2014 DFBC Finalist: Bubbleboy Ready to Make Some Noise

July 31 1:57pm
Nick Sharp

As analytical and data-driven as his approach can be, our spotlight finalist bubbleboy never could have imagined the series of events that led to and secured his DFBC Qualifier win. Read on to find out the definition of a daily fantasy baseball “Twilight Zone” moment.

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How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve been playing fantasy sports for a few years now, starting with just a small fantasy football league with some poker buddies.  After a couple of seasons of taking that way more seriously than everyone else in the league, I started playing on a few daily fantasy sites.  I did pretty well and got into daily basketball and just started playing some of the bigger sites like FanDuel this year.  I didn’t plan on playing fantasy baseball at all this season because of many past failures, but I had some early success and have gotten into it.  So now I’m grinding away pretty much daily and seeing how it goes.

 

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

I’ve only played season-long football, but daily fantasy is a different beast altogether in my opinion.  Tracking box scores, injuries and updates and playing multi-entry GPPs against the best grinders can be a lot of work, but very rewarding.  I like just being able to wipe the slate clean and start over the next day when things go all wrong.

 

How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

It’s still a work in progress, and it varies from sport to sport, but I tend to take an analytical/mathematical approach.  I usually start by looking at the matchups and lines to hone in on a few games to focus on.  With baseball, I start with hitter/pitcher splits and check who’s playing at home and who’s on the road – if there’s a game at Coors, for example, then sometimes the research starts and ends right there.  I start by targeting one or two pitchers and then I look at who’s been hot/not and check batter versus pitcher splits for anything that jumps out or if I need to break a tie b/w a couple players.  It gets a little tricky when you are playing big GPPs and need to factor in who you think most people will play and whether or not you should fade those players.  This all goes much more quickly if you are playing daily and on top of things, or if you just check a site where they compile all this data and have experts to guide you through fog.

 

Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win.

Excruciating and exhausting.  Excuse me if I run a little long here, but you asked and no one else I know will listen or even really cares, so I’ve pent this all up inside for a while now.  I had just lost the DFBC entry the night before by a point or so due to some meaningless walk and a chopped grounder that the batter legged out, and things were trending the same way that night. I had a team somewhat comfortably in first that all of the sudden was in a crowded field of contenders after a barrage of homers.  Luckily, one of my other teams had jumped up the ranks and gave me new life when my best team stalled out and was a sitting duck, but after sifting through the top contending lineups, I projected myself finishing 2nd – again – in a game where you are basically first or last.  I still had a slim fractional lead but am convinced I would have lost if not for some freak luck (for me).  Hanley Ramirez — who had already put up some big numbers that night and looked especially hitterish that night — somehow injured his hand fielding a ground ball late in the game and wasn’t able to continue playing.  This was one of the few scenarios that could have saved me because he was due up to bat the next inning against a very hittable lefty bullpen pitcher and any point by him would have doomed me.  The fact that the backup shortstop did in fact hit a home run in his spot made it a true fantasy “Twilight Zone” moment because my lead was secure once he left the game, and, sadly, I actually found myself celebrating this freak injury for a few moments because even though I worked out every good or bad scenario I could think of, I hadn’t seen this one coming.  In a sport where things tend to trudge along monotonously until something happens all of the sudden that changes everything, that’s pretty much how daily fantasy baseball unfolds on any given night, too.

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What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

 The moment when all the lineups are in and the games begin.

 

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

Upgrade across the board.  And, of course, play more DFS!

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