Daily Fantasy Sports Journal
Koch’s Log. 1215.09. Sports, the final frontier. With new ways to play, it is my mission to boldly go where no man has gone before. As I delve further into the world of Daily Fantasy Sports, I am realizing some trends in the way that people play and how to integrate information from one fantasy format to another.
It’s been near a month since I first wrote about Daily Fantasy for the first time. I have had my fair share of fun-filled victories and nail-biting finishes. I’ve also learned a little bit about different strategies to employ when playing fantasy.
First of all, I believe it is in the gamblers best interest to diversify their entries. You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. DraftKings and FanDuel offer different time periods of games and different competition types. My favorites are Head to Head and [preferably 10 team] Leagues. I personally enjoy mixing up time spots as well. You can play all 16 games, just Sunday games, just early games… Try them all!
Secondly, it should be noted that when it comes to traditional fantasy it is important to extrapolate information from a bunch of different sources. I frequently compare ESPN, CBS, NFL, Yahoo!, Bleacher Report, and more for my own glance at the world of experts. Now DFS sites can be added to the mix. More often than not, the most coveted players each week will be valued higher. So use those sources when setting traditional lineups as well.
Lastly, I’ve learned than many players follow the same trend when setting lineups. Here are a few of the trends I’ve noticed.
- Stacks: Stack quarterbacks with their star receivers. A 40-yard TD from one to the other counts for 15.6 points for your team.
- Avoiding the studs: Picking one or two maximum for your team leaves a lot of cap space to get consistently good players across the board rather than one superstar.
- Pass-Catching RBs: James White, Theo Riddick, Buck Allen, Darren Sproles, and the like. They get you plenty of targets, snaps, and especially on DraftKings PPR, they are highly valuable.
Need any advice or have any questions? Tweet me @CoachKochman for any sort of sports talk!