Man vs. THE BAT '17: Week 18 (Slates 118-127)

Welcome to Man (that’s me) vs. THE BAT, Derek Carty’s projection system!

The basics of the blog series are pretty cut-and-dried: (1) A GPP lineup from yours truly, just your average mini-grinder, ranked #156 in the former backstops without significant back hair division; and (2) An optimal lineup from data generated by THE BAT (utilizing THE BAT projections and the RotoGrinders lineup builder).

For as many slates as I can muster, I enter each lineup in the same FanDuel large-field GPP (most days it’s just me and my main Squeeze). My process calls for me to enter the Man lineup late the night before or early in the morning, and then I run an optimized lineup for THE BAT after locking in and/or excluding certain positions based on THE BAT’s projections (e.g., may choose to lock in best value SP, highest projected 1B, and/or the highest projected stack). I do all of this to the best of my ability given time constraints with work/kids/life. Although I do not have time to replicate this series with DraftKings and FantasyDraft, I’ll try and reflect from time to time on my experiences with those sites with a mix of THE BAT and my own GPP prowess (or lack thereof).

Disclaimer: Please do not interpret this series as necessarily being representative of either the success or failure of THE BAT. It’s a fun experiment that I hope you will enjoy following. I enjoy writing it, and I enjoy being more reflective about my GPP process. Plus, I also hope to give you a glimpse into what I believe is a really good projection system that Derek has developed in THE BAT. I’m pulling for both of us; I just keep it at my house.

This week feels like a good week to open the blog with a few thoughts about dreams.

I mentioned last week that I am being honored with a Willie McCovey award by the Giants for my work with their Junior Giants program. I don’t want to misrepresent myself here, as if I am THE guy receiving a Willie Mac award. The Giants give out many of these awards, so I’ll be alongside another 75 or so folks honored in a home plate ceremony. I joked last week that I always dreamed that my first time to home plate in a Major League park would be squatting behind it. But, instead, I’ll be standing and waving to my kids as a middle-aged man. Thankfully, the tears that typing that last sentence invoked are more along the lines of getting old and loving my kids, rather than missing out on failed dreams.

(Caution: Double humblebrag alert).

By universal standards, I had a fabulous baseball career from both a team and individual standpoint. Even though I’d love to tell you all about it, I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version instead and focus on big team achievements. As a 12-year old pitcher, I was the ace for my all-star team that won a state championship. And after three years as the starting catcher for my high school baseball team, we were state runner-ups my senior year.

During my college years and a bit beyond, I dabbled with what was termed ‘semi-pro’ in being mostly composed of guys still clinging to dreams of MLB stardom — either current or former college players, a few minor league players looking to stay active and get back on teams, and a sprinkling of former high school stars who did not want to hang up the cleats (like myself). If you’ve gone to one of the summer collegiate baseball games in the Coastal Plain League or the California Collegiate League, it was on par with that level of talent but not nearly close to the level of say the Cape Cod League. It also wasn’t anywhere close to as organized. We once played a doubleheader in Kinston (NC) where the team pulled an old drunk dude out of the stands, put umpire gear on him, and tried to act as if that was the plan all along (i.e., that he had experience umpiring). Yeah, needless to say, we didn’t play the second game of that doubleheader!

Why do I tell you this about myself? It’s not to brag, like it may seem on the surface; it’s to highlight this week’s theme of dreams.

Yeah, sure, like any kid I had those dreams of Major League stardom. I’d spend hours throwing the tennis ball against my stepdad’s old green tobacco barn. I had games that I would play where I would be the commentator and actually play out the World Series. I was the pitcher, hitter, and fielders all at once. It was awesome to dream, and one would think that as my successes on the baseball field stacked up that my dreams of MLB stardom might have continued to crystallize. They didn’t. But, why?

Growing up, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to hit against Brien Taylor who ended up being the #1 draft pick by the New York Yankees in the 1991 MLB draft. Brien and I both grew up in eastern NC, and we were both named after the lead character in the 1971 classic TV film “Brian’s Song” (his parents got a little ‘creative’ with the spelling though). That’s where the similarities ended. Brien was an African-American kid who was 6’3” or so (maybe taller) and slung the ball as a LHP at 98-100 MPH. Me? I was a white kid standing all of 5’ 10” and a catcher. Our high school stats also provided some more contrasts, and Brien’s paint the #1 draft pick picture pretty well: 29-6, 1.25 ERA, 88 IP, 213 Ks, only 28 walks. Yeah, you calculated that in your head correctly. A K/9 of 23+, and a 2.42 Ks per inning. Basically unhittable! How did he lose 6 games with those numbers? Good question. The team behind him stunk! My team actually beat him in 2 of the 4 games we played, but they were 1-0 affairs. I faced him in All-Stars and high school 10 times. I was 0-8 with 2 walks. I was so proud when I got my bat in the zone enough to actually foul one off on him that I almost ran back to the dugout afterwards without facing another pitch!

