To Fade or Not to Fade: Need Bankroll Help? Try 10 Man Leagues

I’ve been playing DFS for 3 years now. I’m a low level, low volume player who is looking for more consistency. My goal is to use this space to reflect on what I did right and where I can improve. Join me on my journey and learn along with me. Here is my story.:

How is your bankroll doing? Have you been on a skid recently? Want a way to maintain that bankroll for baseball? I may have a suggestion for you. The 10 man leagues for NBA DFS have been a revelation. I’ve taken the results from the contests I have entered and will try to provide you some numbers for you to wrap your head around.

I found out about the 10 man leagues in the DFS chat group I am in. I had mentioned to the group that I wasn’t having a lot of success with the 100 man leagues and someone suggested dropping down to the 10 man leagues. I had to swallow a little pride because winning a 10 man league isn’t exactly taking down a large GPP. It’s not even taking down a small GPP. Even 50/50s have more people in the contest. However, I’m glad that it was suggested to me because it offers a chance to make a profit at a lower team point total.

To give you some context, the leagues I have joined have all been $1 as you can see in the spreadsheet. I can only speak for the $1 games. I’m not sure how the numbers are affected by moving up in entry fee. The top 3 in all contests receive a payout. The numbers are the bottom represent the averages for both winning score and 3rd place. In the contests I’ve played, the average for 3rd place comes out to be 291.24 while the top prize averaged a score of 319.11. Both scores are obtainable for a cash player like myself to achieve at a better rate than say, the 401 that the winner of the $1 NBA Dribbler put up last night.

Are the 10 Men Leagues for Everyone?

Probably not. Some may balk at the idea of going down to a low number contest. I know I almost did! It doesn’t offer a huge profit but it does seem to offer a better opportunity if you are struggling with seeing a profit. For a person like me, who wasn’t having success with the 100 man or small GPPs, it offered an opportunity to cash more frequently, even with lower team totals.

What if I Go to Higher Entry Fees?

I was curious about that as well. I went and looked at the $2 10 man leagues and didn’t see many names I recognized. When I moved up to the $5 leagues, you may notice that birdwings is found in this contest.

When I moved up to the $10 leagues, not only did you have birdwings but chipotleaddict and killab as well. I may nestle myself in the $1 and $2 area to avoid those guys for the time being. Given my recent run of team totals, I’ll stay away until I start to return to more consistent 300 point team totals.

With the slates ticking down on the NBA season, there is still time to turn a profit. If anything, it is certainly something to consider if you’ve been on a skid and need that confidence builder. It certainly is working for me.

Let me know. Do you think it’s worthwhile or will you continue with the game selection you already have? Do you have another game selection that you have found profitable for yourself?

Leave me a comment below or hit me up on Twitter: JMcGrath330.

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  • chilis3

    Interesting. I’ll have to take a peek at these. I hadn’t really noticed them at all.

  • coach232

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    Good stuff sir, I am gonna take a look at the 10 man contest. could serve a two-fold purpose for me

  • Whosiere41

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    Loved seeing this. I dabble in small cash games from time to time and found the same correlation in the 10 man as opposed to the 100 man. I also think there is some merit to when you enter the contest as well. About an hour before slate tip off was best for me. Not sure what the difference was but there was definitely a difference. I think maybe the higher volume players enter ahead of time and then adjust their lineups after doing the research, while the less experienced DFS player is throwing a lineup together at the last minute maybe? Good read. Thanks.

  • joeymc301

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    @Whosiere41 said...

    Loved seeing this. I dabble in small cash games from time to time and found the same correlation in the 10 man as opposed to the 100 man. I also think there is some merit to when you enter the contest as well. About an hour before slate tip off was best for me. Not sure what the difference was but there was definitely a difference. I think maybe the higher volume players enter ahead of time and then adjust their lineups after doing the research, while the less experienced DFS player is throwing a lineup together at the last minute maybe? Good read. Thanks.

    That’s an interesting observation. I’ll have to take a look at that.

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