Below, you’ll find my top-100 Underdog Fantasy rankings, along with tiers and other contextual player/strategy notes. Be on the lookout for a follow-up article in the next few days detailing my rankings for picks 100-216. Underdog Fantasy is half-PPR scoring in a best ball format. For those unfamiliar, best ball is similar to a managed […]
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.
Below, you’ll find my top-160 player rankings for fantasy football redraft leagues, grouped into tiers. Think of the players within a tier as roughly equal to their projections and/or range of outcomes. Rankings are not an exact science, and the tiers reflect that. Average draft position (ADP) can vary from site to site, and […]
What is a Player Archetype? Search “archetype” on Google and you’ll be hit with several very intimidating definitions courtesy of my scholarly friends at Merriam-Webster. I’m no English major, so let’s think of player archetypes as players that share a similar trait or group of traits. For example, the “young, mobile quarterback” could be a […]
The Seattle Seahawks are signing wide receiver DK Metcalf to a three-year $72 million extension. Metcalf is set to make $58.2 million guaranteed. His $30 million signing bonus will also be the highest ever by a wide receiver. DK Metcalf and the #Seahawks get it done, with a strong 3-year deal and a $30M signing bonus […]
After adding to their defense during the draft, the New York Jets have signed linebacker Kwon Alexander to a one-year deal. Alexander will be teaming up with his old 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh. This connection will be an added bonus as he looks to make the Jets 53-man roster. The Jets are coming off […]
After months of uncertainty surrounding the Cleveland Browns’ Quarterback room, Head Coach Kevin Stafanski officially confirms that Jacoby Brissett will be the starter if Deshaun Watson is suspended. Despite Watson’s well-documented legal issues, the Browns traded for and signed him to a 5-year $230 million deal in March. Since then, the Browns have been busy. […]
Following an abnormal off-season due to the pandemic, the 2021-2022 NFL season saw an alarmingly high number of injuries. Teams had to battle health and safety protocols in addition to the normal wear and tear of an NFL season. Some clubs suffered more than others. Several lost multiple impact players, or were forced to test […]