Sticking With My Gut in DFS Costs Some Moooolah on Memorial Day

One of my passions has become daily fantasy sports (DFS). I keep going back and forth as to where my DFS blogging should go. Well, this site is all about me and my adventures so it’s going here. For those of you that wanna play — hit me up on Twitter @RyanKnuppel and we can chat DFS! FanDuel is the spot — if you sign up using promo code “DRAFTBANK” you can get the best bonus available. I’m always available to “consult” newcomers as well but be sure to use that promo code.

Trust your gut in DFSSo today is going to be a bit of a rant. I’m always one that says, “at the end of the day, stick with your gut” when forming a FanDuel lineup. Well, yesterday was a case that my “gut” cost me a 4 figure payday.

My gut was saying all along that Vogt was going to have a big day. But, 5 minutes until lineup lock the Oakland lineup was still not released. My “process” typically is to NOT take the risk and swap out this player. So I went ahead and made the swap, put IN McCann and Gardner from the Yanks and take out Vogt and Soler. Easy enough.

Well, 30 seconds til lineup lock I just wasn’t at peace with the decision, I decided to stick with my “gut” on Vogt and swapped Vogt/Soler back in. BIG TIME OOOOOOOPS!

Not 20 minutes into the Yankees game both Gardner and McCann hit bombs and had double digit points. At the end of the day that one single move cost me 22 FanDuel points. It was the different between missing the cash line and cashing $1000 in the tourney I had entered.

Let’s just say I was on DFS tilt yesterday for a bit. But, those things happen. Jump back on the horse and get after it again today — right?!?!


May 2015 Personal Goals

So back in October of 2014 I wrote up a pretty detailed goals post and had a “goal” to continue that monthly. Well, GOAL FAILED. This is only the second goal post in my series but I hope to get this rolling monthly now.

goalsWhy now? Health! Without goals I just let myself go. I don’t eat right. I don’t exercise right. And I overall just don’t feel as well. I love checking goals off of a list so blogging them is one way to track them.

Some ask me, “why do you want these to be public?”  My answer — why not? Public can sometimes keep a person more accountable right? So if you want to know my personal goals well continue reading — if not, don’t :)

Again, these are only personal goals and not business related goals. I’ll shoot to track these over at in the near future.

2014 “To Date” Goal Completion

Last spring and summer I was really motivated. To date in 2015 I did NOTHING good in January or February. I did start my workouts earlier as I logged 57 running miles in March, 49 in April and so far 38 in May. That is compared to 5.5, 60 and 86.81 last year.

As far as weight goes. I’m over where I was at this point last year. One thing to point to. SODA AND FOOD CONSUMPTION! I have to get back to my disciplined self. More to come on that.

I’ve checked off a couple travel and life goals. I made a DFS final live event! BOOOOOOM! Took Sarah to California on vacation. We sold our house (to simplify and downsize) which was a major life goal.

May 2015 Personal Goals


  • Run 60+ miles in May
  • Do 30 burpees every day for the last 10 days of May (when I wrote these goals)
  • Do 20 pushups every day for the last 10 days of May (when I wrote these goals)
  • Do 20 situps every day for the last 10 days of May (when I wrote these goals)
  • Drink NO more soda over the last 10 days of May
  • Make better choices eating (less fast food and more fruits and vegetables)
  • Get weight down from 217 to 210 by June 1st


  • None in May


  • Set up a strict budget for June

Long Term Goals


  • Run 80+ miles in June
  • Run 100+ miles in July
  • Run a Spartan Race in 2015
  • Run a half marathon in 2015
  • Bike a “Century” in 2015
  • Lower weight to 200 by July 1st


  • Visit (Texas Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, etc) with the family
  • Visit New York with Sarah
  • Visit Miami with Sarah
  • Bring Sarah to Hawaii
  • Bring boys to Milwaukee baseball game vs. Cardinals
  • Bring kids to all inclusive family vacation in Mexico
  • Bring boys to St. Louis to see Cardinals game that includes batting practice


  • Attend a second DFS Live Final
  • Play in the World Series of Poker MAIN EVENT


  • Eliminate all Credit Card debt
  • Pay off Escape debt
  • Pay off mortgage

If You Ain’t First — You Are Last!

