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.
First, I would just like to introduce myself. My name is Kassim Kamani and I live in Vancouver, Canada. As a profession I work in the Hospital as an x-ray technologist. I have been a rabid sports fanatic since I can remember. When I was growing up, my favourite sports teams were at their peaks; Cowboys were winning Superbowls, the Pacers were breaking the hearts of Knicks fans, Bluejays were winning World Series, and the Canucks were a post away from Messier not raising another cup. The sports life was good. Slowly but surely however, my sports teams’ successes started to diminish. That’s when I turned to season long fantasy sports, to add a little excitement to my sports life and have been playing that format ever since. Eventually, I became a victim of all the advertisement and tried my hand at DFS. I started with NFL this last season, and instantly I fell in love with the thrill of it.
Now for me, DFS is something that I play for fun, by no means am I trying to make a living off of it. I usually play one single entry GPP and call it a day. As I’m sure a lot of people can relate to, its tough to find time and do a lot of research to make the best lineup possible. With that issue, its hard to justify spending a lot of money playing DFS. Now this is not as bad of an issue when playing NFL because of the weekly slates, but when I started playing NBA I found it to be very difficult to know what was happening on a daily basis, especially being on the west coast where games were usually starting before I even came home from work.
With that being said, I was able to find the time to search the internet a little bit for lineups that were given out and would try to find a general consensus of players people liked and made a lineup that way. Needless to say I did not do very well when playing, I would sometimes come close to cashing but usually I would be in the bottom half of GPPs, and even though I was just playing for fun, not even coming close to winning for the majority of the time was a bit frustrating.
Since copying random lineups wasn’t really working out for me, I decided to start following some expert players on twitter and seeing if I can start understanding how people actually came up with these lineups. Through twitter, I came along the DailyRotoSharks.com team and saw that they are on a mission to try and teach how to play as oppose to just handing out lineups. After looking up some of the articles and tips they have tweeted out, I started making my own lineups based off of the little research that I was able to do. I started noticing that my scores were starting to improve, and I was even able to cash a couple of times. I must say that getting higher scores based on your own lineups is a lot more gratifying then copying someone else’s lineup.
Since Daily Roto Sharks got me a bit more involved with DFS and were starting to grow, they felt it would be interesting to have a new player like myself share their experiences playing, and to see how I progress. Hopefully through the rest of this NBA season and moving on to the MLB season, I will be able to share how I am progressing and to see if I can be more than just a fish for these expert DFS players :). I will try and share my successes, mistakes and just my overall feelings towards playing DFS, and hopefully its something that you all enjoy and can relate to.
If anyone ever wants to talk sports, or share their DFS experiences you can hit me up on twitter anytime @Kamani31
Thanks for reading and hopefully you can join me along my journey.
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