College Budget Bankroll: $50 to $100 in a Week?

As seen in the title, the goal of this challenge is to double my $50 bankroll in less than 7 days. I will post everyday on my results and reasoning on the night before, and hopefully help those who are struggling to win (including myself).

Quick background on my DFS history, I started August in 2015 playing only football, and started with around $100 in my account, I was able to get that to around $375 by the end of the season. I strictly played cash games, sticking mainly to H2Hs.

I currently am a college student so I have stuck to a low budget, usually only a few dollars a day during the days I have time to play. I play DFS in my free time for fun with the spare money I have (obviously hoping to win money), and do not expect to win thousands of dollars by mass entering GPPs. I am a Boston fan and I love all sports, I watch football and hockey the most, but also watch the Sox and Celtics from time to time.

During this challenge, I will be sticking to hockey and maybe football mixed in on DraftKings.

Day 1:
Starting Bankroll: $50

For my first night, I stuck to low dollar NHL H2Hs, 1 double up, and also entered few GPPs.

I spent $21.50 in entry fees. I ended up winning all my cash games, which was my main profit from last night.

I ran 2 lineups tonight and entered them about half and half.

Quick Recap: Both lineups I went with Bishop in net, I thought the Lightning had an easy win home against the dismal Sabres. I also went with Pasta in both. The Bruins first line has been rolling lately except Pasta hasn’t put the puck in the back of the net, so I figured he had a good chance to finally come through, but unfortunately missed on him, getting just 1 point total. Next, I thought the Ducks would have their way against the struggling Avs, so I tried to mix in a couple forwards in both lineups, and did well there with Silverberg, Kesler, and Cogliano.

Profit: $10.70
New Bankroll: $60.70

Day 2:
Starting Bankroll: $60.70

So I decided to stick to the same strategy as night 1, so I entered about $20 in low dollar NHL cash games. My results tonight were not as good, though.

I spent $19 in entry fees for the night, and unfortunately was not as successful tonight in my lineups!

I did the same as night 1, and created 2 cash game lineups and entered them about half and half.

Quick Recap: In one of my lineups, I completely swung and missed! I registered just 16.10 points. I net, I liked Lundqvist against the Maple Leafs but failed there. In both lineups, I liked the Caps-Hawks game and thought it would be a high scoring match for both teams, so I mixed both teams in both lineups, unfortunately only the caps put up big numbers… and I missed on the players. Most of the goals I believe were scored by the first line of Ov-Oshie-Backstrom, and I went more with the 2nd line, along with Panner from the Hawks. I liked Eichel as my big money play so I rolled with him for both lineups and again missed there.

Looking back, I should’ve rolled with Cam Ward in net for both lineups, which would have made me take out Eichel and I could’ve played a different big name, possibly Tavares who had a hat trick.

Profit: $-17.50
New Bankroll: $43.20

Day 3:
Starting Bankroll: $43.20

Today, was football playoffs! So I changed over sports and played some NFL games (I played the Saturday only slate).

I spent $18 in entry fees, and ran 3 different lineups with similar players in all of them. My best in shown below. Unfortunately, I was only able to win $5 in one of my games.

Quick Recap: Overall, I made some decent picks with Matt Ryan, Coleman, Jones, Sanu, and Hogan, but missed on Rawls and Bennett, which cost me a lot because it was just a Saturday only contest (which was only 2 games), so every pick had to be right. My main contest I was hoping to cash was a Casual 3 Way for $10, but unfortunately my opponents had similar lineups to me except made better pick instead of Rawls. My other 2 lineups were similar to this one like I said, except the main difference was I replaced Ryan at QB with The Goat Brady. Because many other people had perfect lineups, I ended up losing again for the 2nd day in a row.

Profit: $-13.00
New Bankroll: $30.20

Day 4:
Starting Bankroll: $30.20

Today, I played some football again (Sunday only slate) and finally got back some wins.

I spent $20 in entry fees, and I was able to cash in almost all my games, except for one. I ran 2 similar lineups for the games, and was able to win $16 in profit.

Quick Recap: I was very successful in both my lineups tonight. The only main difference was that I played Dez Bryant in one, and not the other. I picked the top 3 guys on the Packers, I knew Rodgers would have another good game so I wanted to play his weapons as well. Other than that, I played Bell (as always), then Dez who got me a lot in one of my lineups, and the rest of the board performed average. One key thing I was surprised by, is that Dak did better than Rodgers. I was hoping he wouldn’t be ready for the big stage and that a lot of people would draft him and help me in the one GPP I played. But, overall, I am happy with my winnings for the day.

Profit: $16.00
New Bankroll: $46.20

Day 4:
Starting Bankroll: $46.20


Please comment with any questions or suggestions!


  • alexovnumber8

    I am currently working on getting the screenshots in, I am having trouble with this but they should be in soon!!

  • jimmyquinella

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    nice article, and good luck.

    (Just fyi….it wasn’t clear to me that you were playing hockey until the end of the first paragraph. Maybe let people know you are doing hockey in the title?)

  • alexovnumber8

    ok, thank you very much, Ill be sure to be more clear!

  • Campbell00021

    Great Article!

  • alexovnumber8

    Thank you!

  • anilprao88

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    If your bankroll is really only $50, you probably shouldn’t be betting $20+ per night. Congrats on the win though.

  • alexovnumber8

    Thank you! and yeah I was thinking that at the beginning on how much I was willing to spend a night for the week (which should probably be around 7-$10), but I figured I would lose a few nights so the only way to reach my goal would be to bump it up a little to around $20.

  • alexovnumber8

    Day 3 results have been updated!

  • alexovnumber8

    Day 4 has been updated! Back on track!

  • Str8Shave01

    Great article…I am a budget player as well and as many times as I tell myself to stick to a similar strategy I end up throwing more money than I want to into tournaments and end the night pissed off. Great read!!

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