What DFS Content Can You Trust?

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There are a few large publications that fairly regularly cover the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry, both for news and for lineup building information. And now there are lots of niche DFS blogs that post content to try and help DFS users do better by recommending ideal players for any given day, and providing team vs team match up intel.

More and more content publishers are fighting for DFS user’s attention, and a variety is a positive thing for the industry, but the problem is which mainstream and DFS blogs can you actually trust?

I would recommend reading a wide variety of sites initially to see which ones resonate with you the best in terms of consuming the content, and actually putting the information into action when building your DFS lineups. Some posts may leave you more confused than when you originally arrived to the site, and that’s certainly a bad thing because your main goal is to quickly get quality recommendations for your lineups, select those players, and enter some contests.

An important thing to do is to track results from each of the sites that you trust for your DFS research. Too many DFS users will use information from a site or sites, then not connect their contest winnings or losses to the player recommendations they received and ultimately used. If you keep consistently losing after using the same sources for DFS information, then you really should consider finding new DFS material to read, watch, or listen to, or just tweak your lineup construction process in general.

Some DFS users don’t really read much content, and instead solely use DFS tools and analytics services for their lineup building needs. If that works then great, but I think it’s important to both consume DFS related information for the sport(s) you are competing in for a foundation of knowledge on a particular day, and use DFS tools to dig into player stats and fantasy data to make educated judgement calls as to whether player’s salary numbers are worth the investments or not.

Keep an eye out for feedback and social mentions of the articles that you are putting stock in from a trust perspective, and see how others feel about the same content that you are relying on. If you observe positive sentiment from DFS users, and the results you see personally are consistent with that notion then you can feel good about your choices. But always tweak where you get your information from by adding or removing sources on a monthly basis. And keep in mind that DFS is sort of a secretive industry since users don’t want to offer much help to their competition, so social signals can often be minimal.

If you mostly just read DFS content to get facts only, then you can safely keep using those sources and lean on them. I’m mostly discussing sites that are offering up opinions, player’s fantasy point projections, and essentially subjective and debatable insights.

Just like in life, when you find something or someone you can trust it’s an amazing thing, and you need to be able to put your trust in the inputs you use for your DFS lineup building process. We ultimately make all DFS player selections based on our gut, and our gut relies on trust and belief, so what we put into our minds has to successfully satisfy our emotional side too.

Trust takes a long time to earn, can be taken away in the blink of an eye, and can be impossible to gain back, so it’s important for those who gain influence and earn trust in the DFS industry to treasure and nurture the honor to build stronger relationships over time. I for one take great pride in building up my DFS integrity, and with every article I publish, connection I make, and communication I have with someone who’s involved within DFS one way or another, I value highly and take nothing for granted.

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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.

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Pay Attention to FPPG When Building Your DFS Lineups

When I first started out playing daily fantasy sports a few years ago, I honestly didn’t have a clue what I was doing, I just jumped into it full blast. I had some decent sized wins here and there, but wasn’t consistently in the money, something which is extremely important when playing, otherwise you will need to constantly make new money deposits into your account.

The default way that players are listed on DraftKings and FanDuel is based on their salaries, from high to low. I would strongly advise that you click on the sorting drop down box and choose the the FPPG – High to Low option. I included a screen shot below from my mobile DraftKings app to visually show you what I mean.

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This is a smart thing to do because when playing DFS you are looking for players who have good value, you want to maximize the number of total fantasy points and so if you can get a player who costs $4,300 that generates an average of 3.2 fantasy points per game vs a player who costs $5,800 who has a similar output, then go for it since that savings of $1,500 can be invested better into other players.

For a real life example take a look at the screen shot above and you will see that McDavid costs $8,500 while having 4.4 FPPG. Matthews costs $7,400 but his FPPG is just 0.1 lower. Mind you there’s much more to selecting players than only looking at their FPPG, but I truly believe my cash flow improved when I looked at the FPPG listing order vs the salary listing order.

You will of course want to regularly use quality daily fantasy sports tools and analytics to best assist you with building your lineups, but if you only have a few minutes or want to get a quick idea of where value lies before doing deeper player research then be sure to deploy the FPPG option.

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How To Reduce Your Number of Money Deposits When Playing Daily Fantasy Sports

Early into my daily fantasy sports (DFS) career I was making way too many money deposits on DraftStreet (do you remember this DFS site?!) and FanDuel on a monthly basis. This is largely due to the fact that I wasn’t yet doing enough research, but there is another reason too. I was playing in too many tournament contests (GPP’s) and not in enough head to head and top 50% contests (cash games).

I now allocate my bets to be in roughly 75% (or higher) cash games and 25% (or lower) GPP’s and by doing that my odds are much higher to be cash flow positive. See my problem early on was that I was caught up in the allure of winning the big prizes in the six and seven dollar figures. The chances of winning $1 million is very small since there are hundreds of thousands of lineups to compete against, but I would rather have those chances to win “just” $1M than to win say $100M in a pure luck-based lottery.

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If you play mostly in GPP’s with multiple lineups then let’s do the math to show a somewhat decent outcome. If a contest costs $3 per lineup and you enter 10 lineups that’s a total bet of $30. Typically in GPP’s to get into the money your lineups need a top 20% finish. So let’s say that you are average and get two lineups into the money but they were just good enough to and only win $6 each. So you win $12 but take the loss of $18 overall. Sure, you had a chance to win $100,000 but you didn’t and your lineups just squeezed into the money which typically is the case when winnings in GPP’s occur.

Do yourself a favor and get more money into cash games. A typical night for me these days is betting $17 on cash games, and $3 on GPP’s. That’s a breakdown of 85% for cash games and 15% for GPP’s. I can’t guarantee that you will be profitable in DFS, but at least if you allocate more dollars towards cash games you won’t have to tap into your credit card nearly as often. The DFS companies make it so easy to make deposits with your card already saved on your account, but what’s even easier for you is to not have to worry about doing it as often. Play more cash games, and keep more money in your account for longer!

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