2014 DFBC Finalist: New Strategy Pays Off for 3rd_and_schlong

May 9 5:00pm
Nick Sharp

Imagine winning the FanDuel MLB Slugger for $12,000 and placing second in the MLB Monster for another $12,000. Sounds like a pretty good night of baseball, right? Cleary it wasn’t enough for twenty-year-old 3rd_and_schlong, or Bryce as his friends call him, because he went on to take down the $535 DFBC Qualifier the same night. With his twenty-first birthday coming a month before the Las Vegas Final, this is sure to be an amazing summer for 3rd.

 

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As of right now, you’re the youngest of our qualified DFBC Finalists by a decent margin. When/how did you get your start in fantasy sports?

I started playing fantasy football with friends while I was in High School. I have always been passionate about sports. My senior year I tried out a couple FanDuel freerolls. After that, I was hooked on daily fantasy sports. We still have that same league from High School running today.

 

 

In your opinion, how does daily fantasy compare to season-long?

In my opinion, season long leagues offer a good entertainment value. Playing in our season long league offers us the opportunity to stay connected now that we are all off doing different things. However, daily is my favorite. If there is a bad night, injury, or other freak occurrence, I can overcome that the next night. In a season long league, it could kill my season. The turnaround is much quicker.

 

 

How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

I have never played fantasy baseball before this season. MLB has far more variance nightly in player scores than NBA. If Lebron bombs in NBA you’re typically not in for a good night if you take him. In MLB, you can overcome a bad night from a couple players much easier. I think this allows me to play somewhat of riskier lineups than I could in NBA.

I only play one lineup nightly. I’ll only very rarely put more than one entry into a GPP. So when building my lineups, I try to make them compatible with both head-to-head and double-up games and GPPs.

 

 

Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

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 The qualifier I won was a $535 one, which only includes 98 people. With only putting one lineup in, I much prefer the high dollar, smaller player pool, qualifiers as opposed to say the $10 or $25 buy ins. After lineups locked at 7, I really didn’t pay much attention until about 9. The first time I checked, I saw that Robbie Ray was getting some good K’s which was more than I expected out of him for only $3,000. Miggy and Stanton got off to quick starts as well, while Miggy and Kinsler provided Ray with some run support.

 

I am a brother of Phi Kappa Psi and with graduation right around the corner, we had our senior dinner night. During baseball season I really don’t try to pay too much attention during the actual contest. It won’t change anything, so a bunch of belligerently drunk seniors talking to our house provided with some much needed distraction. After that, I saw I was tied for first with Stubbs being the only player differentiating me from the field. Primetime had Choo, but he got lifted for a pinch runner which ended his chances. After Stubbs hit a homerun in his final at-bat, I knew I had it in the bag.

 

Additionally, on the same night of the DFBC I won the slugger for $12,000, and finished second in the monster for another $12,000, so regardless of my finish in Vegas I’ll be heading home with a solid amount.

 

 

Wow. I guess that’s the thing about entering just one lineup – when you win, you win big.

I have never been much of a GPP player. I find it too risky. I’ll diversify and play tons of h2hs and double ups to cover the costs of entering big tourneys every night.

 

Like I said, even if you have a bad couple nights all it takes is a two, or even one in this case, big nights to net a huge ROI.

 

 

What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

Yeah most of my friends and I are turning 21 this summer, so that works out well. Some guys in my pledge class and some friends from home have discussed flying out to Vegas to have a great weekend, so I’m definitely looking forward to participating and winning the million with some of my best friends in Vegas.

 

What would you do with the $1,000,000 if you did win?

Immediately I would have one of the best weekends of my life with my friends. I have already made enough on FanDuel to pay off the majority of my student loans, so I’ll be able to continue growing and investing the money to provide a good start to post-graduate life.

 

 

Any last words?

I’d like to give a shout-out to Phi Psi at DePauw. Live Ever Die Never, we will be taking this million home.

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