Rise & Grind: March 6th, 2014


Welcome to the RotoGrinders cup o’morning joe. Start your day off right here with yesterday’s happenings and take a peek at the the upcoming DFS day.

Grab your first cup of coffee and catch up on the latest news!

In Case You Missed It

  • Condia and 1curor Join FanThrowDown – General discussion around the FanThrowDown offices lately was, “How do we get a big mention in the Rise & Grind?”. Well, make a big splash they did, inking the biggest player in DFS, Condia, and Top Grinder 1curor to some sort of consulting or marketing agreement. The details are few right now, other than a press release from MGT Capital Investments, parent company of FanThrowDown. CrazyGabey had been hinting that the little birdies in his beard were telling him there was big news coming. This is definitely huge news, and how it affects the industry in many ways we will have to wait to see. For now though, those people wishing to avoid Condia, can roll on over to FTD. More info here: Condia and 1curor Team Up With FTD

  • Last Night’s GPP Action – In a very odd night of NBA action, scoring seemed to be at an all time low. On DraftStreet last night, ImpulsiveAccordion grabbed his second spot in the DSBBC. In the weekly $50k, Marblesnap prevailed over the large field to take home the $10k first prize.

  • Big March Events – In case you weren’t aware, there’s a few big March events coming up on the DFS schedule. DraftStreet has just announced a $150k NBA Big Score on March 26th with a $55 buy-in and $50k to first place. The DSBBC is finishing up as well next week, with one more chance to qualify this week. They are also running a survivor style tournament for March Madness for $50k. FanDuel is guaranteeing $15 million in prizes in March, including $120k SuperSlam every Wednesday and the $50k Survive the Madness starting March 20th. DraftKings is going full bore for the month. Today they are running a $75k golf contest. They have also announced a $50k CBB contest for March Madness. The biggest tournament of March though, is the $1 Million Bank Shot on DKs. Qualifiers have been running for this $500 entry tournament in which should be a stacked field.

Today’s Events

  • Tonight’s Action – Only a three game NBA slate tonight, but with the Heat playing the Spurs, the Thunder visiting the Suns and the Clippers versus the Lakers, there might be more fantasy goodness than last night’s entire schedule. The big night is over in the NHL where we have a 10 game schedule on tap. The Capitals visit the Bruins in what should be a great game, but the biggest match-up of the night is Pittsburgh travelling to the West Coast to play San Jose, in what could be a Stanley Cup preview.

  • Today’s GPP’s – The big action tonight is on the NHL and Golf side of the industry. As previously mentioned the $75k Golf event is launching on DraftKings at 11 am this morning. DraftStreet has a $10k golf tournament going off as well. Tonight on DraftStreet, they are running a $40k NHL Big Score with $10k to first place and a $22 buy-in. The league is currently only about a quarter full. So get on over there and get in it.

On the Grinders Schedule


  • #1) NBA Daily Plays – Ethan is up early at the RotoGrinders offices, running out his favorite plays of the day.

  • #2) NBA GrindDown – Notorious gets all up into the analysis of tonight’s games in one, easy to read location.

  • #3) NHL Daily Plays – TheTonyM, straight from Cali (via Staten Island?), is here to gives yous wise guys the NHL plays today.

  • #4) CBB GrindDown – Never fear, Varncass is here to help you out with that hard to find information for College Basketball on Big Monday.

  • #5) Weekly Rankings Update – D4 has a pretty busy day on tap, but have no fear, he will be dropping the Rankings Update this evening.


  • 5:30: The Daily Face-Off – It’s Hockey Night in Grinder Nation! One big hour of NHL talk tonight with BoggsLite and BillsFan. They will break down all of the games for tonight’s big NHL action across the industry. A must watch tonight to keep up with all the movement that’s happened with the trade deadline yesterday.

Is there something else you’d like to see in this column? Questions or comments? Leave them below and we’d be happy to consider them. See you tomorrow!

About the Author

  • Curtis Brodzina (DillingerFour)

  • Curtis DillingerFour Brodzina considers himself the Dave Barry Rick Reilly of DFS. He tries to find the humorous side of the sports world. An avid Penn State, Broncos and Pens fan, he fades Kunitz way too often. RotoGrinder’s own Cal had these poignant words for him as he was lamenting his last place finish in the RotoGrinders FreeRoll Bowl: “Nobody expects you to win D4, they just expect you to be funny.”


  • Fr33dom35

    My question is: If “ CrazyGabey had been hinting that the little birdies in his beard were telling him there was big news coming. “ How can CrazyGabey honestly say there is no conflict of interest when playing on FTD? No, i do not think CrazyGabey is cheating or colluding. But this shows exactly what everyone knows. That is not appropriate, that it is possible for him to get inside info, and at the very least creates a cloud of ambiguity around the issue. CrazyGabey, love you man. But that is bad business, and is just not right.

    Far as FTD, let us not be blinded by this desperate move to save the company. Lets not forget the mid-year TOS changing scandal, the tax reporting nightmare/scandal, the convicted pedophile founder, or the patent trolling reputation of MGT Gaming. It is not morally right to promote this company. RG i hope your article is strictly out of journalism, and not like when “unbiased” news stations promote their own shows during the news. Pete (csuram88) let it slip on air the other night (couple weeks back) that he, condia, and others in the dfs industry were having a business lunch that day. Is there any cause for concern here? RG, Gabey, you better distance yourself from that sinking ship as much as possible, or you will go down with it.

  • DillingerFour

    FD Rep - DFBMeeMee Champ (x2)

    • Blogger of the Month

    It seems that my attempt at humor has gone slightly awry (it took like 4 weeks for that… frankly, I’m shocked I made it this long!) In terms of that quote from CrazyGabey, I will admit that I actually read his post in the forums wrong. Here is his quote:

    @bowens1984 said…

    Is this the same as CSU being hired by Starstreet?

    Gabey: It’s different in the sense that they won’t be an admins, but they will be working hand-in-hand with everyone involved to build a better product!

    I was serious when I posted last month about how I believed MGT was committed to making huge strides in the correct direction.

    In terms of him saying exactly what I said, that is not true. It seems in fact, he was sharing a belief it seems and not direct information that he had received . So I apologize to Gabey for misquoting him and making an incorrect assumption in the name of humor.

    As for this column or RGs being biased, I can assure you that I have no biases in this column. I feel like I have reported the facts and let the reader make their own decisions. For example, when FanDuel limited players to 250 games per night for NBA. You can even ask the guys at FanDuel about my bias, because they gave me free beef jerky and a free hoodie last week, and they still often end up getting mentioned last in “Tonight’s GPP Action”.

  • jjohns8789

    that video is hilarious

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