Daily Fantasy Strategy Vault
Last Updated: December 2015
The RotoGrinders Strategy Vault consolidates the best daily fantasy strategy articles, discussions, and management tips posted on RotoGrinders into one convenient location. Basically, it’s the best of the best for articles, discussions, interviews and other content that has been posted on RotoGrinders since we went live in July 2010.
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Bankroll Management and Game Selection
Building the perfect lineup is only half the battle if you want to be a profitable Grinder over the long haul. You could spend months building up your bankroll in daily fantasy blow through it all in one night if you’re not careful. The big stakes are tempting, but don’t move too quickly, too fast. These articles should help guide you through some techniques to help you properly manage your bankroll, and pick the right games for your style of play.
Don’t Learn Bankroll Management the Hard Way – BillsFan77 takes you through his journey from ‘busto’ all the way to $62,000 in profits over the course of two seasons.
Daily Fantasy Bankroll Management: An Overview – JSHilling09 walks you through the basics and comes up with a simple percentage to wager table to use for your play.
Daily Fantasy Bankroll Management: Cash Games – BriPC23 takes a deep look at bankroll management, this time focused specifically on cash games.
Bankroll Tips for GPP Players – GPP guru TwoGun shares his thoughts on how handle bankroll management while playing primarily GPP contests.
Tracking Your Results on DraftKings – Jon Bales shows you how to keep track of your winnings and losings on DraftKings so you can learn from your mistakes and be a better player.
The Effect of Overlay on Bankroll Management – It can be tempting to chase overlay in tournaments, and Jon Bales breaks down just how big of an edge you can gain when looking into entering contests that have yet to fill.
The Value of Overlay in Daily Fantasy – RG’s Riley helps you understand the concept of “overlay” in Daily Fantasy.
Daily Fantasy Tournament Variance – BriPC explores how much variance exists in DFS Tournaments, and how many games you have to play to be able to indicate your ability.
Daily Fantasy 50/50 Variance – Top-ranked BriPC asks the question again: What does variance look like and how many games do we have to play until we have a good idea of our real ability?
DraftKings 2013 NFL Season: A Simulation – Top-ranked Grinder BriPC23 runs a simulation for DraftKings GPPs to show you an example of what bankroll is needed to endure a particular season of play on DK.
What Does the Stakes Say About Your Opponent? – Blinders analyzes data from previous leagues entered to show you how higher stakes means your team needs to score more points to win.
Long-Term Profitability vs. Lifetime Profitability in Large-Field Leagues – Blinders discusses the small sample sized involved in playing Large-Field contests, and gives you tips to become a long-term profitable Grinder.
Back to Basics: Breakeven Percentage – Moose discusses how to focus on the rake and break-even percentages involved in Daily Fantasy games, in order to better build your bankroll.
Bankroll Management Discussion – The RG community discusses key aspects to properly managing your bankroll in this Strategy Thread of the Week.
Opponent Selection – Table Selection and Hourly Rates – Blinders discusses the importance of opponent selection in Daily Fantasy, and summarizes how it can affect your Hourly Rate.
Blinders Table Selection Article Discussion – Tippy, GeneralV, Blinders, Bufall66 and some of the other big names in Daily Fantasy discuss Blinders Table Selection article and concepts.
Multi-Site Play – RotoKevin covers how to play on multiple sites, and why you should be targeting new players.
Do You Spend More Time Picking Your Team or Your Opponent? – ‘Dawg’ reminds new players how important it is to look at who you play, not just what you play.
The Numbers Game: Analyzing Daily Fantasy MLB Data – NoHitter48 analyzes if the score needed to win is correlated with buy-in level.
Bankroll Stories and Journeys
NBA $1 to $100 Challenge: Goal Achieved! – JimFred82 recaps his journey of turning $1 into $100.
NBA $5 to $500 Challenge: Data Analysis – This time, Jim wasn’t as successful, but still provides some useful insight into his microstakes journey.
My Daily Fantasy Story: Starting From Nothing – Billsfan shares his story coming up from nothing in Daily Fantasy, and offers tips for new players.
Are you new to Daily Fantasy Sports? It’s not an exact replica of your run-of-the-mill fantasy league. There are multiple sites, multiple scoring systems, and a lot of other nuances to be aware of. Here are some basic overviews of what Daily Fantasy is and the best ways to get started:
Top 10 Tips for New Players: DFS Beginners’ Guide – TwoGun shares his ten top tips for new players. Don’t sign up for a daily fantasy site before reading his advice!
