Almost Average DFS Player’s Daily Routine
Ever wonder what other DFS players go through getting their lineups in before lock? Here’s a day in the life of a daily DFS player – that isn’t you. Are you going to learn anything from this schedule? Doubtful. Will you come away with some ideas on what not to do? Maybe?
For some background, you may want to read my first blog: 2 Kids + 2 Cats + 1 Wife = DFS Success?
Morning and the Early Slate
5:28am – Cat 01 licks my face. Go back to bed.
6:17am – Child 01 arrives. Informs me he is hungry. Ignore Child 01.
6:24am – Child 01 wakes up Child 02. Both now enter the bedroom. Child 01 is upset. Child 02 becomes upset because Child 01 is upset. Probably because they are hungry.
6:27am – Feed the cats. Feed the kids.
6:39am – Check the deadlines on DraftKings. 1:07pm MLB lock (early). 7pm NHL lock. 7pm NBA lock. 7:05pm MLB lock (main). Start entering all three sports, all four slates.
6:45am – Check to see if Child 01 or Child 02 heard me use a word I shouldn’t be using because I forgot to check the “1 Opponent Limit” for the 1:07pm MLB cash games.
7:01am – Clean the dishes while listening to a DFS podcast on my headphones. Pretend I’m listening to music when Wife 01 walks into the kitchen. Hum a bit of “Call Me Maybe” as she walks by.
7:23am – Walk downstairs to the office in the basement. Child 01 and Child 02 follow.
7:24am – Walk back upstairs. Child 01 and Child 02 follow. Pretend to empty the dishwasher, once Child 01 and Child 02 lose interest, walk downstairs to the office.
7:25am – Download entries to RotoTracker and check the Profit by Day bar. Unless it was a bad night – then skip.
8:00am – Start teaching the first of two online classes. Welcome the 3 out of 30 students who are online.
8:55am – Child 01, Child 02 and Wife 01 leave the house for school.
11:00am – First of two online classes ends.
11:01am – Find that nutcracker007 has picked up most of my cash games.
11:04am – Talk to Wife 01. Casually mention how much work I’ve got. The rest of the conversation sets the schedule for the rest of the day. Wife 01 has a work call, I’ll be picking up the kids and making dinner, kids are due a bath tonight. Mentally identify when I’ll be building DFS lineups.
11:06am – Start creating lineups for the 1:07 MLB slate.
11:07am – Cat 02 lies on arm impeding the process.
11:58am – Upload lineups for the 1:07 MLB slate.
Afternoon and Anticipation for the 3-Lock-Mess-Monster
12:00pm – Start teaching the second of two online classes. Welcome the 7 of 30 students who are online.
12:52pm – Late scratch comes through on my phone for the slate that starts in less than 15 minutes. Still in the middle of a lecture.
12:56pm – Panic.
12:59pm – Cancel the video and screen sharing for the class. Claim that I’m having technical issues. Keep asking “Can you see me now?” as I try and make the necessary changes to the lineups.
12:06pm – Upload revised lineups for the 1:07 MLB slate.
12:07pm – Manage to “fix” the video and screen sharing. Continue with the online class.
2:00pm – Second of two online classes ends.
2:05pm – Realize the “revised” lineups that were uploaded didn’t get uploaded because I uploaded the wrong file. Cry on the inside.
3:15pm – Walk to the kids’ school to pick up Child 01 and Child 02. Listen to a DFS podcast on the way. Probably blenderhd’s DFS Pre-Game Show to find out what I did wrong the night before.
3:48pm – Child 01 asks why I’m wearing a toque on the hottest day of spring. I’d explain to him that it’s to hide my headphones, but I don’t hear the question because I’m still listening to blenderhd’s DFS Pre-Game Show.
4:00pm – Arrive back home.
4:01pm – Turn on Paw Patrol.
4:02pm – Back downstairs, I create player groups, identify correlation and leverage points for the NHL slate. Upload the initial lineups onto DraftKings.
4:30pm – Cook dinner by throwing meat on the BBQ and then go back to the computer. Download the CSV entries for NBA and MLB, save and name them so that I’ll be able to find them easily later.
4:52pm – The smell of burnt meat permeates into the basement to let me know the food is done.
