The Scouts Team

Who We Are


Sam Erman

Founder & Senior Writer

I've been around the game of football my entire life. I feel very lucky to still be around it every day. I don't know where I would be in life without it. I never get enough so I turned to fantasy. It's just more football. Football is my job, my hobby, and what I enjoy most in life.


As for my personal life, I am newly engaged, with 3 cats, and a dog. I like to work and spend time with family when I can. I still play intramural football and basketball. I like to do yard work and swim. I don't have a ton of hobbies unless you want to talk football or watch film, then I'll do that all day.


Always here for any DM's or messages, you may have. I appreciate every one of you!

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Matt Nein

Founder & Senior Writer

Hello all, my name is Matt and I am 27 years old and I live in Alabama. I am married to my wonderful wife Kelsi and am a dad to two dogs.

I have been playing fantasy football since 2012 and dynasty since 2014. I was just a casual player at first until I began to pursue a career in sports management. I studied for 3 years at the University of Alabama and was fortunate enough for the Alabama football team in 2013. I had the pleasure of meeting many scouts and team personnel during that year that helped put me on the track to a career in sports. In 2017 I moved to Minnesota to finish school at Minnesota State University Mankato. I graduated with a major in sports management and a double minor in computer science and business administration. 

Over the last nine years, I have been able to successfully mix my schooling in sports to help me learn and understand the game of football on a much deeper level. This in turn has helped me become a much better fantasy football player and evaluator when it comes to players. If you ever have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me!

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Chad Workman

Podcast Host & Senior Writer

Hello, Scouts readers and listeners! My name is Chad Workman and I grew up playing football before chronic back problems forced me to give the game up. I’ve been watching football for as long as I can remember and have been playing fantasy football for almost 15 years.

I graduated from Colorado State University where I wrote for the school's athletic website. During this time, I also wrote articles for the website of the Colorado Avalanche as part of their Media Relations team. My love of writing combined with my passion for football has led me here. I’m originally from Longmont, Colorado, and currently reside in Denver where I root for the Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, and Avalanche.

I’m excited to share my love and expertise of fantasy football with you through my writing and as the host of the Fantasy Scouts podcast. Hit me up @tweetsbychad to talk FFB on Twitter!

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Andrew Woodruff

Lead DEVY Analyst & Senior Writer

Hey everyone, I’m Andrew Woodruff.  I lead the devy department content along with working on the database and other dynasty content opportunities. I am from Mississippi and ever since I could walk my dad has always had me around football. As I grew older, I have gone from watching and learning to playing, and now even coaching the sport I enjoy more than any other. Being up in the booth with a bird-eye's view is helping me learn how to recognize the game and patterns faster. 


I have been using my love for the game to help me grow as I have played fantasy football since 2014 and dynasty since 2019. My interest to learn more skills in how to assemble the best scoring rosters continued throughout my time at Mississippi State University where I worked on my Secondary Education degree while being around Dak Prescott and SEC football to get a closer look at learning to tell apart true NFL talent. 


After college, I’ve used my skill as a math teacher to dive deeper into fantasy football for the past eight years as I have used my background to find meaning in my analysis based on the stats behind every player, team, and coach. I have even now brought my lovely wife Christana Kay to enjoy the game more as she uses her knowledge as a meteorologist to help me see potential weather issues for games. 

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Chance Hopkins

Social Media & Staff Writer

Hello all! My name is Chance Hopkins. I’m 22 years old and currently reside in Oregon with my fiancé Cheyenne and our 1-year-old son Camden.


I have been playing fantasy football since 2012 but didn’t get into dynasty until 2016. I consider myself a film junkie, as I’m constantly finding myself watching film of prospects not only for research purposes but out of pure enjoyment. My family is from Alabama, and I bleed Crimson (not only literally) and have the entirety of my life.


My main focus is player analysis, as I thoroughly enjoy dissecting the games of each and every fantasy-relevant player, but I like to think of myself as a Swiss Army knife who can dabble in just about anything. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

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Philip Darrow

Salary CAP Expert

Hi all, my name is Philip and I am a father of 3 married to my wonderful wife Angela for 15 plus years now.

I have been around football for almost all my life.  My father and I bonded over watching the Broncos and John Elway and I played offensive tackle and defensive tackle. I’ve always loved numbers and applied it to football for redraft and now a dynasty. 

I will be looking at the salary cap and how this can affect teams long term decisions and provide opportunities to buy low on some players anticipating roster changes.

You can find me on Twitter @philip_darrow

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Austin Evans

Staff Writer

Hey there folks! My name is Austin Evans and I’m 24 years old currently living in Kansas City. I am a father to the adorable golden retriever pictured above. My day job is architecture, but fantasy football is my passion. I was introduced to the wonderful game my freshman year of college at Iowa State and it was love at first sight.

