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20/20 Interview with Zeno Muscarella

This week, algorithm director, DLF dev, and 49ers fan, Zeno Muscarella, gave us a few minutes of his time so you could get to know the behind the scenes people at DLF just a little bit better.


Where are you from?

Bay Area, California.

What do you do for your regular job?

I am a Software Developer/Data-Scientist.

What is the worst job you have ever had?

I was a stock boy at McCaulou’s in my early teens and the manager was a very mean lady who looked like a witch.

What is the best job you have ever had?

Software developer.

What do you consider your dream job? 

No job.

How long have you been in the industry?

I’ve been doing fantasy football analysis (good and bad analysis) for about 7 years now. I’ve been with DLF for 1 of them.

How did you get your break into fantasy football? 

4 years ago, Josh Hermsmeyer inspired me to dig a bit more into NFL/collegiate data. I ended up learning how to build little web-applications and so I created a few different tools to show off different datasets. This includes Peter Howard’s awesome college target-share data and a bunch of stuff at FF-statistics and DLF.

What tool do you use the most on DLF? 

Trade analyzer.

What tool do you use the most outside of DLF?

Pro Football Reference

Who was the best sleeper you pegged that broke out?

Saquon Barkley (wink). I haven’t really hit on many good sleepers (and I’m ok with that)!

Who was your biggest whiff?

I’m not giving up on N’keal Harry, you can’t make me!!

What is the worst trade you have made?

I make no bad trades.

Who is your favorite underfollowed Twitter account?

Peter Howard

Who is your favorite NFL team? 


Who is your favorite college football team?

Cal Berkley

Who was your favorite player growing up? 

Jerry Rice

Who is your favorite player of all time? 

Jerry Rice

What other hobbies or passions do you have outside of fantasy football? 

Golf and Video games

What are some of your favorite movies?

Airplane, Wedding Crashers, Old School, Hateful 8.

Who are some of your favorite bands?

Chance the Rapper

20/20 Interview with Zeno Muscarella
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