That is my motto for the day. If you ain’t first — you are last! Nothing is truer sometimes in the DFS world. Last night, I took home 2nd place in the FanDuel Miami Qualifier for their live event. Yep. 2nd place for a $700 win. Profit of $675. But I’m PISSSSSSSED! dfs-if-you-aint-first-you-are-lastFirst place and I go to Miami with all you awesome DFS people to compete for $100K in another Live Final. 4 DFS points. Thank God I wasn’t around to sweat it because it sounds like I lost the lead in the final quarter of the last game. Congrats to EScot for taking home that qualifier entry. He’s on fire!

Hope you followed my plays from yesterday because my lineup had nearly ALL players from the lists!

Moving on to Tuesday! The beauty of DFS is that there is always another day. Shake it off and go after it again today.

Today’s DFS Action

I will have a few lineups in the Miami Qualifier again tonight on FanDuel. And of course some lineups in the Slam and Shot on FanDuel. But it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. HOCKEY NIGHT ON FANDUEL!  I’ll be playing a large amount of NHL tonight as well. Boooom! Hit me up on Twitter @RyanKnuppel if you wanna chat hockey lineups and/or strategy.

On DraftKings they have some Micro Millions going again. But nothing crazy.

Pay Up Plays

It’s a weird day for me in NBA DFS. I don’t really have any “Pay Up” players at all on my short list today. I’m staying away from LeBron, Wall an Cousins. The Gasols, etc… It’s a mediocre player kind of night I hope!

  1. Paul Millsap — he’s probably the closest thing to a pay up play today.

Middle of the Road

  1. Mo Williams — My top PG play of the day. Lakers matchup is prime for Mo to go nuts.
  2. Terrance Jones — he’s been hot for awhile and with Harden out, Jones can do even more.
  3. Rudy Gobert — My top center play today despite going up against Memphis.

Punt Specials

  1. Langston Galloway — Not sure he’s a true punt, but like his value today.
  2. Tony Snell — The Bulls are tough to figure out but I’m counting on 6-7x from Snell today.
  3. Jae Crowder — Been hot for the Celtics. Rolling with him again tonight in a high pace/tempo game.

Good luck to everyone on this Tuesday! Be sure to follow me over at Twitter @RyanKnuppel as I always love meeting and chatting with DFS fanatics like myself.  Knup

3 Reasons This Friday Started Out Sucky

Can I vent for a minute? I don’t typically complain or talk about anything “bad” that happens in my life but today I just thought I’d do a quick morning post to get a few things out of my mind :) Let’s just say it hasn’t been the best Friday start I’ve had!

Home Routine Messed Up

My alarm just kept going and going and going this morning. I couldn’t get up! Snoozed a couple times but just didn’t feel like rolling out of bed. Ever have those days? I DON’T ever have those days which is why it sucks when I do.

Funny thing that just shows it’s going to be “one of those days”. I come down the stairs with my socks in a ball still. Think I’ll be Mr. Funny Guy and throw them at Bryce as he’s eating breakfast. Stupid me. I miss him and they roll into the sink which is loaded with nasty dish water. Upstairs for a new pair of socks for me. LOL.

So get back downstairs and my lovely wife has a list of about 10 things for me “to do” that I just don’t feel like dealing with this morning. You know how that goes right? For some reason instead of my patient answer I just don’t want to hear it. So that goes badly and puts me, her and the kids in an instant bad mood. Strike 2 at home before I even leave the door.

Weight Not Good

Back in March when I decided to “eat better” and exercise it wasn’t to lose weight. It was just to simply feel better and live healthier. Well, I’ve been slipping up the last month. Back drinking soda. Eating out for lunch more often. Ice cream at night. You know, the old routines.

Well, this is showing in my weight. I lost 35 pounds from April to September which was an awesome feeling. But in the last month I’ve given BACK 10 pounds. Not good. Made me feel like crap this morning! Need to get a great run in today and hopefully eat better. Ugh. Anyways, more great news on this Friday.

cause-of-flat-tire-21319963Tire Flat — REALLY?

So at this point I’m already pissed off and it’s not even 7:45. Time to leave for work. Get in my Escape and take off. What do you know? Rattles and loud noices. HUH? Pull over and sure enough, my passenger rear tire is flat as paper. I’m not talking just a little “low tire pressure”. COMPLETELY FLATTENED!

