Braskey Goes From Covering to Competing for the 2013 DFBC
In a field brimming with newcomers and veterans alike, one qualifier has a unique history with FanDuel championships: he’s been to all of them, yet only competed in one. Cal, otherwise known as Braskey, is widely known for being at the forefront of the daily fantasy sports movement. After years spent covering FanDuel’s daily fantasy championships in Las Vegas, he might be more excited than anyone to play the part of a finalist!
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You’ve attended many of our live finals in a coverage capacity. How excited are you to be there without having to work this time around?
Well I actually qualified for the very first FFFC. That was the very first FanDuel live event. That latched me on for life as a guy who will be trying to qualify for these championships. I had such a great time – I burned through a lot of $10 bills trying to get to the 2011 event. I didn’t make it, but luckily FanDuel invited me out to cover it, so I was really happy to be a part of it. I didn’t try as hard for baseball in 2011 when Naapstermaan won. I have been to every event since the first, but I’m really happy to be back as a player. There’s nothing like playing in one of these. There’s definitely a sense of jealousy when I’m there covering. I’m way more excited to have a chance to get the VIP treatment.
Do you think there is more pressure on you to win since you’re a giver of daily fantasy advice?
I don’t think so. I’m no expert – I pride myself in being able to pick out who the experts are. I’d say guys like Al Smizzle have more pressure, as good as they are. For me, it’s just gravy.
What was your strategy to take down the qualifier?
Always stack against Lincecum, Halladay, and Sanchez. It’s worked in the past, so I just continued with the strategy. The Giants tend to let Lincecum pitch too much, so he gets worn down and beat up in the later innings. It worked for me that night. I got a home run off Ryan Howard and Chase Utley late in their games. I had some cheap players to fill out my roster, with a few cheap Yankees. That allowed me to get Matt Harvey – 21 points without the W! I also had McCutchen for 9 points without a homer.
Describe the night you won. Must have been wild!
That was a Tuesday, lotta games going on. My research was being interrupted by nonstop calls, and I wasn’t able to devote enough attention to the weather. I didn’t realize that it was raining all day, causing the cancellation of one of the games where I had players.
I was irritated, since I only had 4 lineups, so I didn’t even check scores or anything and just went about my business. Then I got a text saying I had taken the lead in the qualifier while on a jog. I had to sweat one Miguel Montero at bat in the bottom of the 9th, with a guy 4 points down, and thankfully he got out. I didn’t even start following until I already had the lead.
What are your plans for the $200,000 grand prize if you win it?
$200,000 is a crazy amount of money to win for one day of fantasy baseball. If I won I’d do something nice for family and friends and then splurge on a vacation. The vast majority would go to savings and to my Uncle, Sam.