Fantasy Football Origin Stories is part of the Sports History Network – The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear.
In this 29th episode, Joe Bond rides shotgun in the DeLorean, to take us back in time and learn about his Fantasy Football Origin Story. We talk about many topics, including:
- Joe’s first recollections of fantasy football
- Where his NFL loyalties lie (a love/hate relationship?)
- Our encounter at this past year’s Fantasy Football Expo
- His Fantasy Football Origin Story (including how he started the Fantasy Six Pack site and podcasts)
- Being a top-ranked, well, ranker at Fantasy Pros
- Some advice for creating rankings
- Some advice for becoming a fantasy football contributor
- Much more
ABOUT FANTASY 6 PACK
My name is Joe Bond, and first of all, I want to welcome you to Fantasy Six Pack. Now, let’s get to a little bit about myself and this site. I graduated from Virginia Tech, Go Hokies!, and after that went to work in the IT world. I now am a proud stay at home Dad with my two kids.
During my college days, in 2001 to be exact, I played in my first fantasy football league and quickly became addicted to it. I ended up finishing second in that league, which helped start the addiction. I can’t tell you how many leagues I have been in, but I can tell that I have won many of them and overall, I have been very successful in the ones I did not win.
Other than launching and writing for this site, I also contribute to the expert consensus rankings and other articles on FantasyPros.com, where I was the No. 3 ranked expert for in-season rankings in 2020, No. 5 ranked in-season football rankings in 2019, No. 5 ranked in 2014 for the Fantasy Football draft rankings. I was also the No.1 in-season for Quarterback rankings and Kickers in 2016, also No. 5 ranked for RB in 2019. For Baseball I have been ranked in the top 15 multiple times.
I co-host The Fantasy Six Pack Hour Podcast, Last Call Podcast and have been a guest on multiple radio shows/podcasts to discuss fantasy sports, including RotoExperts in the Morning, PitchCon, FatnasyPros Pod, GoingFor2 Pod . You can follow me on Twitter @F6P_Joe. Also, be sure to follow the site on Twitter at @FantasySixPack and follow our site on Facebook.
How did this site get started?
After college, a few of my friends that I played against regularly recognized that I was having continued success in our leagues, and started asking me for advice about their teams.
In late 2009, I was joking around with one of them that I should starting charging a fee for my services. He joked back saying, “Maybe you should start a blog”. Well, that idea blossomed in my head and I decided I enjoyed helping my friends out so much, why not use my addiction to fantasy sports to try and help anybody out there that wants it. So, in December 2009, Fantasy Six Pack was born, and the rest is history.
What’s with the name?
I’m guessing you get the Fantasy part of the name, so I will explain the “Six Pack” part.
The idea came from the first writer I recruited for the site, Garrick (you might ask who beat me in that first fantasy football league…well, it was Garrick), who said we should somehow combine fantasy sports and beer.
Since we weren’t going to be writing about beer (although we’ll bring it up from time to time), we had to spin it in a different direction. We came up with having the site discuss six different fantasy sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, NCAA, and NASCAR, making fantasysixpack.net a one-stop shop for pretty much all your fantasy sports needs, or at least we try. Since this time the site has stopped writing about some sports, such as NASCAR, but picked up more like DFS Golf and Premier League.