How did this happen? I instantly want to blame! The wife took the car here or there… Whatever, I resist from the blame game and decide to just get it fixed. Being 2 miles from the shop I decide to drive on the rims (oops) for that short amount instead of putting on the spare. Hopefully doesn’t end up costing me but may.

Get to Ford and luckily they can get me in today. Now I’m walking to work (ok it’s only like 1 mile) from Ford. But now I’m carless at work on a Friday which makes me angry in itself. LOL.

So there you have it. I roll into work at 8 oclock and already have an hour of BADNESS on my slate for today. Let’s hope the rest of the day goes better! I already feel better venting on this blog. Now time to get some work done :)

Bulls Playing in St. Louis — WIN VIP Experience

The Chicago Bulls are coming to my favorite town — St. Louis! For what? A preseason NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Check out rookie Andrew Wiggins with his new found team the Twolves!

2014-10-09 14-45-28_Chicago Bulls VIP ExperienceChicago Bulls VIP Experience in St. Louis

So I’m going to be at this game. But you should be there to! Enter to win a VIP experience with the Chicago Bulls as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in exciting preseason action at Scottrade Center on October 24.

Experience includes:

  • Premium seats for 4
  • Pre-game VIP tour of the Scottrade Center
  • In-seat visit from Benny the Bull
  • Bulls Prize pack for 4
  • Professional picture with the Luvabulls
  • Pre-game personalized greeting on the digital scoreboard

To register for your chance to win this VIP Bulls Experience in STL click here.

Cardinals NLCS Run, #STLCards and Kid Problem?

4 NLCS Trips in 4 Years

I promise the Cardinals won’t be the only thing I talk about on this blog — but for now it’s what is heavily on my mind! Last night the Cardinals clinched a spot in the NLCS for the 4th time in 4 years. That’s right. 2011, 2012, 2013 and now 2014. Talk about spoiled huh Cardinal fans?  Here is the full history of Cardinal postseason baseball and below is the last 3 years.

  • 2013 — Beat Pirates for NLDS, Beat Dodgers for NLCS and Lost to Red Sox in WS
  • 2012 — Beat Nationals for NLDS, Lost to Giants for NLCS
  • 2011 — Beat Phillies for NLDS, Beat Brewers for NLCS, Beat Rangers for World Series

#STLCards Twitter Explosion

So as some of you know I’ve long been a hater of Twitter. I’ve tried giving it a chance time and time again but just can’t keep up with it or get into it. October Cardinal baseball is one time I really enjoy being on Twitter (Follow me @RyanKnuppel).

Talk about a massive explosion of TWEETS. I follow the hashtag #STLCards and it just blows up during October baseball games. When Wong hit that HR in Game 3. WHOA! Then when Adams hit the game winner in Game 4 — TWITTER Exploded! So fun and nearly impossible to keep up with. But definitely some creative Tweets.

Young talent for the Cardinals

PI-MLB-Cardinals-Matt-Adams-Kolten-Wong-Oscar-Taveras-071014So I want to talk real quickly about the “young talent” on this Cardinals team. Being in Central Illinois there are many Cub fans around. And all we have been hearing in 2014 is, “look at our young talent, Cubs are going to be good soon.” Baez, Bryant, Castro, Soler and more. Maybe some good players.

But let’s talk about these Cardinal players. These young Redbird players who are getting valuable POSTSEASON experience while the Cubbie guys are workin on their golf game. Wong is a legit 5 tool player. I’m real excited for his future with the Cardinals. Matt Adams shows he has some power and some “clutchness” to him. Matt Carpenter is a youngster who is now a legit All-Star. Add in our pitching staff with Wacha, Miller, Martinez… And some raw players such as Taveras.

I’ll take this group of Cardinal youngsters up against the Cubs youngsters anyday!

Cardinal Baseball Fills My Calendar

So it’s no secret I love October baseball. But good lord. It FILLS MY SCHEDULE. I’m a planner. And I can’t miss a Cardinals playoff game. So the minute the times come out for the next series — they are on the family calendar.

