Marquess Wilson’s Garbage Time Touchdown Won A Guy $1 Million
With the New Orleans Saints up 24-0 in the fourth quarter of an eventual 31-15 blowout win over Chicago, Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson -- making his first career start (in place of an injured Brandon Marshall) -- caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler. The crowd barely noticed. But one man, in Ft Lauderdale, FL, was bouncing off the walls.
Drew Dinkmeyer, a daily fantasy sports expert for RotoExperts.com who goes by the moniker "dinkpiece" on daily fantasy sports sites, needed a touchdown from Wilson to vault him into first place in the DraftKings.com Millionaire Maker event. After a day spent agonizing over the probabilities of Wilson, a seventh round pick in the 2013 draft, finding paydirt, Dinkmeyer celebrated in a fitting manner -- getting doused in a hotel room while livestreaming the game results alongside industry friends on DraftKings TV.
Dinkmeyer, widely regarded as one of the top daily fantasy sports (or, DFS) experts in the world, has been written about everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to Bloomberg News, highlighted as one of the early pioneers who gave up lucrative day jobs to earn a living playing fantasy sports. Monday night's coup -- in a contest with over 100,000 entries -- was the biggest win so far for Dinkmeyer.
The beauty of Dinkmeyer's DFS prowess is that he freely shares his data on RotoExperts (a site owned, like SportsGrid, by Anthem Media) as part of the Daily Fantasy Rundown, a subscription service that anyone can access. And his advice won't just dry up once Week 17 comes and goes; Dinkmeyer (along with partner Mike Leone) is equally skilled in daily fantasy basketball. In fact, Dinkmeyer spent most of Monday distracting himself from the pending Bears/Saints game by writing about the night's slate of NBA games.
Dinkmeyer has no idea what he'll be doing with the money just yet, but told SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Monday that he plans on remaining with the RotoExperts, no matter the outcome.
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