It is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
One of the keys to playing DFS is finding every small statistical advantage you can get. Now this article isn’t about the game, rather the people who play it.
Everyone that has been playing DFS for a while knows that you will run into hot and cold streaks. It’s how you react to those hot and cold streaks that make the successful players stand out from the struggling players.
I heard a former baseball player refer to the marathon of a baseball season as “every team is going to win 60 games and lose 60 games, it\’s what teams do with the other 40 that makes champions.”
This can be applied to DFS as well because if you play almost every day, you too are playing close to 162 games a year.
Be Consistent Day to Day
When you are running hot, one of the most important things to do is remember that at some point you are going lose “60” games. You need to be consistent with how much you play every day. Don’t be playing $20 dollars one day and $100 dollars the next day.
The worst thing a DFS player can do is fall in love with their Lineup and play more than usual. I know for me, sometimes the lineups I wasn’t very sure about ended up doing the best, and I’ve had some lineups that I loved (and played more money because of it) that completely sucked it up.
The Reasoning Behind My Game Selections
I spend $35 every night and play one cash game lineup in all my games on FanDuel. The backbone of playing all season long is DU (Double-Up) and H2H (Head to Head) games. I cut out the variance of H2H because I don’t play enough volume to make it work out.
So I play DU and spend 20-25 dollars on five dollar games. Then with the 10-15 dollars left, I play games that reward more for placing high.
I will play a ten man league and a 100 man league. Sometimes I play the single entry $5 GPP.
The main reason I split my money out like this is because if I top 50% and win my DU, I will profit on the night regardless of how the other games result.
There is no worse feeling in DFS than playing just DU and placing in the top five out of 223.
When & How to Start Playing More
Now if you are doing well, you can eventually start playing more than your set limit. I would highly recommend that you don’t raise your stakes, rather raise the amount of games you are playing at the same entry fee level.
I read an article last year from a guy who had results from all the DU ranging from $1 to $109. In this article he included the scores that it took to make the top 50%.
The higher the stakes lead to higher scores required to win and make the money. People who play high stakes are typically better so I would recommend steering clear of the sharks.
I’d rather play in a league where a higher percentage of players miss things like canceled games or late scratches. Also, you need to remember that you can spend thousands of dollars and never enter a game that cost more than 10 dollars. Especially if you play on multiple sites like DraftKings or DraftStreet.