For instance, last night I booked Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday for Cardinal baseball. Sorry honey — won’t be seeing much of me this week! Then, if they win the NLCS it’s World Series time. Another week or 2 of Cardinal baseball filling up the schedule!

Cardinal Baseball Empties My Bank Account

While it fills UP my calendar it puts a major DENT in my bank account! If they make the World Series — I’m going and I’m likely taking (one or two) of my boys. We’re talking $150 a ticket most likely plus the travel to STL and the hotel room.

I also bought NLCS Game 6 and Game 7 tickets. I can’t help myself. I’ll definitely be able to sell these if I don’t want to use them. But who are we kidding. If Game 6 and/or Game 7 happen they are IN St. Louis on a WEEKEND! Consider me THERE!

So there is another trip to STL. Another hotel room. More tickets. Food, drinks and of course the Cardinals postseason gear.

Whew, I’m going to need another job if the Cardinals keep winning in October. That’s ok, YOLO right! It’s what I enjoy so I’m going to enjoy it!

Kid Problem?

ws-drew-ryanSo I mentioned above that I may take one or two of my boys to the NLCS game. I’ve always made it a point to take my first born boy, Drew, to about everything Cardinals. He enjoyed his first playoff/World Series experience when he was 3 during the 2006 run. He then got to really experience and remembers the 2011 World Series Game 1 game we went to. He’s very much in love with the Cardinals and know about everything about them. This is NOT by chance :)

Now I have Bryce. Who is now 6. I have kind of been leaving him out for some reason or another. Mainly because it’s inconvenient bringing a 6 year old and my oldest and I have a blast “without Bryce”. But is this fair to the little guy? Why doesn’t he deserve the same CARDINAL TREATMENT to learn the “Cardinal Way”?

I’m feeling a little guilty about this as I didn’t bring him at all through the 2011 run (he was 4). But I think being 6 now he deserves it. It’s going to cost some more money but once he gets a chance to see the “Sea of Red” and how Cardinal Nation reacts to playoff baseball — he’ll be hooked!

Wish me luck with an 11 and 6 year old at the NLCS this year (pending we need to go to a Game 6).

Cardinals Win Game 1 of 2014 NLDS

Wow, what a game. The Cardinals just knocked of the Dodgers as big underdogs in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS. Unreal. As a small bonus I bet on the Cardinals as well :)

So most of you know I’m a Cardinals fan! A huge Cardinals fan. It’s amazing how “amazing” these last 10 years have been as a fan of the #STLCARDS… I’ve grown to absolutely love October because of Playoff baseball. It’s unreal how fun it is.

But somehow it’s minimized my love for the regular season. Yada yada, another 162 games leading into another AWESOME MONTH OF BASEBALL. I’ve been spoiled. The Cardinals are there each and every single year. I barely follow the regular season but once October hits, I bleed Red!

1028_series-624x384My Twitter is blowing up. My Facebook feed is blowing up. My heart is racing to get the final 3 outs. I can’t sleep. I love Cardinal playoff baseball. Drew, my oldest son who is 11, loves them as well. Imagine his life?

  • 2014 they are up 1-0 in the NLDS
  • 2013 they made Game 6 of the NLCS
  • 2012 they made Game 5 of the NLDS
  • 2011 they win the World Series

Oh and they won the World Series in 2006.

I mean these are all very impressionable years of this boys life. All he knows is CARDINALS WIN! So glad I’m not raising a Cub fan! lol sorry for the jab Cub fans.

My last thought of the night before I try to go to bed is in regards to Yadi Molina. In one of the middle innings tonight Adam Wainwright hit Yasiel Puig with a high pitch. Was it intentional? Who knows! But the next batter Adrian Gonzalez thought so and had some words. Yadi was having NONE OF IT. He stepped right in and got it Adrian’s face. I GOT YOUR BACK WAINO!

Yadi is the ultimate team player and competitor. He has his teammates back and they know it. After the game Adam Wainwright said he was never prouder to be a Cardinal! That’s awesome to hear. I guess I’m pretty proud to be a Cardinal fan as well.


Needless to say, it’s going to be another October of late nights and Cardinal baseball! Can’t wait to get to Ballpark Village to watch a game — or better yet — get to another World Series game!