I began as a very casual player, but after that first year, I was hooked. Since then I have created several leagues with various friend groups, coworkers, and family. It truly is a game that brings people together. Nowadays I am in too many leagues to keep track of, but it's all for the love of the game.

Hit me with all of your fantasy football questions @austin_evans7 on Twitter!

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Kyle Chapman PT DPT

Injury Expert

What’s up, everyone! My name is Kyle Chapman and I am a physical therapist residing in Orange County, CA. I got my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine and now work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Huntington Beach, CA.


Die-hard Eagles fan and was able to storm the streets of Philly following the LII Superbowl victory. I’ve been playing dynasty football for years and also mix in some redraft. I have a bit of an addiction to trading year-round. Also a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan and sometimes you’ll catch me being a Buffalo Bills stan (when the Eagles piss me off).


Writer for the @DynastyRook team with an Injury Series article series and now a contributor for the awesome Fantasy Scouts team.


Shoot me a DM with any injury-related questions, trade questions, or just to shoot the shit @DoctorChapFF.

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The Dynasty Doctor

Staff Writer

Welcome Fantasy Football Fam! The Dynasty Doctor is in. Fantasy Football has been coursing through my veins for the past decade - and not to brag, but I’ve taken home the gold on multiple occasions.


I graduated from UConn and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Believe it or not, I’m an actual Doctor! I’m originally from Rockaway, New Jersey but currently live in the Big Apple.

You can find me on Twitter, @DynastyDoctorFF. Tweet at my hashtag or shoot me a message directly, I love chatting with everyone! Remember, it’s Doctor’s Orders.

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Corey Buschlen

Staff Writer

What’s happening y’all, my name is Corey Buschlen. I am 22 years old and I eat, breathe, and sleep this game. I’m the resident Canadian on the staff and have a BBA specializing in Accounting from a college in Canada that you’ve never heard of. Co-Wolf, Fantasy Stock Exchange on YouTube, was established in March of 2020. 

I feel like I think differently than most fantasy analysts. Surface-level analysis and narratives are what I aim to break and debunk to find the deeper truth. A firm believer that every situation requires context and data to decipher. Models and formulas are important to establish baselines, but professional judgment can impact how those baselines are used and how to determine outliers. We all know outliers win championships and they should not be disregarded, but instead studied to predict future outliers.


Die-hard Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan B.T.B (Before Tom Brady) and finally enjoying being a fan for the first time in my adult life. 

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Andy Will

Staff Writer

How’s it going, folks? I’m Andy, the in-house Scotsman of the Scouts. I live in Aberdeen Scotland in the U.K where I work as a football (soccer) coach for Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust and the Scottish Football Association following graduating with an Honours degree in Sports Studies from Aberdeen University.


I have a passion for most sports and following a trip to New York in 2013 that list grew to include ‘American Football’ and the NFL and in turn I became a regular visitor to Wembley Stadium in London when the game is brought to the United Kingdom, and now I’m hooked. I have been playing fantasy football since this trip to the U.S in a 12 man league with a group of friends. Through my job, I have had an interest in analysis and statistics which I have transferred to the fantasy world where firstly I kept regular records for my personal league but now I look forward to sharing my thoughts and findings of the wider fantasy football world with you all.


Feel free to find me on Twitter @Scottwill2909

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Matt Daniel

Staff Writer

Hello everyone! My name is Matt Daniel, I am a 25-year-old Business student. I spent four years of my life in active-duty Air Force which has sent me to every corner of the world. But now I have settled down in Pasco, WA with my wife Rachel while I finish school. 

Despite living and growing up in Washington, I am a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan. My older brother got me into the 49ers at a young age and I never looked back. I started playing fantasy football in back in 2012 and it has been a huge part of my life ever since. I hope to continue as a writer for Fantasy Scouts while I grow my Twitter community and get my 49ers podcast up and running in the near future.

Follow me on Twitter: @Matt_NFL_

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Matt Gruber

Staff Writer

Hey everyone, I'm Matt Gruber. I've been playing fantasy football for over a decade. With experience in redraft and dynasty, including snake and auction formats, fantasy football and the NFL has become a passion for me. Life long Eagles fan and always down to talk football.


Find me @FF_Worm on Twitter.

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Benjamin Shamel

Staff Writer

Writer of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly article for eat sleep fantasy. Always the anti-zero RB advocate. Resident Josh Gordon truther. 


Born and raised in San Diego. Lifelong Los Angeles Lakers and Baltimore Ravens fan.


Reach me at @benjamm1n for all your fantasy football needs on the quest for the chip!

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