We are excited to announce the upcoming publishing of our new strategy guide for daily fantasy sports players, “Daily Fantasy Strategies – From Beginner to Expert: Football Edition.” This guide has been painstakingly compiled and written by our own co-founder of The Daily Roto, Chris Reilly.
Chris is an expert daily fantasy player who plays professionally and is the lead journalist for this website. He moved from playing poker on-line into the new and exploding daily fantasy sports arena when the industry had barely been established. He uses his advanced knowledge of sports betting and years of season-long fantasy sports experience to gain an advantage in the daily fantasy sports leagues.
Chris plays on all the top daily fantasy sports sites from FanDuel to DraftKings and even smaller upcoming sites such as FantasyAces and StatClash. He is a regular forum and blog contributor on many daily fantasy sports websites such as RotoGrinders and provides useful reviews on daily fantasy sports review sites listed in the top results of Google and Bing.
As a Journalism Major with his Degree in Communications from Vanguard University in Southern California, he brings his experience in writing along with expert daily fantasy analysis to break down daily fantasy sports playing from the beginner to the expert level. Whether you are just starting out and need to know more about these leagues or you need that extra edge to get more consistent winnings, this guide will serve your purpose.
In anticipation of the upcoming release of our guide, please check out a sample of the book below.
Below is the Table of Contents for the Book Chapters and just a short preview of the “Beginners Section” of the strategy guide.
Table of Contents
- What are Daily Fantasy Football Leagues?
- Why Play Daily Fantasy Football?
- Similarities and Differences Between Daily Fantasy Sports & Season Long Leagues
Types of Daily Fantasy Drafts
- Salary Cap Games
- Snake or Live Drafts
Daily Fantasy Game Types
- Head to Head Play
- Double-Up Games
- Triple-Up Games
- Bracket or Survivor Tournaments
- Steps Tournaments
- Qualifier Games
- GPP or Large Tournaments
Master the Basics
- Know Your Sites Scoring & Salary System
- Study the Weekly Match-ups
- Research Your Players
- Keep up to date or Up to the Minute on Injury Reports
- Know who is benched and who is starting
- Weather & Stadium Factors
Beyond the Basics
- Basic Salary Cap Strategy (High/Low vs Middle of Pack Picks)
- Which Positions can Get You the Most Points
- Defense Selection
- Flex Spot Selection
- What is the Bargain Bin and How to Use it
- The Combo or Pairing Strategy
Getting More Advanced
- Check the Guaranteed Prize Games for Overlays
- How to use the Vegas Odds & Lines
- Pros & Cons of Playing All Games or Just Sunday
- Why Play Head to Head & 50/50 Games
- How GPP Games Differ in Player Selection
- Mixing up Your Game Selection Entries
- Rake Back Bonuses or Player Points can add up
- Bank Roll Management
Pros & Cons of Daily Fantasy Sites
Types of Daily Fantasy Drafts
Salary Cap Games
Now when you dive into the DFS sites you will notice that almost all the games are Salary cap. The concept of this is to make it as if you are like a real GM. You have X amount to spend on your roster and every player costs a certain amount. This is to prevent people from just picking their favorite players and creating a team of nothing but the superstars.
Players are like stocks and the better/worse they do each week reflects how they will be priced the next week. This is where the skill part that we talked about comes in. It is up to you to decipher who is under priced and who is bound to have big games. As I stated earlier, you can pick your favorite player every week. Nevertheless, that may not be the best strategy when creating your roster. Other opponents can share the same player as you and this is what is known as a percentage owned. Depending on the size of your contest, you will see that some of the more popular players for the week will be owned more than others. This is a great tool to understand because if a player is highly owned and you don’t have him, you need that player to underperform or your day could be over. It works both ways and in big tournaments, if you see that you have a guy that is in the single digit percentage owned and he does well, you are in great shape.
If you are a diehard Denver Broncos fan you can roster Peyton Manning every week, but he will take up a high percentage of your salary and you will have to find players that don’t cost as much to fill the other roster spots. Nevertheless, sometimes it’s absolutely worth it because he has the best chance to be the highest scoring player. In the first week of the 2013 season Manning was the most expensive fantasy QB on most sites. Nevertheless, he passed for seven touchdowns and over 400 yards. Everyone that had him cashed in their double up tournaments.
The great thing about Salary cap games is once you make your lineup, you can add it to as many contests as you want. You simply import your lineup and you are done. This isn’t the case with drafts, where you actually have to sit through each draft for every contest you enter.
Snake or Live Drafts
Like I said before with the season long leagues, a lot of people enjoy the actual draft. Those people are in luck because some of the sites offer live drafts. Every week you can study who you like and enter a live draft just for the weekend. Unlike the salary cap games, if you draft a player in a snake draft, he is only on your team.
You can choose how many people will be in the league but most of them are set at six players. Before going into a draft, you need to understand what players are projected to have the highest scoring fantasy week. Then it becomes the mental game with your opponents as you draft. There are countless strategies you can take as you go into your draft depending on the matchups that week.
The great thing about these drafts is, it makes it really easy and a little less time consuming to come up with your rankings. If you are in a six man league, you need to come up with your six favorite QB’s, twelve favorite RB’s and WR’s and so forth. You don’t draft bench players so it goes a lot faster and makes it easier to project who’s going to get drafted.
The only con to doing these is that you have to sit through each draft. Even though they are fun, you can’t just build a team like you can in a salary game and enter them into a contest. A lot of people like to use the same team for all their salary contests and if you do multiple live contest you will have a lot of different players because you can’t control who your opponent selects.
Check back soon for details of the exact release date of this book!