Thank You for the Shout-Out, Jerry Hooton–2020 FFPC $500K Winner

High-Stakes Fantasy Player Jerry Hooton, winner of 2020’s FFPC ($500K) was kind enough to thank a trio of analysts for their work that he credits as helpful research for his winning season and Matt Waldman’s RSP was one of them. 

For the fourth time in 10 years, I’ve had a high-stakes winner credit my work as helpful to their championship or top-three placement in a tourney.  Here’s an excerpt of Mike Schopp’s interview with Jerry Hooton, winner of the $500K prize in the 2020 FFPC tourney:

Hooton also credited KC Joyner and a specific Fantasy Guru podcast earlier, but I clipped this portion of the interview for my Twitter and YouTube. Here’s the full interview.

Thank you, Jerry, for your generosity of spirit to credit our work. You obviously did the heavy lifting, but we appreciate the shoutout.

I’ve been fortunate to have this happen before. You all know Dwayne McFarland. You might not know Henry Muto, who has finished among the top 3-5 in various tourneys and has mentioned my work.

Ronald Eltanal won $125,000 and sent me this email in 2012

On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM, <> wrote:

Hi Matt,

I just won the Footballguys Players Championship (I still can’t believe it as I write it).  I’m writing to thank you for your advice this season, in your footballguys articles and in the stuff you write for your rsp blog.  Take a look at the squad I drafted, and you can see it has your fingerprints all over it:

1.11 Calvin Johnson
2.2 Roddy White
3.11 Micheal Turner
4.2 Mark Ingram
5.11 Tom Brady
6.02 Marshawn Lynch
7.11 Aaron Hernandez
8.02 Rob Gronkowski
9.11 Michael Bush
10.02 Sidney Rice
11.11 Jermaine Gresham
12.02 Eagles D/ST
13.11 Donald Driver
14.2 Jerome Harrison
15.11 Montario Hardesty
16.2 Jason Hill
17.11 Stephen Gostkowski
18.02 Donovan McNabb
19.11 Terrell Owens
20.02 Eric Decker

I pretty closely followed the blueprint of your upside down drafting strategy, and grabbed guys you recommended targeting like Calvin Johnson, Lynch, Bush, Hernandez, and Decker.  You’ll also see guys who didn’t pan out, like Ingram, Harrison and Hardesty, but it’s this kind of low risk-high reward approach to running backs that made Lynch and Bush the “lynchpins” of my team.

If you need a testimonial or something for any ventures you do on your own, or for footballguys, I’d be happy to write one.  In the meantime, I’ll make a few shout outs on the message boards where people have congratulated me.

Thanks again, and keep up the great work you so obviously love doing,


Appreciate you guys for the mentions.

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