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Swindaman3 says I only write about the Gentleman’s Game early when I win

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The group of Gentleman engaged in this fierce weekend competition of Daily Fantasy Baseball skill on Draftkings were feeling a little bold this first August weekend of 2015. The gentleman decided that not one, but two competitions should be held, and what happened was a greater separation between the gentleman at the top of the standings, and the bottom.

Swindaman3 made the remark that we only write about the Gentleman’s game early when we win…. this may seem true. However, he is to be commended for his excellent score of 153.5 with the likes of such vagrants and fantasy vermin Nathan Eovaldi and James “White American” McCann. In all, Swindaman3 collected home runs from four players on Friday night to dominate what was a very heavily-competitive contest; that saw all four gentleman achieve 100 or greater points.

On Saturday evening, a different shadow was cast over these five great daily fantasy warriors considered to be the highest of their pedigree. t3bird04 spread his Saturday evening wings as far as they could stretch, and put forth a 115.50 point effort to take home gentleman’s game gold and record five points. A crafty play of Aaron Nola and his twin 21-point Cubbies Schwarber and Rizzo made him Aaron Hamilton and made Swindaman3 Alexander Burr.

Looking at the top of the standings, Dstars45 and Swindaman3 are engaged in quite a game of Gentleman’s Cat & Mouse. It’s like watching Spy vs. Spy. This will be talked about for ages by those who have stood back and watched. One heavyweight throwing a big right hand, only to be countered by a barrage of punches from the other pugilist to work his way off the ropes and out of the corner. We have just seven to eight gentleman’s games left in the season; unless we decide to start playing them on Thursday evenings because we are bored.

Stay tuned, as we get more clarity in who is the greatest Gentleman of them all.

 

Friday Night:

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Saturday Night Gentleman’s Game Special:

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Yearly Standings after two more Gentleman’s Game Cup Series Contests:

DStars45 – 57.5 points
Swindaman3 – 56.5 Points
t3bird04 – 51 Points
Diamondhoggers – 47 points
Jsquad34 – 44 Points

Diamondhoggers returns to Gentleman’s Game Glory

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Diamondhoggers locked down over 50 points from their pitchers – Felix Hernandez and Andrew Cashner – and had 20 or more points from Mike Trout and Joey Votto that swung the Friday Gentleman’s Cup Circut Game in their favor.

We see a slight change in the yearly standings with Swindaman3 overtaking t3bird04 for the second spot in the standings. The bottom two remain unchanged despite the separation amount between last place and fourth.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 50.5 points
Swindaman3 – 47.5 Points
t3bird04 – 45 Points
Diamondhoggers – 44 points
Jsquad34 – 40 Points

The Gentleman’s Game Turd of the week was probably Michael Pineda, owned by two contestants in the Gents Game and scoring just over five points. That Minnesota Twins lineup may look cute and cuddly like a Peregrine Falcon, but when you get too close and you’re unsuspecting; they’ll rip your damn face right off.

The Gentleman’s Game MVP had to be Coors Field Joey Votto. He hit a dramatic home run in the top of the ninth inning and although the Reds found a way to still blow the game; Votto swung the Gents game late, leapfrogging Diamondhoggers from third to first in a matter of seconds. That said; Jose Quintana was used by one man only: Swindaman3. Quintana of course shut out the Indians and struck out eight, garnering 41.05 Draftkings points. This was probably the craftiest pick of the night even in a losing effort for Swindaman3.

That said, here’s the monster bomb that Mike Trout hit to break the Gentleman’s Game open:

Here’s a copy of the lineup Diamondhoggers used for the victory:

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So what will happen next week?

Will Diamondhoggers put their trust in another man who is not worthy like an Andrew Cashner to swerve the rest of the gentleman? Will Swindaman3 make another beach lineup before the sun sets on summer? Which contestant will have milk poured on them like celebratory champagne at a live final? You must tune in next week to find out, as we inch closer to crowning the greatest daily fantasy baseball champion of all time.

