Impact of Weather and Ballpark on Daily Fantasy Baseball

Setting a daily fantasy baseball lineup for games to play at FantasyAces.com or DraftKings.com takes a lot of research and analysis – but two factors that top daily fantasy baseball players look at are what the weather is at various ballparks that day as well as what kind of ball park will the game be played at.

Below is my analysis of the impact of weather and ballpark on Daily Fantasy Baseball and why you need to consider it when you are creating lineups each time you play.

Weather

  • Rain

There are three types of weather that effect daily fantasy baseball and baseball in general. The first is precipitation. I want to begin by saying on average just over 1% of baseball games are rained out each fantasy baseball season so this is sometimes overblown. Even though only 1% of games get rained out there are usually only one or two games that have rain in the forecast. When looking at those games I go to weather.com to check out the exact percentages of rain for each hour. If there is a substantial chance of a rainout you should avoid all players from those games. If the weather looks like it is going to clear up but their might still be a little bit of rain, than it is OK to take hitters for your daily fantasy baseball lineup, but not OK to take any starting fantasy pitchers from that game. The reason is, if there is a 30+ minute delay the pitcher will get tired and have to be taken out of the game. The hitters will be fine and play the rest of the game.

  • Wind

The second type of weather that can affect daily fantasy baseball is wind. Wind is a factor in places like Chicago (the Windy City) where the wind can drastically change on a night-to-night basis. The only way the wind should influence your picks is if it is blowing more than 20mph. If the wind is blowing in towards home plate the pitcher should get a slight bump up and the hitters a slight bump down because long fly balls will more likely stay in the ballpark. If it is the opposite and the wind is blowing out then hitters will get the bump up and pitchers the bump down.

  • Cold Temperatures

The third type of weather that affects daily fantasy baseball is cold temperatures. When the weather is cold during the early or late part of the MLB season it is good to select pitchers pitching where it is cold as hitters have a tougher time hitting the ball in cold weather. On the flip side it is good to avoid hitters in cold weather games. Obviously the opposite is true in the summer months of the baseball season as the heat and humidity can cause the ball to fly further giving a bump in value to fantasy hitters and a downgrade to fantasy pitchers.

Ballpark Factor

The next thing I am going to discuss is the impact of ballpark factor on making daily fantasy baseball lineups. There are baseball parks with either shorter distances to the fence or where the ball travels further because of the climate – this is where hitters should be used more. An example of this is Coors Field. One thing that I must warn you about is that DraftKings factors ballpark factor into their salary algorithm so ballpark factor should not be used on their site. Fields like Petco Park favor pitchers because the ball does not travel as well and the fences are further back than usual. Use these articles Hitter Friendly Ballparks and Pitcher Friendly Ballparks to help you decide which stadiums to target and which to avoid.

 

RECAP: Always check the forecast to make sure your player’s game will not get rained out. Playing all players whose games are played already gives you a slight edge because many people do not check forecasts and play fantasy baseball players in rained out games. Lastly use wind, extreme temperatures, and ballpark factors to help you select your daily fantasy baseball players.

 

Make the Best Picks For Daily Fantasy Hockey Playoffs

Exploiting Statistical Trends Will Give You a Decisive Edge

Daily Fantasy hockey is all about making informed decisions. Even so-called gut decisions are founded in prior conceptions and opinion. Continually expanding your knowledge and understanding of the sport is vital to success. NHL Hockey’s ongoing analytical and statistical movement offers powerful and innovative ways with which to make sound daily fantasy hockey picks; it’s in exploiting these statistical trends that you’ll find your edge against the competition.

One of the Top Daily Fantasy Hockey sites is DraftKings.com. DraftKings is an official partner of the NHL and has some of the biggest prizes for Fantasy hockey players. If you are going to be playing fantasy hockey…you may as well play for the big cash!

 

1) Consider Puck Possession

A rule of thumb for any NHL Hockey playoff pool is to make fantasy selections within contending teams. The most productive player won’t serve much purpose once his team has been eliminated from the playoffs. What’s unintuitive here is that a team’s final placement in the regular season standings is not always the most accurate predictor of post-season success.  Goal differential, particularly at even-strength play, is another oft-used evaluator for NHL teams. Unfortunately, this metric also falls short as a predictive tool for NHL playoff success. As it happens, it’s a possession metric called Fenclose that holds the most predictive power. Fenclose, a derivative of Fenwick (and by extension, corsi) is much simpler in nature than its reputation would indicate. In essence, it’s a shot differential that considers both those on goal and those missed at even-strength. Fenclose acts as a proxy for puck possession and correlates very well with scoring chances. As the following chart plainly shows, it also has staggeringly good predictive power.

