Tired of playing the thousands of players in each tournament for daily fantasy NFL football? Have you looked at daily fantasy college? If you haven’t but want to, then this book is for you!
Daily fantasy college football is the best kept secret in DFS. People are intimidated by the sheer number of college teams and think there is no way to make a great lineup. Well you are wrong!
This is a must read for those just starting out or wanting to play college football, and it will make your play much better if you are already playing. From beginner to expert level, this covers it all.
The book is written by Benny Ricciardi, known as BRich11 in the DFS Community. He has a long history of success first dominating season-long leagues from as early as he can remember, then he moved to daily fantasy sports leagues and he has never stopped. Ricciardi is an award winning fantasy sports writer and has been featured on RotoGrinders, The Fake Football, RotoCurve, DraftKings PlayBook, The DFS Report, and The Daily Roto.
He co-founded his own site, RotoDollar$ where he is a lead writer, and a featured content provider for RotoCurve.com. This is not just another skimpy fantasy football guide. It is a 50+ page book full of information for both beginners and experts!
Below is the Table of Contents for the book and a preview.
(1) About The Author
II. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A. Know the scoring
B. Game Research
C. PLAYER RESEARCH
D. Roster Construction
Defense and Kicker
IV. Advanced Roster Building Technique’s
V. Game Types
Head 2 Head
Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs)
VI. Bankroll Management
VII. Special Considerations
Match up Blocker
VIII. Where to Play Advice
IX. FINAL THOUGHTS
Where to Play
Vegas Odds & Sports Betting
Daily Fantasy Information
Daily Fantasy Terms
If you are taking the time to read this, then I want to start by congratulating you on finding what I consider to be the most exciting daily fantasy sport to play. Daily fantasy college football is like the fantasy football you know on speed. If you think that playing NFL daily fantasy is exciting, you have no idea what you are in for here. The college game is more action packed, higher scoring, and more frenetic then the NFL game. It’s not uncommon for three or four TDs to be scored in a quarter and 14 point leads to turn into deficits in the blink of an eye. No lead is safe in DF college football contests and almost no lineup is immune to being caught from behind.
College football produces some individual stat lines that you just do not see often in the NFL. When a guy goes for 400 yards passing and 4 TDs and does not even make the top 3 at his position on a small slate you can see just how crazy things can get. Watching the leader board during a full slate of college football games is like watching the wheels turn on your favorite slot machine. Every play there are guys shooting up or down the leader board and sometimes so much action is going on that you barely hold that placing for more than a few seconds in a GPP. With all the craziness from the break neck scoring pace, one would think it would be impossible to consistently crank out a profit playing College Football. But the beauty of it is that if you do a little homework it can be one of the easiest and most profitable opportunities offered in DFS.
The edge for a sharp player in Daily Fantasy NFL games has shrunk dramatically in recent years. Fantasy football has become so main stream that there’s now wives and girlfriends playing against teenagers along with the guy in the office who is so un-athletic he can’t throw a crumpled piece of paper into a waste basket half a cubicle away. Type fantasy football in a search engine and you will literally get thousands of pages worth of hits with everything from season long leagues, to advice columns, to daily fantasy. ESPN even hosts a 2 hour show leading up to first kickoff where they literally break down every injury, suspension, benching, or promotion with an eye towards what it means for your fantasy team. They bring on 10 different pundits who will go over every guy at every position and what the case for and against that player is today. If you do not spend one minute on a computer doing research before NFL rosters lock, you can have 98% of the same information as the top fantasy players just by watching ESPN.
The knowledge has become so widely available that last year on opening day of the NFL the top WISEGUY play of Zac Sudfeld, the New England rookie Tight End, was over 50% owned in most major Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) tournaments. Hernandez was in jail and Gronk was banged up, so every pundit and regular Joe alike was able to pinpoint that play because of the media coverage and easy to follow storyline. The reason so many people remember that play as well is because in one of the most epic fails in DF history, Sudfeld played less than 10 snaps and finished with zero points. He might even have fumbled and been the first 50% owned guy ever to go negative. College Football does not have the problem of too much information.
