2014 DFBC Finalist: McJester Ready For Another Shot in Vegas

July 1 2:56pm
Nick Sharp

With a notorious track record of success, McJester is a household name among the daily fantasy industry. In this interview, the man himself breaks down the ever-changing nature of daily fantasy sports and highlights the adaptability required to become a long-term winner.

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve been playing fantasy since freshman year of high school – so since 1999 or 2000. As for fantasy baseball, I had dabbled in a few season-longs, but didn’t start playing seriously since last year.

 

Generally speaking, I got into daily fantasy about 3 years ago. A friend introduced me to FanDuel, but unfortunately he didn’t make me sign up through the referral program. Obviously, he’s very bummed out about that.

 

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

I play in a couple of season-longs and they’re alright – they’re fun strictly for the friendships that I maintain. Otherwise, I would not naturally go looking for season-long leagues.

 

I get burdened by some of the season-longs that I get thrown into (not my friends’ leagues, but some of the others). Daily is just so much more efficient. I get the full experience every single day. There’s just no real comparison.

 

There’s always a new day.

 

How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

It’s such a cliché but it’s extremely true – every night is different. I never go into it with just one set approach. People are always looking for a template or a cookie-cutter approach, but I almost never adhere strictly to one thing. Daily fantasy is always evolving and your strategy has to change in the same way.

 

I’m not attached to any one approach because I think that will hurt me in the long run. You have to embrace new ideas constantly.  As soon as certain trends become accepted, everybody jumps on the bandwagon and you need to look for new ways to get ahead.

 

You have to be able to adjust and evolve.

 

Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

I knew right when Alex Cobb was hardly owned so I knew I was going in for a big night. He had something like 11 K’s in 6 innings so right out of the gate I knew I could potentially have a very big night. Also, I think the main consensus that day was to stack Detroit and they completely flopped.

 

I turned on the scores very late and I was in the lead. The only thing that could get me was that the guy behind me had Buster Posey and they got him out at the bottom of the 7th. They retired the batters very quickly in the bottom of the 8th. So it was over because Buster wasn’t going to get another at bat as long as the Giants could hold on.

 

At the top of the 9th the Rockies scored like five runs so there was a real chance Posey could get another at bat. The Giants needed to blow a two or three run lead for the guy to even have a fighting chance. They needed one guy to get on base for Posey to get on bat. The batters went out one-two-three and Posey didn’t even get a chance.

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What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

Just the atmosphere – there’s nothing like it. I think I’ll be just a little less overwhelmed this time around. It was so surreal the first time around for the FFFC. I feel like maybe it sounds like I’m making excuses for why I did so badly the first time around, but this time I hope to be totally focused and on my game.

 

I really can’t believe I’m even having this conversation about a legitimate chance to win a million.

 

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

I definitely would put a lot back into FanDuel. Not to make myself sound like an idiot, but I’d probably end up spending a lot on family and friends because that’s what I do when I have money. That includes me splurging on my DFS friends so yeah, if I win everyone wins.

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