If you are new to DFS and just started playing on multiple sites, you may have said this before, “I did well on one site but was horrible on the other. I had basically the same team!”
It doesn’t matter what sport you are playing because they all have a common theme that you need to be familiar with. You need to understand a players value and how a site scores.
I explained how you need to set up a value system for players and if you haven’t read that article, I suggest you do that first.
It’s okay, I’ll wait.
Now that you understand how to create a value system, you need to understand how a site scores. With new sites popping up all the time it’s important that you “master” their scoring system and know how to use a player’s strengths and weaknesses.
Let’s Focus on Basketball
For this article I’m going to refer to basketball since we are ¼ the way into the season.
First thing you need to do when you are playing on a new site is see how rebounds and assists are scored. This is crucial because basketball has so many stats that the little decimals make a big difference.
During the past year the majority of sites have been using 1.25 points per rebound and 1.5 per assist.
But I have played on a few new sites that still score rebounds and assists as 1 point. This is a HUGE difference and is often overlooked by new players.
Here’s an Example for Rondo
Let’s say you took Rajon Rondo and he has his typical game where his stat line looks like 7 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds.
Are those 14 assists worth 14 points or 21 points? Same can be said with those 8 rebounds. Are they 8 or 10 fantasy points?
The difference between the two is pretty big and you need to know this when creating a target score for him to reach value.
I have seen sites that have very similar pricing and value systems (fantasy points per 1k) but use different scoring systems. So if a player like Rondo is the same price on two sites and needs to score the same amount of fantasy points to reach value, he may not be great for one site but he is for the other.
Points are points on almost every site but Draftkings where you get 3.5 points for a 3 pointer. But the biggest difference some sites have is some take away points for a missed shot.
There is a whole group of players where this makes a big world of difference.
What About a Player Like Carmelo Anthony?
A great example is Carmelo Anthony!
I’ve seen games where he is 8-26 shooting the ball. If he is losing half a point for a shot you need to subtract 9 fantasy points for his 18 missed shots.
If you are playing on a site that doesn’t award as many points for assists and rebounds, a players ability to “fill the stat sheet” becomes less relevant.
Granted it’s still important, but you want to find players who score fantasy points by shooting more than doing the other things.
Also, if an assist and rebound are considered the same, then big men are a little more valuable since they rebound more than most guards dish out assists.
The same could be said with football but instead of dealing with assists and rebounds, you are dealing with a full point a reception to half a point reception. Running backs that catch dump off passes and the slot receivers’ value goes up more on full point per reception rather than half a point.
It may seem simple, but this is often overlooked by a lot of people.
It’s the little things like this that make winning players more successful in the long run.