The Wall

It’s been awhile since I have really had time to sit down and continue my blog. the past month and a half have been extremely busy in my life with a variety of things going on as well as the holidays. I slowly cut back on the number of contests I was entering and even reached a point where I took a week off completely because I had just hit a DFS rookie wall. I think there were a few things that contributed to this and I will go into more detail below.

My main road block lately has been the amount of time I can devote to DFS. My life has been crazy and I haven’t been able to do the amount of research I had been as I was slowly becoming more successful. I have learned the hard way that if you don’t have the time to research like you know you should then you are better off just passing on that slate. That applies for as many days in a row as you need it. I always told myself I knew it was okay to take nights off, but I always have that “rookie” mindset of “What if tonight is the night?!?”. As I continued to play over and over I saw my success slowly decrease in direct correlation to the amount of time I researched each day. I did win here and there, but nothing big like I had envisioned in my head. This lack of time to research and mounting losses led directly to my next bump along the road that is your rookie season.

Bankroll, Bankroll, Bankroll. I started out not putting too much money in, which I learned soon enough what a mistake that was. At first I got caught up in the whole I could win this much money craze when really I should have known better since I teach math and understand the probability. I have never and will never play more than I am comfortable with, but I should have put more money in at the start knowing there would be a learning curve. There is nothing more deflating to me than seeing my bankroll dwindle closer and closer to 0 without ever really increasing. I would get close to 0 and add more $$. Just what I had hoped to not do. As money got tight on my account I decided to start playing free contests to try out my luck until I started to get more consistent. As a beginner you should truly look into how to manage your bankroll.

Overall I have learned many things about DFS the hard way. I never really knew about all of the resources that are available to you here, and how much they really can help you out. If I had to give advice to anyone starting out I would suggest these two things.

If you don’t have the time, don’t play
I started playing DFS before I found this site and even soon after I still did not do the appropriate amount of research to be consistent. I have found a direct correlation between the amount of time I spend researching and my success. Of course at some point you can research too much, but that is a whole different story. I can’t say there is a set amount of time that is ideal for each person as it can very depending on what you are looking at and how you are looking at it. You just need to find what works best for you. This leads directly to my second piece of advice.

Be content with playing free contests/leagues
If only I had known this when I first started I would have a bigger bankroll and be much more successful. I am not going to say do this for 1 week, 3 weeks, 2 months because again each person will be different. I will tell you that you just need to do this until you are consistently scoring where you set your goal to be or until you would be consistently cashing in double ups or 50/50’s. Once you are consistently seeing good scores you will have accomplished the two things I think are key to starting out at DFS. You will not have lost money in the learning process and will have gained valuable knowledge about how much time you personally need to research to be consistent and what things you need to research to build the best team.

If this helps 1 person that would be awesome! Well it will help at least 1 person since I am now following my own suggestions and starting from square 1 again! If you’re just starting out, good luck. If you have been doing this for awhile now maybe you need to join me back at square 1 if you are hitting the same wall I am. Lastly, if you have been doing this and you’re successful, I want to be like you!

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  • mewhitenoise

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    Thanks for sharing. This is great advice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rushed to put together a lineup just to have something to do, and it rarely works out. The worst thing I do is realize at 9:55 that FanDuel has a late slate and throw together a few GPP lineups at the last minute, with little to no serious thought. There’s a lot to be said for self control, and it’s easier said than done. Hope things turn around for you from one teacher to another!

  • rhendryx

    Great article. I’m always torn between the “I have the greatest strategy” and the “I don’t have time to implement it” haha.

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