Top 10 Tips for New Players: DFS Beginners Guide

With Daily Fantasy Sports still alive and kicking, more and more players are getting their feet wet in the industry. For those of you that are new (or newish) to the DFS world, here are my top 10 tips to get you started.

1. Make sure to take advantage of all the bonuses and offers tailored to new players. Max your deposit bonus as much as possible, since a lot of sites do not offer many reload bonuses. You might as well collect as much bonus money while you can. Also, if a site offers games for new players only (such as DraftKings’ beginner games and tournaments), make sure to play them as much as you can.

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2. Don’t let one day or week give you too much or too little confidence. There’s a lot of variance in the DFS world. Even the best players have losing months (especially if they are GPP focused), and, of course, even the most casual of players can have great day.

3. Learn to build your lineups for the contest type. For GPPs, learn to stack and increase your variance. For cash games, don’t stack and find safer, high-value plays.

4. Play more of your bankroll in 50-50s and H2H at first. This way, your variance will go down, and you are less likely to have a bad losing streak that’ll make you want to give up. Play at least some GPPs to give yourself a chance at a big score, but don’t totally rely on it.

5. Play some satellites to bigger tournaments, especially on the smaller DFS sites. There’s often a ton of overlay value in satellites, especially on the smaller sites.

6. Become a part of the community. It’ll increase your enjoyment of DFS as well as help you get more “in the zone” when making lineups.

Editor’s Note: This includes the RotoGrinders’ forums, where a large portion of the DFS community gathers to talk about the industry.

7. Don’t stress too much about what the popular plays of the day are. This only matters in GPPs anyways, and the line behind a “must play” and a “good public fade” is often very blurry. Focus more on finding good value and players with a high ceiling.

8. Look at projections for players. It will help you at first. However, don’t take them as gospel and definitely use your head when ultimately deciding who to draft in your lineups.

9. Learn to be rake and value conscience. A really good player that just enters a bunch of high rake H2H games will likely make less (or lose money) compared to a player of slightly lesser skill that continually seeks out lower rake (whether it’s the structure or via bonuses/rewards) and puts more of his bankroll in tournaments that have some overlay.

And most importantly…

10. Have fun and enjoy the process. At the end of the day, DFS is first and foremost a form of entertainment. If you want to “get in the zone,” it’s important to enjoy researching and thinking about constructing lineups.

About the Author

  • Michael Cohen (TwoGun)

  • Michael “TwoGun” Cohen is a successful DFS player that specializes in GPPs. He has won the DraftKings Millionaire Maker (in the NFL divisional playoffs round), as well as the $500K first place prize in the DraftKings Week 17 $2 million Touchdown event, among other top finishes. Follow him on Twitter at TwoGunFF.

Comments

  • SteelNeel

    These 10 points should be the bible for any DFS player. Even after trail and error for months, the points TwoGun made are extremely helpful and can help anyone stay focused and have success.

  • PDFOUR

    Call me crazy but I thought stacking was only good for baseball and not to stack too much with basketball NBA? Is that true?

  • Jeff7kv

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    @PDFOUR said...

    Call me crazy but I thought stacking was only good for baseball and not to stack too much with basketball NBA? Is that true?

    Very true, baseball players are capable of greatly helping one another. Basketball not so much, your ceiling goes down if you stack too much

  • TwoGun

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    @PDFOUR said...

    Call me crazy but I thought stacking was only good for baseball and not to stack too much with basketball NBA? Is that true?

    I was mainly referencing football/baseball with that sentence.

  • 0ndagrind

    im going to read this once a week . good points two gun

  • grover123

    Thanks I started in football with 5weeks left loved the fantasy part started basketball rotogrinders made it possible for me to do so.it is because of blogs like this one.thank you so much.great read.

  • JJdaily

    Good artical but it’s still all luck

  • circadudexl

    Yeah I usually stack on baseball as well

  • vino24

    Hard to have “fun” in GPP’s when its nothing but guys that have 50+ entries and then the community drools all over them calling them great players

  • Jeff7kv

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    @0ndagrind said...

    im going to read this once a week . good points two gun

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  • Jeff7kv

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    @JJdaily said...

    Good artical but it’s still all luck

    You must be new

  • larryn703

    One thing that has helped me being a more beginner DFS player, is playing more of the later/small set games. Being a dad and getting little ones to bed on the east coast, I like to focus more on the west coast games. It gets a little overwhelming for me when there is a large amount of games on the schedule, and feel like I am overlooking people due to the time I have. Thanks for the article!

  • huitcinq

    @larryn703 said...

    One thing that has helped me being a more beginner DFS player, is playing more of the later/small set games. Being a dad and getting little ones to bed on the east coast, I like to focus more on the west coast games.

    This is a great point. I wanted to get into NBA after the end of the NFL season, but quickly realized that making lineups every day by tip off was just not possible due to my responsibilities at work.

    So instead, I plunged headfirst into PGA and MMA. Making lineups once a week allows me to put in the amount of research and effort I feel comfortable with, while still allowing me to focus on my career.

    MMA has been a great success so far, PGA not so much (though I think I’m getting there!). Most importantly, I’m enjoying DFS every week. Keep grinding!

  • johnnyslow

    TwoGun, what does OVERLAY mean?,,,like from sentence #9

  • Coldschool

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    @johnnyslow said...

    TwoGun, what does OVERLAY mean?,,,like from sentence #9

    It means contests with a guaranteed prize pool that doesn’t fill up. So even if those contests don’t fill up, the prize pool remains the same and you increase your chances at hitting cash.

  • EthioDallas

    Great read. But I can’t stop playing all GPS. Finished 3rd once. And I’m chasing that high again

  • JJdaily

    Actually I’m not but Thx

  • JJdaily

    @Jeff7kv said...

    You must be new

    Actually I’m not but Thx

  • Kousty

    @EthioDallas said...

    Great read. But I can’t stop playing all GPS. Finished 3rd once. And I’m chasing that high again

    Yeah, I got layed off February 4th, a few days later won the $1 swat on Fanduel. Won one on the NFC/AFC championship games last year. Now I’m screwed as I just started playing end of last year and with 2 tournament wins in two sports I’m wondering what the hell am I going to do in the summer. Do I really have to learn baseball next cuz I think my girlfriend would then kill me for sure!

  • louislipps

    I have to wonder if wining247 read this piece last night before he broke his maiden with that $100K takedown. DFS is crazy, frustrating and amazing.

  • dogg47

    dfs is equivalent to lottery scratch off’s…….. until you grind the numbers , check the injuries , avoid the last minute or second players bsitting…after all that , it’s all good … for me it’s mostly fun…. really

  • rdlman88

    I’ve been playing DFS for a few years now and it’s great to have these post even for guys like me: casual players who lose focus because of everything else going on in my life. These are all great points for beginners, and nice reminders as well for players like me

  • loured

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    Make sure you make time for your family and don’t become a DFS junkie!!!

  • Pug_ca

    @JJdaily said...

    Actually I’m not but Thx

    But how would you think it’s all luck? If you’ve been playing long enough, you’d see that it’s almost always the same people at the top. If it were all luck there would be a random distribution of winners

  • scorer79

    What does fading mean?

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