There's a new addition to the Family, as Fantasy Baseball Expert Deron Filip comes on board. Deron's regular Monday articles will become required reading for those of us far too deeply involved in Fantasy Baseball Leagues.

Deron Filip has been playing fantasy baseball for five seasons, qualifying for the playoffs each year with four finals appearances and two league championships. In addition to writing his weekly column for, Deron currently serves as the San Diego Padres Correspondent for ESPN Fantasy Games. For the past two seasons, he produced and co-hosted The Fantasy Baseball Show on ESPN Radio, while also providing content for and maintaining the show's web site.

"Playing fantasy baseball requires about as much time and energy as a full-time job. Hopefully I'm on the road to getting paid for it some day."

Deron grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. After tiring of the Cubs as a youngster, he did the unthinkable and switched his allegiance to the South Side, which simply brought about more heartache in 1983 and again in '93, when Deron attended Game 1 of the ALCS against Toronto at "New Comiskey" on a cold, October night. Michael Jordan threw out the first pitch for that game, the Sox lost and then Jordan announced his retirement (the first time) the next day. "Good times…Good times."

In 1998, Deron's White Sox support began to wane with the inception of his new hometown team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, which brought about the thrill of a World Series Championship in 2001…"against the Yankees, I seem to recall."

Prior to his experience in the field of fantasy sports, Deron worked as Director of Media Relations for the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and as Sports Information Director at his alma mater, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

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