Typical Day of this Cash Game Player

A cash game player, is someone who focuses less on hitting the big lottery style tournaments, known as GPP’s, but instead grinds their way to success focusing more on ‘Head to Head’, ‘50/50’ and ‘Double Up’ contests.

That’s what I am. While I have hit a few decent paydays, I have mostly grinded my way up, slowly over a few year period from my original $20 deposit to where I have a very solid bankroll of $18,037.67. It would be higher, but I have treated myself and my wife to some gifts over the past year. That and I cannot stay away from our local casino’s Craps table! While some define their bankroll differently, my bankroll is simple. It’s everything I have in my ‘DFS’ bank account as well as everything I have available on multiple sites. I am lucky enough to have a wife that 100% supports this. It sure helps that I started with pretty much nothing, though!

So that’s why I have decided to let others understand what a typical day looks like for a cash game player, at least my way of playing DFS. For this blog, I will be focusing on Wednesday, December 16th, a 12 game NBA slate. For NBA, I only play on Fanduel, as focusing on more than one site for NBA is tough for me with my limited time. For NFL, I play on 5 sites.

Early Morning: After figuring out my results and updating my bankroll, I figure out what I have available to play for the day. I am VERY strict and never sway from my 5% of my BR on a NBA slate. So today I have $902 available. I will enter 40% of that in Head to Heads ($361), 25% in 50/50’s ($225), 10% in Double Ups ($90), 5% in Triple Ups, 2.5% in 3 man leagues ($23), 2.5% in 10 man leagues ($23) and lastly, I have 15% left for GPP’s ($135).

Some guys may throw out some head to heads the night before, but I generally wake up and the first thing I do is enter some H2H action. I normally begin by creating 10 x $1, 10 x $2, 10 x $5, 4 x $10 and 2 x $25 Head to Head contests. I will then, throughout the day, check back and see if any of the certain denominations have filled. Generally the $10 and $5 go the quickest, while the $25 are hit and miss. Being that I have over 19k total wins, and over 8k NBA wins, most of my action gets picked up by guys with low amount of wins, a big advantage for guys that play in high volume.

I will then enter all my Double & Triple ups for the slate, half of my 50/50 action and a few leagues. Throughout the day, I will continue to enter leagues when they are available, normally sticking to the $1 – $5 range. Most of my action sticks from the $1 – $25 range.

I then begin some of my research. I start my research by reading Notorious’ First Look. It’s such a fantastic article to get a quick idea at which games I will be targeting. On this particular slate, I decided almost right off the bat that my big decision would be either Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook in my lineup. While blowouts concern me, they were clearly the best 2 players going into the night, in my opinion.

Afternoon: I work a full time job, so after work, I usually get home to greet my 11 year old. I normally go for a run and listen to Dan Back’s podcast. After a run I turn on the Grinders Live shows. I simply HAVE to have background noise while I do my research for the day.

So on to the lineup. Last night here was my lineup that I decided on for the slate:

PG: Russell Westbrook
PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Arron Afflalo
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Gordon Hayward
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Paul Millsap
PF: John Henson
C: Andre Drummond

I decided on Westbrook over Curry, just simply because of the reduced price. I actually liked Curry better, but couldn’t fit him in comfortably. I was targeting the Philly defense, so Teague and Millsap were my first 2 players I looked at. I considered both Horford and Bazemore as well, but I really wanted Drummond in against a soft Boston front court. Drummond has treated me very nice this season so far, so I use him as much as I can. Afflalo was my sneaky pick. Own percentages never bother me as a cash game player, but I always like to get one player in if I can that will be low owned. I knew Afflalo would not be a popular pick, but I loved his matchup with Martin out for Minnesota. Sometimes when a player is out people tend to look for value on that particular team, however it’s always a good idea to see if value opens up on the opponent as they will be facing a backup, defensively!

At SG, Klay has been heating up and I loved his price. Hayward wasn’t my top option at SF, I really wanted Paul George, but again, his price was just too steep for me. The one person I really wanted in my lineup that I couldn’t fit was Draymond Green. He was 500 more than Millsap, so I had to stick with the Hawks forward.

Whenever I create a cash lineup, I look for consistency, high floors but a few guys with high ceilings. Tonight those guys with very high ceilings were Westbrook, Drummond, Millsap and Hayward. Green and Henson were my low floor guys, that I liked their matchups enough at their cheap price.

Lineup Lock: One of the main reasons I like NBA on Fanduel is once lineup lock hits, I can now spend time with my family. My wife and son are both very cool about leaving me alone from 5:30 – 7:00pm eastern while I focus on my lineups. Once that 7:00 hits though, it’s time to eat and watch some tv or help with homework, family time.

The lineup ended up scoring 280.8 and I won 80% of my cash games. On a night with some bigtime landmines, I was very thrilled doing well with such a low score. Normally I shoot for a 300 score to do well in cash. Overall, I profited $705.20 for the slate. A very good night.

