A familiar name in the daily fantasy sports scene highlights this week’s fantasy player interview.
Eric “Emac” MacPherson, a noted daily grinder, ascended the standings alone after 376 rosters had finished duking it out for daily fantasy supremacy. His roster was laden with surefire studs and high upside contrarian goodness; a perfect example of a skilled gamble paying off to the tune of a big score. I caught up with Eric to ask him a few questions about his recent success for our latest fantasy player interview.
Gabey- Now that your wallet’s a little heavier any plans for a spending spree?
Eric- I will be keeping the new influx of cash in play. It will give me a nice head start for NFL as I mostly play large tournaments for that sport. As we all know the time between big wins can get really long.
G- I love some of your unconventional lineup choices. What finally convinced you to settle on Jedd Gyorko and Humberto Quintero?
E- I really liked Gyorko’s matchup and I figured that he would mostly be overlooked versus C.C. Sabathia. He has good power versus left-handed pitchers. I was thinking he may hit a double or two, but the home run was a nice surprise. Quintero was an outright punt play. I am originally from the state of Washington and now reside in the D.C. area. The Seattle Mariners were playing in Baltimore and I am in the TV coverage zone so I knew I would be watching that game. I figured why not take someone from the matchup.
G- Was there a point where you realized you had a great shot at taking down the whole shebang?
E- Jose Fernandez got off to a great start and was only rostered on 17% of the entries. He was the top pitcher that I was targeting. When Doug Fister (38% owned) kept pitching well without getting strikeouts I really liked my chances to cash. I knew I would have to sweat out the Sabathia start, as I figured he would be heavily rostered (and he was at 32% ownership). Though he is still a good pitcher, he is not as dominant as he once was and with only 3.25 fantasy points that bounced a large chunk of the field from contention.
G- Any close sweats you were watching until the end?
E- With two Cody Ross home runs and Fernandez pitching well I was among the few entries with both players, and I was leading that pack. As C.C. kept pitching poorly it turned into a two horse race…and I barely edged out MuddZilla by half a point. So yes, the top prize was in play until the very end.
G- What’s your favorite aspect of playing at FanThrowdown?
E- Contests with multiple pitching slots are my favorite format. It allows gamers to utilize their knowledge and get an edge over a more casual player. Also it decreases the likelihood of identical lineups. I also like that players do not lock until their games begin on FanThrowdown. This is especially helpful for the NFL if you join a contest with a Thursday through Monday game period. It’s also great for the NBA when players are often scratched with little or no advance warning.
G- Thanks for taking the time to do a fantasy player interview Eric!
E- You are very welcome Gabey, I am looking forward to the next Friday Night Fight!