In a cash game you are trying to find players with a higher floor that you know are as close as a sure thing as it gets.
But in a tournament, placing a little better than 50% isn’t going to get you money, you need to place a lot higher than the 50 percentile if you want to cash.
I’m going to give you my five tips to help your GPP’s!
Tip One: Make Multiple Line-ups in Multi Entry Tournaments
The first thing I would recommend is making sure you understand the difference between a multi entry and a single entry game.
I believe you are wasting your money if you only enter one team in a multi-entry game. It’s not impossible for you to win, but it’s very, very improbable for you to win with just one entry in that setting.
If a player that isn’t highly talked about during the week goes off, someone will have him in a major multi-entry tournament. You can cover a lot more ground and attempt to predict a lot more situations with multiple teams than you can with just one.
I suggest you play a lower buy in and make more teams to eliminate the advantage players with a larger bankroll have. I’ve seen some of the pros play up to fifty $200 teams.
The odds of you beating all of them are slim with just one team.
Tip Two: High Ceiling Players
Let me explain the terms “floor” and “ceiling” just in case you aren’t familiar with them.
A floor is kind of like an average.
It’s what you predict to be the lowest amount of points your player will score.
Ceiling is the exact opposite.
It’s roughly the most you think a player can get.
Some players will touch the ball 20 plus times a game no matter the situation, making their floor relatively high. They are going to produce points every game because of the opportunities they are given each game.
Players with a high floor are typically the higher priced players. High ceiling players are typically anyone who is more than capable of scoring multiple touchdowns in a game while racking up a lot of yards.
When you are playing GPP’s, the goal is to find those players with a high ceiling even though they may not have a high floor.
A great example is Minnesota’s receiver Cordarralle Patterson. He doesn’t receive as many targets as the other receivers and will typically catch 3-4 balls a game. It’s not uncommon for him to score you 7 fantasy points(give or take).
But he does get a fair amount of end-around’s that he can turn into 85 yard touchdowns and score up to 20 plus fantasy points. Getting players like him when they go off are crucial to winning GPP’s because people won’t own him in fear of the 7 point games he may only give you.
You need to find these players at the right time.
Tip 3: Stacking
In my book, “Daily Fantasy Strategies: Football Edition“, I talk about handcuffing, stacking, or pairing.
You will often see the winning team of a GPP have a quarterback and wide receiver from the same team. This way if they connect for a touchdown, your fantasy team is getting 10 points for touchdowns plus the yards for passing and receiving off of just one touchdown.
Week 3 in the NFL 2014 season, the people with Washington stacks were all on top of the leader board because Cousins had over 400 yards passing and they had the people he was passing to also. Some two player combos will take up to 30% of your teams salary, but some really aren’t that expensive.
If they have a great game, you are in good shape. I kind of like Bortles and Robinson this week and those two aren’t even 10% of my team salary.
Tip 4: Low Percent Guys
You need all your players to have a good game to win a GPP but you really need those guys that are less than 5% owned to have a great day.
Right now on Victiv, Jimmy Graham is way underpriced but a lot of people (including myself) will have him. So Graham isn’t going to win me a GPP by himself.
On the last week of the season I won my first GPP and it wasn’t because I had Forte and Brees.
Knile Davis was the salary relief of the week and he went off, but he didn’t win it for me either. Twenty percent of the league had those guys too so I wasn’t the only one benefiting from them.
But Jerrel Jernagin was only 2% owned and he had something like 160 yards with 2 touchdowns.
And that was the difference!
Tip 5: Target High O/U Games
If you read my articles you know I’m a big Vegas guy.
I believe in what those odds makers say and you need to have exposure to the games with the highest over/under.
Even if it involves a team like the Eagles (which it usually does), you need someone from one of the teams. Last week I faded the Eagles/Washington game and didn’t come close to winning. The Eagles are tough because of how they spread the ball around. You never really know who the points will be going to.
But there were four or five guys from Washington that had a great chance of putting up big numbers. Even though the end result was all four or five guys did end up crushing it, I didn’t have one of them and that was stupid on my part.
You better believe I will have some 49ers this week sprinkled in my line ups.
Try to Target some guys from High O/U Games