2 Kids + 2 Cats + 1 Wife = DFS Success?

I’m a husband, a father, a pet owner and a DFS player. This combination doesn’t always work. So I thought to myself, maybe it’s time to share what I think is a common story.

The goal of this blog is not to provide you with insight into the players to pick. (I have a hard time remembering player’s names.) Or give you an overview of a slate (Smarter people than me are already doing that.) It’s definitely not going to provide you with a strategy for a particular sport. (I’d probably have to watch more sports to do that.)

The goal of this blog is to share the pressures of getting in a DFS lineup as a husband, a father, and a pet owner. Getting that last build in for the 7 pm lock when that’s also the kids’ bedtime. Somehow getting in a late swap while talking to your wife about something important (probably the kids, or maybe the kids) without making it look like you’re rushing to the computer and really not listening to a word that she is saying. The goal is to share these stories. Share the struggle.

(Really, the goal of this blog is to claim some of that free cash promised by RotoGrinders for writing a blog. Although I may have already violated one of the grammar rules by using too many brackets.)

It will talk about the changes in the process that I’ve made and continue to make so that I can play every several sports. It will talk about the mistakes I’ve made and continue to make (if you’re new so you don’t make them and if you’re a veteran so that you can laugh at them) and what I’ve done to simplify my routine.

DFS Background

But you need the background first. We’ll start with my DFS history. According to RotoTracker, my first slate was September 14, 2019. I played $3 and profited 30 cents. I remember the day well and I’ve framed that 30 cent piece on my bedroom wall.

I knew then it was going to be the start of a wonderful journey. The next few months was my announcement to the DFS world that I had arrived.


I’ll talk more about those first few months another time. Then sports stopped. I can’t quite remember why – something about a basketball player touching a bunch of mics.

I started to read all the Jonathan Bales books I could. What stats to look at, tips, tricks, everything I could consume, I did. I didn’t really understand overlay and rake – but if it could make me more money I probably should figure it out. One of the points made was that all the smart DFS players subscribed to RotoGrinders. Okay then. Did that.

Over the past several months I’ve played all the acronyms I could. MLB, NFL, NHL, NAS, PGA, CBB, CFB, MMA, TEN. Some, I’m no longer playing. Some, I’m playing every slate. I’m a low stakes player – I’m currently playing the $1 contests with plans to move up at some point. But I’m not in a rush. I’m a man with a sort of plan.

I’m also a Discord lurker. I follow along even if I don’t say much. I did use a swear word in the tilt channel once. Did I feel better? Maybe?

Am I a profitable DFS player? Technically yes – currently. Am I a good DFS player? I have no idea. Ask me again in about 5 years.

The Obstacles to DFS Success

That would be my family. Don’t get me wrong. I love my family. I just love them more when it’s not 5 minutes before lock. I have a wife who is very supportive of my DFS pursuits. And when I say very supportive, I mean she has no idea what I’m doing during my free time.

The two kids with bedtime at lock 7 pm. A 6 year old boy who is extremely smart but frequently bored and a 4 year old girl who has an amazing imagination but is frequently bored. I also remember being very bored as a kid. I’m assuming it’s a kid thing.

I also have two cats. Are they really obstacles? They somehow know when it’s lock and decide that’s the best time to lie on the keyboard. They are part of the struggle.


Looking Ahead

So concludes my first blog post. What can you expect in future posts? Heavy-hitting topics such as How to convince your wife that DFS is a good thing and How to time the kids’ bath so you can make lock. Plus, I’ll share how I’ve tried to make the process as simple as I possibly can – just because I don’t have a lot of time.

And if you took the time to read this blog. You may not have the same problems I do.

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