How to Benefit From Randomness – Why seek out randomness? Jon Bales tells us why randomness can be our edge as daily fantasy players.
Value vs. Against-The-Grain Strategies – Jon Bales reveals how and when to be contrarian when building lineups.
Creating a Projection System for Beginners – SethYates shares some helpful information to get you started with your own projections, which you can customize to help build lineups based on trends and statistics that are important to you.
New to Daily Fantasy? – This article was crafted by Cameron quite a while ago, but still includes information that new players should read before diving into DFS.
Daily Fantasy Glossary – Confused with all the terminology? Here’s a quick rundown of some of the terms you’ll see used in our forums and articles on a regular basis.
5 Secrets of All Daily Fantasy Sports – Ethan breaks down five, solid introductory concepts that apply to all daily fantasy sports, and that every Grinder should know.
10 Tips To A Grinder Newbie From A 4 Month Vet – Chenmen4ev shares 10 smart tips for new players.
How to Accurately Project Player Fantasy Scores – Blinders covers the three main aspects that go into projection a fantasy player’s score.
The Value Proposition – Eddbot breaks down a simple way for new players to calculate player value.
Daily Fantasy Sports Math: Value – Sprizouse takes you through how to calculate player value in Daily Fantasy to stay ahead of the competition.
Becoming a long-term winner in daily fantasy presents different obstacles depending on the sport. Just because you’ve mastered Daily Fantasy Baseball doesn’t mean you’ll be an overnight expert in Daily Fantasy Basketball. Each sport involves different pools of players, has its own research methods, possesses different roster dynamics, and of course, it requires a good understanding of the actual sport. Use the collection of articles below, sorted by sport, to help get a leg-up on the competition when branching out into new sports.
Rookie Handbook – JackAndSoda covers some of the basics to keep in mind when starting out with daily fantasy football.
How To Win at FanDuel Football – Jon Bales helps get you started on the right foot in FanDuel’s football contests.
Winning Strategies for Daily Fantasy Football: Head-to-Head & 50/50 vs. GPP’s – 2013 DFBC Champion, Pepsi7, takes you through the different ways to approach 50/50s and GPPs for NFL.
Pairing a QB with his WR – Jon Bales considers the merits of stacking a quarterback and a receiver together in daily fantasy football.
The Art of Fading in NFL – Sometimes that top play everyone is talking about is just too good to be true. Jon breaks down when and how to fade in DFS NFL.
How to Increase Upside on DK – How do you find those huge scores every week and take home big contests on DraftKings? Jon has some thoughts on finding upside players in DFS football.
Consistency in Cash Games – Looking for a little more consistency from your football picks? Jon also breaks down how to minimize risk and build a smart lineup.
Using Late Swap on DraftKings – The daily fantasy game isn’t over when the first game kicks off during the NFL weekend. Jon shows you how to take advantage of DraftKings’ late swap feature.
Late Swap Video Tutorial – Still not sure about late swapping on DK? Let Jon walk you through it with this video tutorial.
Playing NFL Cash Games on DK – Jon takes a look at what types of players you should target when building cash game lineups for DraftKings.
Is GPP Success All About Seeking Upside? – Should every pick you make in a tournament lineup be a high-upside, boom-or-bust option? Jon considers the balance between upside and value for tournament play.
Breaking the NFL DFS Rules – Taylor shows us when and how to break the “rules” of daily fantasy NFL.
NFL Advanced Metrics – Blinders delves into the factors that construct a players score in the NFL, and discusses how to project each of them.
KillaB’s $25,000 FD Bomb Winning Lineup Analysis – KillaB won well over $100,000 in 2013 NFL Week 17… and here’s exclusive analysis on his lineups and the strategies he used, straight from KillaB.
KillaB’s DK $1,000 GPP 2nd Place Lineup Analysis – And here is part 2 for the DraftKings portion of KillaB’s massive weekend.
In Defense of High-Priced RBs – JackAndSoda makes the argument on why you can spend more at the RB position.
Fade the Thursday Night Game From the Forums – CSURam88 asks, and the community discusses, if fading Thursday Night Football is a worthwhile strategy.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Crash Course – CrazyGabey and StevieTPFL break down daily fantasy baseball in podcast form for your listening pleasure.
