2014 DFBC Finalist: Avirk51 Snags the Final Spot

August 6 1:31pm
Nick Sharp


The final DFBC Qualifier was a hotly contested affair that filled to capacity almost half a day before lineups locked. The much-coveted last remaining seat in the Las Vegas final event was eventually won by avirk51, a long-time fantasy veteran who just got into daily less than a year ago!


How long have you been playing fantasy sports/baseball?

I’ve been doing fantasy sports for about 20 years – 12 of that would be baseball. I saw Chris Prince’s mug on a bunch of football ads and decided to sign up in November to see what it was all about. I played a few NFL games, but didn’t have much time to get into it too seriously.


I started to look at it more in-depth around baseball season because I had given up on my season-long team (which was doing poorly). That’s when it started to pay off big time.


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

Daily is a lot more fun. With season-long, you do all this research and then something crazy happens (like Brady getting injured in the first week) and your whole season is ruined. With daily, you’re very up-to-date on injuries and everything. There’s still a little bit of luck involved with daily because you need your value players to come through, but if you do your research you can do well.


How would you describe your overall approach to drafting?

I think the biggest thing for me was to stop looking at my season-long projections. With season-long, you try to project where a guy is going to be at the end of the season, but with daily, you need to look at day-to-day matchups and stay current with lineups. I started going to a lot of different websites to pull more information.


Describe the night of your DFBC Qualifier win

I had had a couple of close calls before where I lost by a couple of points or half a point. I had one lineup with Chris Sale on the mound. I knew Sale was going to be a popular pick that day and I had a gut instinct that he wasn’t going to do very well so I put in another lineup with Sonny Gray. I had the Indians stacked because I knew Brantley was hot and Santana had been doing well.


What’s funny is that I’ve been telling my wife about FanDuel and she’s become more and more supportive of me playing because she’s starting to realize how real the success from it can be. She predicted that I would win the very last Qualifier because “that’s just how things work out for you.” So after lineups locked, she kept reminding me to check my position. I was in first and second because the Indians were doing very well. Sale ended up getting blown up because that ruined the chances of a huge portion of the field. Meanwhile, Tyler Flowers hit a homer for me to put me up ahead. Gray didn’t get the W, but he had a solid game.


The guy behind me had a bunch of Pirates who started putting up big numbers and was cutting the lead. I couldn’t believe it. It felt like the Qualifier was going to slip right out of my hands. I’ve always considered McCutchen to be a great player and when it looked like he was going to make it to bat again, I started sweating. Luckily, the Cardinals closed them out.


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What are you looking forward to the most about Vegas?

Just the thought of playing daily fantasy for a million bucks is unreal. This is my first FanDuel live event and I’ve heard you guys put on a great production so I’m pretty excited to experience it. Meeting fellow fans across North America will be awesome as well.


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

It would set up my family (we have a four-month-old daughter) pretty well and get ready for football.

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