Puck Possession Stats

As you follow that chart in a counter-clockwise fashion starting from the top right, you see a marked increase in playoff appearances as well as success in the later rounds. What’s perhaps the most telling is, since the 2007-2008 season when these data were first made public, only one team has made the finals sporting a sub-50% rating.  The Fenclose analysis is a good stat to look at if you want a better idea of a team’s chances of going deep in the NHL playoffs.

 

(+) Los Angeles Kings

The Kings currently lead the league in Fenclose. They might not crack the top-five in the standings, but they’ve got as good of a chance as anybody to make a cup run.

(-) Anaheim Ducks

The top team in the NHL isn’t even in the top half of the league in possession. Their 50.5% rating has them at 16th behind the Predators. It’s going to be a fantasy feeding frenzy to grab Ducks players, but they’re far from a lock to make the third round.

 

2) Spot Overachievers

NHL Hockey, perhaps to an even greater extent than other major sports, is a game of luck. Over 60 minutes of game time, randomness and chaos are dominantly influential towards the outcome. Over an 82-game season these effects tend to wash out quite a bit, but in the short post-season they’re particularly important. While it’s not entirely productive to simply attribute all success to “puck luck”, there are ways to identify overachievers using basic statistics. One of those leading the way in hockey’s analytical revolution is Eric Tulsky and in the graphic below, shows how irreproducible on-ice shooting percentages are at 5-on-5.

NHL Playoffs

I decided to plot in Excel the correlation between NHL regular season and NHL playoff on-ice Sh% for players having made 17 or more appearances in the post-season in any of the last two years. Here’s what I found:

NHL Playoffs Graph

This graph indicates that a team’s Sh% while a player is on the ice is extremely unlikely to remain consistent from the regular season going into the playoffs. It is an unequivocal truth that shooting percentages are primarily driven by luck, and given how reliant a player’s production is on the latter there is a huge advantage to be gained through the ability to identify overachievers. The league average 5 on 5 Sh% varies between 7.0-8.0%. Players with on-ice scoring rates exceeding this mark by a substantial margin are not likely to carry over their inflated production into the post-season.

(-) Ryan Getzlaf

While it’s unfair to dismiss Getzlaf’s production this season, it’s clear he’s benefitted from unsustainable puck-luck. He’s a good choice for any playoff pool, but I wouldn’t use my first few picks on him

 (-) Dion Phaneuf

With Dion Phaneuf on the ice, the Leafs are scoring on 11.6% of their 5 on 5 shots and saving 94.6% of shots against. Given what we know about repeatability, I wouldn’t expect that to persist.

 

3) Emphasize Special Teams

Special teams, while crucial to success in the regular season, are of particularly vital importance in the NHL fantasy hockey playoffs. Capitalizing on this fact can really provide an advantage over other fantasy players. In each of the last four NHL hockey seasons, the playoffs have seen a larger number of power play opportunities per game than during the regular season. As such, you should place additional emphasis on special teams. Known PP producers will thrive in these conditions. Additionally, teams with poor penalty kill efficiency could find themselves at a disadvantage. Be sure to take this into consideration when making your fantasy hockey picks.

(+) Patrick Sharp

In addition to playing on a powerhouse Blackhawks squad, Patrick Sharp ranks second on his team in PP time allocation and PP points behind only Patrick Kane.

(-) Brad Marchand

Despite being a reliable even-strength point producer, Marchand only features in 11% of the Bruins’ PP time and hasn’t registered a single powerplay point all season.

Written by Manny – @MannyElk

Thanks for reading!

 

How To Pick Fantasy Baseball Lineups For GPPs

Whenever you hear talk about Daily Fantasy Baseball, the first thing you hear about are the huge cash prizes that DraftKings and FanDuel pay out each year for their Daily Fantasy Baseball Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs). We’re talking Millions of Dollars being paid out every MLB Baseball season and fantasy players are turning into millionaires overnight. The fantasy players winning these millions are creating fantasy baseball lineups gearing to winning the Top Fantasy Baseball Contests being offered in the industry.

