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About Fantasy Check


Cyberspace is filled with fantasy football Web sites dispensing advice, but who is keeping track of the experts? Fantasy Check, that's who.

Fantasy Check will examine mock drafts, lineup sheets and free agent suggestions from some of the most visited Web sites and let you know which ones you really can trust. Simply put, it's fantasy accountability.

It's also a blog heavily dependent on you, the readers. Fantasy Check encourages you to join in and rate the experts, submit your mock drafts and give us your lineups and free agent advice.

Let us know if you think Fantasy Check has made a mistake, what we could be doing better or if there's a topic you think we should be discussing. The more you contribute, the more fun Fantasy Check will be.

Before I begin dissecting fantasy advice from other sites, I thought it would only be right for me to list my qualifications for this fledgling blog. We're all about transparency at The Washington Post, and Fantasy Check is no exception.

I began playing fantasy sports approximately 15 years ago when I joined my first Rotisserie baseball league. Some once and current Posties were part of that league, including Soccer Insider Steven Goff, Washington Post local editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz (formerly assistant managing editor for sports), TNT's David Aldridge (formerly a Post sports reporter), ESPN fantasy analyst Eric Karabell (formerly of The Post), and Jim Brady, formerly a Post sports reporter and later head of

You could say I cut my teeth with some of the best in the business.

I joined my first fantasy football league about a dozen years ago, and I'm still a part of it today in its current incarnation, Old Salem Memorial League II. The commissioner of the league is Jon DeNunzio, whose team name is the Grassy Nolls in deference to his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and their former coach. Jon also is sports innovations editor and formerly sports editor.

Old Salem has a special place on my fantasy résumé because I am the only owner in the 17-year 19-year history of the league who has finished with a perfect season. That happened in 2005, when I ran the table.

I was able to do that thanks largely to taking my own advice in which I wrote a story detailing why Shaun Alexander should be the first overall pick ahead of LaDainian Tomlinson. This story ran in the paper on Sept. 1, 2005, but for some reason, the link is broken, so you'll just have to trust me.

Anyhow, Alexander finished with 1,880 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. Tomlinson had 1,462 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. With Alexander leading the way, my team, Tuna Helper (in homage to then-Dallas coach Bill Parcells), joined an exclusive fraternity that includes the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

Now I don't intend to go all Mercury Morris here and hate on other teams that have gone undefeated. I'm not trying to recapture glory days of the semi-distant past either, since I did win a fantasy championship in 2008 in the Yahoo League Skinned Alive.

I'm simply providing compelling information that hopefully will gain your trust in Fantasy Check and encourage you to visit often.

By Gene Wang  |  July 27, 2009; 7:46 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Gimme some PPR info!

Posted by: JDP | July 27, 2009 9:22 AM

Thanks for being the first commenter on Fantasy Check. Visit often, and tell all your friends about it!

Wes Welker should be tops on your list in PPR leagues. With Tom Brady back, he'll easily flirt with -- if not surpass -- 100 receptions.

Brandon Marshall should be next on your list. He doesn't score a lot of touchdowns, but he's caught 206 passes over the past two seasons. Even with Jay Cutler gone, Marshall still should get plenty of looks.

Posted by: Gene Wang | July 27, 2009 6:15 PM

Hi Gene,

Love the concept of your new blog here... would love to introduce you to my site as I think it would very nicely compliment what you are doing here. I tried to find an e-mail address for you, but this was the best I could find. Please check out and then get back to me at david at 365fantasysports dot com. Thanks! - David

Posted by: David Lowitz | July 28, 2009 8:26 PM

I'm new to fantasy football, this will be just my second season doing it, but man it is really addicting! I've been reading as many different articles as I can find to help me out, so this should be cool. I got lucky last season drafting backup Aaron Rodgers to Tom Brady (ouch) and I got Michael Turner, Chris Johnson and others who helped propel my team, but ended up in second place. Still, not too bad for a rookie with limited knowledge of players outside the NFC East. This year I am doing my homework and hope that it pays off.

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