October 2014 Personal Goals for Knup

One thing I feel is very important in all facets of life, personal life, business life, etc. is setting goals. I set goals every day and now I’d like to get in the habit of posting these goals on my site.

It’s one thing to have goals, it’s another to follow through on them. My goal posts will include a bit about how I did and what I want to do in terms of goals going forward.

These will only be personal goals. For my internet marketing goals you’ll have to visit at some point!

GOALSSeptember 2014 Goal Completion

Since this is the first goal post on this site, I have no “results” per say. But some goals I had over the past few months involved running and eating healthy. I ran over 300 miles during the summer  months. Whatever my goals were, I sailed past them. I also did the burpee challenge where I did 30 burpees for 30 straight days!  I had a goal to eliminate soda from my diet over the summer and I successfully did that.  Let’s just say my “weight” loved all of these goals!

Now, I’ve been struggling on these goals in September. So October it’s time to get back to it.

October 2014 Personal Goals


  • Run 50+ miles in October
  • Do 30 burpees every day of October
  • Do 30 pushups every morning of October
  • Do 30 situps every morning of October
  • 2 of 5 days a week go to Gold’s at lunch and eat a Power Bar instead of Fast Food


  • Go to a Cardinals 2014 Playoff game


  • Sell our house to down size and “simplify life”

Long Term Goals


  • Run a a Spartan Race in 2015
  • Finish the Tremont Tri (2015)
  • Bike a “Century” in 2015


  • Visit New York with Sarah
  • Visit Miami with Sarah
  • Bring Sarah to Hawaii
  • Bring boys nto Milwaukee baseball game vs. Cardinals
  • Bring kids to all inclusive family vacation in Mexico


  • Play in the World Series of Poker MAIN EVENT


  • Eliminate all Credit Card debt
  • Pay off Escape debt
  • Pay off mortgage

Been 10 Months But I’m Back to Blogging

imagesI’m back! Back to what? Back to blogging. I’m amazed when I look at the archives of this blog ( and see that I started back in May 2004. That’s over 10 years! That being said I haven’t been super consistent over those 10 years. I have yet to miss a year but have had several months slip through the cracks.

Regardless, I’ve set a few goals and hope to keep this site up to date again. So what is this site for? It’s just my personal ramblings about parenting, coaching, Cardinals baseball, youth sports, health and more. I’ll give family updates here and let you all inside my brain a bit. Scary huh?

Goals to Write — Often

One of my goals is to write 1000 words of content each and every day for my sites. That’s 1000 x 30 or nearly 30,000 words of content each month. Most of you are like, that’s DUMB! Well maybe it is. But in the web world content is king and I hope to start driving more and more traffic to my websites.

I won’t use to talk about my small business / internet marketing efforts. That’s where comes into play. Yes, another site. So this is my personal site… That’s my internet marketing site.

Family Happenings

I have a few large posts planned for this site over the next week. I definitely need to do a fall baseball recap. Drew has been playing on a 11u team out of Metamora (Metamora Raptors) and we’ve had a great time. Been to 4 (5 after this coming weekend) tournaments and had some success as well. After next weekends tournament I’ll post a full season recap for all of you. He also played Second Season baseball with a Morton 11/12 year old team. Will touch on how that season went as well.

Alyssa is still taking Tennis lessons. I’m sure I’ll have some thoughts on that. She’s also busy taking guitar lessons, dance and gymnastics at IAA.

Bryce started flag football this year and is loving it. 3 touchdowns in two games so far so he thinks he’s big stuff. lol…

Drew’s Morton Heat season is just around the corner and I really hope to blog about my coaching philosophies and stories. I always have random things in my head and I need to use this platform to get them out of my head :)

Ok, enough for today. Basically this is a simple, “I’m back” post. If you want, save this in your RSS feeds to get the updates. I’m not managing an email list on this site but will post my updates on Facebook and Twitter. Yes, I’m still trying Twitter. That’s another post for another day as well.

Michael Jordan & Ryan Knuppel Pickup Game Video

Check out this awesome one of a kind video of Michael Jordan playing some pickup basketball back in his “prime”. I was actually at this event. It was during his bsaketball camp that he held at Elmhurst College. Actually I was playing in this game. Can anyone find me? I’m the one getting nearly YAMMMMIED on by Shawn Marion.