Maxdalury Moves Into First in Grinder Rankings

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If you haven’t been a RotoGrinders member for more than a year or two, you probably don’t remember a time when a name other than “condia” sat atop our player rankings. In fact, since December of 2011, condia has been at top of the rankings as a permanent fixture.

Over the past couple of years, his lead had grown to a seemingly insurmountable advantage over the field, as evidenced by his dominant NBA performance which saw him end with around twice as many rankings points as the next closest grinder. In fact, it was the 2012/2013 NBA season which really saw condia’s lead grow, while the 2013/2014 season was icing on the cake, as condia moved over 1,000,000 points, with no other competitors over 400,000.

But there has been a name lurking on the leaderboards for quite some time, a name that wasn’t noticed or spoken about as often as condia until this year. High stakes play and a very high volume of tournament play has catapulted maxdalury all the day to the number one spot in our grinder rankings, the first change at the top of this leaderboard in quite some time.

*Maxdalury’s name has been quite often discussed this year, as his style of multi-entering contests has been the topic of much debate. But what isn’t debatable are his recent tournament results, with first-place finishes in large field MLB and NBA GPPs this year, in addition to a runner-up finish in the Masters Millionaire Maker.

Max has qualified for live finals, including this season’s DraftKings NBA championship, where he spoke to our Dean78904 and shared some insight into his approach. He’s not a believer in luck or heaters, and he doesn’t second-guess his approach. When you see the results on the leaderboards every night across the industry, it should come as no surprise.

Here’s a quick look at some of max’s biggest results, including his high finishes in Tuesday night’s MLB Mega Monster on FanDuel which helped move him into the top spot. (You can find this new feature in our rankings section.)

I reached out to maxdalury for comments on his inevitable ascent to the top spot in our rankings, and he told me that he started playing DFS back when Daily Joust was among the biggest sites in the industry, and he thought at the time that he knew everything there was to know about sports. But like most of us, he struggled at first, not really having a grasp on the mechanics. “I played all Red Sox hitters in a doubleheader thinking I would get points from both games,” he told me.

But he grew from there, learning the strategies of daily fantasy, and focusing on improving his processes and methods. He told me his focus is to be prepared for every single day of DFS, which means refining how he approaches the game, and influences the amount of time he spends working on research and lineups. “If you are playing DFS at a high level, you have to be dedicated.”

His dominance of the Micro Millions events on DraftKings is the highlight of his DFS career, a weekend when seemingly every contest ended with max in first or somewhere near the top.

The DFS industry continues to grow, and tournaments will continue to grow in size and scope along with the sites that host them. There will be more and more “single bullets” flying to try to take down multi-entry specialists like maxdalury.

But sound process, great research and a resilient mindset will keep talented tournament players on top in the long run, because it only takes one or two big nights to pay off the nights of negative returns caused by this boom-or-bust strategy.

“I am honored to pass condia, a true legend of DFS.” It is truly an accomplishment to grind to the top of our leaderboard, especially considering the massive lead condia held just months ago. Congratulations to maxdalury, and good luck to everyone else grinding for the top spot. As we’ve seen, the #1 position is not untouchable, and the race for the top hasn’t been this competitive for quite some time.

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  • Leo Howell is an associate editor, weekend site manager and writer for RotoGrinders. He has played fantasy sports for as long as he can remember, and has been playing DFS since 2012. He can be found on Twitter at @LeoHowell8

Comments

  • edro990

    Congrats to Max. A lot of people have a lot to say, but the truth is hard work and commitment are the keys to success in DFS.

  • 3PuttPar

    Atta work

  • bproy2010

    To be that good at DFS

  • HonusWagner

    To make a million teams every night…

  • JJdaily

    How the Fu?k I don’t get it

  • ediederichsen

    I think the ratings system is flawed.

  • Jimmydean813

    When you make 800 lineups you better win some tourneys and cash with most of those lineups.

  • bigtroll04

    honestly who cares anymore what he does

  • Jason10

    I wonder who would be # 1, if RGs actually counted losses?

  • Gateman07

    • 2013 StarStreet NFL Playboy Mansion Finalist

    An honor to pass condia in the rankings is one thing… But you won’t truly surpass his legend until you get pulled over in your Ferrari and get away with “just a warning”

  • idmartin

    A players ROI is the only number that truly shows how good/bad they are….

  • barro

    Only ranked #115 in CBB, that’s soft

  • kratochvil88

    @idmartin said...

    A players ROI is the only number that truly shows how good/bad they are….

    OK, so what’s his ROI? With multiple 6-figure paydays, I’m assuming its pretty damn high. Unless this post was some sort of level, and in that case, congrats you got me.

  • sangamc

    ROI is probably skewed because entering $50K worth of contests every night with 500+ lineups will still net you a good payout. regardless of how good or bad your player selection is.

    Playing the numbers is the biggest advantage. If I could go to a casino and monopolize 75% of the slot machines every night, even with the odds favoring the house I should still be able to profit. In DFS the comptition is not between Player and Draftkings/Fanduel, its between player and player :)

  • DFSviz

    @sangamc said...

    If I could go to a casino and monopolize 75% of the slot machines every night, even with the odds favoring the house I should still be able to profit.

    this comment just happened

  • Nookx

    @sangamc said...

    ROI is probably skewed because entering $50K worth of contests every night with 500+ lineups will still net you a good payout. regardless of how good or bad your player selection is.

    Playing the numbers is the biggest advantage. If I could go to a casino and monopolize 75% of the slot machines every night, even with the odds favoring the house I should still be able to profit. In DFS the comptition is not between Player and Draftkings/Fanduel, its between player and player :)

    LOL

  • maxeernst

    @sangamc said...

    ROI is probably skewed because entering $50K worth of contests every night with 500+ lineups will still net you a good payout. regardless of how good or bad your player selection is.

    Playing the numbers is the biggest advantage. If I could go to a casino and monopolize 75% of the slot machines every night, even with the odds favoring the house I should still be able to profit. In DFS the comptition is not between Player and Draftkings/Fanduel, its between player and player :)

    This guy is a genius ^^^ !!!

    How is he not ranked higher?

  • sangamc

    @maxeernst said...

    This guy is a genius ^^^ !!!

    How is he not ranked higher?

    LOL mostly coz I spend my money monopolizing the bingo tables at my local casino!!! :)

  • jjadamietz

    I understand to get the big paydays these sites have to have multiple entries into large GPP’s but some of these unlimited entry tournaments go to far. i think there has to be something done and have some sort of cap. Kudos for being able to pull it off and climb to #1 and I applaud his success. This comment is directed towards the sites and not one player. There can be such a thing as too many entries into a GPP.

  • nba2kjournal

    There is no such thing as hard work in dfs especially when 30,000 or more people enter a contest. I do not care how hard you study, it comes down to LUCK. I laughed so hard when I saw edro post… “Hard work” lol too funny

  • scoop85

    scriptsdolury!!

    and what a boring way to play…………..

  • sangamc

    I always thought scripting and using web scrappers to enter contests was against the terms and conditions when you sign up for DK of FD, but I guess no one is really checking

  • brandonmelnick

    Max is a really great player no matter how many entries he runs a night. If you think you can do what he does… get in line and work harder

  • brandonmelnick

    @Nba2kjournal. Luck can win you one gpp. To win consistently isnt luck. Its the result of work and skill

  • Bay101

    If only I had a good software

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