Can you be addicted to DFS?

I saw a thread in the forums where someone was asking if anyone else was addicted to DFS. Do to the nature of the people who post on the forums, it became a big joke and people were acting like they were in a AA class introducing themselves and addicts. It got me thinking, can someone literally be addicted to DFS? This is great time to ask since this is the second slowest time of the year for DFS with the NBA all star break. The slowest time of the year is the MLB all star break because I’m pretty sure there is literally no sporting events taking place at that time.

I’ve dealt with addiction before am not a stranger to the behaviors that go with it. Addiction is a mental disorder and the definition of addiction is “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity”. Gambling is considered the “hidden illness” because there are no physical signs of addiction like there are with drugs and alcohol.

Sure you can joke make a whole line of “you might be a redneck” but change it too “you might be addicted to DFS” jokes. Just for fun here are a few

can you name five players from the Astros and don’t live in Houston? You might be addicted
Do you know who Nick Calathes is? You might be Addicted
Do you play on Thursday when there are two games that night? You might be addicted
Do you get mad when someone claims they are a huge fan of the NBA but didn’t know who all the all stars were before the all star game? You might be Addicted
Have you played DFS golf even though you only knew three other golfers not named Tiger before? You might be addicted

Yes, I’m aware that we all can come up with thousands of these jokes since I just came up with five in under five minutes. But how about asking yourself these.

Has DFS strained some relationships with friends and family?
Does DFS interfere with work?
Have you ever had financial problems because of DFS?

The bottom line is we are dealing with money and everyone is different. I know that DFS isn’t considered “gambling” but a lot of the issues with problem gamblers can be applied with DFS. I already can tell I’m going to get a lot of “it’s not gambling if you’re winning” and if you are, great. Think of how many people actually play DFS, I guarantee there is a percentage of people who lost more than they can afford. Sites offer games with over a grand buy in so it’s not that hard.

I didn’t think I had a “problem” because I wasn’t losing money. Then realized that I was developing a major problem because I was losing way to much time. I caught myself spending way too much time building lineups and watching the late games because I was on the bubble with players left. Even though I had to be at work early the next day. I was thinking about DFS all the time and I’ve caught my self checking my phone like a high school girl when I was out to dinner with my fiance. I came home from work and didn’t walk my dogs because I had to watch the grinders live show. And yes, I even opted to isolate myself from friends because I wanted to watch my fantasy team instead.

Think of all the study’s that come out on how much production is lost at work during march madness. For some of us grinders everyday that ends with Y is like march madness for us. Just like everything, you have to responsible.

You may not know it now and I know only twenty something people will read this. But if you are new to DFS play just NBA, pay attention to how you feel this all star break when you don’t have any games to play. I’m just trying to send some awareness out there so some of you prevent things getting out of hand. Keep it fun because that’s what it’s meant to be. Don’t let DFS consume you where you wake up and the first thing you do is open you laptop to check the games for the day. One of the most important things to being a successful DFS player (IMO) is having a balanced life. You’ll find it a lot less stressful.


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  • mattvikan

    Very well stated. Anything that upsets the balance of life can be a big issue. There really can be ‘too much of a good thing’…

  • buckeyecore

    great article .. DFS … least is isnt crack :)

  • aurum48

    Very thoughtful and insightful post Chris. And you’re wrong…not only 20 somethings will read this…I just turned 66…a Baby Boomer, Vietnam War Vet (2 combat tours), and recovering alcoholic with 19 years of sobriety. Like you, I know addiction and the hold it can have. It’s easy to pop off, make fun of these things, and act like it’s all a big joke. You and I know it’s not a joke. As far as the DFS addiction thing is concerned I suspect there are quite a few closet “addicts” who are in denial. Me? I don’t approach DFS that way and never will, all things willing and considered. But I can sure see how it could have that impact. Thanks for your honesty my friend. Great post.


    Hahahahaha, f***ing hysterical.. Welcome to the world of being a fantasy DEGENERATE. It may not be gambling according to the Supreme Court, but u know what they say,” if it smells like fecal matter,,and looks like fecal matter, guess what it probably is?” No better feeling that staying up late, watching west coast nba games needing steph curry to have a big 2nd half to cash a gpp. Enjoy the ride, and get a good espresso maker for the morning, lol!

  • RU18QT

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    Thanks a lot Aarum.Thanks for your service. But being honest, I meant only like 20 people will read this. I’m 32 and struggled with alcohol issues myself. I know DFS isn’t crack buckeye, but I was seeing very similar affects in my personal life like when I was drinking.

  • aurum48

    Sorry I misunderstood the 20 thing…shows you how old I’m getting! Anyway, great post as I said…keep up the good work and hang tough.

  • dugginkid50

    Great post. I agree with everything you said. I stumbled across DFS several months ago and have been hooked. It hasn’t affected my personal life, but I could see how it could. I have caught myself staying up late checking scores several times and I thought to myself this isn’t right. I constantly update my games to see where I’m placed at the time. It has a very similar feeling to gambling, but is not considered gambling for some reason. I was a part of the “Moneymaker” craze in mid 2000’s and starting gambling all the time. I had a few big ups and winning streaks, but many more downs and losing streaks. I even attended GA meetings for some time to slow myself down and try to understand my addiction. I am now 31 and deal with addiction issues and probably shouldn’t be playing DFS, but have managed to keep DFS fun for now without financial or personal consequences. I hope these next few off days will help me better understand how addicted to DFS I really am. Again, great post.

  • RU18QT

    • Blogger of the Month

    I hear that Dugginkid50. You should read my other blogs on why poker players are drawn to DFS. You’d like that one too. The other thing I’ve noticed is people saying that you should play X amount because it’s not worth it if you only win 10 dollars. That is the first sign that you are developing a gambling addiction because “only ten dollars” isn’t satisfying.

  • tarheel66

    Great article, thank god my site has college ball, PHEW !!!

  • tarheel66

    Damn I must have a problem !!

  • gamecock73

    Great Article and I agree 100%…or 95% as Crazy Gabby would say. I have been playing seasonal fantasy before the internet. I remember drafting live at my cousins house and he keeping up with the stats by hand. He would pass out monthly updates and I thought this was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Fast forward 20 years and we have DFS. I was hooked from the first time I played on Fanduel at start of NFL. I done pretty good and ventured out to play FD and DK. Have never been a big NBA guy, but DFS has changed me. I know play NBA on 3 sites and cant go 5 minutes without checking a update. I don’t have kids and met my wife playing poker so she is pretty understanding. I work 3rd shift most of the time so I get a lot of “research time” in on the clock!! I still set my alarm everyday and watch Grinders Live everyday. Don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t catch Crazy Gabby, CSURAM, DB730 and Smizzle! I tell my wife….she has her American Idol and The Bachelor…I have my Grinders Live and DFS. Keep grinding and good luck to the fellow Grinders!!

  • RU18QT

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    thanks for the comments and likes guys. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to run some kind of TRUTH campaign. But do keep this blog in mind when they dish out “most interesting” blog award. The last guy to get it was a wanna be expert who plays 15 dollars a night on DS giving his picks for a night. That’s insulting

  • tj1424

    I am an ex online poker player addicted to DFS. It has saved me tons of money. It controls the urge at a lower cost. I tend to get into low buy in tournaments with potential to win big. I still play poker once in a while but feel like DFS has saved me

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