The Transition: Season-Long to DFS MLB – Dave “CheeseIsGood” Potts has had success in both high-stakes season-long fantasy baseball and daily fantasy MLB, and he shares his tips on how to move from the yearly game to the daily game.
Step-by-Step Guide to Putting Together a Winning MLB Lineup: – Part 1 Pitching – Part 2 Hitting – Notorious provides you with a step-by-step breakdown on how to construct both the pitching and hitting aspects of your Daily Fantasy MLB lineups.
Beginner’s Hand Book Part 1: Six Easy Steps to Increase Your Game – JackAndSoda provides some simple tips to help build a better MLB lineup.
An MLB DFS Strategy Guide for the Beginner Player – JoshKay’s blog on MLB Basics received some of the best user feedback we’ve seen to date.
“MLB Tool Analysis” Series – Socky guides you through the plethora of tools available on RotoGrinders to help you build a better lineup.
Getting Familiar with Sabermetrics – JMBWngFn guides you through the useful (but intimidating) world of advanced statistics in baseball.
MLB: Where Do Home Runs Come From? – CheeseIsGood explains how to better predict home runs in baseball and unlock the upside of the sport’s most exciting play.
MLB: Why Hitting The Ball Is Good – CheeseIsGood shows why putting the ball in play is an important aspect to consider when building DFS MLB lineups.
Reverse Engineering: AlSmizzle’s MLB Heater – DFS Pro AlSmizzle got off to a hot start to the 2015 MLB season, and sat down with LeoTPP to discuss how he approaches daily fantasy baseball.
Using Advanced Metrics to Evaluate Pitching Quality: xFIP – Don’t just use ERA to evaluate pitchers. There’s better data out there to predict future pitching performances, and Waiverwire breaks down one of those tools in this useful article.
The Empty Bullpen – RotoKevin covers an advanced-scenario to keep an eye on for the Daily Fantasy MLB Grinder: The Empty Bullpen.
Changing an Approach To Daily Fantasy Baseball: Offense – MTro takes a look at wRC+, Batted Ball Profile and more in this high-quality analysis dissecting MLB offense.
BvP: The Numbers Do Not Lie…..At least, Not Intentionally – JackAndSoda defends the oft-criticized statistic of Batter Vs. Pitcher (BvP), and explains why it can be a valuable tool.
Waiting For the Starting Lineup – Why and how you should check for MLB Starting Lineups, and how it affects your fantasy lineups.
Impact of Weather on Optimal Lineup Setting – WaiverWire breaks down all aspects of weather and its impact on Daily Fantasy Baseball.
No Time? Build a Winner Anyway – RotoKevin unveils a strategy for you to quickly build an effective Daily Fantasy MLB squad when you’re in a pinch for time.
The Impact of Bullpens On Lineup Selection – Despite the fact that most daily fantasy formats don’t include relief pitchers, it is still wise to pay attention to them. Find out more in this informative article.
Beating the Field Part 2: Evaluating Your Relationships – JackAndSoda tells you why relationships are important… both in real-life, and in constructing your fantasy MLB squad.
How Hot and Cold Streaks Should Affect Your Daily Fantasy Contest Lineups – WaiverWire walks through how to look for good or bad performances that indicate a medium or long term change in a player’s actual ability to play baseball well.
Un-Stacking Your Daily Fantasy Roster – JackAndSoda makes an argument against stacking in large-field, MLB, GPP contests.
Daily Fantasy Basketball 101: Tips and Strategies – Notorious explains everything you need to know to dive into the exciting world of DFS NBA.
The Notorious Way to Make an NBA Lineup – Top-ranked Grinder, Notorious, gives you an inside look at how he constructs his NBA Lineups.
“Reverse Engineering” Series – Take a look back at some successful NBA lineups, and find out what we can learn from these victorious lineups.
“NBA Tool Analysis” Series – Socky guides you through the plethora of tools available on RotoGrinders to help you build a better lineup.
1) NBA Tool Analysis: Offense versus Defense
2) NBA Tool Analysis: Player Stats
3) NBA Tool Analysis: Ceiling and Consistency
4) NBA Tool Analysis: Vegas Odds
5) NBA Tool Analysis: DVP
6) NBA Tool Analysis: Team Stats
Being Contrarian Without Being Stupid – TwoGun reveals his methods in building lineups with contrarian plays to differentiate himself from the field.