Although I probably should not have ascribed a failure to hit Brien Taylor with an inability to make the Major Leagues, I did not really maintain any delusions of grandeur after facing that cat.

(Brien’s story after the #1 draft pick and $1.55 million contract is rather tragic — torn labrum in a fight coming to the aid of his brother, never the same afterwards, one of two #1 draft picks ever to not surpass Double-A, child abuse charges, 3 years in federal prison for drug trafficking)

Anyway, the point is that many of us suffer from that ‘delusions of grandeur’ affliction. How many of you know high school friends who are still talking about “what could have been” had so-and-so not screwed them? Ha ha ha. Yeah, if only — ‘if only’ you would have no doubt ended up as the next Griffey, Jr. We are so inundated with images of stardom that failing to reach that pinnacle destroys many of us, and some of us then lead lives of excuse-filled resentment. What a crappy way to live your life. I was lucky enough to realize my place, thanks in part to Brien Taylor.

Sure, there’s nothing particularly wrong with dreaming big, as long as it’s balanced by expectation and an understanding that a lack of accomplishing that dream is not akin to failure. It’s the same in DFS. I read those new scrolls on Rotogrinders detailing who won what and see Congrats to BobbyFi for winning $100K, Congrats to Dan Back for winning $50K, Congrats to DaffyDucks3rdcousinJackQuack for winning $25K, etc., etc., and I naturally dream of a day when I do too.

But, I also know that I must check that prospect against the odds, against that Brien Taylor fastball, and realize that I can be content and happy playing daily, not risking too much, and winning enough here and there to enjoy the time/energy spent. It’s a different equation for every one of us, but figure out your equation for yourself without blindly chasing a dream that is perhaps far less attainable than you realize.

The message is to chase your dreams, but not with reckless abandon; be strategic, evaluative and reflective, and balance big dreams with at least a modicum of expectation.

Let’s move on to Week 18 starting with Slate #118…the numerical symmetry (2017, Week 17, Slates 112-117) worked OK last week (effectively broke even), but I am hopeful that two weeks in a row will be the magic we need to make my dreams come true.

Slate 118 – Sunday, August 13, 2017 (main 9-game slate):

Man 114.5 vs. THE BAT 111.1
$4 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 158.4
Winner: pfjets, 259.8

Cash: SE Double-Up, -$27 (Cash line: High 160.9, Low 154.6)

THE BAT locks: Kluber was the obvious lock in being projected well beyond the rest. Then, in not being overwhelming expensive and several solid punt options on the board (i.e., my new favorite Phillie Rhys Hoskins), I was able to lock the two highest projected hitters in Cutch and Votto.

Maybe a PGA Championship bounce-back from the quad bogey that was yesterday’s horrendous showing? Save a little face, perhaps?

Uh, yeah, no such luck!

Sorry, I know I should muster up some hard-hitting analysis and use this pulpit to shout it from the mountaintops, but there was none here (i.e., hard hitting) and there’s a long week ahead. So, I simply cannot mustard up the energy to do so with such a dual crappy showing here (can you tell I am getting excited about heading to the ballpark this coming week).

Slate 119 – Monday, August 14, 2017 (main 10-game slate):

Man 145.5 vs. THE BAT 103.5
$4 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 147.7
Winner: chipotleaddict, 275.9

Cash: SE Double-Up, +$12 (Cash line: High 108.5, Low 99.3)

THE BAT locks: Quintana edged what was not a great slate for SPs by a hair, and with the cost savings I locked both Chuck Black, mon and Freddie who is a Freeman. Of course, I liked the exposure to Kers, but I had a sinking gnawing gut feeling that Bettis was going to have one of those fairy tale outings (edited to add: and he did).

Hoskins explodes…

…and costs us money! Ugh.

