Part Two – Creating Multiple Lineups
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results. This is important to remember when you start to play DFS seriously. If you are winning constantly throughout the year, year after year, then you can just ignore this series because you don’t need to change anything.
But if you are struggling, let me give you some advice that I’ve noticed through my years of playing this game that we love! I’ll try to give you something each week to help your game from my Personal Notebook.
My Huge Mistake Starting Out
I was making a huge mistake when I first started and I found that I wasn’t alone.
It took me a little over a year because I had to be honest with myself and acknowledge that I wasn’t winning.
Like I said in the first article, being honest with yourself is the hardest step to becoming a true “pro.” I’m not alone because I found that a lot of people were doing what I’m about to tell you, and there were several excuses as to why.
I was making one lineup, and entering that one lineup into every contest I played!
You may decide that you like ten guys and mix and match those ten guys on all three teams.Chris R.
Sure it worked well when that lineup did great, but when it failed, you lost everything you wagered that day.
You are going to have to learn how to diversify your teams and how to enter them into the right contests.
Some of things people would say is “they liked cheering for the same players”, and so did I when I started.
I thought having a lot of different lineups would be hard to follow but it really isn’t.
Sure it is at first, but by the end of the night the teams that are doing well are your focal points and you can disregard the other teams.
Some people said “they didn’t have time to make different lineups” and if that is true, you shouldn’t be entering that lineup into a lot of contests because you obviously didn’t have time to think the weekend through.
Diversifying Your Cash Game Line Ups
When it comes to cash games, I will typically play one or three lineups.
I don’t like playing two because if one wins and the other loses, you end up losing because of the rake. When playing multiple teams in a cash game, you need to stick to your core players that you like the most in all of them and change out the supporting players.
What I mean is, stick to the same core group of higher priced players that you really like but try to mix it up with different cheaper guys.
Also, sometimes it makes sense to make multiple line ups in a cash game if there are two expensive guys that you like but can’t seem to get a good team together with both of them on your team.
This weekend I may have one team with Forte and the other with Lynch since they are my top 2 running backs.
It depends on how comfortable I am with the rest of the team.
You are going to have to learn how to diversify your teams and how to enter them into the right contests.Chris R.
When creating your “core” of players it can range in the amount of players. I’m not saying stick to the same five guys and make sure all three teams have those same five guys.
You may decide that you like ten guys and mix and match those ten guys on all three teams. This way if a player gets hurt or puts up a dud, your weekend isn’t done.
But playing your one cash game line up in all the different GPP‘s you enter is not ideal.
It’s okay I suppose if the contest is a single entry tournament, but it’s kind of a waste in a multiple entry tournament.
- Part One: Steps to Becoming a Professional Daily Fantasy Sports Player
- Part Three: GPP Lineups
- Part Four: Winning Like a Pro in GPP’s