Ask Your Fantasy Football Expert
I recently did an interview with Zach Law, author of There Is No Offseason. We discussed fantasy football, the Cowboys, and my beer of choice (or lack thereof) on game day. You can see the full interview at Zach’s site.
How did you get started in fantasy football writing? I started writing both NFL and fantasy football content in 2009. I’ve always preferred writing on the latter topic, but I got hired by some bigger sites (New York Times, NBC, etc) to publish NFL content. I kind of used that platform to publish and market Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft last year as a way to get back into the space. That book was far more popular than I anticipated, which led me to start writing more fantasy content for RotoWire and some other sites and continue the series this year.
How’d you decide to enter the fantasy football book market with the Fantasy Football for Smart People series? It was primarily a path for me to get back into fantasy football writing. I planned to start delivering content to a few different sites, so I figured I’d just package what I was writing anyway and sell it on my own.
Do the Cowboys have the personnel to make the change from a 3-4 defense to 4-3? Do you have any numbers of the history of teams making that shift? Yeah, I’m not a huge believer in finding certain personnel for a specific scheme; I think coaches should adapt their schemes to their players. The Cowboys have the players to be a formidable defense, so that’s what matters most. If you have a really talented guy who “doesn’t fit” in a particular scheme, maybe it’s the coordinator’s narrow-minded thinking that is the real lack of a fit. [Zach note: It’s not like teams run 3-4 or 4-3 schemes exclusively anymore.]
Does it make any difference to you that the Cowboys’ draft board was pieced together by enterprising people taking stills from shots of the draft room? No, I think it’s interesting, but I don’t think it really matters all that much. It showed that, outside of passing on Sharrif Floyd, the Cowboys got good value based on their board.
Oh yeah, have you been to the new Cowboys Stadium? If you have, what’s that experience like? I have. It’s an amazing experience—very surreal the first few times you’re there. I’d definitely recommend it to any Cowboys fan.
Is football your full-time gig or do you have a day job? I do a little investing, but yes, writing is basically my full-time job.
Does your wife/girlfriend/sig other have any issues with your football obsession? Sometimes. She isn’t really into it, but she doesn’t really get on my case about it either. She knows that Thursdays, Sundays, and Mondays during fall and winter are my time.
Football or sex: which do you think of more? During the day, football. But at night, football.