The Grind Is Real. Fighting Through an ICE COLD Streak.

Is it just me or did your life just change when you entered this blog? It’s not just me, it’s not just you, it’s both of us. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my dark thoughts. I am writing this morning to try to vent, clear my head, and support anybody else getting their butt whipped. Read at your own risk and try not to punch your laptop.

I normally do a value report for NBA and I am not going to lie, lately I have been stinking. Stinking is a nice way to put it, I have been a hot smoldering pile of hippo poo (think Ace Ventura). I am ICE COLD and it’s just been a rough go and it’s been hard mentally. I have been questioning my process, using other’s strategies and losing that way too, and overall just doubting myself. No bueno.

If you have been reading my previous blogs you would know and probably wrote it down and then told your family about how I have not re-deposited in 3 seasons and been able to withdraw every year for fun/life. If you haven’t go ahead and print this out and just put it on your fridge, I know you’re proud of me. I have been able to do this because I remained consistent. I am currently anything but consistent. I am the Elfrid Payton of the DFS world.

I am at an impasse right now. Do I take a few days off, refresh, re-think, and come back feeling like Justin Beiber? This morning I did what usually helps me when I am down and teetering on being out, I grab an apple fritter, a coffee, blast some Beiber and I take a few minutes to enjoy. DFS needs to be looked at as a distance race, not a sprint. It’s easy to see your lineups are tanking that night on the main slate and then chase the white rabbit, stupid Neo, and end up dumping 30% of your bankroll into a late slate. We have all been there and it stinks, worse than the diapers I have to change daily. It’s a bad feeling, you’re pissy and grumpy and let it control your moods. It isn’t even always the money, it’s the fact that you spent all day listening to four podcasts, read 8 articles, spent hours using the tools here at RotoGrinders and other websites. It’s the excitement and anticipation you had coming into the slate that just crashed and burned within the first thirty minutes of the slate. I want to personally thank Chris Paul, Lucas Nogueira, DeMarre Carroll, Tony Parker, and Anthony Davis for being called out after lock and/or getting injured in the first half over the past 10 days of my games. I have lost about 50% of my money before 8pm over that short time period.

It’s the stuff we can’t control that is the hardest to swallow. I want to tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel but there isn’t. Taking a few days doesn’t change anything, it only let’s you at least calm down and think clearly. I implore you, no – I CHALLENGE you, to take a second next time you’re in the gutter. You don’t need to take any days off, but take a minute. Wait an extra couple hours to research and/or listen to pods. Don’t let it control your moods and thought stream. I won’t say that it’s just a hobby and just have fun, because it isn’t. A lot of us are doing this for supplemental income, for vacation money, for rent money, or to pay off your wife’s shopping spree. This started as a hobby and has turned into something I would feel so blessed to call a career…but I am not there yet. I am not even close. I am still a mortal human aspiring to reach greatness and be considered one of the best.

That leads me to my last thought in the twisted, winding blog road I have taken. DFS and Donuts are what keep me going, I am seeking the glory, not the money. I am seeking the apple fritter not the calories. Find what it is you are looking for out of this. If it is just for fun but you are losing, then do something crazy like TRY TO HAVE FUN. If it is for money, then take a second to re-focus and get your mind right and get back in there. If it is for the glory, then keep grinding because the greats don’t take a day off. Whatever it is that keeps you going, whatever it is that got you into this, go back to that. Get back there mentally, stay there, engross yourself in it, and try not to let that reasoning escape you again.

I wish you the best of luck in fighting your way out of your cold streak. If you are on a heater, congrats, we hope to join you soon enough.

Keep grinding and cowboy up!

-Rev

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  • JPep2370

    Thanks for this read this morning. I needed it. I agree it’s not always about the money, most of the time it’s not for me even being a new player to NBA, it’s about the time doing research and doing multiple line up creations to see what might be best route for the day. It’s about knowing I’m up against pro’s and sharks and I’m just a small potato guy just trying to have fun and make a few dollars. Most of the time I cannot but I try. I just want to make the pay line lol. I always try to take a step back before the next days research to see where it went wrong but you can’t live in the past so you just have to move on. It’s a new day and hopefully we all win and make a couple bucks.

  • ArgyleCrocodile

    Sometimes, I feel like I am a voodoo wizard, and the insertion of healthy players into my lineup means the downfall of said players’ health. I’m like 63% sure I’m not a wizard, but I am 100% sure that if I do not try to bounce back after dropping a baby ruth in the pool, I will regret it. I eat my boston creme donut mostly out of shame, but I get what you’re doing with the fritter. But seriously, great read, and I hope all of the newer DFS players, like me, who are having a mini rough patch, don’t let it shake your confidence! Here’s to that delicious first bite of glory tomorrow morning. Cheers!