Stacking Value in NBA Daily Fantasy – In this breakdown, we’ll look at which teams most often have multiple players scoring 30+, 40+ and 50+ fantasy points in a single game while proving that stacking in the NBA is not an advisable strategy, specifically for tournament play.
Using Available Information To Project Daily Fantasy NBA Success – Ethan takes a look at how to use Efficiency ratings to take NBA matchup-analysis to the next level
Predicting Big Games Using NBA Vegas Lines – Vegas Lines are one of many ways to help predict daily fantasy value, but the interpretations of spreads and Over/Unders can be a challenge.
“Over/Under Lines in NBA Daily Fantasy” – Barro explores how to use Over/Under lines when building your Daily Fantasy NBA squad, with a focus on positive scoring and not negative scoring (missed FG or FT and TO).
Daily Fantasy Hockey Primer – NHL Expert “TheTonyM” gets you ready for all the action on the ice with this in-depth breakdown of DFS hockey.
NHL Guide for the NBA Degenerate – Are you an experienced DFS player looking to add some more games to your winter schedule? Taylor shows you how to transition to NHL DFS.
Fantasy Hockey for Those with Puck Apathy – RotoKevin creates a good comparison article for those strong in MLB, and wanting to expand into playing NHL, by drawing comparisons between both sports in a Daily Fantasy setting.
The Goaltender Dilemma: How Much to Invest and How to Estimate Value – Ethan walks you through the basics of selecting a goalie for Daily Fantasy NHL by focusing on four main statistics in this excellent NHL strategy piece.
The Sprizouse Sports Spreadsheet: Part 2 – Sprizouse takes us through a wild-and-crazy look at how he builds a spreadsheet for Daily Fantasy Sports, with a focus on NHL.
College Football Strategy
The Ultimate Daily Fantasy College Football Strategy Guide – Top Ranked Grinder, STLCardinals84, gives you everything you need to know to start ‘tackling’ college football.
College Basketball Strategy
Daily College Basketball 101: Guide To Success – CBB expert Varncass provides a breakdown of daily college basketball to get you ready to play this exciting daily fantasy sport.
College Basketball Strategy – Here are the top ten things top college sports Grinder, Scott121422, looks at when filling out his CBB lineups.
Daily Fantasy Golf 101 – Notorious introduces you to this exciting daily fantasy sport. Find out how to build the best PGA lineups from one of the top grinders in the business.
Reverse Engineering: The Masters – BrettMarino won $1,000,000 playing daily fantasy golf on DraftKings, and LeoTPP broke down his winning lineup to see how we can learn from his success.
Specific Game Format Strategies
Daily Fantasy Sports requires a diverse body of knowledge and skill to master all aspects. Not only are there multiple popular sports, but you can play them on multiple sites, which use a variety of game formats, roster setups and scoring systems. To maximize your wins and profits, a true Grinder should be savvy in multiple sports, sites and scoring settings. This section contains articles which pertain to specific Daily Fantasy sites, specific game-types, or are focused on some other important nuance of the Daily Fantasy industry.
GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) Strategy
JackAndSoda’s “Putting the G into GPP Series” –
1) Putting the Guaranteed into GPP Part 1: History 101
2) Putting the Guaranteed Into GPP Part 2: Economics 101
3) Putting the Guaranteed Into GPP Part 3: Sociology 101
4) Putting The Guaranteed Into GPP: Extreme Makeover
5) Putting the Guaranteed into GPP: Exploring Upside
JackAndSoda’s “GPP Player Watch Series” –
A Closer Look at FanDuel Large-Field Contest Composition – Cal takes a look at the composition of a Wednesday Slam and Rebound contest on FanDuel, to display the difference between a large-field contest that allows for unlimited entries vs. one that allows for just one entry.
Calculating Overlay in GPPs – From time to time entries in large field fantasy leagues come up short of what the site was expecting, and provide some extra value called an overlay. Blinders shows you how to spot these overlays, and capitalize on the opportunity.
DFBC Math for the Rake Conscious Player – Cal breaks down the 2011 FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship, to show you how to calculate the value of your entry into a satellite event such as the FFFC and the DFBC.
Stacking Forum Discussion – In one of the longest forum discussions in RG History, members discuss break-down and argue the pros and cons of ‘stacking’ in Daily Fantasy Sports.
