ResultsDB Report: Week of July 31st-August 6th
The DFS Tournament Report is going to operate with a different format moving forward, as we’ve introduced a great new feature/tool here at RotoGrinders, ResultsDB, that provides daily congratulations to users on the homepage for their big wins.
Each week, we’ll highlight three of the winning lineups and look into their ownership correlations. To learn more about the ResultsDB, check out our Community Manager Joe Rapolla’s excellent forum post – Introduction to ResultsDB forum post.
You can access any date you wish to review past contests, but here are links to the ResultsDB for the past week:
August 1st $375K Full Count
He might be better known for his NBA prowess (#43 overall) but RotoGrinders.com contributor and top-ranked Grinder (#73 in the RG TPOY race) Jack Hendrixson, aka wining247, continues to prove he’s more than a one-sport wonder (currently ranked in the top 100 of MLB) after taking down $50,000 for winning the Full Count last Monday. He did so despite only putting in 19 lineups compared to many of the top player’s 150 lineups. His winning lineup would get strong pitching outings from Jose Berrios (19.35 fpts) and Kenta Maeda (29.95 fpts) combined with a Cubs stack taking all the IF positions and catcher and a mini-Mets stack with three Mets OF’s. Anthony Rizzo (35 fpts) and Jay Bruce (21 fpts) led the way to what was ultimately a 188.3 fpt score from his winning lineup.
The big thing wining247 did was fade the chalk that was Max Scherzer (25% owned) and his injury-shortened outing as he had him in only two of his 19 lineups. Ironically it was one of his two lineups with Maeda that would help lead to his winning score (the Dodgers pitcher was only 1.6% owned). Wining247 had a good mix of players with 86 different players in his 19 lineups. There was some rhyme and reason to his madness and a core so to speak as he would utilize exactly 10 players at each of the non-outfield/SP positions. That said, only six players topped 25% ownership and those were SP’s Jimmy Nelson and Berrios to go along with Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Nolan Arenado, and Robinson Cano (all of whom were chalky options at their respective positions).
August 2nd $200K Fastball
Anybody that has followed the DFS Tournament Report since it’s inception is familiar with ChipotleAddict the current #2 ranked player in the RG TPOY race and we get a chance to examine one of his winning lineups as he took down the Fastball for $30K this past Tuesday. He would edge out some of his toughest competitors (all who had 150 entries as he did) in scout326 (5 finishes in the top 14), awesemo, and ehafner. His winning lineup contained the safety of Jake Arrieta (26.15 fpts at 18% ownership) and the upside of youngster Luke Weaver (26.05 fpts at 32.6% ownership) couple with an Angels stack that put together 61 fpts and a Marlins mini-stack of Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, and Giancarlo Stanton that outscored his Angels stack with 68 fpts.
So let’s dig into how one of the top-ranked players in all of the industry put together 150 lineups on this evening ($4,950 in entry fees) that would lead to 45 cashes for a total of just shy of $34K in winnings (the majority of that coming from the $30K top prize). It might appear at first glance that he had a very large group of players that he worked with as there were 121 in total in his 150 lineups but a closer look reveals that 68 of those players were owned at under a 5% clip meaning the majority of his lineups were comprised of a core of 53 players. Mike Trout, despite his huge price tag, was his highest owned player at 63.3% (compared to the 25.7% the field had him at) with Matt Moore (60%), Dallas Keuchel (44.7%), and Jake Arrieta (41.3%) the other players he had at greater than 30% ownership. Moore put up a dud with just 5.85 fpts, Keuchel was even worse with 3.85 fpts. Fortunately he had enough shares of Arrieta and Weaver (27% owned by him) to put together some top lineups. The Angels and Mariners were his clear top-owned stacks of the day.
August 3rd $200K Fastball
Ties are common place when there is a small slate with not much potential for lineup differentiation but to see a three-way tie at the top of a 6,000+ entrant contest on a ten game slate is unexpected and that is what happened on Wednesday in the $200K Fastball. It affords us a unique opportunity to look at different approaches as the three that tied had a vastly different number of entrants in this $33 buy-in tournament. PETERFT73 would get his biggest score to date with just two entries while well-known DFS legends Dinkpiece (aka Drew Dinkmeyer) and ehafner would do so with 20 and 150 entries respectively. The winning lineup would be comprises of the chalk that was Corey Kluber (64% owned), the low-owned excellent SP of the day in Chad Kuhl (3% owned), and a Dodgers stack of Hedges, Forsythe, Turner, Seager, and Taylor combined with a three person Red Sox stack of Ramirez, Betts, and Benintendi. The Red Sox stack was uber popular with all three of those players topping 20% ownership but the Kuhl addition and a relatively low-owned Dodgers stack would make enough of a difference to provide a somewhat (but not quite all the way) unique lineup.
PETERFT73’s strategy was pretty simple. Stack the Dodgers with Kluber and combine them with mini-stacks of Dodgers in one lineup and Orioles in the other. Dinkpiece would cash 12 of 20 lineups with 100% Corey Kluber and a Red Sox heavy approach to building his lineups. Ehafner would cash under 25% of his lineups but he profited well thanks to going all in on Kluber as well. He was heavy on Pirates and Twins stacks but had enough Dodgers and Red Sox utilization to put together seven lineups in the top 300.
Dan Back wins big!!!
Not many people (if any) have been around the daily fantasy industry or had a bigger voice than RotoGrinders on air personality and podcast host Dan Back and we were thrilled to see him take down what he referred to as his biggest score ever in DFS this past Friday when he won $50,000 for taking down the FanDuel Slam. Led by a 12% owned Yu Darvish who put up a monstrous 61 fpt outing, Dan would ride a Houston stack that put together nearly 120 fpts as they won their game 16-7 and would combine that with nearly 100 points from his three man Twins stack of Dozier, Sano, and Grossman. The only weak spot in his lineup was the 6.5 fpts from punt OF Chris Young of the Red Sox but it didn’t really matter. Congrats Dan on the huge win!