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Aug 13

2013 Fantasy Football Interview Series: Go Pro with Travis Rowe

Fantasy Football is a game, but like the real sport we love it is constantly evolving and being analyzed from a variety of perspectives. As part of our 2013 Fantasy Football Draft Guide, I dialed in a few folks from around the industry to pick their brains and see if we can’t further bring you another valuable resource to aid in your fantasy football preparation.

I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to discuss fantasy football with and in some cases work alongside these folks. The fantasy football community is welcoming and filled with both innovative and dedicated people who love talking about it.

In our 5th entry of the 2013 Fantasy Football Interview Series, I talked to Mr. Victory Lane himself Travis Rowe. Travis runs him own site – Go Pro Fantasy Sports - where he approaches our fake sports in a unique way. Of late he has joined both The Late Round Quarterback and Fantasy Trade 411 crews and also recently showed off what a super kind and cool guy he is by taking part in our Industry Mock Draft.

Here are the TEWRRB and QB portions of the series.

 

2013 Fantasy Football Interview Series: Go Pro with Travis Rowe

You’ve beaten a unique path in writing about fantasy sports. You don’t claim to be an expert, so for those who aren’t familiar with the Go Pro Fantasy Sports mentality, please share your approach and enlighten us on why it is important?

The ultimate goal of starting my site was to help people think more logically about fantasy sports by sharing my own failures and the techniques I used to eliminate gaps in my game. I wanted to focus on the psychological challenges fantasy owners face because there are already a ton a great sites dishing out rankings and statistics. Unfortunately they’re all useless unless we understand our emotions and how they impact our decision-making processes.

 

Your Victory Lane Column is awesome… but you also recently went on air with one of my favorite Twitter comrades @WHUDEY - is this the future of Victory Lane? Also, why don’t you talk about your work with LateRoundQB.com and FantasyTrade411.com.

Thanks man!

I’ve really enjoyed talking shop with some of the sharpest minds in fantasy sports. All of the writers I’ve interviewed so far have provided great insight into how they became winning players.

Ultimately I want to achieve the level of success Zach Law and Micah James have had with the interviews they conduct. I really admire the work these guys do, and in order to take my game to the next level I had to step out of my comfort zone.

I can’t thank Nick Raducanu, a.k.a Trader X, enough for encouraging me to host a live episode of Victory Lane on the FantasyTrade411 Radio Network.

As time goes on I will continue to experiment with podcasts and various interview formats as long as I can find willing participants. In the mean time, I’ll keep trying to crank out articles for FantasyTrade411.com and LateRoundQB.com that highlight some of the analytical problem solving skills I’ve developed to make better decisions as a fantasy owner.

 

You’ve talked the talk with a number of experienced and respected fantasy writers, how have they changed your fantasy strategies and helped you improve as a fantasy player?

The one thing that all of my Victory Lane guests have had in common is that none of them let short-term losses or “bad luck” influence their commitment to making the right decisions.

To be a winner you have to emphasize making sound judgements based on the best information available to you. If your decisions are better than those of your opponents, you will win more championships in the long run.

Travis Rowe notes the value that Lance Moore boasts in the late middle rounds. (Photo by Eliot Kamenitz/The Times-Picayune)

Travis Rowe notes the value that Lance Moore boasts in the late middle rounds. (Photo by Eliot Kamenitz/The Times-Picayune)

 

Alright, lets talk some football, you and I have mocked together a few times now, but who are 2 players you’re reaching for in drafts? Share the logic.

I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but my answer to this question is usually the same – it depends. 

Every fantasy league is different. I believe that the answers have more to do with knowing your opponents’ tendencies and understanding their needs rather than having a few “sleepers” up your sleeve.

With that being said, if by reach you mean draft slightly ahead of their current ADP, then the first player that comes to mind is Rashard Mendenhall.

I recognize that Bruce Arians will likely implement a pass first offense and that there are legitimate concerns over Mendenhall’s durability, but outside of the Top 20 Running Backs, there aren’t many situations where you can draft a clear-cut starter to warm the bench for your fake football team.

Mendenhall, in his current situation, is exactly the type of player that can become a tantalizing piece of trade bait for your fake football organization.  Buy-low and sell-high my friends.

Another under-appreciated fantasy asset is Lance Moore. 

It’s useless for me to tell you I was all about Moore last year, so I will tell you I love me some Lance again in 2013.

He’s currently ranked as the 38th best wide receiver on FantasyPros.com and his ADP suggests he’s being drafted even later than that.

I don’t get it. These are exactly the type of low-risk, high-reward opportunities you have to capitalize on during your draft. I mean what’s not to like about the player who finished 2012 as the 19th best fantasy wide receiver?

For a more in-depth look at the wide out’s potential upside, check out JJ Zachariason’s “Why Lance Moore is Undervalued…Again?”

 

If you could give a fantasy sports newbie a single tip, what would it be?

Work smart, not hard.

Do yourself a favor and bookmark, follow, favorite, or whatever you have to do remind yourself to visit Fantasy Rundown on a regular basis. Goose works day in and day out to compile the best fantasy information from the best resources on the internet. If I could only use one site to find peer-reviewed articles and podcasts, this would be it.

 

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