The Power of the Utility Spot
This post is strictly for NBA DFS. The overall strategy can be used in all sports as there is a utility spot in MLB and NFL. But the comparison is with NBA DFS. When building lineups I tend to fill my utility spot last because well its usually the easiest to fill as you can play any player in that spot. I think most people use that strategy. The idea that most people use that strategy made me think.
I play lots of $4 tournaments in NBA but never put in max entries, so on a technicality I would be at a disadvantage because of others putting in more lineups, just gives them more chances to win. Plus the amount of entrees makes it already a challenge to win the big prizes.Thinking it over, I started realizing that the utility spot can be a weapon.
Well, I found that instead of using the utility as a last spot, go in reverse. Start from the bottom and then work your way up to the top. Look at which positions you believe that are deepest and have the most upside. Instead of fitting the last player available, we could be more effective and use that position as way to get another elite play at a certain position. What if the model you build says that the best 3 plays are PGs? Does that mean you need to pick only 2 or is it better to put all 3 in your lineup and take a cheaper player at another position. It makes sense to use all 3 PGs and then go cheaper at other positions just because you get a different build and you also get the 3 highest project players in your lineup.
The psychology effect of the utility spot being a flexible spot does not mean we need to keep it last or use it as a spot to save money. It’s just another roster spot that we need to fill. The best reason for using this build strategy is basically that it creates a different build. In a contest where there are 12,000 entrees and up, this could give a difference between other player’s lineups. A way to differentiate from the thousands of entrees is key to winning a large sum of cash.
It’s also something I have been playing with when on a losing streak because what happens is that I get different build and I see different players and it makes me make have lineups a different way that I would not even considered. It can help get over a losing streak.
I think for me I found that I take the utility spot for granted, a spot that I can just fill with whatever player fits based on salary. But many players do the same thing, so you are not taking advantage of the roster spot. It just creates a different build and in the end thats all that matters because the more unique your lineups the better chance to win a big prize.
I am in no way telling any of you reading this that this strategy will win you the big bucks. But I realized as casual players and players that don’t have the money to spend big, this is just a strategy you can try to help differentiate your lineups from thousands you are competing with.
Hope you enjoyed the post, keep having fun playing DFS and stay tuned for my next post. As always I am looking out for the casual player, the small guy.