After getting the infinite amount of hits when you type fantasy football into a search box, try typing fantasy college football and see what you get. Trying to get good information about potential plays on the college level is not anywhere near as easy. The results vary from useless information to credit card applications, and even porn sites. Unlike daily fantasy NFL, there’s only a handful of guys who write about college football for daily fantasy, and no TV show beforehand that caters to the fantasy sports audience (Gameday does not count). Good information gathering before making a DF college football line up gives you such a huge advantage over the field that it literally pays for itself no matter how low the stakes you play are. I will be so bold as to say that with a little bit of homework, anyone can be profitable playing daily games of college football.
II. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Daily Fantasy College Football used to be just a niche offering on a few random sites, it was not a sport that sites pushed hard for. There was enough demand that some sites were able to fill some larger field GPPs and offer a good amount of cash game options. It was nowhere near as widely played as the NFL was. Midway through last season though that all changed. There are so many links to college action on multiple nights each week now that I can say it compares to the number of good slates offered for NBA. Sunday NFL DFS is still the king of all daily sports and nothing will ever compare with the prize levels of offerings for that, but College Football is no longer a niche offering played by a few diehards. DraftKings has over $200,000 in college football guaranteed prize pool tournaments starting at noon Saturday alone, and FanDuel has over $100,000 as well between Thursday and Saturday night. Those numbers do not even include 50/50s and H2H match ups. With games from Thursday to Monday weekly and offerings of early and late slates on Saturday, one could enter rosters in upwards of 5 slates per weekend as the sites break games into Thursday / Friday, Friday / Saturday, Early and Late Saturday, and an all day offering. This creates an enormous amount of start times and tournaments to satisfy the action junkie in all of us when we get the itch to play. The upside to this for the savvy player is that if you do your homework once, then you can reuse that information to take advantage of your edge on multiple slates since there is a lot of overlap with starts times and what games are included in which slates.
When it comes to daily fantasy college football, the main game type offered is salary cap. Some sites have dabbled in pick’em style games and snake drafts, but those are more gimmicks than the true meat and potatoes. All the big money here is played on standard salary cap GPP formats, as is the bulk of all cash game action. For this reason, the advice given here and going forward in this guide will be geared towards that. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, let’s start with a basic overview of things we need to know. Once we do that we can move on to roster construction, game type selection, and bankroll management to help make you a profitable player
A. Know the scoring
Whenever you join a tournament for any daily fantasy sport there is a place in the upper right or left corner of the “tournament details” pop-up window that says something along the lines of “CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LIST OF SCORING.” Every site has its own way of doing things and it is very important to know which set of scoring rules your site uses in order to make sure you are on the right plays. Some sites award six points for a passing touchdown and others only give you four. In practical terms this would upgrade pocket passers if you get six per passing TD where you are playing. If you are playing on a site that only awards four then it would be a downgrade to pocket passers and thus make the running and dual threat Quarterbacks more attractive. How many points per reception the site awards is another big thing to consider and know. WRs, TEs, and pass catching RBs are more valuable when they get a full point per reception. In half point per reception formats you have to downgrade the possession guys and give a bump to the big play home run threats.
The amount of points per reception also affects the importance of WRs vs. RBs where you play. If WRs get a full point then a stud WR could easily outscore a stud RB if the volume of targets he gets is high. RBs yardage totals tend to be less volatile so they get a boost in half PPR leagues due to the lower variance and better predictability of their fantasy scores. Once you understand the differences in scoring, it makes it easier to identify the players that work best on different sites from your research. Again here, the beauty of it is that you only have to do the actual research once. Once you have the raw data it is very easy to move a guy up or down as an acceptable play based on his profile and how that matches the profile of the plays that work best on each site.
Plus Much, Much More!