Analyzing the Waters

I’ve been playing DFS for 5 years. I’ve written blogs for RotoGrinders on and off for 3 years. You may have read my previous series, To Fade or Not to Fade. I’m a low level, low volume player who is looking for more consistency. My goal is to use this space to reflect on what I did and compare with some of the top players in the industry. Join me on my journey and learn along with me. Here is my story.:

If you’ve never read my writing before, I try to use this platform to make myself a better DFS player. I will throw gifs, pictures, and wrestling references (Who’s ready for the Wednesday Night Wars?!?) your way to entertain you as you read and hopefully learn along with me.

What Got You Writing Again?

Three things…

1.) I started writing when I first read Fading The Chalk by AndyBowsers aka Andrew Selby. I loved how he analyzed what the pros were doing and learned how they approached different slates. I learned a lot by reading his blogs.

2.) I saw BigWilburStyle was starting to do the same thing with DraftKings in his blog and had the idea to do it with FanDuel on mine. After getting the go ahead from BigWilbur, I decided that there was no time like the present to start.

3.) Seeing Jordan Cooper’s tweet below.

If you’re like me, you probably forgot this tool existed. Here was a chance to get back into blogging (My timing may not be great with school starting in a few days) and get back to learning from the pros.

I will be using the write-ups by Cheese, Allan, or Justin to review what the thoughts were for that day, review my own lineup, and compare to what the top GPP players did. I will look at single entry because I am a single entry player.

Tuesday Night Slate (August 27th)

Reading back on Cheese’s article from Tuesday, there was a lot of pitching. You could go all the way up to Verlander, Corbin or go with Yu Darvish. Cheese suggested those 3 for cash along with Buehler, Castillo, Giolito, and Heaney for potential GPP pitchers.

Hitting had the Red Sox/Rockies at Coors, the Nationals, Braves, Yankees, Indians and Dodgers all in good spots.

I took a look at the $535 18K MLB Pickle (Why not?)to see what some of the familiar names did for this slate.

My Lineup





Lovesbases (finished 1st)


The pros all chose to fade Verlander which I did as well. Many chose to go with Heaney where I chose to go Darvish. Paying down at pitcher allowed everyone to go for the bats in the best spots. Lovesbases, bigpapagates, and Mokolovin chose to go with Red Sox bats mixed with Khris Davis. Others chose to fade the Red Sox in favor of offenses with less ownership. I chose the same method going with the Nationals against the Orioles and mixed in a low owned Aaron Judge and Matt Beaty. While I didn’t cash that night, I stand by fading the Sox/Rockies game.

As much as I want to break down the August 27th, 28th, and 30th slates, I feel like I’m running long and I have some last minute school stuff to take care of. Let me know what you think of the new format. Leave me a comment below or hit me up on Twitter: JMcGrath330.

P.S. If anyone knows how to do captions on textile formatting, I’d love to hear from you. I’m not a fan of how the lineups look right now.

About the Author


  • BigWilburStyle

    • Blogger of the Month

    Great start. Notice how all but 1 stacked 2 teams entirely or with just one off, it’s the same way on DK and now I don’t put a lineup out without at least a 4-3-1 on FD. I assume that will continue when reviewing thee guys over there.

  • joeymc301

    • Blogger of the Month

    @BigWilburStyle said...

    Great start. Notice how all but 1 stacked 2 teams entirely or with just one off, it’s the same way on DK and now I don’t put a lineup out without at least a 4-3-1 on FD. I assume that will continue when reviewing thee guys over there.

    Interesting point you make. I’ll have to pay attention to that moving forward.

  • fightingjohn

    great start. Welcome back

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