 

The 2 BIGGEST GPP Contests For Daily Fantasy Baseball Are:

FanDuel – Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship (DFBC)           

DraftKings – Fantasy Baseball Championship

Each Contest offers Millions in prizes with one winner walking away with a check for $1 Million!

In this article you are going to learn the best Fantasy Baseball strategies for trying to take down these massive guaranteed prizes.

 

Where To Play Your Fantasy Baseball Lineups?

Stay Within Your Bankroll

Before we get started on the actual strategy I want to make sure that you guys stay within your bankroll. These GPP tournaments are hard to cash in and you should not be playing a large percentage of your bankroll in these contests.

Find The Overlay

Overlay – O’ what a wonderful thing. Near lock time look around for large amounts of overlay. If you find a tournament with an overlay, jump on it! It is a lot easier to beat 2000 people for a $30,000 prize pool than 3500 people for the same prize pool. A tip that I have learned over time is to have a lineup already made in case you find an overlay so that you don’t have to rush and make a fantasy team without doing the proper research.

Making Your Lineups

Most GPPs for daily fantasy baseball are multi-entry, meaning that you can put more than one entry into them. People use the stacking strategy, the mini-stacking strategy, or the high upside team strategy. In multi-entry contests it is smart to put in multiple teams to raise your chances of winning. When playing in single entry GPPs it is smart to play a solid team with a little bit of upside.

 

Breakdown Of Stacking Strategies

Stacking

In large field Fantasy Baseball GPP’s you need to beat thousands of fantasy players. If you select a team that scores a ton of runs then your team should have a great chance of cashing high in the GPP. The downside of stacking is that if your team does not score a lot of runs then you will lose money.

Mini-Stacking

A strategy with even more upside than stacking is mini-stacking. If you can hit the top players of the night from two or three teams than you can really place high in a GPP. Even when many people may have a stack of one of the highest scoring teams of the night, not many people will have a mini-stack of both of the teams. The downside to mini-stacking is if one of your team scores a lot of runs and the other one does not, than you still probably will not cash in.

High Upside Team

A high upside team is a team that is very risky but also could be very rewarding. I have seen many tournaments won by using this strategy. In this strategy, players with multi-homerun upside at relatively cheap prices should frequent your lineups. I would only suggest selecting 3-4 of these players because the chance that all eight of these players all hit home runs on the same night is very unlikely. Having three or four of them hitting home runs on one night is much more likely. If you mix the three huge nights from those players with average to above average nights from the rest of your team than you have a solid chance at winning a GPP.

All Around Solid Team With Upside

The fourth and final strategy for making a GPP lineup is the all around solid team strategy. Whereas the other four strategies could pertain to both single and multi-entry contests, this lineup building strategy only pertains to single entry. In this strategy you should select a team full of guys who have a relatively high floor but also have a relatively high ceiling. This strategy probably will not help you put up a score as high as the other three strategies but it will help you cash at a more stable rate.

 

RECAP: You need to stay within your bankroll and not throw thousands of dollars blindly at GPPs and qualifiers. Use good bankroll management and set an amount to use in fantasy baseball GPPs. Next, pounce on overlay. When you see big overlay do not waste a shot to get in on the free money. Lastly, if you want to have a shot at winning the giant prize pools then you need to use one of the high upside strategies of either stacking, mini-stacking, or the high upside team. For single entry tournaments I would recommend the use of the solid team with some upside strategy. Those players will likely be highly owned but you still should have a shot at cashing pretty high. If you use these strategies, then even you may have a shot of cashing in a check for ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

 

When To Draft The Backup Goalie In Daily Fantasy Hockey

If you’ve been playing in Daily Fantasy Hockey contests at sites like Draftkings or Fanduel, then you likely already know how important the goalie position is to your daily fantasy roster. Quite simply the goalie will make or break your fantasy team.

So with that being said, should you spend the biggest chunk of your allotted salary on the top tier goalies? Well – yes and no.

How much you spend on a goalie really depends on the type of contest you are playing in and what the schedule looks like on any given night. If you are playing in a Head to Head match-up or a small player field contest, then by all means the best bet is to look at the top tier NHL goalies (ie. Rask, Price, Lundqvist) playing vs. weaker teams. However, if you are in a large GPP tournament, then knowing when to take a chance on a backup goalie might just give you the winning edge over the competition.

