Getting Ahead of the Daily Fantasy Sports Money Truck

If you read my last blog, you realize that it’s not your typical “picks” blog that we often see. I feel that there’s more to creating success in Daily Fantasy than we’ve touched on as a community. There’s discussions on bankroll management, line-up setting, and the like, but I want to try to dig deeper into the mental aspect of DFS. My goal is to help bring out a new style of thinking and analysis, pertaining to the game, and hopefully through discussion get us all on a better track to making even more money.

Some background on myself: I got hardcore into poker at the time of the Moneymaker poker boom. Being a headstrong college student, I immediately jumped into poker and became a losing player for a year or so of trying to learn the game on my own. Eventually I got some books and learned some proper strategy, but overall still donated to the game. After another year or two of donating, I finally got into a community of other players and began discussing the game in more depth. Low and behold, my results turned around, and I started to become a consistently winning player. The last 18 months before Black Friday were my most successful. What attributed to most of that success? A deeper understanding of the game through discussion with my peers.

Fast forward to fall 2012: I see an ad for DraftStreet in Bluff Magazine and plop some money on the site. My year long fantasy team had started out 4-1. How hard could this weekly thing be? As we all know, there is a lot to be learned about this game, and you can guess how good I did. Eventually, I finally gave in and stopped trying to do it on my own. I’d like to believe that after finding Rotogrinders, my learning curve can be much faster than it was in poker. At this point I’m starting to see the rewards of following the forums and reading up on strategy. I’m starting to see the game more clearly. I feel as though I have a better understanding of what works with line-ups and what games to join. I’m not nearly as successful as I was at poker, but the signs of getting better are there.

The DFS world has the feeling of online poker in 2003-04. I feel we’re on the cusp of the next big thing, and if you followed poker, the guys who were ahead of the curve made the most money. I’d like to be ahead of the curve when DFS blows up. Guys like HeadChopper, Condia, DinkPiece, Primetime420, ect are the Phil Hellmuth’s and Daniel Negreanu’s of DFS. But as we saw with poker, plenty of people besides the big names were able to make a great living from the game, and I’d love to be one of those people when this game takes off.

So how do us little guys get a piece of the pie when DFS blows up and everyone and their brother is lining up to donate to the game? Be prepared. Be informed. Be on the forums and continually striving to improve your process and find your best games. Have a plan. Stick to your plan. Be prepared to hit roadblocks. Modify your plan if you see ways to make it better. Be on your surfboard before the money wave hits!

As I stated before, I would love for my blog to promote discussions and learning from everyone, much like poker forums have been used to dig deeper into the game. I’d love for everyone who reads Rotogrinders and has the passion to succeed, see that success. I will be using my upcoming blogs to discuss my thought processes and digging into the mental and meta-game theories for DFS that have yet to be discussed. So, if you have that passion for digging into the deeper philosophies of DFS, stay tuned! And feel free to comment, disagree or agree with anything I share. That’s the only way WE will get better!

In my next blog I will discuss the importance of having a plan, reviewing that plan and having a routine that promotes success.

Grind Hard!

About the Author

  • Curtis Brodzina (DillingerFour)

  • Curtis DillingerFour Brodzina considers himself the Dave Barry Rick Reilly of DFS. He tries to find the humorous side of the sports world. An avid Penn State, Broncos and Pens fan, he fades Kunitz way too often. RotoGrinder’s own Cal had these poignant words for him as he was lamenting his last place finish in the RotoGrinders FreeRoll Bowl: “Nobody expects you to win D4, they just expect you to be funny.”


  • agendaman


    i am convinced there is a math. approach to dfs. am now running some algorithms correlations etc. gl now

  • firedawg13

    I have to say, I completely connected with your poker 2003-2004 analogy. I made thousands as a young kid (17) off of poker that year. The only problem is, something I could see happening like it did with poker, legal problems and stupid people. When you have a table full of idiots all betting on everything, you cant win. That’s what happened to me. BS rainbow flops, suckouts on the river etc. Legally, poker took a hit when a couple sites got shutdown. I could see both of these things happening to Daily fantasy. We shall see, but great post


  • DillingerFour

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    @agendaman: I agree. I just don’t have the brain power/computer ability to figure it out. So I’ll stick to the mental approach. I’m also exploring in my mind how DFS relates to game theory and strategy.

    @firedawg: I have read some articles bringing up the legality question. I think when they carved out fantasy sports from the UIGEA they were probably considering year long fantasy, so that could be an issue. The one thing I see in favor of DFS is that the companies running the games are in the US, pay taxes and at least attempt to have winners pay taxes on their winnings by issuing 1099s. If the government is getting theirs, I don’t see them putting their noses in it.

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