Our Own t3bird is once again atop the highest branch of the Gentleman’s Game Cup Circuit Tree

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Another week, another monumental shift in the tectonic plates of the earth of the Gentleman’s Game Cup Standings.

Four Gentleman in the contest opted to go with Jose Fernandez who was the most expensive player on the board Friday night. He delivered just 18.5 points. It would be the other pitcher who the Gentleman in this great battle would choose that would make the biggest difference. The victor went with Lance Lynn – and Lynn tallied a workman-like 33.35 points to earn the Gentleman’s Game weekly MVP nomination.

The Gentleman’s Game turd was Ubaldo Jimenez, scoring 1.7 points and honestly why the Hell do we decide to trust an asshole like Ubaldo in this great contest of scholars?

As mentioned earlier, there was a slight shift in the competitor who holds down second place this week, with t3bird04 overtaking Swindaman3 after his own recent hot streak by a half point. DStars45 did enough to hold onto the top spot, coming in second and adding four more solid points. Diamondhoggers finished third, gaining one extra point to break the tie at the bottom of the standings for the time being. You’re starting to see separation in these standings if you’ve been following this as closely as we figure you have been all season.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 47.5 points
t3bird04 – 44 Points
Swindaman3 – 43.5 Points
Diamondhoggers – 39 points
Jsquad34 – 38 Points

Per our tradition, we show a copy of the winning lineup. This 149.85 point lineup would have been a noble, cashing lineup in any contest offered on Draftkings last night. And the best part about it is that it was a non-stack. Kyle Seager homered twice to tally 30 points and Hunter Pence added 26 of his own. Our t3bird04 of the Gents Game Circuit is proving his vast versatility, in that he is not only great at selecting a pitcher who is about to go off but he also knows which bats can give him the high point total to break open a Gentleman’s Game. He is good under fire.

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But…. what will happen next week? Will the Orioles skip a spot in their rotation and allow us the option to once again ruin our lineups with Ubaldo Jimenez? Will Swindaman3 once again use the tired Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier fresh off of 1,000 full-tilt swings? How many Gentleman will go back to the Gerardo Parra $3700 fountain of prosperity?

You must tune in next week to find out as we continue to work towards a circuit champion who will represent the highest honor in daily fantasy baseball.

A Noble amount of scoring in the Friday Gentleman’s Game

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The Friday Gentleman’s Game Cup Series rolled onwards last night with three members crossing the 100 picket line and two others coming very close to the milestone. All scoring was led by Swindaman3 who nearly reached the 150 plateau with his 149.95 points and the weekly Gents Game win.

Swindaman3 went with an unconventional play of Melvin Upton Jr. against Wandy Rodriguez, and it paid off in a big way with the lesser Upton brother scoring 20 points. If you had Danny Salazar last night as Swindaman3 did, you probably were in a good position to win money because Mr. Jekyll and Hyde himself threw a gem against the Athletics. Noah Syndergaard and his 42+ points was owned by three owners – but Swindaman3 laid Thor’s effort to waste.

Things are very tight in the yearly standings, with just a single point separating our top two contestants and a tie for the bottom between two more, with our own t3bird04 being the meat of this Gentleman’s Game sandwich.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 43.5 points
Swindaman3 – 42.5 Points
t3bird04 – 39 Points
Diamondhoggers – 36 points
Jsquad34 – 36 Points

Here’s a copy of the winning recipe that made Swindaman3 a very talked about man in the DFS baseball spectrum on Friday night:

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It is nice to know you can achieve such a nice score by just picking guys at every position who will offer some scoring – you don’t have to stack to be successful in this game of gentleman, as Swindman3 proved. In fact, you can be quite successful at MLB DFS by involving Melvin Upton Jr. and Justin Verlander. It is worth noting that Diamondhoggers used the services of Erasmo Ramirez (aka ‘The Gardener) and these services went to waste.