You see, many rookie fantasy hockey players will instantly look elsewhere when the backup goalie gets the start because they just don’t know the name and will draft a high-priced star instead. The truth is – on a good defensive team, having the backup goalie start really doesn’t hurt their chances of winning at all…in fact they might play tighter because of it. A goalie is only as good as the players in front of him and that’s why teams like Chicago, Anaheim and Boston can shuffle through goalies and still not take a step back.  It is rare in today’s NHL that a team can rely on their goalie to truly steal games night in and night out.

This doesn’t mean you should always select the backup goalie for your Daily Fantasy Hockey roster. You need to know when the opportunity is right. Here are the top strategies for when to draft a backup fantasy hockey goalie:

Wait For Great Defensive Teams

Like I mentioned earlier, defense rules when it comes to goalies. A strong defensive team can propel most backup goalies to a win. Some teams even play better when the backup is in, because they are more cautious, tending not to pinch their defenseman too much throughout the game. Teams that you can get away with the backup goalie in net are:

  • Boston Bruins
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Minnesota Wild

Back To Back Games

When teams play in back to back scenarios is when you will see the backup goalie the most. Now in most cases, the coach is going save the starter for the tougher match-up, therefore inserting the backup goalie vs. the weaker team. This is where it’s important to know those strong defensive teams and you should be drafting the backup in these scenarios for incredible value. Be cautious with some weaker teams who will insert the backup goalie in games they know will be a tough one. For example, if Toronto is playing Boston on Friday and Buffalo on Saturday, you might see the Leafs backup on Friday as they save their starter for an easier match-up because after all their chances vs. a much stronger team are slim to begin with. Every season is different and you got to pay attention to the standings.

The Shared Job

Every season there are a handful of teams that don’t have a clear-cut number #1 goalie. The coach will tend to split the games between the 2 goalies until someone steps up and claims the job. This, however, doesn’t always happen and you end up having both goalies sharing the netminder duties for the bulk of the season. This can provide good value to you because most sites will still set the salary pretty high for the unofficial #1 in most people’s eyes with the backup, who really isn’t a backup, offering some much needed cap relief to your fantasy team. The St.Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals are notorious for splitting goalie duties. Teams that might use this scenario for 2014-2015 NHL season are:

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • St. Louis Blues

So remember – drafting the backup goalie in daily fantasy hockey can be an absolute steal of a pick, but know when to draft them and when to pick on them.

 

Top 5 Tips To Help You Win Your Daily Fantasy Hockey Game

Here are the top 5 tips to help you win your daily fantasy hockey games.

They don’t apply to NHL.com Fantasy Hockey, ESPN Fantasy Hockey or TSN Fantasy Hockey – they apply to daily fantasy sports sites like StarFantasyLeagues.com or Draftster.com, where you can play in free games to make some cash, or use your skills to play real competition and cash in on some HUGE cash prizes!

1. Focus On Your Goalie

Fantasy goalies will get you the most points – research goalies the most, as usually the best goalie of the night is what wins the big GPPs (Guaranteed Prize Pools).

2. Ignore Defence

Try to spend the least amount of your salary cap money on defensemen. They are unpredictable for points and your salary cap room is better served elsewhere.

3. Create A Power-Play Unit

20-25% of the goals scored in the NHL come on the power play (PP). Each team has a PP unit of forwards and defensemen, try to stack your fantasy hockey lineup with guys that play the power play. They will have the most chance for points, and get a lot of shots on goal – a stat that you can get a ton of fantasy points from.

4. Play 50/50 Games

You won’t win big money, but if you have a good team, you only need to beat out half the competition to cash in. Many DFS “Grinders” will make 75% of their income in 50/50 games.

5. Focus On High Over-Under Games

If the Vegas bookmakers think a game will be high scoring…so should you! Check odds on sites like Bookmaker and get an idea of which games the oddsmakers think will be high scoring, then try to stack players from both teams (except the goalies of course) to improve your chances.

 

Strategies To Find Fantasy Golf Value Plays

Picking the favorites to win a PGA Tour tournament for your daily fantasy golf salary cap lineup is easy – but you can’t fill a lineup with just the top golfers. It is simply too expensive to fit under the cap.

The key strategy to winning in daily fantasy golf is finding the value plays to complete your lineups after you have selected 2 or 3 of the top players.

