Before I got into daily fantasy sports (DFS) I was a serious sports bettor and poker player. I stumbled on DFS and have been hooked to the point I barely bet on games. The funny thing is I’ve found out that a lot of serious DFS players were also poker players/sports bettors.
So what is it that draws the two together?
I’ve found that there are a couple of things. First off, there is the love of sports. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who wagered on games purely on statistical analysis.
Playing hundreds of games is a lot different than in poker because you don’t have to sit behind the computer and play every hand.Chris Reilly
I never thought I would become the fan that I am before I started playing DFS. I can name almost every player in the NBA and MLB and have a better knowledge of the game than some main stream radio hosts.
I found it pathetic when I heard a nationally syndicated sports talk host say “besides Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker, can anybody name any other bobcats? I didn’t think so”.
I could and was able to name about seven other Bobcats, and I don’t live in Charlotte!
The other reason that sports bettors will like DFS is the action that takes place. You can wager as much as you want in DFS and it’s all 100% legal.
DFS is considered a game of skill and not gambling. Just like when poker was booming online, DFS has the exact same format. You can play heads up, double ups, sit and go’s, and tournaments.
Playing hundreds of games is a lot different than in poker because you don’t have to sit behind the computer and play every hand.
Once you start becoming familiar with the players and fantasy format a whole new door opens up that most bettors don’t really take advantage of.
That is player prop bets.
As a DFS player you know how teams play and their strengths and weaknesses. Combine that with the Vegas odds on the game and the over under, and you can find success fairly easy on the player bets.
Bovada.lv releases player prop bets for every game for all the major sports. I found that I was very successful betting on NBA player props.
The bottom line is, if you are studying the information for fantasy, you already performed all of the research for information on betting player prop bets. Even if you don’t play that much on the fantasy side, you will find that betting on games and players comes hand in hand with studying for DFS
Now if you don’t wager on games but play DFS, it works for you as well. People would say it’s the coaches and managers that know the game best, but others would argue that it’s the guys in Vegas setting the lines.
If there are two players you cant decide on, sometimes it’s worth looking at the players lines set by bovada. If one player’s over/under for points and rebounds is set at 26 and the other is set at 30, then odds are that the guy whose line is set 30 is going to have a more productive game.
Like I said before, finding the small statistical advantages in your favor day in and day out leads to a more successful DFS player. The best fantasy players all use Vegas odds as their guide on how games will play out.