So what will happen next week? Will anyone have the audacity to use Melvin Upton Jr. once again? Will Josh Donaldson and Mitch Moreland decide to take another zero in a matchup that favors them? Will Shin-soo Choo continue to score ‘2’ or ‘3’ like he always does when we look his way? Every man in this contest wants so badly to reach for this brass ring of fantasy glory, but we can only reach for said ring on Friday’s. You must tune in next week to find out how the saga of the gentleman’s game plays out. We are at the All-Star Break and there is still time for salvation, but the sands in the hourglass are running thin.

The DFS Community stands on its collective head over the first Gentleman’s Game Tie

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When five greats play their weekly DFS game long enough, sooner or later something has to give. Last night was the seismic crack in our DFS earthly foundation and an executive decision had to be made. This is a historic day in this country, not because it is Independence Day when our founding fathers signed the constitution. Someday, it will be remembered as the day the founding fathers of the Gentleman’s game; DStars45 and Swindaman3, tied for second place.

Both gladiators tied at 95.7 points, with completely different lineups. Both contestants were awarded with 3.5 points for the week for this effort.

Diamondhoggers continues to wake from their slumber – following up a second place in last week’s contest with a first place this week. The tide turned for good when Adrian Gonzalez homered into the Los Angeles night off Noah Syndergaard.

Things are tight in the yearly leaderboard in this epic clash of the titans of DFS baseball. DStars45 has reclaimed his spot at the top over our own t3bird04.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 39.5 points
t3bird04 – 38 Points
Swindaman3 – 37.5 Points
Diamondhoggers – 34 points
Jsquad34 – 32 Points

Here’s a copy of the winning lineup totaling 113.35 points for Diamond Hoggers:
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So what will happen next week after this historic tilt? Will Diamondhoggers and JSquad34 continue to argue over who is in last place in the standings? Will we see another tie that forces the hand of the chairmen of the competition committee of the Gentleman’s game? Will anyone have the stones not to use an ace pitcher, trusting a true turd with their most sacred opportunity? Will Gerardo Parra continue to be priced in the 3700 range while playing like a 5800 outfielder?

You must tune in next week to find out of course. This is the Gentleman’s Game and it is the finest competition the DFS community has ever seen. In fact, Draftkings has been in contact with the chairmen’s committee about making the winner of this great joust the next Draftkings Pro Ambassador. Even Draftkings knows how prominent the crown is for this pantheon of greats.

A Friday Night at the DFS Gentleman’s Cup Game: The One Where Franlin Morales & Stephen Vogt Serve a Midnight Shitburger

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It wasn’t a play that would be shown on highlight reels (actually, I did see it run on MLB Tonight once). But time was running late in the Gentleman’s Game – and I held a half point lead over JSquad34 – having just captured the flag from DStars45 an hour earlier with a Mike Trout home run.

And then it happened. It didn’t change the outcome of the Royals 5-2 win in Oakland much; but it stole the Gentleman’s Game, a tournament of champions right out from under me late.

Franklin Morales drilled Stephen Vogt with a 2-2 pitch. The two points awarded on Draftkings allowed JSquad34 to take a small lead. My hopes went out the window when Efren Navarro didn’t come to the plate in the bottom of the ninth for the Angels. Who the Hell attaches their hopes to Efren Navarro anyways? I deserved to lose.

JSquad’s win was his second in a row. No easy task with this bunch. Diamondhoggers got off the mat to avoid another last place finish but it feels half-hearted in not winning the thing after getting that close.

The Gentleman’s Game MVP had to be Noah Syndergaard and his 27 points against the Cincinnati Reds. It was a bold move by JSquad34 with all of the great arms that were going last night; he was the only contestant to use Syndergaard.

The Gents game turd might have been Giancarlo Stanton, checking in with a zero and owned by 60% of the field at his hefty price, and he  broke his damn hand.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 39 points
t3bird04 – 37 Points
Swindaman3 – 36 Points
Jsquad34 – 36 Points
Diamondhoggers – 33 points

Here’s JSquad34’s winning lineup:

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Our own t3bird04 had a bit of an off night and DStars45 was on vacation. This made for a Gentleman’s Game that should have been ripe for the picking. They’ll be back next week with very solid efforts. This was a golden opportunity missed by Swindaman3 and Diamondhoggers to gain a ‘5’ in the standings. An opportunity that JSquad34 leaped at.

