This post is from Ben Pritchett, former writer of The Hardball Times, FSWA member, and now baseball and football contributor for FantasySports.org. The spreadsheets that he refers to are a part of the Fantasy Sports Membership benefits.
I first heard of daily fantasy sports in 2010. Though still relatively new, I thought the concept was cool. However, after dabbling with Fanduel and Draftstreet, I decided that I was a better yearly player and only used daily fantasy for those days when I needed some extra competition. I would’ve never thought that two years later, I would win $20,000 in one day… while in Vegas.
Down to $3
On Saturday November 11, 2012, I lost about 150 dollars on college football to leave 3 dollars of profit in my Draftstreet account. I was pretty much done with daily fantasy for the moment but decided to throw the remaining 3 dollars in an NBA tourney that night. I knew my life-long friend and college roommate David Kitchen (a.k.a. “Socrdave”) had invented a value method spreadsheet that was proving very profitable for him in NBA and NFL particularly.
I hated bumming his spreadsheets for competitive pride, but in this case, I needed help. After some minor prodding, David sent me the sheets. In a last ditch effort, I put $2 into a 55-man tournament. I finished 2nd, and my $3 grew to $24. I had not kept up with the NBA at all to that point in the year. These sheets were the sole reason I found success.
Going for It All
I decided to go for it all and enter the $22 “Qualifer” on Draftstreet for Week 10 in the NFL. The winner of the 1000 man tournament would win a trip to Vegas and a chance to compete for the $100,000 grand prize in the DraftStreet Football Championship.
Turns out my decision to go for it all paid off. After sweating out that night’s Chiefs-Steelers contest, I proved to be the victor. I was ready for Vegas and the DSFBC.
From $3 to $20,000
At the main event in Las Vegas, those spreadsheets played a huge part in deciding that Aaron Rodgers was a great value play in Week 16. It’s pretty amazing that you need sheets to help you with that conclusion, but nobody else rostered ARod for the DSFC. I finished third and walked away with a $20,000 paycheck, not to mention an all-expense paid trip to Vegas.
Playing very little money, I won an additional 1,000 in profit over the remainder of the NFL season. I decided I needed to aggressively pursue DFS in all sports from that day forward. Without Socrdave’s spreadsheets, I would not have had the success I’ve had. It seems like the majority of fantasy football players think they are the best, but I really did feel like those spreadsheets were my secret weapon. Combined with my fantasy skill, they’ve made me unstoppable… or at the very least, $20,000.
I’m excited about writing for FantasySports during baseball and football season. I told him I would do it as payment so that I could have access to this holy grail of daily fantasy tools!
My advice to you as the consumer: don’t let your competition be a member of FantasySports.org and you not be. You will lose.