NFL DFS Bankroll Management: Week 6 Selection Guide

Hello Grinders. Week 6 is upon us and things are a little different this week. For starters, we had a Tuesday Night Game this week, which pushed the launch of Week 6 contests a little bit out more than normal. While I don’t expect that to have a dramatic impact in contests filling, I do think it’s worth mentioning and monitoring.

The other elephant in the room is that all major sites have had recent issues in their live scoring feeds. DraftKings took several days to pay out their CFB and KBO contests last week, while Yahoo didn’t pay out their main slate contests until Monday. FanDuel has been the most notable site with live scoring issues as their NFL Week 5 contests didn’t have live scoring at all.

I mention this because I do wonder what the trickle down effect will be this Sunday. Will there actually be fewer people playing on FanDuel this week? Will that potentially lead to some overlay on FanDuel? This is a perfect case of recency bias, and I will be giving extra focus on FanDuel this week in this article as it’s possible volume is a bit lighter on FanDuel if some people feel burned by last week’s situation.

One last thing I’ll mention is if you haven’t already, I highly recommend downloading the RotoGrinders browser extensions here. This will allow you to easily see Margin and Overlay for each contest. Let’s dive in!

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Group 1 – Overlay Chasers

I had highlighted the FanDuel $.05 Pooch Punt last week in the Penny Pinchers section, but this week I’m highlighting it in the Overlay Chasers section:

Last week, only 662,965 / 838,323 spots filled up, which is only 79%. This week, FanDuel slashed the seats in this contest down to 718K which is a massive reduction, but it’s still possible we don’t see it fully fill. I continue to highlight this contest because you can 150-max enter it for just $7.50, which won’t break the bank. I’d consider monitoring this contest if you’re searching for overlay.

As for Yahoo’s main GPP, they continue to reduce the number of seats week by week. Last week there were 18,037 seats but this week it’s down to 15,000:

This is going to be the first week I personally won’t chase overlay on Yahoo and instead will be hunting on FanDuel for my overlay.

Group 2 – Top Heavy Chasers

FanDuel is running its own version of a high-stakes Milly Maker this week with their Deuces Wild contest:

It’s a 1,200 seat, $2,222 buy-in with $1 million up top to 1st place. It’s incredibly top heavy, as 1st place will get 41.67% of the pot and this contest only pays out 18.75% of the field. As you can see by the payout structure, there’s a massive drop-off after the Top 10 and min cashing only gets you 1.8x your buy-in. In other words, if you’re not first, you’re (kind of) last.

Group 3 – Flat Structure Chasers

I don’t highlight the DraftKings Tiers contests as much as I should, so this week I’m giving the Flat Structure Chasers highlight to their Triple Option contest as I really like the payout structure:

It’s a 3-entry max contest with just $3 per buy-in, so this won’t cost you much. But with 1st place getting just 8.57% of the pot and the Top 10 getting just 22.14% of the pot, it’s one of the flatter structures you’ll see on DraftKings. It also remains one of the softer contests in terms of sharks as you’ll see more casual players in the Tiers lobby as the format of having a set list to pick from is just more attractive to the casual DFS user. Give this contest a look if you’re looking for something not as top heavy this week.

Group 4 – The Penny Pinchers

If you’re on a budget I still recommend the FanDuel nickel contest that I highlighted in the Overlay section. But another contest to consider if you’re penny pinching is DraftKings’ Quarter Jukebox:

I love that it’s a 20-max entry, so you can max enter it for only $5. It’s also a very flat payout structure, with 1st place getting just 5% of the pot and the Top 10 getting just 15.17% of the pot. More appealing is that it pays out 23.97% of the field and you 2x your buy-in if you min cash.

Group 5 – The Singles

In terms of single entry contests, my eyes are going to be on the RotoGrinders Single Entry Series on FanDuel:

There are three buy-in levels this week ($5, $33, $100) so you have some options. As you can see, the rake is lower for the higher buy-in levels. The appeal here is that the payout structures are very fair and relatively flat. The added bonus is that the top scorers on the leaderboard will also battle in an online live final, so you’re playing for something more than just the weekly payouts.

You can find more details about the RotoGrinders Single Entry Series here if interested.

Thanks for reading, and good luck this week. May variance (and live scoring) be on your side.

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  • Allan Lem (fathalpert)

  • Allan Lem (aka “fathalpert”) began playing fantasy sports in high school and transitioned to DFS in 2015. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and lives in California with his wife and two kids. Allan got his break in the industry covering Preseason NBA content and has since helped with NBA, Summer League, MLB, and Preseason NFL content as well as overseeing the RotoGrinders blog program. He dreams of winning a big tournament so he can try cashing one of those giant cardboard checks at his local bank. You can follow Allan on Twitter @allanlemdfs.


  • bryeandcoke12

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but what do you mean by Overlay and what does it mean when the tournament info talks about Margins? Just curious. I don’t quite understand that part.

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    @bryeandcoke12 said...

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but what do you mean by Overlay and what does it mean when the tournament info talks about Margins? Just curious. I don’t quite understand that part.

    Hi, not a dumb question at all and something I should clarify more often.

    Overlay is when the guaranteed prize pool of the tournament > entry fees by all the entrants. So in cases where contests don’t fill, there are sometimes scenarios where the DFS site has to pay out more than the DFS players put in.

    Rake, or margin, are used interchangeably and it’s the % that the DFS site takes for hosting the contest. So think of it as a small fee the DFS site takes, and as a DFS player, you want this to be as small as possible. I highly recommend downloading the RG browser extensions so you can see the rake/margin of every contest.

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