2014 DFBC Finalist: Time to Find a Babysitter for AP4Pres

May 15 10:33am
Kevin Kim

Tournaments like the $10 DFBC Qualifier, with low buy-ins and huge guaranteed prizes, attract massive fields. It takes a certain type of player to specialize in them and AP4Pres is one of them. Read on to hear his thoughts on calculated risk-taking, family life, and what he’s looking forward to the most about Las Vegas.

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve been playing fantasy pretty much my whole life, going back to when I was 8 years old and we’d have to get the newspaper and score by hand. I used to commission the leagues back then because I enjoyed looking at stats; plus, I didn’t trust my friends to do it. It was a lot more work back then.

I was into fantasy football and basketball since forever, but I only just got into fantasy baseball over the last three or four years. One of my friends convinced me to give it a try. Eventually it was too hard to keep up with the season-long leagues because they just didn’t hold my interest.

 

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

Unless you’re playing for big money with season-long, it’s hard to get excited about it every single day. With daily, you have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars within a 24 hour period. For me, there is a greater upside to playing daily fantasy whereas season-long is mainly for bragging rights and maybe a few bucks.

Daily is very fun and it’s a whole new realm for me.

 

How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

First, a lot of people (especially in baseball where things can get streaky) are looking for guys who are on a hot streak. I look at that a little, but you have to figure these players will eventually regress to the mean.

 Second, I don’t play a lot of cash games or 50/50s. I’m more of a kind of a “lottery pick” kind of guy, as I like to call it. I like to put a few lineups out there and take some chances. I’m a risk-taker. Besides, you can’t always go with the safe bet, especially when you’re playing in low-buyin contests like that $10 DFBC Qualifier I won, which have huge fields.

Overall, the pitcher is the most important and a few hot bats, with a good mix of long-shots.

 

Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

For starters, the in-laws were in town. I have 2 kids (4yo and a 1yo) so every time family is in town, it’s a big deal. I was doing some NBA lineups and only recognized last minute that it was a DFBC Qualifier night. I was so mad at myself because I didn’t have time to enter the Strikeout or any of the other big ones because I would have taken them all down with the lineup I ended up winning the Qualifier with. Ironically, when I was drafting for the DFBC, I ended up not having time to do all that much analysis.

The kids were being a little crazy and it was a long night when, all of a sudden, my brother sends me a text saying “Well at least you got a 61 point lineup.” I had totally forgotten about my lineups so I excused myself to run to the bathroom and check my scores 

Right as I was checking Zunino hits a 2 run homer. I had also been avoiding Blackmon, who I used to use very often, because his price went up. I took a chance on him this time and it paid off. The two late games scared the crap out of me. I think I was just a point or so ahead of the 2nd place guy and he had Pujols. I checked the Rangers-Angels game and it was the bottom of the 9th with pujols being 4th to bat. I was praying for a 3 and out. The Rangers’ closer came through, one-two-three, and I had won.

 

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What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

Two things: First, my wife has never been to Vegas and we’ve been talking over the past year or so about going. We had the second kid over the past year and that put vacation on hold. So I’ve been wanting to take her for a while.

Second, I’m really looking forward to meeting a lot of people in the fantasy sports industry. It’s a big event and the first major live contest for me so it’ll be exciting to get out there and meet my peers.

 

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

I’d spend it all on FanDuel. Heh, that’s a good question. I’d probably take a good, hard look at my mortgage and car payments and pay it all off.  With whatever’s left over, I’d buy some nice stuff for my wife and kids.

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