Entering the Same Team Multiple Times: Is it a Good Play? – Poker player and Daily Fantasy Grinder JSchilling09 takes a look at why playing the same team more than once in a GPP is -EV over time.
Uneven Money: Exploring 50/50s – JackAndSoda is back! This time analyzing why 50/50s might not be as good of a value-move for Grinders as they appear…
50/50 Double Up Leagues & Opponent Variance – ‘Moose breaks down 50/50 contests, and tells you how they can be a benefit to your bankroll.
Daily Fantasy Sports is a lifestyle. Sometimes it goes beyond just knowing how to build good teams and manage your bankroll. This section contains articles revolving around the lifestyle of a Daily Fantasy player, including interviews with some of the top players in the industry, coverage of some noteworthy challenges, and other articles that can help you improve as a daily fantasy player before, during and after the games.
Interview with 2014 DFBC Champion Dave ‘CheeseIsGood’ Potts – The 2014 FanDuel DFBC champ tells LeoTPP how he got his username, how he builds his lineups, and how he approaches daily fantasy sports.
Interview with 2014 FFFC Champ: escot4 – The 2014 FanDuel FFFC winner talks with Scott about his journey as a DFS player and taking down one of the biggest prizes in DFS history.
Interview with wining247: FanDuel Mega Slam Winner – Wining247 barely played on FanDuel prior to taking down one of the biggest online tournaments in DFS NBA history and a seat in the site’s live final. LeoTPP got a chance to ask him about his experience.
Interview with 2011 FFFC Champion Beermakersfan – RotoGrinders sits down and talks with one of the best in the game, Beermakersfan, right after his 2011 FFFC Victory for $75,000!
Condia Interview – An interview with the man, the myth, the legend: Condia.
Kaetorade Interview – In just a few short months, Kaetorade shot onto the Daily Fantasy scene with over $100,000 in winnings. Here’s an in-depth interview to learn more about his quick ascent in the DFS scene.
Interview With GPP-Guru and FFFC Finalist Naapstermaan – The man, the myth, the Panda, sits down with RG and ‘bears’ all.
Interview with Buffalo66 – The ‘Godfather’ of Daily Fantasy sits down with RotoGrinders and discusses the infamous ‘Buffalo Challenge.’
Interview with GeneralV – Hear some candid thoughts from one of best NFL players to date. Joe Vance has been ranked as high as #3 overall and was the inaugural FFFC Champion in Vegas.
Interview with HixvilleHunk – HixvilleHunk went on a legendary run during the 2011 MLB Season, attempting to amass an unheard of $60,000 in profits. RotoGrinders sat down and talked with him during the peak of that run.
Getting Your Spouse/Significant Other to Accept the Daily Fantasy Lifestyle – STLCards leads a discussion to help DFS Grinders find a balance in maintaining a relationship while grinding DFS.
Question for the High-Rollers – A forum thread discussing adaptations to make while in the middle of a losing streak.
A Poker Player’s Transition to Daily Fantasy Sports – Former online poker player, 2incher, gives us his take on the transition from Online Poker to Daily Fantasy Sports.
THE WELL: JackAndSoda – In a fan-favorite tradition imported to RotoGrinders from Pocketfives.com, JackAndSoda hosts a no-holds-barred Q&A session open to all RG Members, answering any questions asked to him in the forums.
THE WELL: Naapstermaan – “Because on Monday, a Panda is in the well”. Naapstermaan answers all in the forums, shortly after qualifying for the 2012 FFFC Finals.
With this much money moving around an online sports industry, one is sure to have concerns over the legality of the situation. RotoGrinders has you covered. We will always keep you posted on the current legal state of Daily Fantasy Sports and update you on any changes to legislation that are applicable to Daily Fantasy Sports. As of right now, with the exception of a few states and territories, Daily Fantasy Sports is 100% legal and has a bright future. Here is a breakdown of the current legislation involving Daily Fantasy Sports, and how to handle tax time and other financial obligations relating to winning and losing in DFS.
Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports – A summarization of the UIGEA bill which carved out the legal status for Daily Fantasy Sports.
Daily Fantasy Sports and Taxes: 2012 Update (Updated as of Jan. 2013) – RotoKevin breaks down the tax reporting policies for each site in the industry to help you with your filing.