Don’t Play Daily Fantasy Sports Lineups From Lineup Sellers

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It’s amazing how many people sell lineups for DraftKings and FanDuel on Twitter, and other social media sites. I’m all for people selling lineups, in fact some of them are DraftFuel customers already, but I think it’s wise for users who buy them to tweak their lineups, just a little bit.

User’s should research all of the player’s analytics who are suggested for the paid lineups, and decide which ones to keep and which ones to switch out.

I’ve subscribed for paid lineup services before, and had some success. But what I would typically do is swap out 2 to 4 players per lineup with players I felt had a higher percentage of attaining more fantasy points on that given day.

The good thing about tweaking your lineups even just a little bit is because:

  1. You don’t want to have the exact same lineup as anyone else ideally, because if you win a big prize you will have to split up the winnings with what can be 10 or more people.
  2. You want to look for players who have a better chance at more fantasy points, and who will be less owned so your lineup becomes that much more unique.
  3. You will feel more confident in your lineups because you put your finger prints on them, and will feel like you are more in control of your DFS destiny.

If you are thinking about buying DFS lineups, then I would highly recommend that you look at Monster Roster who I’ve used before and seen success with!

If you haven’t already, be sure to get an account on DraftFuel to get access to the player analytics and search tools you need to build better quality lineups more consistently, win more contests and money on DraftKings and FanDuel, save research time, track your spending, and improve your work flow process too. We currently support NBA, NHL, MLB, and PGA, and will be adding more sports leagues this year as well.

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How To Thrive Like a Pro in DFS

How To Compete

Regularly building lineups and entering daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests is a challenging endeavor, even for the most elite users. I’ve been playing DFS for over 5 years now, but I still have hardships from time to time. Sort of like last night how Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings was a late scratch because of an unknown illness and unfortunately I owned and deployed him in a few contests. So did another 10% of users too. I usually do a quick Twitter search for each player in my lineups just before contests lock, but I didn’t yesterday and unfortunately got burned.

So how do you successfully compete in daily fantasy sports to be profitable or at least break even over a long period of time? I have some suggestions below for you to be a better DFS user, I hope they help you improve whether that’s on DraftKings, FanDuel, or another site that you may play on.

  1. Use fantasy sports tools and analytics – All too often DFS users are stuck in their same routine whether they are winning or losing. If you are regularly winning your contests and your bankroll is healthy then you are certainly doing something right, but if you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and losing consistently then switch up your rigid research process, and look at using DFS tools if you aren’t already. You can typically use a good service for $1 per day or less, so consider making that investment to win more often, and save on research time. Most DFS pros pay for DFS tools to get better contest results, and you should too to level the playing field and minimize their competitive advantages as much as possible.
  2. Compete in sports you know – There are certainly some DFS pros who compete in most every sport by primarily relying on their number and stats skills to build lineups. That can work, but I would recommend that you only make bets on sports that you actually know, watch, and are passionate about. The more information and feel you get for a sport, the better you will (in theory) regularly perform playing in that sport’s DFS contests.
  3. Manage your bankroll – A lot of DFS analysts will say that bankroll management is very important, and that you shouldn’t bet more than 10% of your account balance on any given day. That advice is fine if you’re a DFS pro or semi-pro, but even better advice for the average user is to make smaller deposits, and maybe only bet $5 or less for every day of play. I still tend to mostly make small deposits of $10 so it keeps me focused on making smart bets otherwise I know I will have to make another deposit soon, something which I don’t like to do. If you deposit say $100 each time, then the tenancy is to make larger bets, and all sorts of sloppy things can creep into your lineup building and betting strategy when you want to go big or go home. DFS is a marathon not a sprint, you got to keep yourself in the game, give yourself ample opportunities to win more than you bet, and hopefully hit it big in a GPP contest or two eventually to have a sweet cash out event. Bank accounts love seeing DFS money!
  4. Understand which percentage of lineups get paid – You want to give yourself the best possible odds to stay cash flow positive, and minimize your deposits. I recommend playing in head to head contests against users who don’t have lots of experience in DFS, pick your opponents wisely. Top 50% contests are good too, especially ones that have hundreds or thousands of lineups, the bigger the better I find for top 50% contest success. Giving yourself a 50/50 shot of cashing in is ideal, but the sizable GPP’s are so tempting since the big prize money is highly desirable. You should be betting at least 75%-80% of your money in “safe” contests where your odds of winning are 50%, these are often called cash games. The rest can be bet in other contests such as GPP’s where your percentage to win some kind of prize money is typically around 20%.
  5. Don’t get too emotional – Betting by nature is an emotional activity. Money is hard earned and we don’t want to part with it unless we are getting some tangible value back. There is of course the entertainment value that we get from playing DFS, but our main goal is to win and be profitable. DFS pros don’t win every day, but they accept those losses and try to learn from them and play smarter the next day. If you play DFS with too much emotion you may find yourself doubling down to recoup losses fast, but this is almost always a bad idea. I’ve done it a few times, but I finally realize that strategy doesn’t work, and so I just consistently play around the same amount of money every day regardless of my wins or losses the previous night. Again, DFS is a marathon, not a sprint.
  6. Take advantage of non full contests – I went into a $1 NHL GPP contest yesterday which ultimately filled up, but I also got into a $4 NHL GPP last minute as the maximum number of lineups allowed was 8,823, but only 7,460 lineups actually got entered. The contest was almost 1,400 lineups short which increased the odds to win prize money by roughly 10%. Take advantage of these rare opportunities when you can, the DFS pros sure do.

