Where did you grow up and which NFL team do you root for?
I’m from New York, but I was raised in South Florida since I was two years old. I grew up a Dolphins fan, but I stopped rooting for them when I started covering them as a reporter for the Boca Raton News and then the Palm Beach Post. It was hard to lose that affiliation, especially since I covered Dan Marino‘s last year in the NFL, but I consider myself a professional. I haven’t had an NFL team since 1999.
I have been fortunate enough to interview some of the industry’s best fantasy football writers and figures, including Evan Silva, Nathan Zegura and Dave Richard. How long have you been writing about fantasy football and who do you work for?
I went from the Palm Beach Post to CBSSports.com in 2006 as a Senior Fantasy Writer and have been writing and commentating about fantasy football at CBS ever since. I’ve had the pleasure of working with two of those esteemed figures you mentioned in Nathan Zegura and Dave Richard, and they are amazing at what they do. And I have a lot of respect for Evan, although I’ve never met him.
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How long have you been playing fantasy football? What is your favorite style-format? PPR, keeper, redraft, auction, dynasty, etc?
I started playing fantasy football in 1998 in college at the University of Florida and was hooked right away. My first draft pick was Cris Carter at No. 7 overall, but I also ended up with Randall Cunningham that year, which made for a fun season having the Vikings score all those points. I like all formats because each one is fun for different reasons. If you like fantasy football, you have fun just playing and trying different scoring systems, etc. I usually play in close to 20 leagues a year, so I get a variety, which is great.
If you could give the average fantasy football player one piece of fantasy advice, what would it be?
Read the player news and stay on top of roster trends. Draft day is fun, and you certainly set up your team with the picks you make. But you win your league playing the waiver wire, and if you know what’s happening you’ll always be a step ahead.
For the 2014 season, who are some of your favorite sleepers and breakout candidates? Who are some guys that are overhyped or players that you think will be overdrafted?
Some guys I like to have breakout seasons include Colin Kaepernick, Montee Ball, Andre Ellington, Toby Gerhart, Shane Vereen, Bishop Sankey, Michael Floyd, Cordarrelle Patterson, Emmanuel Sanders and Golden Tate.
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Lastly, people depend on social media in today’s day and age to help with advice for more than just football. Who are a few Twitter follows you would recommend to the reader?
Dave Richard is a must. He is the most active Tweeter I know. As I said earlier, you want to stay on top of the news, so following Jason La Canfora, Pete Prisco, Jay Glazer, Adam Schefter, Peter King, Alex Marvez and those types, as well as all the beat writers for respective teams, are imperative.
I’d like to thank Jamey for taking the time to take part in this interview. Keep a close eye on FakePigskin.com as I continue to pick the brains of some the the biggest players in the fantasy football industry. — JL