JSquad34 Takes home his first gentleman’s game of 2015

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After JSquad34’s incredible 176.80 outburst in the Friday Night Gentleman’s Cup game, we now have a two-way tie atop the leaderboard and a new low man on the totem pole; me.

Chris Sale was definite MVP of the Gentleman’s Game last night, striking out 14 hitters and tallying 44+ points for the two owners the used him. The two owners that used him finished first and second. Carlos Carrasco was probably the best candidate for Gents Game Turd; owned by 80% of the contestants and posting just 13 subpar points. He also robbed me blind in the rest of my cash game environments last night. Carlos Carrasco is a bastard.

Before we get into the secret sauce that got JSquad34 off the schneid for good, here is a look at the updated standings:

Yearly Standings:
t3bird04 – 36 Points
DStars45 – 36 points
Swindaman3 – 34 Points
Jsquad34 – 31 Points
Diamondhoggers – 29 points

And now a copy of the winning lineup:

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JSquad collected homers from Stephen Vogt, Randall Grichuk, Kolten Wong, and Ryan Howard. He also had very good performances from Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter.

It’s going to take a soul-searching effort for Diamond Hoggers to regain their confidence in this contest of Champions and get back in this. It’s going to take risks and hard work. It’s going to take having the guts to use the likes of Carlos Frias and other scrub pitchers who will come up big out of nowhere. You cannot win a Gentleman’s Game with Jason Rogers, Jeff Francoeur, and Gerardo Parra. It simply will not happen.

King Felix Destroys Hopes in the Friday Gentleman’s Game

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When I made my Gentleman’s Game lineup last night, I put my heart and soul into it. As I looked at the players I would go to battle with and hit ‘submit lineup’, I thought I had an excellent shot to take this week’s top prize down. After all, what could go wrong with Felix Hernandez and Madison Bumgarner as your two horses and a bunch of value hitters.

What ensued was the grenade blew up in my hand. Felix collected one out and gave up eight first-inning runs in Houston for an ERA of 216.0 for the game. My Gentleman’s Game lineup was in negative points until about 10:00 eastern time when I started to get sleepy and knew I was going to finish last once again. I was embarrassed by the King.

t3bird04 took it down by using the top-scoring pitcher of the night, David Price. Getting 23 points from Bryce Harper and 18 from crafty play Wilmer Flores were his other big scores of the night.

The bird was the word, and the only man to crack 100, in route to taking sole possession of first place in the standings. The bottom three in this game were three of the lowest DFS Draftkings scores you’ll see.

Yearly Standings:
t3bird04 – 33 Points
DStars45 – 32 points
Swindaman3 – 32 Points
Diamondhoggers – 28 points
Jsquad34 – 26 Points

Here’s a copy of the winning lineup:

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It is sad that the inventor of the Gentleman’s Game is getting embarrassed in his own quarters. Will he be able to right the ship and get back in things to have a say? Will aces be blown up again to begin next weekend? Which unlikely heroes will be crowned in this Pantheon of champions? You must turn in next week to find out.

The Gentleman’s Game has a new top of the totem pole

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DStars45 received a pretty good effort from his hitters on a mostly quiet night of daily fantasy baseball (unless you were a person that had an Anthony Rizzo or Stephen Drew) which propelled him to his second straight weekly win and the top of the Gentleman’s Game Cup Circuit Standings.

Only one lineup surpassed 100 points and in fact, all four contestants other than the victor failed to reach the 90 point plateau. This was due to three contestants in the group using Jake Odirizzi who didn’t go five innings, Swindaman3 throwing 5.25 points Charlie Morton into his lineup, Diamondhoggers had no offense other than Jonathan Lucroy, and JSquad34 received only 6.5 points from Scott Kazmir.

