Scout Fantasy: About Us

Learn about the experts who make up the next generation of Fantasy sports at Scout Fantasy!

Learn about the experts who make up the next generation of Fantasy sports at Scout Fantasy!


About Us

Senior V.P. of Scout Fantasy

Ian Ritchie

Ian is a co-founder of Full Time Fantasy Sports and a successful entrepreneur with an extensive track-record for profitable business ventures across the real estate and event promotion industries. Ian is an owner of Lighthouse E-Discovery, a firm whose clients include many of the top 100 law firms and many Fortune 500 companies.

Ian’s fantasy resume speaks for itself. He’s the former #1 Ranked Fantasy Player in the world, and together with Mark Deming make up the team Hawk and Roll.

Ian oversees the vision for Scout Fantasy and will contribute his expertise on game development and player relationships and use his extensive professional network to develop white label, distribution and new business opportunities for Scout Fantasy.

V.P. of Scout Fantasy

Scott Atkins

Scott is the Vice President for Scout Fantasy and host of the Fantasy Football World Championships, serving as Commissioner and Director of all Scout Fantasy leagues and contests. He directs content, brand and business development. Scott is the Founder and acting President of the Fantasy Players Association, a group dedicated to player advocacy and regularly appears on ESPN Radio and SiriusXM Fantasy. He also contributes daily NBA player projections on the Scout Fantasy Sports forums.

Scott took down over $30,000 in Week 17 playing NFL DFS on DraftKings in 2016. A long-time high-stakes competitor and ranked #50 in the Fantasy Football World Rankings, Scott had a fantastic 2014 season. Here are just some of his 2014 accomplishments:

DFS: Won DraftKings Atlantis King of the Beach Qualifier (valued at over $70,000)

Redraft National Competitions: 8th overall in the NFFC Classic -6th overall in The Fantasy Championship -6th overall in The Fantasy Championship Playoff Contest -#2014SFB League Champion

Dynasty Leagues: Fantasy Freakin’ Football II League Champion -HyperActive II League Champion -JP’s Dynasty IV League Champion

Editor-in-Chief

Matt De Lima

Matt De Lima is a football fiend. After establishing an extensive resume across a multitude of sites across the industry as a hard-working writer, Matt moved into a leadership position with SCOUT Fantasy. He is where the rubber meets the road as the Editor-in-Chief, establishing a consistent style, tone, and attitude to SCOUT Fantasy, building partnerships with other Fantasy sites, guiding all of the written content and managing the needs of an ever-expanding roster of Fantasy experts. Not to be outdone, Matt is no Fantasy slouch himself playing across a number of expert leagues and making guest appearances on ESPN radio, SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and a number of podcasts.

Follow Matt on Twitter (@mattkdelima) to experience his unique take on sports.

Managing Editor

Matt Brandon

Matt Brandon was born and raised in the New York area but has traveled all over the country in his 27 years of life. Brandon attended Northeastern University before transferring to SUNY Purchase where he studied sports journalism and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Following graduation, he wrote for FF Swami and Fantasy Pros before ending up with Scout Fantasy.

Brandon has been dominating Fantasy leagues for over ten years and specializes in Fantasy Basketball and Football. Since being introduced to Daily Fantasy Sports in September of 2014, he has taken down a few big tournaments and continues to play on DraftKings. Matt bleeds blue for his New York teams and is a huge Giants, Knicks, Mets and Rangers fan. He publishes all content to Scout Fantasy Sports, writes NBA and NFL content, assists in customer service, manages draft facilitation teams and is responsible for other critical behind-the-scenes functions. Follow Matt Brandon on Twitter at @MattBrandon21.

Senior Fantasy Experts

Dr. Roto (NFL, MLB)

Dr. Roto is the heart & soul of Scout Fantasy Sports. The winner of the FSWA 2011 Newcomer of the Year Award, he first participated in Fantasy leagues back in 1990 and was the subject of a UPN newscast for guiding numerous Fantasy Sports participants to league titles. He began writing in the Fantasy industry with the blogs “Around the Horn Baseball” and “Xpoint Football.” Dr. Roto worked for RotoExperts as a senior Fantasy Sports analyst for three years and is both a Fantasy Sports Writer & On Air Personality who can be heard daily on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He also hosts a Fantasy Football Gameday show on 99.3 ESPN in Florida, and is a regular guest on the Matt Thomas show on Sports Talk 790 in Houston and on ESPN 1420 Honolulu with Bobby Curran. Dr. Roto has won numerous high stakes Fantasy Football Championships and recently came in 2nd place overall in the 2017 Online Championship.

Dr. Roto hosted the first ever DFS dedicated radio program on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He was the winner of the inaugural “Fantasy Experts MLB DFS Challenge,” beating 15 other notable players in a bracket-style format. Known for his visionary plays, Doc’s “Chisen-call” is still widely regarded as the greatest one-day prediction ever given out on the radio. Doc specializes in “$4 and a Dream” GPP plays and considers NFL, PGA, and MLB to be his strongest DFS sports.

Enjoy Dr. Roto’s content every day at Scout Fantasy Sports. You can hear him on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 am ET. Follow Dr. Roto on Twitter and get your questions answered every day on our Forums.

