FakePigskin Exclusive: Rotoworld’s Evan Silva

Our own Justin Lonero sat down with the great Evan Silva of Rotoworld for a FakePigskin exclusive interview.


JL: Where are you from? And who is your favorite NFL team?

ES: I’m originally from the Washington D.C. area, was born in Fairfax, and lived in Arlington, Virginia until I was about 12. I went to high school in St. Louis. I went to Marquette University in Milwaukee and lived in Chicago after college. I recently moved out to Oak Park, IL.

I used to cheer for the Redskins and Rams. I’m not really a “fan” of any particular team anymore. I do root for Notre Dame in college football. In the NFL, I just appreciate well-run organizations.

JL: You are certainly one of the best in the business when it comes to fantasy football, how long have you been writing about fantasy football and who do you write for?

ES: I have and always have written for Rotoworld. I started in January of 2006. So we’re coming up on a decade together.

JL: I have had the pleasure of interviewing some of the industries best writers, and fantasy analysts Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura to be exact and now I have to ask you. How long have you been playing fantasy football? and what format do you prefer the most? Ppr , auction, keep, redraft.. Etc

ES: My dad played in an office fantasy football league when I was a kid, still living in Virginia. He was the commissioner of his league. This was before personal computers became household appliances, of course. He would let me calculate stats from the USA Today to determine that week’s winners. I used to read Rotisserie Fantasy Baseball books. That was really how I started getting into fantasy. Although I didn’t play fantasy myself until college. In my early years, I just liked to know about players.

JL: For the average fantasy football player what is the best piece of advise you would give them?

ES: Aim high. Aim for upside. You can’t grab sky without reaching for it. Target difference makers. Players who can have such big weeks that they tilt scoring in your favor. Fantasy football is generally a head-to-head game. You want to stack your roster with players who can essentially single-handedly defeat your opponent in that given week. Of course most of those “proven” guys go early in drafts. But especially in the middle and late rounds, target guys you believe have enough talent to overcome what might seem like a muddled “situation” on the day of your draft.

JL: For the 2014 season who do you see as being a break out candidate, some sleepers, and maybe over hyped guys?

ES: Some breakout guys I like include Rueben Randle, Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard, Toby Gerhart, Jordan Reed, Joique Bell, Michael Floyd, Zach Ertz, and DeAndre Hopkins. Some sleepers I like in the later rounds include Brandin Cooks, Bernard Pierce, Terrance West, Khiry Robinson, Ladarius Green, Christine Michael, Andre Williams, and Lance Dunbar.

Overhyped or candidates to be overdrafted: Doug Martin, Alfred Morris, Percy Harvin, DeSean Jackson, Andre Ellington, Cordarrelle Patterson, Julian Edelman, Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, Andy Dalton, and Emmanuel Sanders.

JL: If there were some people such as yourself that should be followed on twitter.. Who would they be?


There are a bunch more I’m leaving out. I’d suggest looking at who I follow on Twitter (@evansilva) and just follow all of those people. They’re 99-percent football people.

JL: One last question.. What is your take on this new daily fantasy sports? For me I love it I have zero allegiance to any player week to week!!

ES: Yeah I love it and I play it every day. It’s awesome and is definitely a welcomed addition to our industry. It’s really almost like its own industry, its own niche with a lot of very smart individuals leading the way. I’m a big supporter of daily fantasy sports, play them myself, and plan to continue to write about them more and more.


We would like to thank Evan for giving us the opportunity to interview him and give our readers some insight into another of the best in the fantasy industry.


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