Only a goocher like myself could somehow figure out a way to dampen my own celebrations of Rhys Hoskins big 2-dinger night by losing money playing him in daily fantasy baseball (since I also have him in season-long, at least I got that boost).

Once again, it was really fun to be watching on the Phillies regional feed through MLB.TV and get to text with my former student and live vicariously through her at the park; with Rhys’s double dong night and a host of family and friends in the stands, the Phillies Comcast team continued to show the family in the stands (led by his girlfriend and my former student and research assistant Jayme in the front). Of course, there were massive celebrations to be shown, as Rhys crushed a couple of 400+foot balls out of the yard. Trust me on this one, the kid can hit, and there will be many more bombs where those came from before his career is out. And I am super excited about it!

So, how did I manage to dampen the celebration, you might ask? Nothing really that I did personally; it’s just how it worked out. The last Hoskins roundtripper was unfortunately not enough to overcome the early hook of Jared Eickhoff (one IP short of a quality start and 6 points) and get me to the minimum GPP cash line for the Squeeze (147.7), but it was enough to push me out of the money in one of THE BAT’s cash games. Doh!

But, that’s OK; I am a fan first, and I was excited for Rhys whether I won a daily fantasy cash game or not. We still managed to cash in the two higher dollar cash games ($11), so we ended up with a cash game split and a slight profit on the night anyway.

On a separate note: First of all, can you believe someone is addicted to Chipotle? Sounds like a GI problem waiting to happen! Second of all, can you believe a person addicted to Chipotle would be strong enough to have the peace of mind to win two freaking Squeezes within 3 days of each other? Yeah, me neither! But, they did. Bring on the extra chips and guacamole!

Slate 120 – Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (main 14-game slate):

Man 90 vs. THE BAT 144.2
$7 Mama Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 153
Winner: catcountry21, 273.1

Cash: SE Double-Up, -$27 (Cash line: High 156.5, Low 149.7)

THE BAT locks: Wood. An essential element? Uh, here, on this slate? Yes. Essential as the highest projected and therefore, a lock. Wood, however, is actually a mixture and not an element. So, who was paired with Wood? Flowers, which is awfully fitting, as the top projected catcher (and playing at Kers). And Nolan Arenado, the human vacuum cleaner down on the hot corner (and more importantly, the top projected hitter on the slate according to THE BAT).

Speaking of things available in nature…

A pitched stone gathers no Moss.

I gotta tell you, and I’ve told you this before; I have CONTROL over THE BAT picks, so why in the name of all that is right and smelly do I allow a dude like Brandon Moss to be auto-entered? The answer should be always be, “My bad!” But, since we all want to save face in some sense, I’ll offer a modicum of explanation. One, I am just plain stubborn! Two, I feel like I need THE BAT to do at least some auto-picks to make this series more Man vs. Machine-like (even though I know that the idea behind a projection system is to let it assist you in making picks). And three, he does/has had 2-dinger upside in his past. Now? Yeah, not so much even 2-point upside Ugh.

I can tell you definitively that it’s highly unlikely that Mr. Moss will make any team I oversee for the rest of ’17. Yeah, I know I’ve said that before, but this one was particularly tilting with 18 runs being scored in his game and him not being responsible in any way, shape, or form for any of them. We needed 9 measly points from Moss, and we got nil. Ugh.

When this slate was all over, I wanted to be angry with myself due to decision-making, but when it came down to it; ultimately, it did not matter. What the hell am I talking about? I’ve been crushing it with Danny Salazar, and yet, I let an “I’m with Stoopid <—-” statistic like PvB talk me into starting one Dan over another Dan. Yeah, I went with Stray Lee rather than Sal a Czar. Ugh. What is wrong with me? Yeah, dumb decision, but ultimately not one that really cost me any money. I would have lost with Danny Sal on the bump just like I lost with Danny Stray on the hill. In the end, and as it seems to be the case every time I try it, my dueling mini-Brew Crew and mini-Dodgers stack went by way of the mini-dud. Ugh.

Slate 121 – Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (early 3-game slate):

Man 97.9 vs. THE BAT 115.5
$6 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 134.5
Winner: medialuna10, 206.7

Cash: SE Double-Up, -$24.50 (Cash line: High 118.8, Low 115.5)

THE BAT locks: THE BAT liked slippin’ Jimmy on this slate, so I locked him. With such a small slate and no ace pitchers to pay up for, I was then able to lock Trout and Stanton as the top hitters on the slate. Whoopee, giddyup!