The standings are still tight, but look markedly different from weeks ago:

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 30 points
Swindaman3 – 28 Points
t3bird04 – 28 Points
Diamondhoggers – 27 points
Jsquad34 – 23 Points

And here’s a copy of the winning recipe lineup from DStars45:

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So what will happen next week? Will Swindaman3 make it safely back from his trip to Honduras in time to field a lineup? Will Diamondhoggers submit a 60-point effort for the third straight week? Will the t3bird spread his wings and join DStars45 at the top of the mountain? You must tune in next week to find out will grab the upper hand in this game of excellence.

The Nation Turns it’s Weary Eyes towards a Quiet Friday Night Gentleman’s DFS Baseball Game

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The Gentleman’s Game Cup Series rolls along, with the race as tight as ever. Four of five competitors are within two points of one another for first place, and Swindaman3 moved into a first-place tie with Diamondhoggers for first place last evening.

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 26 points
Swindaman3 – 26 Points
DStars45 – 25 points
t3bird04 – 24 Points
Jsquad34 – 20 Points

Last night’s Gentleman’s Game MVP was clearly Derek Norris. In an unlikely turn of events, Norris hit the walk-off game-winning Gents Game stealing Grand Slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in San Diego last night.

This allowed for a narrow escape for the first place prize for DStars45, leap-frogging Swindaman3 and t3bird04 with one swing of the bat.

Here’s a copy of DStars45’s winning recipe from last night:

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Personally, I love the Adam Lind play. I had a feeling on Lind last night in his home park against that sterling Rubby gemstone of a pitcher; and yet I paid the maximum amount of dollars for a guy who has always been a slug to me in Prince Fielder. This is why I have squandered my lead in the Gentleman’s Cup circuit. Well, that and because I used Miguel Gonzalez (pitched well) and Stephen Strasburg (left last night’s game in Cincinnati after five batters).

So tune in next week, for the saga of the Gentleman’s Game Cup. Will someone jump out to a first place lead that they’ll hold through the summer? Will JSSquad34 go back to the Miguel Cabrera well? Will Diamondhoggers once again use two pitchers whom he loathes?

You must turn in next week to find out.

The Gentleman’s Cup DFS Game: Swindaman3 begins his takeover

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Friday night was a little bit of an intimidating slate, so if you jumped into the action on Draftkings or another Daily Fantasy Baseball site, you definitely deserve some props for your courage. The nightly slate featured a Coors Field game that got wild, aces all over the board, and of course the unpredictability that a full slate brings.

One man who was not scared was Swindaman3. He took the Gentleman’s Game by storm for the second week in a row, this time scoring an impressive 168.05 points. He had three hitters cross the 20-point mark (Longoria, Belt, LeMahieu) and his pitching from Archer and Greinke was good enough to make this a drama-free gentleman’s game; though there were some reports of JSquad34 throwing some furniture around in the cocktail room when Andrelton Simmons posted a zero.

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 25 points
Swindaman3 – 22 Points
t3bird04 – 21 Points
DStars45 – 20 points
Jsquad34 – 16 Points

And congratulations to our very own t3bird04. In a contest not as heralded as The Gentleman’s Game earlier in the week; with some 110,000 contestants, he came in an astonishing 17th. He also won the $6K Flare that night! Using a Cardinals stack and some of the very tricks that have shown him success in this tournament of champions, other players with their 30 entries need be wary of t3Bird04. He is a dangerous man.

Here’s a copy of Swindaman3’s lineup from Friday night – a lineup that allowed him to move into sole possession of second place in the Gentleman’s Cup Standings:

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So what will happen next week? Will Swindaman3 continue to shoot up the standings and grab the lead over Diamondhoggers? Will DStars45 come back with a vengeance to reclaim a top spot? Will JSquad34 be satisfied with his lineup? Will the t3bird04 go out on a limb and stack Marlins? You must stay tuned for the answer.