If you haven’t already, be sure to get an account on DraftFuel to get access to the player analytics and search tools you need to build better quality lineups more consistently, win more contests and money on DraftKings and FanDuel, save research time, track your spending, and improve your work flow process too. We currently support NBA, NHL, MLB, and PGA, and will be adding more sports leagues this year as well.

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The Top 5 NBA Value Player Picks on FanDuel for January 12th

Listed below are 5 NBA players for today, January 12th, from the five positions that are (by our projections) the top plays on FanDuel today.

In order to determine the top FanDuel selections, we determine players with the most value per dollar spent using our ever changing algorithm.

PPG = points per game, RPG = rebounds per game, APG = assists per game, FPPG = fantasy points per game, and PV = projected value in fantasy points.

PG = point guard, SG = shooting guard, SF = small forward, PF = power forward, C = center

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NAME POSITION SALARY PPG RPG APG FPPG PV
Eric Bledsoe PG $8,200 20.4 4.9 5.8 35.87 43.65
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG $5,900 14.9 3.5 3.0 25.31 37.61
Kevin Durant SF $10,300 26.0 8.7 4.6 46.61 54.43
LaMarcus Aldridge PF $7,600 17.8 7.3 2.1 31.56 44.25
Brook Lopez C $7,000 20.1 5.0 2.6 32.12 39.78
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5 DFS Predictions for 2017

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The daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry is rapidly changing for many political and business reasons. We saw lots of interesting things happen in 2016, and I’m sure we will see even more radical changes in 2017.

Below I list 5 DFS predictions for 2017:

  1. The DraftKings (DK) and FanDuel (FD) merger won’t be approved by anti-trust regulators. These two companies combined make up approximately 95% of the industry, and so if these two join forces the unified company will hold a monopoly, and many entities such as governments and other competing companies won’t like it. If DK and FD can prove that the whole industry is dependent long-term on this monopoly being formed though however, then we could see the merger upheld. It will likely happen eventually, but maybe not in 2017 if legislation drags on.
  2. A good percentage of DFS users will get more serious about their research process, and how they place their bets and manage bankrolls. A high percentage of users have been reluctant to pay for DFS specific products, but if the entry losses get too big then an investment into DFS analytics and tools makes sense to increase positive cash flow, and save on research time. Otherwise quitting is an option too. Average users will get more and more sophisticated so the use of technology will play a more prominent role over time.
  3. Another country is added. So far DK and FD have allowed USA, Canada, and UK visitors to bet and participate. I think that more countries will realize how much they can make in initial and annual fees and taxes, and make deals. My guess is that at least one new European country joins forces with the DFS industry.
  4. We haven’t really seen it just yet, but I think that we will see ads within our favorite DFS apps and websites. New revenue streams will be established and developed in 2017, and one of them will be ad and sponsorship dollars.
  5. If the DK and FD merger goes through eventually, then I think the new company will go through an IPO event fairly quickly to become a publicly traded company. If this occurs then I will surely buy some stock as I’m quite bullish on the future of DFS.

If you haven’t already, be sure to get an account on DraftFuel to get access to the player analytics and search tools you need to build better quality lineups more consistently, win more contests and money on DraftKings and FanDuel, save research time, track your spending, and improve your work flow process too. We currently support NBA, NHL, MLB, and PGA, and will be adding more sports leagues this year as well.

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5 Traits of a Successful DFS User

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It takes many qualities to be a successful daily fantasy sports (DFS) user. Below I list 5 characteristics or traits if you will, that are needed to successfully compete and thrive day in and day out in DFS.

    1. Disciplined – Betting is an emotional activity since real, hard earned money is on the line. It takes guts and smarts to be among the top (roughly) 10% who actually make a profit in DFS. Just like a professional athlete has to remain disciplined while playing his or her sport, a DFS user has to be the exact same way and try to take emotion out of the equation as much as possible, and stay focused on improving a little bit every day.
    2. Analytical – Numbers and player stats really matter in the DFS world. There’s many variables to take into consideration when researching to build each lineup. I found myself doing tons of redundant research, and I felt it was costing me a lot of time and money, so I decided to build a DFS analytics and tools product. If you aren’t a numbers person then I would highly recommend you start using some sort of product specifically for doing numerical type of DFS research. Your competition more than likely is, so don’t let them have a competitive advantage.
    3. Determined – If you aren’t putting everything you can into your lineups, and have a true passion for DFS then you likely won’t do so well over the long term. Every contest won makes me want to try even harder, and every contest lost makes me more determined to win next time because losing hurts even if it is just a contest that cost $1 to enter.
    4. Optimistic – Everyone who bets has to be at least somewhat optimistic and confident in their abilities to win. Even despite the odds against that becoming a reality. You really find out what kind of DFS user you are when you have lost money every day for a week straight. It takes lots of optimism to regularly play DFS, because at times it can be cruel and depressing. Taking some time away from DFS can be a good idea if the optimism has been lost. Once the pain goes away then perhaps some positive thinking can again occur, and a return from a brief retirement can happen.
    5. Financially responsible – One thing that is very important when playing DFS is to determine how much you are willing to lose if everything goes to s%&t. How much are you willing to bet every week or month, and be completely fine with exchanging that money for DFS entertainment. Be sure to track how much you bet, win, and lose, and have a budget so you don’t spend more than that.

If you haven’t already, be sure to get an account on DraftFuel to get access to the player analytics and search tools you need to build better quality lineups more consistently, win more contests and money on DraftKings and FanDuel, save research time, track your spending, and improve your work flow process too. We currently support NBA, NHL, MLB, and PGA, and will be adding more sports leagues this year as well.

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