Some nights are great, some nights are rough, but that’s something a cash game player has to get used to. Luckily for me, I have more good nights than bad, so I continue to increase my bankroll.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

About the Author

  • bhdevault (bhdevault)

  • Bill has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and stumbled upon DFS during the NFL season of 2013. He has since grinded his way from a small deposit of $20 to over 25k in winnings. His specialty is cash games but he is really working on thinking outside the ‘box’ when it comes to larger tournaments.

Comments

  • ChiBallers

    Love it, hope you continue every week with this blog!!!!!

  • WCHprime

    Good read, Keep it up.

  • hartshornd

    When you started with your initial $20 deposit what did your game breakdown look like (%BR played, H2H, 50/50, etc)? Curious how the growing went early on with the small amounts—great read!

  • bhdevault

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    @hartshornd said...

    When you started with your initial $20 deposit what did your game breakdown look like (%BR played, H2H, 50/50, etc)? Curious how the growing went early on with the small amounts—great read!

    The first few weeks, I admittedly was new to everything. I actually played a few 20 man leagues cashing in a few and getting it to around $50 the first week. The next week I did the same thing, and finished somewhere around $100. That’s when I started to read more about DFS and found this site.

    I explain my start in an old blog that you can find here: https://rotogrinders.com/blog-posts/my-success-story-with-dfs-612805

    Thanks for the compliment guys. Glad some enjoy it.

  • lucky0309

    Great write up and keep up the solid work. Just out of curiosity, do you know what your average finish position is in your 50/50s?

  • bhdevault

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    @lucky0309 said...

    Great write up and keep up the solid work. Just out of curiosity, do you know what your average finish position is in your 50/50s?

    I honestly play so many each night that I don’t keep track. I enter 50/50’s all throughout the day. There are some nights where I barely cash in some of the 50/50’s, yet don’t in others.

    I do have more success cashing in lower denominations, however. $1 50/50’s are a little softer than $25.

  • golfzilla1969

    Nice article. Question, it may sound weird. Do you factor the time of game when you select a lineup? I play mainly FD cash games and see a lot of people who just select players from early games. For some reason, it bothers me if I have all of my team play in early games and have no exposure to the late games. Thoughts?

  • bhdevault

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    @golfzilla1969 said...

    Nice article. Question, it may sound weird. Do you factor the time of game when you select a lineup? I play mainly FD cash games and see a lot of people who just select players from early games. For some reason, it bothers me if I have all of my team play in early games and have no exposure to the late games. Thoughts?

    I rarely let what time they play affect my decisions. Maybe once in a great while, if I have two guys pegged close to even, I may select a guy that I can watch in a prime time game.

  • Olhausen

    A question for bhdevault. I have always been a Gpp only player until this week. Since MLB is what I’m best at I decided the ups and downs of NHL Gpp was to much for me until I learn more so I have added cash games as well. So far I have won all my 50/50s 3 days in a row but that very well could be variance swinging in my favor. So my question is how many lineup’s are good if I’m playing all 50/50s in the 300 or more persons contests? I’m only making one cash lineup a night as of now but was curious if I should be doing more.

  • bhdevault

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    @Olhausen said...

    A question for bhdevault. I have always been a Gpp only player until this week. Since MLB is what I’m best at I decided the ups and downs of NHL Gpp was to much for me until I learn more so I have added cash games as well. So far I have won all my 50/50s 3 days in a row but that very well could be variance swinging in my favor. So my question is how many lineup’s are good if I’m playing all 50/50s in the 300 or more persons contests? I’m only making one cash lineup a night as of now but was curious if I should be doing more.

    Until recently, I have always been a 2 lineup guy. The two lineups normally had 5-6 of the same players. Recently, I have started doing just one lineup and am having a little more success. I started that a few weeks ago. It does make losing nights tough, but the winning nights are that much better. :)

  • SmartWater

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    I was in some of the same contests as you and my immediate thoughts were “Why did I not think of him?!”… Awesome lineup buddy!

  • Cpjttogether

    Great testimony.cool story i enjoyed reading that.

  • michaelladow

    for bhdevauhlt… great article. only been playing dfs alittle over a year, actually cashed early this year 9th in DK 3.00 gpp for 698.00, just missing 2014.00 by half point. but playing nba DFS late december was up 235.00 after hitting 5 straight nites. I am 1 lineup limited cash player usually cash plays, still feling my way around as to how much and when and what level of cash contests to play. Love playing the game, usually take a night off every 2-3 days when working late and can not get to computer before lock, need to be more consistent in picking lineups and cashing . some nights I feel like I am in a groove with dissecting info to pick lineup and other nights seem like I miss by hares, usually 1 player in cashing because of missing 1 small piece of info. do you have any insights or thoughts that would be much appreciated, also where do i find Notorious’ daily first report on NBA you mentioned above? Thanks for your help… michalladow

  • fcurev

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    awesome to hear about your process. thx for the insight.

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