The Chronicles of a DFS Newbie
Welcome to The Chronicles of a DFS Newbie. This space is going to show the journey of a completely inexperienced DFS player and hopefully act as a piece that most new DFS players can relate to.
Welcome back to the Chronicles of a DFS Newbie.
time around, instead of breaking down one of my lineups and seeing if it was successful or not, I have decided to just give my general thoughts so far towards my DFS journey.
First and foremost, I am loving my journey in this fast paced world. I feel that my obsession with sports has increased tenfold since I started playing. This increased obsession may be a good thing for some and for some a bad thing (ie. My wife), but I have loved looking at stats on a daily basis and just having a completely different perspective when it comes to sports.
When I first started playing MLB DFS, I was a lost soul. I had some beginners luck to start, but as I continued, I realized that I was drowning in stats. I had a hard time determining which stats to focus on, and which ones to emphasize when constructing a lineup. There would be a week where I would focus on Point totals and weather. The next week I would focus on BVP, and then the following week I would focus on SIERA for pitchers and pick a lineup based off of that. There would be days that I cashed, but more often than not, the color green wouldn’t appear in my contests.
One of the mistakes that I have been making is I would be playing some lineups knowing that the lineup that I had chosen was not properly researched. There were times where I threw in a lineup just because I felt like I needed to have a lineup in everyday. I was starting to try and take advantage of some games that weren’t completely full with 10 minutes to lock so I would throw in unresearched lineups to those contests, but I quickly learned that lineups can fill up in minutes, and I would lose those contests rather easily. Now since I play mainly for entertainment purposes, if my lineup doesn’t do well, it doesn’t hurt me that bad. However, I soon realized that throwing in random lineups everyday without properly researching caused the bankroll to start trimming down rather quickly. Even though I am mainly playing for fun, I still like winning and I enjoy not throwing money away.
So, over the last week or so, I have told myself to slow down a bit with the games and play when you actually feel like you have had a good chance to research. Now, as I have mentioned in previous articles, I am west coaster. Being out west makes it pretty tough to get some good research in for the morning and main slates when I am at work the whole day. So lately instead of playing full slates with not much research, I have shifted to playing later slates. Where I know I can actually sit down at home and get a good amount of research in to actually justify the picks that I have made. This strategy has been pretty good to me so far, as I have been able to cash in 3 of the 4 late slates that I have played. So if you have been struggling like I have lately, I recommend taking a step back and playing some smaller slates where researching can be managed.
Earlier in this article, I mentioned that I was getting lost with which stats to play. The adjustment I have made here is pretty much to Keep It Simple Stupid. Instead of trying to cover every single stat out there I have decided to narrow it down to a few simple ones. Lately I have been looking at Vegas lines to see which pitchers and teams are favored. Along with the Vegas lines, I have been looking at batters that hit a certain handed pitcher well, and have made lineups out of that. Once I have an idea of who I like as a team and as players from the team, I look at the @DailyRotoSharks Cheat Sheet to see if the sheet has been agreeing with my line of thinking. The Cheat Sheet offers a good idea of which players are in a good spot from the teams that I liked, and so far it has been successful.
One other adjustment I have made is I have stopped playing GPPs everyday and trying to hit big. I have decided that first I will try and get a good idea of how to research properly and trying my research out in 50/50s. This allows me a greater chance to cash and to see if my strategy is doing good or not. Eventually once I feel like my research is improving I will try playing GPP more frequently. However, for now, I am enjoying slowing down a bit and playing a bit more well researched lineups.
Thanks for reading, next time I will once again go over one of my lineup constructions. As always feel free to hit me up on twitter @Kamani31 if you wanna chat about your DFS experiences. Best of luck to all you in the future days and go win that money!
You win some you lose some. This was obviously not a good lineup, but I feel my process is getting better. Once I can figure out my pitching picks I think I can have some more success. On to the next one. As always, feel free to hit me up on twitter @Kamani31 to go over your lineup choices or to give me any tips on the lineups that I have chosen. Until next time!
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