Footballguys Staff Bio: Daniel Simpkins
Birthplace: South Carolina
Education: University of Tennessee MSSW, LCSW
Hometown: Shelbyville, TN
Family: I am married to a wonderful and supportive wife. We just recently had our first child!
Years playing fantasy football: 24
Favorite FF smack talk: I always find it fun to take a screenshot on my mobile of my opponent losing badly and text it to them.
Years writing about fantasy football: Five years, and only because a friend of mine encouraged me to take the chance. It's always been my dream to be a Footballguy, and I am thankful said friend encouraged me to take a shot at my dream!
Favorite FBG feature: Jene's Combined Rookie Draft Board is my new favorite feature. The tiered system he uses really makes much more sense than the traditional numbering method.
Organized football experience: I played nose guard up until high school before switching to a school that did not offer football. I played basketball for the rest of my high school days. I also played some intramural football in college.
Favorite NFL team: Tennessee Titans
Favorite college team: Tennessee Volunteers
Favorite fan moment: Watching the Music City Miracle as a child and knowing my favorite team was heading to the Super Bowl.
Favorite player of all time: Dan Marino. I grew up watching him play, and only wished he had been able to win a Super Bowl to cap a great career.
NFL rule(s) I would change if I could: I think I would change the pass interference rules to allow for a little more contact between both the DB and the WR down the field. It's happening anyway, so why not make it legal?
Favorite movie(s): I have so many... but The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Man on Fire, 12 Angry Men, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are among my favorites.
Favorite musical genres/albums/artists: My musical tastes are pretty eclectic. Oceanlab, ATB, Boston, Chicago, Arcade Fire, The National, The Postal Service, The Police, People in Planes, Pentatonix, King's Singers, Imogen Heap... just to name a few.
What I read: I love reading classics. In terms of more contemporary stuff, I liked Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Series, Lynn Austin's Refiner's Fire Series, and Dee Henderson's O'Malley Series. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Frost are also favorite authors of mine.
Hobbies: I enjoy drinking gourmet coffee, world travel, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and dabbling in graphic design.
Favorite TV show(s): I don't watch a lot of TV, but have really enjoyed watching the BBC version of Sherlock and Midsomer Murders. Apparently, I really like British shows.
Least favorite household chore: Cleaning the bathroom!
Dream job: I already have two-- working for Footballguys and for an outpatient geriatric mental health group!
Quote: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” - C.S. Lewis
Parting thoughts: I'm really excited about what I can bring to the table here at FBG, but I'm also ecstatic about getting to sit at the feet of some of the greatest football minds on the planet!