Building Back Up


My last blog detailed the low point of my DFS career. I’d wiped out my DFS account and was down to $55 – mainly because of mistakes I made with bankroll management. I was playing fast and furious and I went from $750 to nearly nothing in a matter of days. The lesson was a tough one for me as I’m a competitive person and I don’t like to admit that I’ve lost. I had though.


I put $150 into my FD account giving me an online roll of $205 but I was treating it as if I had a $500 roll as I was prepared to redeposit up to $300 more if I needed to. This meant I could put $50 at risk. The first couple of days, I lost a little… not too much… and the roll was sitting at an effective $475. I’d been talking with another RG member who had been wanting input on his spreadsheet he was using for NBA. I gave him some of my thoughts, but being impressed by his spreadsheet made him an offer to give him 10% of my profits if he allowed me to use it for my play. He agreed and the first day I used it was a good one.


Using a core centered around Klay Thompson, Kahwi Leonard, and Blake Griffin I cashed in a staggering 66% of my entries, by far my best night ever in that department, with countless top 200 finishes. I didn’t have any of the top 10 finishes you need for a big payday but I still netted nearly $500 in profit. I continued using my friends spreadsheet over the next week and gave a little back (less than $100) as the opening day of MLB approached. Wanting to focus on MLB, I sent him some money as promised via PayPal and thanked him for the great data he provided me.


I had played season long MLB for years but had never tackled it from the DFS perspective. I put in a lot of time prepping for the season including reading Bales book, listening to every RG podcast on baseball, and reading past articles that one of the RG team had posted in the forums. I went into opening day planning on playing a conservative $75 in entries with 10 entries in the $2 GPP, 10 entries in the $1 GPP and the rest in double ups and H2H matches. As roster lock approached there was massive overlay in the $5 GPP and $10 GPP so I decided to go above my 10% rule and quickly copied the 10 lineups into those two GPPs putting a total of $225 into play or about 20% of my current bankroll. Exceptions need to be made sometimes, and this was one of those times as there was just too much money sitting there for the taking.


It turned out to be a good choice as my cash game lineup swept all of it’s entries and also did great in the GPP’s (and that’s why you always play your cash game lineup in a GPP). I had another lineup that did really well and despite those two lineups both having SP’s that didn’t win their games (Kershaw and Alvarez) they managed to net me a total of $600 just in the $5 and $10 GPP’s alone. All in all it was a very solid night as I added another $675 to the bankroll.


Yesterday, I didn’t have the chance to play but 20 MLB H2H matches and 25 lineups in the NBA Shot and Swat. I went 9-11 in the heads up matches after rostering Mat Latos and his wonderful -6.34 fpts. Fortunately, half my opponents also experienced that joy and I didn’t completely whiff as my hitters had solid days. NBA was another one of those nights where I had a ton of great lineups but was off by just a little. My best lineup scored 355 points and finished 59th in the Shot for $75. I had quite a few lineups with the Martin, Casspi, Biyombo trio and cashed in 64% of my entries nearly matching my personal best I had set the previous weak. Lot of small cashes turned the $75 I put in into $300.


So now the $200 I initially had has turned into over $1,500. Am I back? Who knows… but I like the way things are looking. As long as I can be patient and trust my processes, I know I can do it. And I certainly won’t make the mistake of thinking I am infallible and can’t lose ever again. Well except on those days where there is massive overlay. :)

About the Author

  • Aaron Hendrix (thehazyone)

  • Aaron Hendrix is a former professional poker player who made the transition from season long fantasy sports to DFS in October of 2014. He used to cover poker tournaments for a living until stepping into his current role at RotoGrinders. He can be found on Twitter at @aaronhendrix


  • gamecock73

    Great read and brings back memories of my bankroll management. The big nights gives us a little ego and make us feel we cannot lose and have finally figured this DFS thing out. The overlay always pulls us in and makes us feel we cant go wrong. So glad MLB started because I was tired of staying glued to the computer and twitter for NBA. Good luck the rest of the year and keep rolling!

  • Putz

    Great read. Overdoing it on MLB opening day got me last season. Taught me. Good lesson in BRM. Sometimes those lessons help you grow. Hopefully you keep that in mind when those temptations arise.

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