2014 DFBC Finalist: Sweet Dreams for Shawngidley

June 26 10:26am
Nick Sharp

We’re all familiar with the sweating curse – the more closely you follow your lineup’s real-time performance, the worse they seem to do. Shawngidley avoided this common trap by going to bed at a decent hour after deciding he was out of the running. By the time he woke up, he was on top and in the driver’s seat to Las Vegas.


How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

The first time I played fantasy sports was the fall of 1992. I drafted Thurman Thomas in the 1st round and he scored 4 TDs in week 1. I was immediately hooked. My first fantasy baseball experience was the following spring as my friends and I did a few re-draft leagues until 1997 when we founded our current dynasty league.


I had originally signed up on FanDuel in March 2013 but never made a deposit. Thought it looked interesting but never took the leap. Then December 8th 2013 occurred. I’m guessing you know that date as well. I was on Twitter and there were various tweets about the $1MM winner of the FanDuel FFFC. I deposited $75 the next day.



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

The flexibility to create a new roster on a daily basis is both an amazing challenge and can be extremely rewarding. With DFS every MLB player comes into play based on match up and situation. I love that each day provides a new opportunity for study and analysis.



How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

It’s all about value and how to exploit it. One day there is an ace on the mound with numerous bats that have great match ups. The next day might consist of a mid-tier pitcher with a good match up where I can play high priced bats. I simply try and ask myself if I’ve identified the greatest values available.



Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

I decided to stack the bats from two of the late games so I knew it would be a slow start. One of my early players was Jason Hammel on the bump vs the Marlins. You always want to get through a clean 1st inning with your SP. That wasn’t the night. A walk and then a Stanton bomb. He settled down but nothing spectacular that evening. In that game I had Starlin Castro as well who peeked my interest with a 3 run shot in the 6th inning.


I had stacked the Brewers and Athletics in the late games so I knew if they really hit that night I could be in good shape. I was watching the Brewers game when Aramis Ramirez lines into a DP on a diving play by G Parra. I wasn’t near the top of the board but obviously wasn’t too thrilled.


So a funny thing seems to happen when I don’t pay attention or watch the games on a given evening. My players tend to do extremely well. This is important because that was the last play I saw until midnight ET that night. I feel asleep. While I was sleeping he Brewers stack scored 6 runs in the 8th and 9th innings and Moss and Cespedes both hit bombs. I wake up right after the Yoenis bomb and grab my phone to see what else had happened. I quickly catch up and see I’m at the top of the DFBC board.


Clearly I’m awake now.


Near the top of the board was a Mariners stack that made the necessary outs as well as a Dodgers stack that I was able to fend off. I think it was the Lowrie F9 at roughly 1:45am of a 14-8 west coast game was when it became clear that I was heading to Vegas.


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What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

The opportunity to both meet and compete with a number of the top players in the industry. This being my first year playing DFS I feel as if I’m playing catch-up to the industry leaders and this experience will continue my education in the ways of DFS.


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

I’d make some charitable donations, add to my FanDuel bankroll and let the wife do a little shopping in Vegas. And if I just happen to be sleeping during the DFBC….it’s part of my strategy.

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