According to justdmbobbo, his daily fantasy journey has only just begun. The Indiana resident started with fantasy football just this past season, but has already managed to secure a trip to the DFBC Final in Las Vegas and he firmly believes that even if he doesn’t take down the $1,000,000 first place prize, he’ll still be going home a winner.
How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?
Fantasy sports – it’s probably been around 10 years. I started out by playing football, which led me to baseball and basketball. I always felt baseball and basketball were really hard to manage all season long so I mainly stuck to football. I’ve got a lot of friends who are into football.
I stumbled into daily fantasy mid-November this past year. A good friend of mine who I was in a fantasy football league with told me I should check it out. I jumped right in and started making some decent money in the football season.
In your opinion, how does daily fantasy compare to season-long?
I think season-long gets really boring especially in basketball or baseball. It’s really hard to set your lineups a week in advance or focus on long-term trends.
With daily, it’s great because you’re looking at the rosters when they come out and when they lock (sometimes even minutes before) so the fact that someone may be batting second versus eighth can make a great impact on strategy for that night.
How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?
I haven’t been playing as much as some of the other Finalists so I don’t have as much experience in certain areas. In baseball I focus more on pitchers than on batters. I spend a lot of my time and research looking at starting pitchers and then looking at pitchers I want to go against. I narrow it down using that until I can highlight the teams I want to use.
Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.
I felt like I was on a hot streak leading up to that night. I had taken down some good prizes in the Monster and I was in a position to put in multiple entries.
I did a variation on a couple of different lineups. The team that ended up winning was one of my backup teams. Jered Weaver put up 17 points that night and won it for me. I happened to be out of town so I wasn’t able to do my normal routine of following the games minute-by-minute. When I did check the scores, I was looking more at my primary lineup and I noticed that it had performed pretty mediocrely. After I finished dinner and got back to my hotel room, Weaver was still in the game in the 8th inning and I knew something special was happening. I checked the scores and the win popped up with Weaver being 16% owned.
The MVP of both lineups was Marcell Ozuna, who was only 1.2% owned but came up with a HR that night. The combination of him and Weaver set that distance apart from everybody else. There was one night maybe three to four weeks prior to this night where I happened to be at the top of the $535 qualifier. I felt really confident, and it all came down to pitching. I finished the night on top, but someone else ended up getting the win. In the blink of an eye I went from 1st to 12th.
What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?
Just taking in the experience. At this point, being so young in daily fantasy, getting exposed to the other players who are on a different level will be awesome. The best part of a live event is that nobody’s a loser, everyone’s a winner. I’m going to go hard after first place but even if I end up last, I don’t think there will be anybody in the building who will give me a hard time about it.
It’s a celebration of the whole season and a culmination of the whole summer.
What would you do with the $1,000,000 if you did win?
As a good American I’d probably pay my taxes. I’d probably keep some in the bank for a little bit. The money would allow me and my wife to start a family, a college fund for the kids, and stay grounded.