2014 DFBC Finalist: Being a Cubs Fan Finally Pays Off for Cuddy120

May 19 12:07pm
Kevin Kim

Illinois resident cuddy120 identifies himself as a “die hard” Cubs fan, but admitted to us that he rarely uses players from the team in his lineups… except on the night of his DFBC Qualifier win, when he drafted four. Fortunately for him, daily fantasy doesn’t require a player to be excellent all season; he just has to be amazing on the day you pick him. The Cubs came out big for him that night and cuddy120 booked his ticket to Las Vegas!

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve been playing season-long fantasy sports for 15 years and started daily fantasy in 2011.


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

I don’t really care too much for season-long leagues anymore.  I used to run four or five teams out there for each sport but now have dwindled down to just one for football and two for baseball.   I mainly use those as a way to stay connected with old friends.  I honestly couldn’t even tell you who is on my roster in my baseball leagues right now and I’m most likely starting a few guys who are on the DL.

Daily fantasy is just at a whole different level.  I love the fact that every day I get to draft a new team, and the performance of my players for that day is actually relevant.  The every-day potential for winning lots of monies isn’t too bad either.


How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

Up until this year, I would donk away most of my winnings from cash games in GPP’s.  I used to think it was just really bad luck, but it can probably be attributed to only looking at Vegas totals and BvP.  Now that I’ve started to incorporate some advanced sabermetrics in my research as well, I’ve seen much better results.

 I prefer stacking instead of a balanced lineup, but I will do both depending on the contest type.


Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

 This was probably the least confident I’ve ever been entering a lineup as I used a Cubs stack.  I’m a die-hard Cubs fan and rarely will use even one player from the team, let alone four.   I hoped a lot of competitors would use Tyler Lyons since he was so cheap and for him to have an off-night.  It couldn’t have gone any better, as the Cubs scored two weeks’ worth of runs.

I anticipated a couple of 1-2-3 innings during dinner and then turning the game off to catch up on some shows with my wife, but after an Olt 2-run homer in the 1st and a Lake 3-run jack in the 2nd, I realized it could be a good night and we’d be watching baseball all night.  After a couple hours went by, I was on pins and needles with every at-bat.  After a few late inning web gems from the D-backs vs. the Nats and crucial bases loaded jams escaped in a few other games, I was starting to look over the DFBC payout structure and watched the Vegas video a few times. 

Then, Freddie Freeman happened.  A 9th inning homer dropped me into 2nd.  My buddy just fell into 2nd to Tommy G last week after the miraculous Abreu walk-off grand slam and I was going to be his tag-a-long to Vegas.  I thought it happened again.  A last second lineup switch from Rougned Ogur to Stefan Romero paid dividends, as his HR in my only remaining at-bat propelled me back to first.

With multiple people on my tail with Dodgers stacks, I went straight to the fridge and grabbed a cold one as I watched Brian Wilson try to let Miami bring the game to extras.  After replacing him in the 8th, it was smooth sailing from there and I could finally breathe again.  The 14 heart-attacks throughout the night were well worth it in the end.

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What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

Being able to watch every game live at once instead of having my buddy text me results of crucial at-bats ten seconds before I see them even though we use the same App.

Either that or the million bucks, it’s a toss-up.


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

We would absolutely have one helluva party Saturday night/Sunday morning in Vegas.

As long as I still have money left after the trip…

I’d buy my wife her dream home, our 8-month old daughter would be set for future college expenses, We’d take a trip or two, I’d spread it around to a few charities, and I work in investments so I imagine it would be wise to invest a few bucks.

I’m sure after those expenses I’d leave a little bit of ammo in my account to try to head back to Vegas for football.


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