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THE 2018 FISHBOWL
July 9th

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About SFB and Scott Fish

ABOUT SFB

First and foremost, I did not name this event. :) That would be a little like giving yourself a nickname or something. SFB was previously the FFOasis Invitational. I closed my site in early April of 2014 and the tournament needed a new name and home. I took the question to twitter and "The Fishbowl / The Scott Fish Bowl" was the clear cut winner. "The FF Invitational" was a close second and is also used. scottfishbowl.com and ffinvitational.com get you to the same place. SFB just has a better ring to it than FFI and so it is more commonly used.

We do have a trophy room of past winners. Mike Clay of Pro Football Focus won the first ever SFB (then FFOasis Invitational). He did it in historic / dramatic fashion. Yours truly ran the table as the top team from week 1 through week 15 and Mike had an absolutely enourmous final week of the playoffs to win the overall title by 15 points. At the time, the league was 96 teams.

In the summer/fall of 2012 I had a pregnant wife and several out of town weddings of friends that led me to cancel the prestigious tournament. In 2013, the Invitational made it's glorious return and had more interest than ever. We brought in 120 teams.

Every year since, the tournament has grown exponentially.


ABOUT SCOTT


Hi! I’m Scott Fish.

Yes that is my real last name and yes a lot of jokes were made in school. I started playing fantasy football in 1992. It was a dynasty league but has now turned into a keeper league and still exists.

I did not find my way to the fantasy community for several years. Around 1999, in college, a friend and I had this idea of drafting college players into a farm system like major league baseball. I used to joke that all my asking around forums, AIM, sites was the start of what I call “College Farm System Dynasty Leagues” and what many now call “developmental dynasty leagues.” I know they existed before '99... but I wrote about them and pushed them for years in the dynasty community for many years before they became popular. Recently a friend in the industry who had played in these leagues with me since about 2005 told me to stop joking, put it in my bio, and say I invented that sh*t. I won’t go that far, but I was certainly one of the first, if not the first online doing it. I am one of the few people out there that can say he drafted Adrian Peterson when he was a senior in high school.

Joining these forums to find answers about devy got me into the community. Being an active member at a forum based website called FantasyFootballCafe.com… I quickly moved up and started writing their Start/Sit column. One year I was even ranked as the #3 most accurate start/sit column on the internet by an independent ranking site. Mathew Berry was #4 that year. This was before FantasyPros.com which is now the Gold standard. I felt like a real part of the industry. Boy was I wrong. I found that out later when I started my own site and really got out there.

In 2008, I decided to make my own site. My best friends in the industry Gary Davenport, Rob Leath, and Mike Kaus came along for the ride and FantasyFootballOasis.com was founded. The first few months were painful for pageviews, but then Gary’s IDP talk put us on the map. It didn't hurt that we were frontpage of google for any "PPR" search. No one was as dedicated to PPR than us at the time (ironic, right?) We were also on the first page of every google "IDP" search. This may be hard to believe now, but IDP was not covered very much at all. This lead us to huge numbers and visibilty. Gary and I are both now full time in the fantasy industry.

More recently, in 2014, I closed FFOasis to spend more time with my newborn first son and my wife. I became an independent contractor primarily working behind the scenes for Dynasty League Football until 2017.

In 2017 I became a full time member of the fantasy industry. I now work for Fanball where I do fantasy analysis, I am in charge of MFL10s and also SafeLeagues.

My major passions include helping my fantasy football community family and charitable work.