RG CEO, Cal Spears, Wins DraftKings Millionaire Maker
Heading into the late afternoon games, RotoGrinders.com co-founder and CEO, Cal Spears, found himself with a great lineup that had put up 194 fpts.
There was a problem, however, as he had faded Todd Gurley and all the big names in the expected shootout between the Packers and Cowboys. His lone remaining player was Packers RB Aaron Jones, who headed into the game with a bit of a uncertainty but was the de facto starter for the Packers with Ty Montgomery officially ruled out. At 5.1% ownership it was a risk worth taking. The bigger risk, however, was fading the likes of Zeke, Dak, Rodgers, and Jordy in his winning lineup.
As the game progressed though, Jones continued to put up numbers, including a first half touchdown. When he crossed the 100-yard threshold in the second half, the three-point yardage bonus would catapult Cal into the lead, and he sent out a tweet showing that he had quite the sweat in front of him.
👀 😓👀😓👀😓— Cal Spears (@CalSpears) October 8, 2017
There was still plenty of play left behind him, with one of the contenders right behind him, 7bushes, having both Jimmy Graham and Martellus Bennett remaining and another with Zeke. The Rams/Seahawks game finished and Cal continued to hold the lead, and now he looked as if he only needed to fade a monster finish from Zeke and a couple big plays from Marty B. Remembering the famous phrase from last season’s Sunday Night Sweats show with Joey Ingram, Cal sent out another tweet…
The Cowboys took the lead but left enough time for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to drive down the field. A nice completion to Marty B. put 7bushes one completion to the Packers TE away from passing Cal, but Spears would get a little breathing room when the Packers ran a draw play to Jones for nearly 15 yards. A FG would tie the game – an outcome Spears certainly didn’t want as that would provide plenty of scoring opportunities for other players. A Rodgers to Davante Adams TD pass with less than 15 seconds remaining meant that all that was left was fading a fluke Zeke play.
Here’s the last play of the game as captured by Brian Hourigan, one of our employees.
Last time I watched football with
CalSpears</a> on my Bday he won 150k....today, it's a million!! <a href="https://t.co/anYZBt9ymT">pic.twitter.com/anYZBt9ymT</a></p>— Brian Hourigan (CruzinToVictry) October 8, 2017
It was scary for a moment there as Zeke touched the ball and started dashing down the field, but it would all end well for Cal and he would finish atop for the million dollar first-place prize!
Here’s a look at the final standings and Cal’s winning lineup which included only two players at 10%+ ownership in Melvin Gordon and Antonio Brown (those two put up 66 fpts) and had the Hoyer-Kittle (21.3 fpts from a minimum priced TE) 49ers combo for salary savings. He also faded busts like Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, and DeVante Parker. Celebrating after his crowing moment, Cal took time to send me a quick text with this simple phrase that summed up his day.
Play George Kittle!
BigT44 Wins Big Too
Meanwhile, over in Kentucky (which is, ironically, Cal’s home state), Tony Niehaus, aka BigT44, was riding his own Kittle’s and Bit’s lineup to the top of the leaderboard in the Wildcat (as well as two top 10 finishes in the Milly Maker) for a impressive day for the top-ranked Grinder at DraftKings. BigT sent out a screenshot afterwards…
Don’t screenshot often but when I do……now time to ship Fanduel…..also huge congrats
CalSpears</a> <a href="https://t.co/2ioR2PZVTS">pic.twitter.com/2ioR2PZVTS</a></p>— Tony Niehaus (BigT44DFS) October 8, 2017
Congrats Tony! Here’s a look at the final Wildcat standings and BigT’s lineup.