Takes of a Chatroom Nothing: optimizer tips that helped me win big

I began playing DFS not that long ago. Overnight I went from never playing at all, to researching for hours and playing every single day. Every. Single. Day. I don’t necessarily recommend that if you want to have any kind of social life, but that’s what it was for me because I was hooked from the jump. I loved every bit of it – the research, the competition, the community, and of course, the money. In just over a year, 14 months to be exact, I went from a chatroom nothing to winning my first $100,000 tournament – with a lot of nice hits before and after the big win. I’m a big believer in karma, and walking, talking proof that it is real, so I want to show some love to the DFS universe and help the next chatroom nothing win $100,000!!

My goal with this article is simple: to give you tips on how to effectively use the optimizer for today’s slate….and what the hell, if we’re lucky, you will laugh a little, and win a lot! I’m in no way an expert on the optimizer, nor do I claim to be, but I spent a lot of time trying to learn how to use it, and after multiple 4 and 5 figure wins, I feel like the things I’m doing are working because of the way I’m using it, and not just pure dumb fucking luck. I will NEVER take credit for dumb fucking luck – a discerning factor in today’s DFS world.

I’m just a 45 yr old nobody that’s been wagering on sports in one form or another since high school. Got my first bookie when I was 15, became a bookie for the first time at 19, and started playing fantasy football 22 years ago. Nobody bats a thousand, but I’ve had my share of success in all my gambling endeavors, so even though it surprises a lot of the teachers I had in school, apparently, I know my @#$! I AM going to be somebody, and people WILL….wait…sorry, started spiraling into my own personal flashback.

It’s important to note that unless stated otherwise, all of my takes are for using the optimizer to play GPP’s only. I always knew that my personality fit the mold of a GPP player….let’s just say I’ve been known to roll the dice more often than most. What I sensed to be the case was proven early on to be true in the results of my GPP lineups vs my cash game lineups. There are mentally handicapped chimps that make better cash game decisions than I do, so you don’t want my help with that. In my opinion, it makes no sense to play cash games if you don’t like playing cash games, and more importantly, you don’t win playing cash games. My overall performance improved immediately the day I started playing GPP contests exclusively, and now that I’m beginning to effectively use the optimizer, I see more big wins in my future – AND HOPEFULLY YOURS ALSO!

I’d love to meet and talk DFS with as many players as I can, so please follow and message me on Twitter. And if you’d rather talk about life instead of DFS, we don’t have to talk shop…..I’ve got experience in quite a few different topics – knowwhatimsayin…..

One last thing – I need your help. If you enjoy what I’m writing, please like the article and tweet it out or post it to Facebook because it helps me tremendously. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the people that are enjoying the Chatroom Nothing articles…..seriously, I really need to meet all three of you one day…


How to add a player missing from the optimizer

This is a fairly simple task, but I’ve seen skilled players not know how to do this, so let’s start with some of the basics. In order to add a player to the optimizer, here are the steps:

  1. Pull up the player pool for both pitchers and/or hitters
  2. In the Player column all the way to the left, you will see a drop down box labeled Options
  3. Click on the drop down box and you’ll see at the very bottom of the list the option to choose Add a Player Without a Projection. Choose that option and it will pull up all of the reserves and their projections (be careful not to read too much into the projections of the pitchers on this page)
  4. Search for the player you’re looking for on this page and select them by clicking the “+” icon

I will be the first to say that I don’t have to use this option often with my hitters. But in the neo-middle reliever MLB world we live in, adding in pitchers can really give you an edge on the field, and the name of the game in DFS is leverage, leverage, and more leverage.

I do use this option all the time when I’m playing Showdown slates, however……hint, hint – use middle relievers in the Showdown for both leverage and, often times, points!

That’s it for today. To be honest, I missed all of you that reach out to me on Twitter, and I thought I’d share some pointers with the half dozen or so LOYAL AS HELL supporters….I’d rather take a genuine sixer – and I ain’t talking Schlitz – than a fake ass hundred…knowwhatimsayin

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