Sunday, May 19, 2013

Surviving the first six months

Article by  @furiousandfunk

Hello fellow grinders, thanks for checking out my first post! I’ve been playing daily fantasy sports(DFS) for six months and it gets better everyday. You may have seen me on Draftstreet and more recently Draftkings as Furiousandthebigguy. I am NOT an expert, but would like to share some of the lessons I’ve learned in the first six months mostly for people that are just starting out like myself. I love this game and think as a community we can really bring DFS to the next level. Even though we are competitors, we can all learn from each other. I’d like to emphasize that you MUST be skilled at fantasy sports to succeed on a regular basis. If you plan on being lucky all the time, you should probably take your deposit and light it on fire.
Are you good enough or will you just be donating money?
This is a tough thing to figure out. I see many people in the chats on these sites talking about constantly redepositing and it scares me. If you do it for fun or don’t like money that’s fine but this game isn’t for everyone. I started at the same time as four friends, all of which could not win and don’t play anymore. A way to test ability that I tried was $60 over my first 30 days, playing in a big gpp for $2 each day. If you win once($200), you can continue this method for another two months for free. If you can get a top five or ten finish, you probably have another month on the house. If you go 30 days and don’t win a dollar, maybe it’s not for you.
The real “experts” actually know their stuff!!
Pay attention to the leader boards. The best players in the industry consistently stay there because they have the skill to. LEARN from them!!!!! If you see them in a game you’re in, examine their roster. Ask yourself questions about why they picked the players they did or why they favor certain positions. The answers are there, you just have to pay attention. This is one of the best ways to grow your skill. They are also very accessible and even willing to help you grow in DFS. Grinderslive on this very site is a great example. You can chat with the top ten guys almost everyday, all you have to do is watch the show and soak it in.
Injuries/weather/scratches can make or break you
I’m going to use one word to describe the best way keep informed, and it actually doesn’t require hours of scouring sites…….TWITTER. I still can’t believe I didn’t use it for the first few months I was playing DFS. The info is up to the minute and has saved me so many times I can’t even give you a figure. Follow me on twitter @furiousandfunk and check who I follow if you want specific names. Yes that was a shameless plug……
One roster or multiple rosters?
I’ve experimented with both and the one roster method works better for me. I found that picking 8 guys everyday that will go off is much better for me than picking 16 and screwing both teams. This one is personal preference but I suggest you choose one method and stick to it.
Daily Fantasy sports don’t remember a performance from two weeks ago!!
I think DAILY is the key word….I look at each day as an isolated incident. If you focus too much on the past, you may dismiss a great one night pick. This is very important in NBA because a cold streak will kill a players value, but if you catch him heating up you can play him on your winning rosters for a week, cheap as hell. Baseball is slightly different because batters and hitters do have history which can be examined.
Trust your gut! seriously, you have skill so why not trust it?
I enjoy reading player picks from experts but it can confuse me sometimes. This is where the “roster crafting” skill comes in to play. I can give you 15 must starts tonight, but can u pick the best 8 from that list that work together with salary? It’s tough so I start my day with my gut picks and pepper in a few players that multiple experts like.
Honestly I have many more topics to cover but this is long enough for a first post. I’ll be posting more in the next week so keep an eye out for the furious. Thanks again for checking me out, follow me on twitter @furiousandfunk, and keep doin work fellas!!!!!

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