Dinner Time, Chaos Time
5:00pm – Eat dinner. Child 01 indicates they don’t like dinner. Child 02 has disappeared. Explain to Child 01 they ate the exact dinner in front of them the previous week. Find Child 02 and get them back to the dinner table. Child 01 indicates they are still hungry. Explain to Child 01 that there is still food on the plate that they could eat. Child 02 has disappeared. (Note: My original draft had this go on for about three pages.)
5:37pm – Clean up is done, head back to the computer. Identify pitchers that I want to move forward with on the MLB slate.
5:39pm – I ask Jobu to come, give me official MLB lineups well before lock. I offer him cigar, rum.
6:03pm – Move upstairs, start working on the NBA lineups. Start curating the player pool and grouping off negatively correlated players.
6:05pm – Mention to Wife 01 that the children had a busy day so we should get them to bed early tonight.
6:12pm – Get the kids in the bath.
6:15pm – Check out SlateIQ, identify leverage points for MLB, choose the teams to stack and start making decisions.
6:21pm – Cat 02 lies on my arm. Impeding my process.
6:24pm – Go back to NBA lineups, continue grouping off negatively correlated players. Start identifying leverage points.
6:28pm – Get Child 01 out of the bath. Take him on a towel train ride around the house.
6:30pm – Get Child 02 out of the bath. Take her on a towel train ride around the house.
6:37pm – Cat 02 still sitting next to the computer, staring at me. Check to see if all the MLB lineups have been released. LAA lineup still not confirmed. Can’t wait any longer – start creating lineups.
6:42pm – Start reading bedtime books to Child 01.
6:48pm – Panic. Realize while reading the book I haven’t re-run the NHL lineups and the NBA and MLB lineups are empty and although I only promised three chapters, these chapters are very, very, very long.
6:48pm – Increase the speed of the book reading.
6:52pm – Wife 01 putting Child 02 to bed. Refresh the optimizer, hit the lineup generator for MLB. Hit the lineup generator for NHL. Hit the lineup generator for NBA.
6:54pm – Upload the NHL file to DraftKings. Keep a watch on the discord for any late changes.
6:55pm – Late player scratch in NBA. Refresh, hit the lineup generator for NBA.
6:55pm – Child 02 calls for me. Cry on the inside. I get her stuffies, some water, my hat, two hugs, a kiss and another hug. Another hug. She dropped one of her stuffies, pick it up, another hug – back to the computer.
6:57pm – Wife 01 talks to me about something, not sure what – but later that week I realize I’ve committed myself to a tomato canning party.
6:58pm – Refresh, hit the lineup generator for NBA.
6:59pm – Upload the NBA file to DraftKings.
7:00pm – NBA lock. NHL lock.
Evening and the Post-Lock Dance
7:01pm – Late player scratch in NBA for a game that’s already locked. Smile at Wife 01. Smile at Child 01. Tell them I love them both. Cry on the inside.
7:02pm – Upload the MLB file to DraftKings.
7:03pm – Hit the lineup generator for MLB to see if there are any changes to the cash game lineup. There are none.
7:05pm – MLB lock.
7:06pm – Realize I forgot to add into the player pool an NBA player whose projections are through the roof because of a player scratch.
7:06pm – Wonder why I’m still playing NBA.
7:07pm – Talk to Wife 01. Confirm that I’m listening to her by repeating back some of the things she says and asking thoughtful questions.
7:09pm – One of the thoughtful questions doesn’t go over so well. Wife 01 is done talking with me.
7:10pm – Watch some Raptors basketball with Child 01 and Cat 01.
7:22pm – Child 01 goes to bed. Wife 01 asks what my plans are for the evening. I mention that I “should” do work tonight.
7:28pm – Rebuild NBA lineups. Submit.
7:57pm – Rebuild NBA lineups. Submit.
8:10pm – NBA lineups are toast. Not winning anything in NBA tonight.
8:28pm – Rebuild NBA lineups. Submit.
9:26pm – Rebuild NBA lineups. Submit.
9:39pm – NHL lineups are toast.
10:28pm – Rebuild NBA lineups. Submit.
10:37pm – Realize I missed the LAA confirmed lineup for MLB. Good news, only two of my 40 lineups have a player that didn’t start the game. Bad news, both are the only lineups that had a chance to win anything.
10:38pm – Go to bed. Cat licks my face.
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