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  • stlcardinals84

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    Hey there everybody! I’m Justin Van Zuiden, one of the Rotogrinders hosts and writers. I go by the handle ‘stlcardinals84’ on most DFS sites (stlcardinalsfan84 on FanDuel) and am ranked in the top-50 overall. The folks at Rotogrinders wondered if I was willing to do an AMA, so I obliged.

    Some basic info about me:
    -I started working at Rotogrinders in August of 2013 (over three years now!)

    -I started playing DFS in January of 2012.

    -I am a CPA licensed in the state of Illinois and maintain a full time job as a CPA.

    -I like the St. Louis Cardinals, of course. Baseball is my favorite sport.

    -I have a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University

    -My wife Shannon has somehow been married to me for eight years.

    -We have two children, both boys, Landon (6) and Noah (3).

    That about covers the basics. Fire away any questions you may have. I did one of these about three years ago, but times have changed since then!

  • wolfjb1

    @stlcardinals84 said...

    There is no point where the size of your bankroll gives you a better chance at profitability.

    Justin, I’m a big fan of your work, but isn’t this somewhat more complicated? I am pretty sure that I’ve seen articles right here on RG which prove that the higher the entry fee, the lower the “cash line” at least in large field NFL GPPs. So, theoretically, if you were tossing 100-150 lineups into the $1,500 Wildcat on DK (or whatever the max is for the Wildcat…I don’t play in that sandbox so I have no idea), don’t you need a lower total to min cash and to win than you do in the $3 tournament which has 400K+ players?

  • stlcardinals84

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    @wolfjb1 said...

    So, theoretically, if you were tossing 100-150 lineups into the $1,500 Wildcat on DK (or whatever the max is for the Wildcat…I don’t play in that sandbox so I have no idea), don’t you need a lower total to min cash and to win

    No, no…. no.

    There is no context where you need a lower total to MIN CASH as the buy in goes up. In fact, the higher the entry fee, the higher the minimum cash line tends to be. As you get sharper players, you get higher cash lines. If you don’t believe me, chart out the cash lines for the NFL tournaments at $3, $33, and $333 (or whatever). You will see the cash line rise as buy in rises. This is extremely evident in NBA. I’ve never done any formal analysis on this, nor have I really seen any, but that’s almost always the case.

    Now, the higher buy in tournaments have lower winning scores, but that is a function of having fewer entries.

    As I said, you have a better chance of flat out winning a GPP, because you have a higher percentage of the total entries. However, you do not under any circumstance have a better chance of being profitable in general.

    Will you likely get more entries to cash because you have a larger percentage of the total field? Yes, you likely will. However, any non cashing entries are also costing you a lot more than they used to.

  • wolfjb1

    Thank you for clarifying.

  • rotosaywhat

    Hey there!

    I’m really new to DFS, only been playing/reading for a couple weeks now.
    This is probably a pretty dumb question, but I was wondering where do you get most of the player and team stats from? I haven’t found a place where to take all the data from yet.. At least nothing that I could import in my excel.

    Thanks in advance

  • stlcardinals84

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    @rotosaywhat said...

    Hey there!

    I’m really new to DFS, only been playing/reading for a couple weeks now.
    This is probably a pretty dumb question, but I was wondering where do you get most of the player and team stats from? I haven’t found a place where to take all the data from yet.. At least nothing that I could import in my excel.

    Thanks in advance

    Various sources depending on the sport… Box scores, ESPN, the Nba.com and Nfl.com sites, lots of information here at RG, etc…

    I don’t do a lot of data sorting in excel, so I’m not much help there.

  • emac

    Love the thread, thank you for taking the time to do this!

    My question is how do you go about measuring clutch?

  • stlcardinals84

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    @emac said...

    Love the thread, thank you for taking the time to do this!

    My question is how do you go about measuring clutch?

    I compare every result to the playoff run of David Freese in 2011.

    If they don’t stack up = not clutch.

  • gibbathy

    2014 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year

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    @stlcardinals84 said...

    1. I think DK will probably do another Boston final, but I don’t think it’s a guarantee. I think the new DFS landscape will star including fewer live finals going forward. I don’t see a site like Fantasy Aces or Fantasy Draft starting live finals for golf.

    2. Definitely Gibb with 2 South Africans. Not even close.

    3. Pop in this neck of the woods.

    I enjoy your questions :)

    I’m gonna try and do a max entry at the next European Tour event in South Africa. Boom!

    1) Do you wish sites had chats like the old Draftstreet site?

    2) Favourite site of all time?

    3) Do you think PGA contests should include the alternates and have a scarlet A next to their name until they are elevated into the field?

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