As the season goes along I keep talking to my friends who are new to DFS as they come to me for some advice.
One question that keeps coming up is how they should go about diversifying the games they play.
Now I guess there really isn’t a specific model that you need to follow but I will tell you how I approach things when selecting what games I play.
Remember The Food Pyramid?
I like to think of things kind of like the old school food pyramid that you learn in elementary school.
I’m sure you all remember this little image to the left (or am I just showing my age!).
You know, the sections on the different food groups where you needed a certain percentage of each group for a balanced diet.
Well you need a balanced approach in selecting the DFS contests you enter also!
Bread & Cereal Section
Now the base of the food pyramid is your breads and rice and whatnot, for DFS it needs to be your 50/50-double ups and h2h games.
If I were to play $100, I would put the majority of my games in the base of our pyramid.
Ideally I try to stick to no less than 60% of what I’m playing in double ups and sometimes I’ll even go as far as 70%.
The reason is pretty simple.
This is the bread and butter (pun intended) of a serious DFS player’s games. If you win your 50/50 or double ups, you should at least put yourself in a spot to profit on the weekend.
If you have $70 of your $100 in double ups and that’s the only game type you win, then you will end up winning $40 on the day.
You can’t go broke taking a profit and that is the motto I always stick too.
This is very important, especially when you play DFS sports like baseball and basketball where you can play every day.
Moving Up The Pyramid – Multiplier Games
Next on the pyramid you would have your multiplier games.
I would suggest playing about 20% in 3X and 5X games.
If I only had $20 to spend on multiplier games I would play $15 in triple ups and $5 in 5X.
The Top of Our DFS Pyramid
This leaves us with 10% ($10) left to play and that’s where we would play GPP’s.
I would actually probably make ten teams in a $1 gpp if I only had $100 to play or I would enter a single entry tournament or even a league (like the 250 man leagues where top 27 get paid).
Risk Versus Exposure
This pyramid should be pretty self explanatory to most people.
The games that have the most risk are the games that we should have the least exposure to.
The main reason is they have the smallest percentage of people that get paid.
Not only that, just making the money will not be that rewarding on some sites unless you are in the top ten for some of these tournaments.
The odds of that happening are even smaller than the odds of cashing in a GPP.
If you play a $10 tournament and just make the money, you will win something like 18 bucks depending on the site. Some sites pay more people but the payouts start even smaller like $13 meaning you only profit $3.
If I’m playing just one line up for a day, the way I look at it is the better the lineup the more I cash in terms of tiers.
I’ve actually had plenty of days (and if you play for a while, you will too) where the only games I’ve won were the double ups.
I missed the money in my triple ups and obviously the other games as well.
Nevertheless, I ended up winning on the day which is the whole point.
Now you can adjust the percentages to your liking but you always need to keep the base larger than 50% to ensure you have a winning day if you win your double ups.
Again, there really isn’t a right or wrong answer, but I do notice a lot of new players don’t have a structure to how they play their contests.
I think you need to have some kind of balanced attack plan when you go into your weekends.
I’ve seen plenty of good players go broke because they didn’t diversify their games correctly.