A split that was hard to get!

I should add, a non-satisfying split at that. In fact, it was the worst kind of cash game split. Why? Oh, that parenthetical in the spreadsheet around the $ and that “-” in front of the $ symbol above means a loss rather than profit. In the one $25 Double-Up that I entered for THE BAT, we finished on the bubble, but it was a split bubble that meant rather than doubling up to $50 (and actually profiting) or getting our money back with $25; instead, we got only $12.50. Ugh is right! I know that’s what you said along with me.

A very easy analysis here for this slate: We, as in both Man and THE BAT, had a poor pairing in that we had matching pitchers in the Brewers/Pirates (with very few of either side’s hitters) that ended up scoring 13 runs (highest on this small slate). Therefore, both of us were essentially drawing dead.

Slate 122 – Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (main 9-game slate):

Man 145.7 vs. THE BAT 95.9
$4 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 166
Winner: clintonkilledharambe, 293.7

Cash: SE Double-Up, -$32 (Cash line: High 162.4, Low 158.9)

THE BAT locks: Yu bet your bottom dollar that Darvish was the lock! Yu was then paired with the two highest projected hitters on the slate, according to THE BAT, in Blackmon and Freeman. Yep, a nice civil rights-themed lock to try and get us back on track and in the money. Fitting for this transitional week in our country…

Too few Rockies, too few Rangers — right Yu, wrong slate…wrong Reds!

THE BAT nailed 5 guys who played in games with 13, 18, and 19 runs, respectively. Trouble was, they were not the right guys at all. Ugh.

Yep, my mini-Rangers stack was a great call, but I went down with a nemesis in Joey Votto. You remember when I talked last week, or the week before, about ‘safe’ plays? Yeah, Votto has always been ‘that guy’ in being safe as everlasting duct tape. What was it before this slate? A record or approaching a record of like 20 straight games of reaching base twice or more? Little did anyone know, all Joe E Votto needed to snap his amazing streak? Yep, a goocher like me playing him in daily fantasy baseball!

Man was so close, yet so many 3’s away (three points each from Votto, Scooter, Rosario, and Hicks).

We’ve crossed the $400 down low point in the series, and admittedly, I am rather frustrated. However, we leave for a long baseball weekend in the City tomorrow, so I am hopeful that baseball-focused route will signal a change for the better. Good gracious, we need it!

Slate 123 – Thursday, August 17, 2017 (early 3-game slate):

Man 191.9 vs. THE BAT 259.1
$6 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 191.1
Winner: crisp777, 277.8
Cash: SE Double-Up, +$27 (Cash line: High 220.4, Low 192.6)

THE BAT locks: THE BAT is not as big a Carlos Carrasco as I am, but on a short slate, he was THE BAT lock at the top. He was then paired with the highest projected hitter in Rizzo and value in Schwarber (as projected by THE BAT).

THE BAT huffed and puffed and nearly blew the dang Squeeze down!

Yes, this was a wind-aided series high score for THE BAT. And, notice that I used the word nearly to describe THE BAT’s finish. Unfortunately this degree of nearly don’t get you so much. Ugh. More so than perhaps any other slate, we were SO CLOSE to big dang money that would have catapulted us out of the hole. It was so fun to be listening on my drive up to the City, family in tow, blurting out “Going going gone!” over and over as the points stacked up. But, they simply did not quite stack up enough.

37th out of 19,607 (top 0.18%) only gets you $47.89. It’s not enough to get to the Majors and say be Adam Duvall, you gotta be say Charlie Blackmon (top 10) to make ‘big’ money ($400 or more). So dang close. Gomes (44) over Avila (34) would have given us 269 and $500-800. But, nope. $47.89 measly dollars for 259.1!

Let’s look at lineup construction: Those who’ve followed the series know that very rarely have I played the same guy as THE BAT on the bump. On this short slate, I refused to budge and decided to stick with both Carrasco and Happ who were two of my favorite plays. For short slates, we’ve had more than a few time where I’ve thought, “If only we could combine the two lineups…”, and I am making a concerted effort down the stretch not to come off guys for variance between the two lineups. That’s just dumb!

