Rubble44 was a guest of his brother, duckiesuccumbs, at last year’s live DFBC Final. This year, he’ll be returning as a competitor, with a shot at taking down the $1,000,000 first place prize himself.
How long have you been playing fantasy baseball?
I’ve been playing since the early ‘80s. We were one of the first groups of people doing them. We were in the first rotisserie league book, playing back in ‘83. Players like Roger Clemens and Ricky Henderson were on my teams.
As for daily, I got into it last year. Two of my friends were in the DFBC last year: my brother and al_smizzle. We’ve been in leagues together for years and they told me I should get into the daily thing.
In your opinion, how does daily fantasy compare to season-long?
Daily fantasy is better because you can do a new lineup every day. Also, the fact is that there are a lot more competitive people getting into it every day. This year especially there are a lot more people and it’s more of a challenge. There’s something to be said for beating good people.
How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?
Basically, I try to find myself a good pitcher. Build it around that and then get to the hitting after. I shoot for one to two “name” players to form my hitting backbone and then take a couple chances depending on the situation.
When I won last week, I just had a really good feeling about Tyson Ross and I’ve always been a big Giancarlo Stanton fan. I had him on my fantasy team when he was a rookie in one of my other fantasy teams so I’ve always had a soft spot for him.
Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.
I put in three lineups and I felt really good about all of them. I figured maybe I’d win some money; I didn’t know if I could win the whole thing, but I felt competitive. When Giancarlo hit the grand slam walkoff homerun, I called my brother and said “Looks like things just got interesting.”
My fiancée’s pregnant (she’s due 2 weeks before the DFBC Final) and, at around the 5th inning, she asked me to go get some food for her. I head out and the whole time I was thinking, “I gotta get home, I gotta get home.” I needed to fade the Oakland game in order to win and once I did, I felt very confident. Once my win was secure, I was really happy, but I was the only one awake. My fiancée and my daughter were asleep.
What’re you looking forward to the most about Vegas?
I went to last year’s tournament as a guest and it was very well setup. The people were a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to the Cosmopolitan, which I’ve never been to, and the celebrity guest. Last year, I saw a lot of camaraderie, even among the competitors, and no one being too cutthroat. I expect a lot of returning finalists and I can’t wait to see them again.
And what would you do with the $1,000,000 if you did win?
Pay off all my bills, put a down payment for a house, get a real college fund established for my kids and then bet the rest on black.