How long have you been playing on FanDuel and what brought you here?
According to FanDuel, I opened my account opened on 9/21/2012. The_big_Lombardi called me up during football season and tried talking me into joining FanDuel. At first I was hesitant, but I ended up giving in eventually. I won a few tournaments, and then I actually walked away for a few months after the NFL playoffs ended. The_big_Lombardi then talked me back into trying the NBA toward the end of that season. I happened to be playing that at the time baseball kicked off. He and I took a dabble into the MLB games, that’s when I realized I enjoyed the daily fantasy baseball even more so than the NBA or NFL.
Have you ever won anything like this playing fantasy sports?
No. This would have to be the most ratchet thing I have been a part of to date.
What is your approach to picking your team? Why did you go with the roster you had the night of the qualifier? Who was your most impactful player?
Really, every finalist interview I’ve read says it all. I guess its a little bit of research, a little bit of “John Anderson- Two for the Money” swagger, and a lot of faith and praise to God for allowing the batters I play to go yard. My dog (Laz) is also a large part of picking my lineup. If I am ever 50-50 on a stack, a pitcher, or a player(s), I ask the dog, and depending on her reaction, that’s what I play. In all honesty, everyone needs a bit of luck from time to time, and I find daily fantasy baseball no different. Some people may flip a coin, run numbers, me, I ask the dog and let it ride. I feel that it keeps the ups and the downs on a bit of a lighthearted level, and allows me to keep perspective on what this is at its base, fun!
The night I qualified I knew going in that I needed to run Baltimore. The play looked solid, and Laz was on board, so that’s how Ryan Flaherty got played. Really though, I had a few players that night that could take credit where due, however, Jacob Turner for Miami through one heck of a ball game. Any time you can get a value pitcher that posts 19, you have to be pleased beyond pleased. Plays like that could be called a “Fade” by some, however, I saw a number of guys/gals run him that night, and he proved to not only put up good numbers, but freed up some cap for the bats I needed that night.
How did you react when you realized you had won a seat to Las Vegas? Describe the night you won.
I was out to eat at dinner and had turned my phone off out of respect. The party I was out with excused themselves late into the meal, and I turned my phone back on to check the scores. By that time its was 10:45 EST, and Ramirez (SS Dodgers) had all but sealed the deal! I left the restaurant and called the Big_Lombardi, we had been joking around about me getting a ticket to the DFBC that night, but really thinking the odds were not in my favor. So many big guns in the $109 tournament, I really did not think I had the lineup that evening. However, God works in mysterious ways sometimes, and in light of a newly planned mini-vacation to Vegas, I skipped desert and headed over to meets some friends and celebrate.
How long have you been playing fantasy baseball?
This is my first season.
How do you like daily fantasy vs regular fantasy?
I love the daily ball! The regular fantasy leagues are OK, but daily fantasy baseball just has that little extra sizzle. Win, lose, skip some days, you look at the schedule one morning, and playing even just a $2 game to stay sharp just feels so right! Plus, where else in regular fantasy could I have the opportunity to go to Las Vegas and compete against some of the best in the business. Some of the finalists have been at this for so long, its just an honor and a privilege to be there competing against them trying to make your own impact in the daily fantasy world. If anyone has a regular fantasy league that can top that, my cap is off to them.
What is your favorite thing about playing on FanDuel.com?
I love the competition. I love that I can play against people from all across Canada, the U.S.A, etc… I love setting a lineup, looking for some of the more known players, and comparing what I ran that night to what they ran. Its not gambling, its a shot at winning. Its a shot for the “new” guys like myself to study, learn, compete, and hopefully, beat the best of the best. I had a professor who competed at a high level of sports at one point in her career, she must have said it one-hundred times, the only way to ever hope to be the best, is to compete against the best. I may never be the best at this, but if I am going to devote any substantial amount of time to it, why not play the best, learn from the best, and try to beat the best.
What will you do with the $200,000 if you win the DFBC?
Honestly…. buy a six pack of beer, sleep on it, wake up, and pray about it. True story.