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2014 DFBC Finalist: Time to Leave the Airport for Roknows79

Jun 18 11:35am

Sports serve as a powerful bond between family members, especially fathers and sons. Roknows79’s own dad shared his love of the Mets with his son as well as an obsession with sports-related statistics. Read on to find out more about roknows79’s exciting Qualifier victory, his history with fantasy sports, and what may be one of the most touching plans for the $1,000,000 we’ve heard yet.

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve been playing fantasy sports for 10 years now and baseball was about 9 years ago. I started with basketball and football first, then branched out. I got into daily fantasy in late 2011; I actually signed up on 11/11/11, which is a pretty easy date to remember. I got into it by accident though. I was really looking for a seasonal college basketball league and stumbled onto FanDuel.


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

I find daily to be infinitely more exciting. I actually have a harder time now paying close attention to my seasonal teams because I’m always so focused on the daily game.


How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

I usually check the Vegas lines to see who is favored and what the projected runs are. From there, I start digging into which teams and players have been hot over a certain amount of time.


Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

That night was crazy because it seemed like I was going to hit 2 qualifiers on different sites. I was actually sitting in first place for quite a while on another site and noticed I was lingering around on Fanduel.

As the night progressed, I asked myself which would I rather qualify for and I definitely wanted to qualify for FanDuel’s due to the entire package involved. After my Oakland guys did their thing and I nailed that Ryan Vogelsong pick, I felt pretty good. Then I was staring at 4 Diamondbacks playing in Coors Field and I started thinking that I’d get close. I jumped into first, then got passed quickly (which was frustrating because I’ve been close about 3 or 4 times this year already). Suddenly, here comes Miguel Montero – I figured that he’d probably get a single and I’d have to deal with another close call, but then he hit that homerun and for the first time that night, I was dead silent…like I was waiting to wake up from a dream. I refused to believe it until I saw that “roknows has won a DFBC Finals Ticket” green banner


What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

Well I’ve never been to Vegas (only to the airport coming back from a business trip) so that alone is exciting. Along with that, I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone involved and competing in the biggest daily fantasy baseball event this industry has. There are a bunch of players that I’ve followed since I got SUPER serious about this in 2013 and I really can’t wait to shake their hands


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

Asides from paying off of my MBA loan and obviously reinvesting a large portion of it back into my bankroll, I did have one specific thing I wanted to do first. My dad passed away when I was 11 and baseball was a big thing for us. He raised me as a Mets fan and would take me to games at Shea Stadium. I said I always wanted to get his tombstone replaced with one that was a replica of Shea Stadium… just to honor him, you know? He was a stats junkie himself and I feel like he passed something on to me. So that’s my way of giving back to him.

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