Strategy Analysis: $200,000 DraftDay Bracket Blitz

It’s finally here; One of the biggest bracket contest in the history of the [Daily Fantasy] world: The $200,000 Bracket Blitz.

The DraftDay Bracket Blitz consists of two enormous bracket-style fantasy football games. A 1-on-1 weekly fantasy football tournament, where users play head-to-head with one opponent each week in order to advance through the bracket and take home First Prize. For those who don’t know how DD Brackets work, here’s a quick tutorial:

Now, on to the real tofu and tomatoes… I mean, meat and potatoes… the strategy:

1. Approach this game as a heads up game and NOT a large field game. As you well know, there is a significantly different strategy in roster construction for a game where you only have to beat one players’ lineup as opposed to hundreds, or even ten for that matter. You can play a lot safer in a head-to-head format. The range of scores you will face will be huge, so while you may lose some games with a good lineup, more often than not, you’ll win a lot of games with any average to above average lineup.

2. Player selection and team construction is key. While there are a ton of options in any NFL player pool, knowing you are playing heads up can really help you limit them. In heads up games, selecting the right Quarterback and Defense can really make or break your day when you are entered in a plethora of heads up games. A solid quarterback and an elite D are the perfect foundation for any heads up team. At the other skill positions, it’s easy to weed out guys you can avoid in this kind of format. You can take, say, Reggie Wayne, who’s basically a lock for a solid PPR performance week-in and week-out over a Mike Wallace boom-or-bust type that might be the right play in a large field. I’ve listed some some week-to-week heads up DraftDay scoring format plays at each position below.


Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Sam Bradford

Running Back

Matt Forte, Doug Martin, DeMarco Murray

Wide Receiver

Brandon Marshall, Reggie Wayne, Antonio Brown

Tight End

Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, Brandon Myers

3. The same lineup can be entered multiple times with great success. Most of you already enter the same lineup in the majority of your heads up games and you can approach this the same way. Each of your contests will likely be facing a different lineup, giving you multiple different outcomes from the same lineup.

4. Playing multiple lineups never hurts either. Or as some of the greats like to call it, diversifying your action. Playing multiple different rosters in the same game, especially a bracket style games, can have a ton of upside. It lessens the chances that one injury or dud from a star player will ruin your entire day or week.

5. Payouts happen as you advance. Contrary to popular belief, DraftDay Brackets don’t tie up your money until you are eliminated. Our system pays you out prizes as you go. Once you reach a round that receives payouts, the money is paid directly into your account immediately. Both of the Bracket Blitz tournaments begin paying out players as they reach Round 3 after winning their second round matchup.

How to Register for the DD Bracket

It’s pretty easy to get going in this event…just use any of RotoGrinders’ DraftDay links to join in order to get a 100% Deposit Bonus up to $200. Once you join just follow these steps:

Step 1. Find the game in the lobby
Step 2. Reserve Spots. – This is an unique and innovative feature we’ve just introduced to the industry

Step 3. Choose the number of entries.
Step 4. Head to Multi-Roster Edit.
Step 5. Create your lineup.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!


  • rotokevin

    2014 RG Bowling Co-Champion, CPA & DFS Tax Guru

    • 2014 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Can’t wait for Ethan to do a full detailed breakdown of the $11 bracket. Full round by round projections, please. :-)

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