One thing you need to do if you play DFS seriously is shop around different sites to find the one you like the best. If you are buying a car you don’t just buy the first one you like, rather you shop all the different dealerships to see who can give you the best deal.
DFS is the exact same as buying a new car, you need to see who can meet your needs the best and go with them. You need to research your own needs first and know what you want before you step foot into a dealership. (Check out our Reviews!)
Beyond Fantasy Football
Football is hands down the most popular sport and everyone who plays fantasy plays fantasy football. I highly doubt there is someone who takes the football season off and plays just basketball/baseball/hockey. But I know for a fact that there are plenty of people who stop playing fantasy sports the minute the football season ends and they don’t return until week one of the next NFL season.
This is important to know because the DFS sites are also aware of this, especially the smaller ones! With this being said, if you play on a smaller site, how drastically did the basketball contests shrink compared to the football ones? Some sites aren’t that bad, but others are roughly 20% the size of the football contests.
Some sites offer double up contests that have 150 people for football, but only 30 people for basketball. If some of these sites offered 150 player DU contests, everyone would win except the website because I doubt it would even half-way fill up and there would be huge overlay for a guaranteed contest of this size.
I bring this up because you need to think of who’s playing these contests. What are the odds that someone on the smaller site knows their football, but isn’t familiar with basketball? Yet they want to test the water and dabble in some basketball games. Those odds aren’t very good and chances are the people playing on the smaller site are playing on multiple other sites as well. If someone is playing on multiple sites, I’m going to guess that they know their fantasy basketball.
As always, this doesn’t mean they can’t be beat but if you aren’t very familiar with fantasy basketball, I’d suggest finding a site like FanDuel or Draftkings. Those sites offer DU contests with over 200 people (single entry) compared to a site like Draftster or DraftDay who only offers 30-50 man multi entry contests.
If a site has a larger user base, odds are they are going to have more people who aren’t hard core basketball fans playing. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer playing against recreational players compared to sharks. I stopped playing on certain sites because over half the people playing in the double ups were very recognizable screen names. If I’m going to go up against 15 sharks, I’d rather those sharks make up about 7% of the field, not 50%.
Safety in Numbers
Something I like to think about is where I was when I first started playing a new fantasy sport. The only stuff I knew about basketball was the stuff I saw on sports center and I couldn’t even name over half the players that I could pick from. I didn’t keep up with injuries or playing time and was completely clueless. Nevertheless, I wanted to try basketball out so I signed up for a few games.
The one thing I remember was I took Kevin Love because I knew he was good. What I didn’t account for was the fact that he was injured and hadn’t played for two weeks. I was an idiot who threw away my money at that time. I was the ideal opponent in the DFS community and take a guess where I played, FanDuel!
Most recreational players are going to play there because that’s the most advertised site. Playing on the big sites has its benefits because there is a lot more variance. When Jarret Jack was as close to a must play, he’s going to be closer to 100% owned on smaller sites than he is on bigger sites because sharks will have a must owned player. But on the big sites, a lot of the people playing don’t know when a guy is making a spot start because that player isn’t going to be talked about on national sports media outlets.
Just because a site is offering the games, doesn’t mean it’s where you need to be playing. While I agree that overlay is huge, sites will adjust the size of their games to avoid it. The only reason the smaller sites have smaller games is because they know they won’t be able to fill them if they make them bigger. If they don’t fill them they lose money and that’s just bad business. So find the sites that have bigger player pools for double up games and if a site is offering GPP’s that aren’t filling up, play those because that’s where the overlay helps you!