If you are a regular already at DraftKings, why not try out Weekly Fantasy Golf at FantasyFeud.com and test how these value strategies translate to another site.

Now, let’s get into how to find our value plays…

Look For Alternates

Monday or Tuesday before a PGA Tournament is when players, that have previously committed to a tournament, back out for various reasons. There is a list of alternates that get entered into the tourney after that and are usually priced very low at DFS sites. They may not be the best golfers, but some may be hidden gems that end up being a great value play.

Find Mistakes

Hey, shit happens and mistakes get made! DFS sites make mistakes when valuing a player and that is to your benefit. Do your research on individual tourneys and see which salaries are way off base helping you find the obscene value play.

Study Course History

As bad as some golfers may be, there are some that completely dominate certain courses. Look up each player’s past history at courses even going back as far as 5 years. If they always make cuts and contend, these are the guys to key in on.

Check The Vegas Odds

When in doubt, see what the bookmakers say. Vegas odds makers get paid big bucks to know who has the best chance to win particular tournaments. Examine the odds to see who they believe has a shot at winning and then compare salaries to determine value picks at the DFS site you play at.

Ride Hot Streaks

Some golfers (even the bad ones) get on hot streaks. They may not win, but find the top 25 slot three or four weeks in a row. If you see that a low priced guy has finished well recently, take a flier on him to see if the streak continues.

Monitor Weather Conditions

Know what the weather is supposed to be like that week. Hot and dry means the long hitters get a further roll and shorter chips to the green. Wet course conditions mean that guys with great short games can aim for the pin and stick it close for more birdie chances. To be a great fantasy golf player, you must know which players excel in both types of conditions.

 

These strategies of finding top fantasy golfers at good value is one that will help you cash in at a site like FantasyFeud.com. You can join Fantasy Feud here and get an exclusive bonus only available through our links!

 

DraftKings Late Swap Tips

Some people love the late swap…some hate it, but the DraftKings late player swap is a strategy that you need to be aware of and know how to use to your advantage to make money at DraftKings.com.

What Exactly Is Late Swap?

Most daily fantasy sites lock in your lineup once the first game begins, however DraftKings only locks in players when their respective games begin. Fantasy golf is the exception to this at DraftKings – all players lock in for their daily fantasy golf contests regardless of tee times. Late player swap gives you the ability to edit your lineups and remove or replace players that are late scratches as long as you do it before their game officially begins.

Best Uses For The DraftKings Late Swap

  • To Replace Injured Players

This is an obvious one, but if a player is a late scratch or is benched due to injury or disciplinary reasons, you can quickly edit him out and put in a player that will play. For this strategy to work, you need to create yourself some outs by researching back up players at each position in case someone is unexpectedly not playing. Making sure your FLEX position is playing a late game is a key strategy here.

  • To Improve Your Odds Of Winning Contests

Going into late games or with fantasy football, the Monday night game, you can estimate who your opponent has on their team. The player is blocked until game time, but using the salary cap and players that have already played, you can deduce who your opponents likely have. This strategy works if you have the lead because you can swap your player out for the same one your opponent has guaranteeing yourself a win. If it turns out that you are losing to your opponent and you deduce that you have the same player, you can take a chance on another player and hope that he outscores your original choice to win your contest.

  • To Hedge Your Picks

So you have the lead going into the Monday night game and have a WR on each team. What if they don’t both get the points? If you want to try to protect your lead and not get burned, then stack both WR from the same team. Yes you will get less points potentially, but you also guarantee that if one receiver is going to go off on that team, you will have him.

  • To Be More Flexible With Fantasy Picks

Most people don’t like to spread fantasy picks throughout the day or the whole weekend for fear that late start players or players playing later in the week end up being scratched. With the late swap, you can pick players for later start times knowing that you can still remove and replace them later. For fantasy football, you can pick guys on Thursdays and put in questionable players for Sunday with the protection that you can edit them out if they end up being downgraded to “OUT”.

How To Use Late Player Swap Most Effectively

The flex position is your friend. If you are taking players in the late games/next day’s games, try to put them into the flex position. The advantage is that you can look at picking various positions and not be locked into a straight position swap. In fantasy football, you may swap from a WR to a RB; in fantasy baseball, you can swap a position other than pitcher and the same late swap tip works for fantasy basketball. Late game players should always be your flex guy. Also, put in a high priced player if possible, that way you aren’t constrained by the salary cap because the player you need to swap is a low cost value play.