I’ve known this lesson for quite some time now, having done this type of series for a few years now; but, I hope everyone else understands it also. Really high scores do not win you much money in the large-field GPPs like the Squeeze. They have to be exceptionally high, relative to the slate, to win substantial money (i.e., $400 or more). Of course, once I win one of these large-field GPPs, I’ll have a bit more bankroll in which to play with, and then maybe I can raise my odds just a bit. To give you an example of just how pronounced this element actually is in daily fantasy baseball, I tweeted out “Congrats!” to Dan Back a few weeks back in saying, “I see you up there high in the Mama Squeeze!” (he was in the $5,000 slot in like 3rd or 4th). I then realized that our tiny DFS universe was all a flutter over Dan sleeping on $50K. Yeah, that score that won him $5,000 and good for 3rd in the Squeeze paled in comparison to the $50K he won with the same lineup in the Grand Slam. A-ha!

Slate 124 – Thursday, August 17, 2017 (main 5-game slate):

Man 126.6 vs. THE BAT 133.4
$4 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 168
Winner: rajaraji, 277.8

Cash: SE Double-Up, -$29 (Cash line: High 168.3, Low 153.2)

THE BAT locks: Severino was an easy call as the lock, and he was then paired with two guys from the high runs-projected game between the White Sox and Rangers in Gallo and Beltre.

Right idea, wrong punt SP!

Yeah, if you look at Raja Raji’s lineup (BTW, crazy that the winning score on two separate slates on the same day was the exact same at 277.8), the winner winner chicken dinner had none other than Edwin L. Jackson and his 40 points on top of the bump. Tilting for you too? Yeah, I hear you. I’m sometimes adventurous and was so on this slate with Tyson Ross, but Ty’s (Sometimes) On. Eddie J? Rarely.

Old Well, what are you going to do? Where we ultimately erred was in not going with the crowd and rostering the right Pale Sox and Rangers.

Severino + Abreu/Sanchize (like 40-60% of folks) was good for 120 as a starting point.

THE BAT missed both Abreu and Sanchez due to the Beltre and Gallo locks, which by comparison when paired with Severino resulted in 71 points. Yep, that’s called effectively ‘drawing dead!’ Ugh.

On the bright side, I had a blast sitting in the leftfield bleachers at AT&T Park with one of my old high school buddies. Kind of crazy that two kids from a small town in eastern NC would end up landing 3 hours from each other all the way across the country in California. With him having a successful catering business in the City and me raising kids and dealing with all of that associated madness, we do not get to hang as often we’d like, but it was awfully fun to catch up and have a blast at the ballpark.

Slate 125 – Friday, August 18, 2017 (main 14-game slate):

Man 118.5 vs. THE BAT 117.8
$7 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 147.4
Winner: ocdobv, 271.4

Cash: SE Double-Up, -$11 (Cash line: High 123.5, Low 115.9)

THE BAT locks: Scherzer was tabbed for way more projected points than any other SP (even with Kluber on the slate). I then tabbed Freeman and Trout as the highest projected hitters on the slate.

Another frustrating cash game split (believe it or not)!

UGH. You simply cannot get ahead with this kind of ridiculously poor play over and over again. Bless my heart, I suck. If we break down the week further, we’re mere inches away from 7 full cash shutouts in 8 slates, as we’ve had 3 slates where we split cash games and did not win jacksquat in the GPP. Good gracious, that is awful!

So, what about this slate? Well, for starters, Scherzer got scratched late, and since I was busy hustling the family to the Caltrains station to get to the City for the game, I was too late to sub in Kluber for Max. (Wipes brow) That didn’t kill us in cash, as Kluber did not go HAM (and Perdomo was OK). What did kill us both is that we needed a more sweeping approach (i.e., one-offs to hit the high run total games) rather than a correlate-and-miss strategy. For 8 of the 14 games, we had 10+ runs (21, 16, 13, 15, 13, 11, 12, & 12), and yet neither of us could capitalize on all of those runs. On the bright side, that many runs and that low of a low cash line shows that many people whiffed.

Man, after Thursday morning’s smash hit, I was certainly hoping like all hell we were climbing out of the abyss, but we’ve now given the profit of that 8x away in two slates. I suppose that’s an important lesson to learn when dabbling in cash games versus GPP-only play. It goes quick!

Of course, I am trying not to play that “What if” game that I talked about earlier, but I cannot help thinking that had I been playing the higher dollar cash strategy that I adopted on June 20 during the pre-June 20 period where we were nailing cash games, we’d be A LOT better off. Old Well, tomorrow is another day.

