There are many reasons people play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).
We all love sports and we all love sports because we love competition. I also enjoy wagering on games, but I never feel as good winning a bet as I do winning in DFS.
Whether it’s just beating someone heads up or being on the top of a large field, the victory feels just as good as the money won.
Just like in sports, everyone wants to be the best, and Rotogrinders came up with a ranking system to let everyone know how they fare with the rest of the fantasy players.
The only issue is the system they use is completely flawed.
Rotogrinders took the system that was used from Pocket Fives years ago. Pocket Fives was to the poker world what Rotogrinders is to the fantasy sports world.
Pocket Fives came up with a system that gave a player points based on buy in, size of the field, and how you placed.
This is similar to what the PGA uses for the fed ex cup. It makes sense for the PGA, with the biggest difference being you can’t buy into different stake games and really couldn’t enter that many more tournaments than opposing golfers in their system.
I understand creating a drive for players to strive for, but I feel the system is incredibly messed up.
The main reason is because you aren’t penalized for any of your losses. You only get credit for your success.
It really struck me as interesting and made me think when I read a player in the forum say that he was ranked 89th overall and is way down. How could that be? It’s simple, the way the system is set up your success is based on how much you spend, not how well you do.
Think of it like this. Fan Duel offers $10,000 heads up games. Let say player A plays that everyday but only wins two times a week. So you would be 2-5 and down $30,000 a week. But you get credit for winning $20,000.
Now hypothetically speaking, let’s say a player B plays and wins 2000 $10 HU (Heads Up) games in a row. Both player A and player B are considered tied according to the Rotogrinders ranking system.
But in reality player B is up $20,000 dollars and player A is down $30,000.
The other issue I have with the ranking system is that you score the same amount of points in a DU (Double Up) as you would in a GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool or Tournament).
If you play in a $5 GPP with 100 players, first pays $125. If you play in a 100 man DU, first pays $10. Yet again, the two players get the same amount of points according to the Rotogrinders system.
So the more you spend the better you are?
That’s how their system works. I only bring this up because people tend to think higher of the “experts” because they are ranked so high and less of you if you aren’t.
Don’t let these top ranked players affect your decision making solely based on their rank.