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Episode 30: Matthew Freedman - It's not built for everyone

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Episode 30 brings us Matthew Freedman, the editor-in-chief of Fantasy Labs and the producer of RotoViz Radio and the Fantasyland Podcast. Freedman took a unique path to his full-time spot in the fantasy business, starting out as a Ph.D student before shifting gears. He talks about how that perspective still influences his work in fantasy sports to this day and some ideas it brought into action. Finally, we dig into the ground-breaking Fantasyland podcast and where the show might be headed. Highlights from this episode include: - How a fortunate start to NFL fandom and fantasy sports got Freedman rolling towards an obsessive path. - Matthew's background as an academic and what pushed him from that into the world of football analysis. - Finding a community you belong in and your avenue to still stand out in that group. - Why Freedman approaches fantasy sports and football from a numbers only approach, and whether he believes that is the only way. - The origins of the RotoViz podcast network and how that led into their newest program, Fantasyland.