Slate 126 – Saturday, August 19, 2017 (early 3-game slate):

Man 90.1 vs. THE BAT 139.1
$6 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 126.3
Winner: travaganza12, 233.1

Cash: SE Double-Up, +$23 (Cash line: High 116.8, Low 113.6)

THE BAT locks: Quintana had the SP edge for the lock, and I went from there. THE BAT then loved two Cubbies in Rizzo and Bryant, and since I felt good about them given the Thursday drive sweat, I was happy to lock them in as well.

Weekend Cubbies jinx about to strike again?!

Yeah, that’s what I feared for most of the day, as Rizzo and Bryant combined for only 18 FDPs. But, a Starling’s afternoon song combined with our boy Paul of Jong (dude can hit) bailed out THE BAT’s cash game lineup and helped us to a somewhat easy cash game win. Let me re-phrase that: …helped us to a much needed somewhat easy cash game win!

Where I was a little ticked that I erred here was not locking in Ian Happ in THE BAT lineup alongside Rizzo and Bryant. As I said earlier, I stuck with Ian in my Man lineup on Thursday’s early slate, and although it would have been reversed here (me locking in Happ for THE BAT rather than the opposite), I really wish I’d done so.

Slate 127 – Saturday, August 19, 2017 (main 11-game slate):

Man 189 vs. THE BAT 249.7
$4 Squeeze
Minimum cash line: 163.8
Winner: threejos, 300.4

Cash: SE Double-Up, +$XX (Cash line: High 167.1, Low 162.6)

THE BAT locks: Chris Sale is always a lock when he’s pitching, so that was the starting point. Next, I decided to only go with an old THE BAT standby and lock Freddie Freeman with Sale and see what happened. I liked the outcome, as THE BAT hammered the Red/Braves game.

A second oh-so close, but not-quite, score in an oh-so crappy week!

Yep, THE BAT smashed again with its second top-100 finish in the Squeeze in the span of 3 days. But, as I said Thursday, really great just ain’t great enough to win big cash in these large-field GPPs. Yes, sure 99th place and 249.7 is great and all, but you need exceptional to win series-changing dough in these large-field GPPs. And, yes, I was rather tilted that one Mr. Matt Kemp cost us that big-time cash. If I scan the horizon for pivots, one comparably priced dude stands out. A simple Delino of Shields for Kemp would have been +30.6 or 280.3 (3rd place, $2,000). Ugh.

Oh man, oh man, what a strange week in daily fantasy baseball! We hit 245+ twice, and yet, we lose money thanks to poor overall cash game play. And, despite an 8x and a 7x GPP cash by THE BAT this week, the actual GPP ROI on the week between the two of us was also a deficit thanks to higher dollar GPP entries. I must admit, though excited for the two sweats where THE BAT came close, I am feeling a bit like I am ready for some football. Gonna try to stave off that feeling, but it’s there.

The series scorecard is below.

Overall Scorecard (through 127 slates):


H2H Record: 53-74
Avg Score: 127.57
GPP Cash rate: 24%
Net Profit/Loss: (-$153)



H2H Record: 74-53
Avg. Score: 135.91
GPP Cash Rate: 27%
GPP Net Profit/Loss: (-$142.78)
Cash Game Rate: 55%
Cash Net Profit/Loss: (-$35.50)
Net Profit/Loss: (-$178.28)

TOTAL NET: (-$331.28) Ugh.

Here’s a link to the full spreadsheet for your reference. If you see any mistakes, don’t hesitate to let me know.

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About the Author

  • Brian Greenwood (yoteach)

  • Dr. Brian Greenwood, an associate professor of sport management in the “real” world, is yoteach in DFS. Greenwood played season-long casually for over 20 years until joining the DFS and RotoGrinders community in the fall of 2013. Greenwood became so intrigued with the culture and strategic intricacies surrounding DFS that he even decided to commission an observational research study through full participant inquiry (i.e., immersion in the experience). Since the start of the study, he’s been writing field notes daily and hopes to eventually publish articles and a book on his experiences. That is, if he ever hits the elusive GPP win (i.e., the “Quad” of $1000+)! As a professor, his official expertise lies in youth sports and active learning in higher education.


  • Kidprosper

    Love the article, great read

  • yoteach

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    @Kidprosper said...

    Love the article, great read

    Thanks! Much appreciated.

    Live long and prosper, kid!

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