 

The fact that you can still edit DraftKings lineups up until game time is a great feature that very few players take advantage of. If you are going to be a real player in daily fantasy sports, learn to use the feature and take advantage of your opponents. The difference between winning and losing in DFS games can sometimes involve finding all the angles and taking advantage of them…and this includes the late player swap strategy.

 

5 Money Making Tips For Playing Daily Fantasy Basketball

When playing daily fantasy basketball there are quite a few strategies that you are going to need to take into account in order to be as profitable as possible. You could probably make a list of 100 daily fantasy basketball tips, but we are going to take a look at the top five money making tips for playing daily fantasy basketball at the best fantasy basketball sites out there today. These daily fantasy basketball strategies are not only going to focus on ways to spend your money on specific games and to choose your lineup, but also about the types of players to draft and how you should find consistency in players as well.

#1 – Don’t Overspend Your Budget

At any daily fantasy basketball site, you will find a wide range of different games with different buy-ins, but you need to be sure that you are not overspending your budget or bankroll. This means that you need to review how much is in your account and make sure that you aren’t playing games that are too large for that bankroll. A good example of what this means is that if you have $20 in your daily fantasy basketball account, then you need to stick with playing the lower limit games of around $1, because going any higher is going to make you burn through the bankroll if you hit a tough slide! 5% of your bankroll on any one fantasy contest is a good rule of thumb.

#2 – Build Your Bankroll Slowly

Saying that you want to do your best to build up your bankroll may sound like an obvious statement, but it’s all about how you do it. If you are simply playing for 80% of your bankroll each night, then you are going to end up having a tough night that depletes your entire account. This is also the case with sports betting – you aren’t going to run good every night, so be sure to only play a certain small percentage of your bankroll and to make sure to not invest too much into one single night. A max of 20% in any one night is a good rule of thumb.

#3 – Choose Consistent Players Over Risky Ones

Consistency is key when it comes to daily fantasy basketball. Examine some of the best lineups that pros win with and you are going to find players who can put up a consistent 20-30 points per game. Obviously 30 points is a bit on the higher side, but if you have a player who typically gets about 7-15 points, but has good potential, that risk may not be worth the reward unless you have a serious angle. The biggest tip though is that you shouldn’t be OVER spending for these types of players who could have good upside. Having a player who consistently gets 20-25 points that is worth $9K is a much better option than a player who costs $8,500 and is a high risk, high reward kind of player.

#4 – Find Some Sleepers

Finding a good sleeper isn’t easy, but if you can find a consistent player who puts up solid points playing against a weak team, then pounce on it. Sleepers are tough to come by, but if there is one recommendation that I could make about finding a good sleeper – it is to look for a player who is filling in for an injured player in a starting lineup. Don’t reach too far for sleepers though, and don’t get crazy or too risky when choosing them either…remember rule #3!

#5 – Spend On Guards

Many people have different opinions on where to spend their money for their daily fantasy basketball lineup, but you should be spending on guards who have the potential to do a little bit of everything. Guards who can rebound, pass, get steals, and of course score are what you are going to need to focus on spending your salary cap on. If you can get power forwards who can put up 10-15 points plus rebounds, then you are going to be in a good spot. This happens often though, and I’d say that there are going to be a good number of strong options for big men, so focus your spending on guards.

 

Now take these money making tips for daily fantasy basketball and go cash in at a site like DraftKings.com…here is to a profitable season!

 

How To Build A Bankroll For Daily Fantasy Sports

So you have decided that you want to earn some extra income by playing Daily Fantasy Sports for real money…

A noble venture, until you dig into your pockets and see that you aren’t as flushed with cash as you want to be.

No worries! We have some daily fantasy sports strategies and tips on how to build a daily fantasy sports bankroll so that you can start to make regular withdrawals and live the lifestyle you deserve.

Let’s start with the most important 1st step…

Get All The FREE Money Being Offered

There are many ways to get FREE money and start your bankroll “on the house” just by joining a new DFS site.  Here are what the “Big 3” have to offer:

  • FanDuel.com – you can get up to $200 and a FREE entry into a real money contest
  • DraftKings.com – you can get a FREE entry into a real money contest
  • DraftDay.com – you can get a deposit bonus of up to $250

In other words, scrape together a starting bankroll by joining using the links above and the companies will match your deposit by 100% – doubling up your initial deposit.

