides fantasy baseball, they share a love for ethnic food, alt-country music, Words with Friends, MTV Real World/Road Rules Challenges, Top Chef, and Shaft.