Josh Larky

Josh Larky

Josh Larky is the Director of Fantasy and Gambling at The 33rd Team.  He joins us with a unique blend of educational and professional experience.

Josh studied Economics at the University of Redlands, double minoring in Math and Psychology.  Working on his honors thesis was the catalyst to realizing he exclusively wanted to pursue work in the sports industry.  Focusing on the 2008 recession’s impact on Major League Baseball, Josh demonstrated MLB’s economic resilience through econometric research.  

Post-college, Josh pursued a Masters in Business Analytics at the University of Texas at Austin to acquire the technical skills needed to land an analytics role with a professional sports team.  While attending a sports analytics conference at MIT, Josh met Matt Kelley, the founder of PlayerProfiler, and began conducting fantasy football research for him while completing grad school.  He worked with Southwest Airlines for his capstone project, analyzing their employee incentives and perks program to assess its effectiveness. 

Year-long stints with the Detroit Tigers (baseball analytics) and San Diego Padres (business analytics) followed, and Larky continued his fantasy football research during this time.  Despite 100% accuracy with his attendance projection while working for the Padres (Josh predicted zero fans in 2020 due to Covid), he was Covid-furloughed May 2020.  That summer, he started his own R coding business, ThatRCodingSite.com, where he teaches people analytics and coding using football datasets.

The 2020 NFL season was his first full-time season in the fantasy industry, as he led all DFS (daily fantasy sports) efforts for PlayerProfiler.  After the season concluded, he was promoted, and began leading all analytics projects for the site.  Early in the 2022 NFL offseason, Josh joined FTN, another company in the fantasy and gambling space, to lead their analytics efforts.  During his time in this industry, Josh has done everything from coding a DFS optimizer from scratch to creating viral Tik Tok videos, and he prides himself on his versatility.

When The 33rd Team reached out, Larky jumped at the opportunity to lead this new department.  Josh has a general disdain for groupthink and the commonly traveled path, and is confident the fantasy and gambling department’s content and tools will never read or operate like any other site’s.

Outside of work, Josh rock climbs, snowboards, and eats burritos.

Betting

Don’t Try The 10k Betting Challenge

The 10k betting challenge is once again sweeping across social media, and I’m begging you not to participate. This short article will help you understand why, mathematically, this is the absolute worst way to make money betting on sports. For those unfamiliar, it’s a 10-day challenge, where you try to turn $10 into $10,000 by […]

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5 Early Player Props to Bet in Super Bowl LVII

While the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs don’t play for 13 more days, I’ve already found five Super Bowl player props I have put my money on. I expect these lines to move as the game draws closer, and I outline the logical/statistical case for each bet. Along with the betting odds and sportsbook, […]

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Conference Championship Underdog High, Low Picks

Josh Larky and Ben Wolby outline five Conference Championship Underdog High/Low Picks for you to take before this weekend’s games. For each High/Low line, we provide insight as to why this is a logical/statistically savvy pick to consider. > If you’re new to Underdog Fantasy, sign up with promo code “33rd” for a 100% deposit match up to […]

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9 Player Props for 2023 NFL Conference Championship Games

Nine of the best value player props available to bettors in the championship round of the NFL Playoffs. Reynolds’ Top Props Tyler Boyd OVER 31.5 yards receiving (-114 on FanDuel) Tyler Boyd went over this total in 12 of 17 regular season games, and the Chiefs tend to struggle against slot wide receivers. Boyd also […]

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Way Too Early 2024 Super Bowl Bets

Below, you’ll find five 2024 Super Bowl bets Josh Larky and Ryan Reynolds believe are solid options, given their current odds. They will also outline four teams they have minimal interest in betting on. Neither of us is in a big hurry to tie up large amounts of money for the next full calendar year. […]

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Larky’s AFC Conference Championship Betting Hedge

My AFC Conference Championship betting hedge is a creative way to capitalize on two of the NFL’s premier scoring offenses. Think of hedge in the financial sense, as we are placing two bets knowing they both can’t hit at once. The Kansas City Chiefs scored 496 points (29.2 per game) during the regular season, the […]

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Divisional Round Underdog High/Low Picks: Eagles’ WR Duo Gets Plus Matchup

Josh Larky and Ben Wolby outline eight Divisional Round Underdog High/Low Picks for you to take before this weekend’s games. For each High/Low line, we provide insight as to why this is a logical/statistically savvy pick to consider. >> If you’re new to Underdog Fantasy, sign up with promo code “33rd” for a 100% deposit match up to […]

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10 Player Props for 2023 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round

Ten of the best value player props available to bettors in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Reynolds’ Top Props Trevor Lawrence OVER 249.5 Yards Passing (-115 DraftKings) Lawrence has beat this in nine of 18 games, so this is kind of his baseline performance. He also beat this earlier in the year against […]

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