2014 DFBC Finalist: Back Door Victory for 1greatbuyz
Sometimes, you never know what to expect when it comes to one-day fantasy sports. 1greatbuyz got a first-hand taste of this truth when the lineup he predicted to do well placed 10th in his DFBC Qualifier… and the one he wasn’t even paying attention to ended up taking the whole thing down.
How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?
I’ve been playing off and on since the ‘90s. It wasn’t quite as regulated as it is now. Mostly fantasy football and fantasy baseball just this year.
In your opinion, how does daily fantasy compare to season-long?
I play both and I like daily because you see a little bit more action every day.
How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?
When it comes to daily, I pretty much focus on matchups and then I utilize hunches – like if I think a guy is due for a hot performance. Different strategies win across the board; mine is that I don’t crunch a lot of numbers, but I watch a lot of games and make decisions based on that.
Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.
I put four teams in and it was the night Fernandez was pitching. I had one team with him and another with Darvish. I was watching the latter because Darvish was doing very well. I think that lineup got up to 4th place and I ended up going to bed because it sucks when you’re sweating hard and something goes wrong. I woke up the next morning, checked and saw that team had come in 10th.
It wasn’t until I took a closer look that I discovered that one of my other lineups, the one with Tyson Ross, had won the whole thing. I hadn’t even been watching that one. It just goes to show you that you can really never know what to expect sometimes. You think one team will do well and the next thing you know you’re back to nothing.
What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?
Just the experience. The reality of it hasn’t quite set in yet. The pressure of putting in a good lineup will be high. It’s not going to be like putting in a lineup for a $1,000 tournament. But I’m looking forward to the pressure.
What would you do with the $1,000,000 if you did win?
Oh, boy. I’d probably keep playing fantasy sports, that’s for sure. I’d definitely give back – let’s put it that way. Other than that, it’d be enough to let me change professions and do something interesting. My first job was a groundskeeper at a golf course. I’ve always wanted to go back and do that. I love the atmosphere.
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