Play Freeroll Contests

Even if you are ready to play in real money fantasy leagues, you may as well play in any FREE contests that sites are offering. It costs nothing to play, and if you win, it’s just more money to add to your bankroll.

Play 50/50 Games

Most big daily fantasy players start out grinding it out in 50/50 games. You will not make a ton of money in a short period of time, but you should make a slow and steady profit over the season. You can play a number of games and if you have good skills in fantasy sports, you will be able to add to a bankroll over time. Because the odds of going on a losing streak is rare playing 50/50 games, you can take a shot and play larger $20 – $100 games.

Manage Your Bankroll

Only newbies blow their bankroll in their first week of play! A typical player will only play 5-20% of their bankroll each night, so that even if you get on a cold streak, you will still have enough money to get yourself back on track. If you play just 5%, you will be able to weather the storm longer. If you play 20% of your account, your bankroll will disappear quicker. Never play more than 5% of your total bankroll in a single game.  In other words, if your starting bankroll is $500, the max entry fee you should ever play is $25.

Guaranteed Prize Pools Are Tempting…

Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs are the big tournaments offered by sites where if you come in 1st, you usually score thousands (or even millions) of dollars. There are some DFS players that only play GPPs and they sometimes make a good living, but you are playing against good competition and only about 20% of the field cashes in. Smart daily fantasy players will only risk 1-10% of their bankroll each night on GPPs knowing that it’s not uncommon to go on stretches of not cashing in for a few days. GPPs are a risky proposition for someone looking to become a DFS player as a profession.

Do What The Pros Do

Guys that play daily fantasy sports for a living will mix and match between 50/50 and GPP games, while playing mostly Head to Head games. Religiously they stick to their bankroll management, so that they can survive any losing streaks. Concentrate on your research on making the best lineups, don’t blow your wad and you too will pocket some good cash playing daily fantasy sports.

 

Strategies To Win Your Daily Fantasy Hockey League

NHL fantasy hockey leagues or pools are BIG! Maybe not as big as your traditional football or baseball but make no mistake, there is a lot of money to be made in daily fantasy hockey.

So, having played in hockey pools all your life, you think you have what it takes to win money playing DFS hockey?

Think again!

DFS means different research, but don’t worry, our daily fantasy hockey strategies will guide you to making money.

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Goalies Are The Key – Choose Them First

Your biggest point getter of the night will be you goalie so choose wisely. Goalies get points for wins, shutouts and saves so look for a goalie on a good team playing a defensive minded style that doesn’t score a lot. You may not get as many points with the shots, but of your goalie gets a W, SO and only 20 shots I guarantee you’ll still be happy.

Expert Hockey Strategy – Often the backup goalie will play against a weak opponent and they are usually much cheaper for your salary cap lineup allowing you to take bigger priced forwards.

Speaking Of Forwards – Choose Shooters

The big players cost a lot for a good reason – they score a lot of points. But in daily fantasy hockey, you can also get points with stats like blocks, or even shots on goal. Look for the NHL stars that take a lot of shots so that even if they don’t score any points that night, you won’t be left with a goose egg with them.

Expert Fantasy Strategy – Look for players on the power play, most teams will have 4-5 power plays per game and that is 8-10 minutes of increased scoring chances and shots on goal.

Don’t Overpay For Defence – Shot Blockers Rule

Defensemen are hard to count on for points. Most of the high scoring defensive guys still only average a point every 2 games so the chance of the top priced defenseman scoring you a ton of points is unlikely.

Expert Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy – The guys on the power play are usually higher priced. Find out guys that are on the penalty kill team as they have chances for blocked shots. Look to see which defensemen are tops in the NHL for shots blocked and see if they are worth a play that night.

Check Final Rosters

Make sure your guys are playing and aren’t late scratches. Goalies are announced by mid-afternoon so keep up with who is announced as a starter. If players are questionable with injuries, double check they are playing (NHL players are tough, they usually play through injuries unlike the cry-babies in the NBA that get pulled with muscle cramps).

Expert DFS Hockey Strategy – Once you’ve settled on a lineup, check out team sites or follow beat writers on Twitter to see if there are any last minute lineup changes.

 
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