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2014 DFBC Finalist: Second Place Enough To Book V1ll1on’s Trip to Vegas

Jul 18 1:29pm

Most DFBC Qualifiers only award a coveted Vegas seat to first place finishers. DFBC Finalist V1ll1on was fortunate enough to take second place when it mattered – on the night of a 2-seat $1,065 DFBC Qualifier.

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve never played any year-long leagues before last year for baseball, though I do play a couple season-longs for football.

I just started playing daily fantasy sports last August. I’ve always been a big football person. After that I headed into the NBA. Once basketball was starting to wind down, I felt like I couldn’t wait for football to start so even though I had never played fantasy baseball, I decided to give it a try. To be honest, I’ve never sat down at a baseball game and watched the whole game. A lot of times when I try to apply myself to something that’s new, I really put a lot into it.

I’ve been a little lucky in that before baseball season started I never watched more than 10 minutes of baseball. Now that I play daily fantasy baseball, I’ve been watching more and more of it and… it’s not bad.

Yeah, I’m a newbie, man.

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

Oh, daily is much better. Last year, with football season-long, I’m a Redskins fan so I had to put a few Redskins in my roster. This put me behind in my yearly league – I did okay. Daily works much better for me because I can play when I want. In season-long, your vision of how the season is going to play out just doesn’t work out so well a lot of the time.

When you play daily, it really changes the way you watch the game. It makes the game much more exciting.

How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

With baseball you have a lot more players involved than in most other sports. I try to think outside of the box.

Usually I’ll start from the bottom (the cheapest) and try to find some good value in the bottom-dollar bracket. I’ll work my way up. The night before I’ll start setting up some lineups and entering some contests. The next day I’ll get up and read some articles and analysis and then make my adjustments. I usually keep making adjustments until five or six minutes before lineups lock so I can get exactly what I want.

I don’t try to make ten to fifteen lineups – it’s too much for me. I stick with one or two.

Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

The DFBC Qualifier I won was the 2-seat $1,065. On that same day, my kids wanted to go see the Transformers movie. I took them to see it and it was just one of those situations where I’m sitting there wondering “When is this movie going to end?” When it was finally over, I rushed back into my office finish my lineups.

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My wife’s not too much into daily. After lineups locked, we sat around and watched TV and had a few drinks. As the night went on, I kept rising up the leaderboard. For a while, we had a three-way tie for 2nd place and all I needed was a point to break the tie. Logan Morrison was coming up and I was thinking, “I don’t care if you get a hit or a walk, just do something.” He grabbed 1.5 FanDuel points and took me into the top two for a seat.

It didn’t really register until the next morning when I looked at my screen. I didn’t tell anybody for a long time. My wife and I went to eat that Saturday and that’s when I told her.

What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

I’ve been a few times already, but usually it’s been with my kids. It’s tough going to Vegas with a kid. You can’t just relax because you have to watch out for them. It’ll be awesome to meet some of the big guys in the industry, the guys you hear on the radio shows or on the forums. To be honest, I’m a little intimidated.

But as I always say it only takes one lineup to win. There’s always a luck element involved. For example, when you pick a cheap value player, you might expect one or two points and suddenly he hits a home run. It’s hard to anticipate for that. All I can do is set the best lineup I can and hope for the best.

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

Oh, man. I just went out and bought $200,000 trucks and trailers. We haul mail for the U.S. government. I would definitely pay off some business debt. I have already promised my kids if I won anything over $50,000, I would take them to Disney World and have a full-fledged Disney World vacation like a rockstar would. The rest pay off the bills and get ready for football.

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