  • krawdd

    I have been trying to learn to filter the BS and all the advice.It is always disappointing to play a Rudy Gay on the night he goes out for the year.Seriously last week I rostered 4 guys on different nights that didn’t finish games.You look for great match ups on paper only to see them end up below average,you search for a Terrance Jones and end up with a with a MKG.Just a grind brother.My biggest problem lately is being influenced by people I think are smarter than me talking me off what I think are good value plays.Must keep grinding and trust our instincts and research.

  • chris4real

    Thanks for the encouragement Rev! Every once in awhile I need to be reminded to step back, clear my mind and refocus on the process that brought me success. When I’m in that losing streak I always want a quick fix and big payday to follow and that’s when I only make things worse. Thanks for reminding me that this is more like a cross country race and not a sprinters race. Now back to grinding!

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    @chris4real said...

    Thanks for the encouragement Rev! Every once in awhile I need to be reminded to step back, clear my mind and refocus on the process that brought me success. When I’m in that losing streak I always want a quick fix and big payday to follow and that’s when I only make things worse. Thanks for reminding me that this is more like a cross country race and not a sprinters race. Now back to grinding!

    Happy to hear that you found encouragement. Best of luck tonight!!

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    @krawdd said...

    I have been trying to learn to filter the BS and all the advice.It is always disappointing to play a Rudy Gay on the night he goes out for the year.Seriously last week I rostered 4 guys on different nights that didn’t finish games.You look for great match ups on paper only to see them end up below average,you search for a Terrance Jones and end up with a with a MKG.Just a grind brother.My biggest problem lately is being influenced by people I think are smarter than me talking me off what I think are good value plays.Must keep grinding and trust our instincts and research.

    Completely agree about sticking to your guns. Maybe try to just stay on your squad other than News alerts on the RG app and twitter for injuries but not to hop off anybody for any other reason. It’s definitely a challenge that I also struggle with!

    Best of luck tonight!

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    @ArgyleCrocodile said...

    Sometimes, I feel like I am a voodoo wizard, and the insertion of healthy players into my lineup means the downfall of said players’ health. I’m like 63% sure I’m not a wizard, but I am 100% sure that if I do not try to bounce back after dropping a baby ruth in the pool, I will regret it. I eat my boston creme donut mostly out of shame, but I get what you’re doing with the fritter. But seriously, great read, and I hope all of the newer DFS players, like me, who are having a mini rough patch, don’t let it shake your confidence! Here’s to that delicious first bite of glory tomorrow morning. Cheers!

    You had me rollin’, hysterical! good luck!

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    @JPep2370 said...

    Thanks for this read this morning. I needed it. I agree it’s not always about the money, most of the time it’s not for me even being a new player to NBA, it’s about the time doing research and doing multiple line up creations to see what might be best route for the day. It’s about knowing I’m up against pro’s and sharks and I’m just a small potato guy just trying to have fun and make a few dollars. Most of the time I cannot but I try. I just want to make the pay line lol. I always try to take a step back before the next days research to see where it went wrong but you can’t live in the past so you just have to move on. It’s a new day and hopefully we all win and make a couple bucks.

    Glad that I could be of use to someone. Best of luck tonight, hope you can have a strong rebound!

  • sonicattack

    Remember, always strict bankroll management. It keeps everything in check.

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    @sonicattack said...

    Remember, always strict bankroll management. It keeps everything in check.

    agreed, hardest rule to follow for me.

  • Mikeemz28

    Strict bankroll management is what keeps me from coming out on top. Lol. Thanks for the encouragement coach.

  • crazypaul

    Glad I am not the only one. The last 10 days have been rough, and I have missed the cash line 5 times in the last 2 weeks by less than 4 FTPS. Just trust the process (literally & figuratively)

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    @crazypaul said...

    Glad I am not the only one. The last 10 days have been rough, and I have missed the cash line 5 times in the last 2 weeks by less than 4 FTPS. Just trust the process (literally & figuratively)

    Exactly! It is hard to trust at times, but if your process has consistently brought you success outside of this small time frame then stick with it. I had about a 2 week cold streak I snapped a few nights ago and it immediately turned into a heater. I did nothing different. Just the normal variance of dfs. You’ll get back on track, good luck!

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