Readers have been asking over and over again what strategies we use consistently in daily fantasy sports.
We explain all of these and much more in our book, “Daily Fantasy Strategies: Football Edition“, but we wanted to give you the Top 5 Strategies and Tactics that are used again and again with stellar results.
Cash Game Strategies
Cash games are great for every level of player but they are very important if you are just starting.
If you are new to DFS then I highly suggest you start by playing a few cash games before you jump into multi-entry tournaments. A cash game is any game that gives you the best odds of cashing.
The majority of cash games are head to head (h2h) or 50/50 games because they give you a 50% chance of winning. I would even consider triple ups, three man, five man, and ten man games a cash game.
You won’t be turning $50 into six figures playing these, but you hopefully will be growing your bankroll over time. Here are the Top Five Strategies when playing cash games.
Strategy Number One
Play large field DU’s & 50/50’s.
The first thing I suggest if you are playing double ups or 50/50 is to find the large field guaranteed games. The Guaranteed games mean that they will run no matter how many people sign up for it and it gives you the best chance to play the largest variety of people.
Some of these guaranteed games have up to 300 players for the NFL, and I highly recommend joining these games over the 20 man 50/50s. The major sites like Fanduel and Draftkings allow you to see who is already joined in the contest.
You will see a lot of the same names in all the 20 man 50/50 games. I’m not saying they can’t be beat, but I’d rather have them be one of three hundred entries compared to one out of twenty.
Capitalize on the people who don’t pay that much attention to injuries and don’t have the last minute value players in their lineups. These will not be the daily fantasy players that enter all the 20 man leagues.
Stick with the larger field games when starting out.
Strategy Number Two
Second, research your players!
Just this last week I noticed that Vernon Davis was 5% owned in my double up games, thus proving my point that people play without doing research. Sure Davis has a great match up and has been playing well, but he was ruled out early Sunday morning and gave 5% of my opponents a zero.
Take advantage of small things like this because even though it was only 5%, sometimes that is the difference between being in the 49th percentile or the 51st percentile (top 50% cash remember).
It can be the biggest difference between winning and losing.
Strategy Number Three
Third, know the last minute injuries.
Arian Foster was ruled out and Alfred Blue took over as starting running back about 30 minutes before the game. Blue was only 3000 on Draftkings and 2000 on Victiv. He didn’t do that great but he did score 9 points. That’s three times his salary on Draftkings and 4 1/2 times his salary on Victiv. Anyone who is going to get that many touches at that price is damn near a must play for me.
How would you feel if you paid 9000 for a player and he scored 27 fantasy points?
That is the same ratio Blue got and if all your players scored 3 to 4 1/2 times their salary (point per $1000) you made some serious money.
Last minute lineup changes can give you some great value players.
Strategy Number Four
Fourth, don’t take a player solely based on last weeks performance.
This goes the other way around too by not taking someone just because they screwed you over the week before. Every week is different and you have to treat it as such. Be familar with the match ups and know where the team a player is going against is ranked.
Jordy Nelson had over 200 yards two weeks ago and only had 59 last week.
He played two different teams in two different situations.
Strategy Number Five
Fifth, TRUST YOUR GUT!
Never let anyone dissuade you out of a pick you liked.
If you read my articles you are probably thinking that I’m a broken record. But I’ve played the fool by changing out players I liked because a “expert” said not to play him and paid the price for it.
I heard multiple experts say not to take Marshawn Lynch against the Broncos because of how he got shut down in the SuperBowl. I loved Lynch this last week and refused to take him out of my cash game line ups.
Thanks to the salary I was able to save with Alfred Blue I was able to afford Lynch and he did great!
Go with your Gut as long as you have done your research!
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