A Country Breakfast Past Midnight Decides the Gentleman’s Cup Game

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This week five Gentleman’s Game Cup series was decided by two ‘great’ calls by Swindaman3: the stones to use Clay Buchholz, who delivered 36.2 points with 11 strikeouts in Seattle; and a contrarian play of Billy Butler in a game that got wild late out in Oakland.

Diamondhoggers led the contest almost the entire way until when it mattered, aided by 26 points from Gerardo Parra and 30 points from two-homer Ryan Braun.

Who would know that a late-night base hit by Country Breakfast that didn’t even make Sportcenter could decide such high drama.

Four of the five contestants used Clayton Kershaw who scored 28.8 points.

 

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 23 points
DStars45 – 19 points
t3bird04 – 17 Points
Swindaman3 – 17 Points
Jsquad34 – 13 Points

Here’s a copy of the winning lineup that got the job done for Swindaman3:

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The Gentleman’s Cup Series is heating up with the weather. Things are getting tight in the middle and Diamondhoggers is beginning to distance themselves from the likes of JSquad34. But we have an entire summer of Gentleman Fun to decide the victor.

Will a late-night Country Breakfast give someone a gallstone attack next weekend? Will anyone have the audacity to use Clay Buchholz once again? Will Pete Kozma ever make an appearance in the Gents cocktail party?

You must all stay tuned to find out.

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Diamond Hoggers takes a low scoring Gentleman’s Game Home

Have you been following The Gentleman’s Game? If you haven’t, you need to start. It is the Pantheon of Daily Fantasy Baseball. At season’s end, a winner will be crowned. That man will retain bragging rights for life of winning the inaugural Gentleman’s Cup which is worth more than a sack of nickels. His family will adore him just a bit more. He will have just a bit more pep in his step. Autograph requests will arrive via mail courier. He will need a bodyguard. Screw the Playboy Mansion, this is bigger than that.

Diamond Hoggers wins this weeks gentleman’s game with a subpar effort of 125+. This would be good for your double up on Draftkings but probably have you on the outside looking in on most tournaments. Or you’ll win that frustrating $6 for coming in like 600th of 8300. So nice of Draftkings to pay that $6 back to those who beat out those some 7600 others. Daily Fantasy Sports can be a racket. And I can’t get enough of it for some reason.

Yearly Standings:
Diamondhoggers – 19 points
DStars45 – 18 points
t3bird04 – 16 Points
Swindaman3 – 12 Points
Jsquad34 – 10 Points

Winning lineup: A late two-hit, three-walk night from Buster Posey pulled Diamondhoggers ahead for good late on Friday night. Trevor Bauer has found his suck again – felt that one coming but went with him anyways. And it is possible that the Gentleman’s Game MVP for this week was little Dexter Fowler and his 28 mighty points for less than 4000.

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The Gentleman’s Game Cup Series – Swindaman3 wins the week

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With a big home run from Evan Gattis, and a 30+ point performance from Lance Lynn on the mound, Swindaman3 posted a hearty effort that had him celebrating his first Gentleman’s Game Cup Series Victory.

Last night was a strange night on DraftKings and in Daily Fantasy Baseball if you decided to venture into the murky waters. In contrast to last week’s high-scoring affair, it seemed like a good lineup last night was simply breaking 100; as evidenced by the contestants in this great pantheon.

“I would rather win a Gentleman’s cup than climb Mt. Everest or finish a marathon,” Swindaman3 said after the hard-fought victory, which saw him edge out t3Bird04 by just over seven points.

The yearly standings see the top three players gridlocked in a tie for first place, while the group still waits for Jsquad34 to join the party.

Yearly Standings:
DStars45 – 14 points
Diamondhoggers – 14 points
t3bird04 – 14 Points
Swindaman3 – 11 Points
Jsquad34 – 7 Points

Here is a copy of the winning lineup:
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As for us, we went with highly-rated plays like Jose Abreu (he loves Friday evenings), Mookie Betts, and Kyle Seager. Plays that were regarded by wOBA metrics and Derek Carty and experts alike. This trio yielded two points.