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Defense and Special Teams

Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

“Can you stop rosturbating please?”

Kevin MacArthur, The League

No one likes a show-off.

The kicker is the most under-researched position in daily fantasy football, but after that it’s a close race between tight end and defense/special teams. The majority of people leave their defense open until all of the other roster spots are filled and then they take the best option of the available with whatever salary they have remaining.

While I have employed this strategy many times myself, I have learned from my mistakes. Researching a defense is easy, and it can give you a big advantage over those that just plug in whatever defense fits their remaining salary.

Picking a defense is fairly straightforward. In weekly fantasy football, we gets points for turnover, sacks, and holding opponents under specific point totals. Therefore, we want to target defenses that create turnovers. The first statistic that I always look at is defensive pressures on the quarterback. Pressures lead to both sacks and turnovers. I use defensive pressures rather than sack totals because they are more indicative of future sacks. A pressure leads to a sack about one-fifth of the time, so if you see a defense that puts constant pressure on the quarterback, the sacks will soon follow.

I also like targeting large favorites. The reasoning is fairly simple. When a team is up big, their opponent is going to press and they are going to rely on their passing game. When teams are forced to air it out, their efficiency goes down drastically and they are more likely to make mistakes. So to sum it up, target defenses that are big favorites (preferably at home) that can get plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

“Can you stop rosturbating please?”

Kevin MacArthur, The League

No one likes a show-off.

The kicker is the most under-researched position in daily fantasy football, but after that it’s a close race between tight end and defense/special teams. The majority of people leave their defense open until all of the other roster spots are filled and then they take the best option of the available with whatever salary they have remaining.

While I have employed this strategy many times myself, I have learned from my mistakes. Researching a defense is easy, and it can give you a big advantage over those that just plug in whatever defense fits their remaining salary.

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About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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