Shawn Childs (NFL, MLB)

Shawn Childs has been a high stakes Fantasy baseball and football player since 2004 where he had success in his first season (three titles and $25,000 in winnings). In early years of the high stakes market in Fantasy baseball, he was ahead of the curve in player evaluation, draft value, and free agent bidding setting up four top-five finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has four AL-only Auction titles, one NL-only title, and five Main Event titles plus an overall title in 2012 at RTFBC (netted $10,000). This success led to an induction into the NFBC Baseball Hall of Fame. His success in the high stakes market led to a career in providing Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football content. On the football side, he’s competed and won in all different formats – auctions, draft championship, main events, and high-dollar leagues. He won 2nd place overall in the 2014 Most Accurate Salary Cap Expert contest at FantasyPros.

As a dual-sport player, it was natural to transition to the daily games where he is a “swing for the fences type of guy.” Childs has appeared in one FanDuel NFL Live Final and one DraftKings NFL Live Final, a season-ending tournament which led to a couple of chances to win over $1,000,000. His best day in DFS came in the summer of 2016 when a wild ride netted $70,000 and a chance to participate in the finals of the FanDuel MLB Live Championship where the winner would take home $250,000. Childs believes that Fantasy sports are a great outlet in life where a person’s passion can turn into a big win. As much as he’s won in Fantasy sports, Childs has also lost many battles. The down days are what motivates him to be a better player and help others find the potential pitfalls in Fantasy Sports. Childs provides weekly quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end reports that are one of the many perks of the NFL DFS package. You won’t find reports more in-depth than those written by Childs. In baseball, he is one of the few writers in the country to tackle the whole player pool. This gives a Fantasy owner a consistent view throughout the inventory each season.

Follow Shawn on Twitter at @Shawn__Childs.

Adam Ronis (NFL, NBA, MLB)

Adam Ronis has been playing DFS for several years and talks about his plays on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio. He plays MLB, NBA, and NFL. In the inaugural Tout Wars DFS Baseball Challenge in 2016, Adam took second place for a four-figure payout. He tends to focus on cash games but will enter tournaments.

Ronis has been on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on the morning drive since the inception of the station in 2010. Adam started writing content for Newsday with a weekly Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football column. He was a Fantasy Sports Analyst and writer for RotoExperts and FNTSY for eight years before coming to Scout Fantasy Sports in November 2016. Adam was the co-founder and Director of Content for DraftValet, a company that hosted drafts and developed a Fantasy Sports advice app.

Adam has fared well in various Fantasy Sports. He won the Tout Wars mixed league in his second year in the league back in 2015 and repeated the following season. He has won multiple Sirius XM hosts leagues in baseball, football and basketball and has fared well in high stakes leagues.

Adam has been published in Newsday, the New York Post, Daily News, Yahoo Sports, SI.com, and the Associated Press. You can read Adam’s articles daily at Scout Fantasy Sports and listen to him on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET. He also co-hosts with Lisa Ann Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET on “Lisa Ann Does Fantasy.”

Mark Deming (NFL)

Mark is a co-founder of Full Time Fantasy Sports and a successful entrepreneur with a successful track-record for business ventures across the online marketing and lead generation verticals. Mark’s fantasy resume speaks for itself. He’s the former #1 Ranked Fantasy Player in the world, and together with Ian Ritchie, Deming make up the legendary high stakes team Hawk and Roll.

Hawk and Roll currently holds the highest winning percentage in the high stakes industry, 4 top 15 finishes in national tournaments, and two regular season scoring championships in national tournaments. Mark contributes his expertise via video, radio and written content for Scout Fantasy Sports to help educate, teach and train future Fantasy Football champions. Follow Deming at @YoMarkDeming on Twitter!

Nate Weitzer (MLB, NBA, NFL)

Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He’s been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA advice while continuing to build his bankroll on several sites. He is also a season-long king and has won several leagues over the years.

Weitzer is a sports journalist with a Masters from Boston University’s College of Communication. When he’s not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

Brian Polking (NASCAR)

Brian grew up in a racing family, and spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky. NASCAR became his passion at an early age and he has been following the sport ever since. While Brian earned his degree in journalism at Ohio State University, he started writing about NASCAR for several sites in 2005. He became head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com and FantasyCup.com in 2008 and was a finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association NASCAR Writer of the Year in 2009. His knowledge of NASCAR stems from his lifelong love of the sport. You can follow Brian on Twitter @BPolking.

Ryan Baroff (PGA)

Baroff has been playing Fantasy Sports since 2005, focusing on season-long NFL and PGA. After graduating with an MBA from the University of Miami, he was introduced to DFS in 2013, and has been playing and learning every sport since. Although PGA is his best sport, Ryan boosted his bankroll in 2014 by taking down numerous NBA GPPs on DraftKings (thanks to a late swap). His PGA articles over the past year have been featured on DailyOverlay, RotoCurve, and of course at Scout Fantasy Sports and Scout DFS. Ryan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but now resides in South Florida with his wife and son. Follow Ryan on Twitter @RBaroff427.