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How Many Sites to Play in NBA?

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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This is one of the most common questions that new daily fantasy players have. Should you be playing on one site until you get the hang of it? Or should you be playing on multiple sites in order to diversify your lineups? The right answer really depends on the individual. There are a lot of factors that go into this question. We will cover each of them in depth here and hopefully at the end of the lesson, you will have an idea of how many sites you should be playing on.

Pros/Cons of Multiple Sites

Before we get into what it takes to play on multiple sites, let’s first examine both the pros and cons. When you play on more than one site, you will obviously have more action. If you are a good player with a consistent winning percentage, your wins will be multiplied. Playing on more than one site also gives you the added bonus of lineup diversification. Every site has a different scoring and salary structure and you are not going to pick the same exact team on both sites. You will have a greater number of players across your lineups, which really helps diversify your bankroll each night. Playing on multiple sites also allows you to test out a few different sites to find which one suits your game best.

Now let’s get into the potential negatives. Playing on more than one site can make you spread your time too thin across the board. If you only have an hour a day to make lineups and you have to make lineups across three different sites, you will end up missing obvious plays because you don’t spend enough time on every option. In order to be successful, you have to put in the time to study every player’s salary and potential fantasy output on every single site that you play on. Additionally, if you are new to daily fantasy basketball, you will quickly learn that the NBA is all about injuries. If you are playing on too many sites and a late injury breaks, there is no way that you will be able to adjust all of your lineups.

As you can see, playing on multiple sites offers both advantages and disadvantages. For new users, I always recommend mastering one site before branching out and playing on multiple sites. Once you learn the ins and outs of one site, the learning curve on the other sites will be much easier. Before making the jump to playing on multiple sites, consider these factors.

How Much Time Do You Have to Devote to DFS?

This is probably the biggest factor in determining how many sites you should be playing on. Most beginning DFS players only have a small amount of time to devote to fantasy sports every day and that’s just not enough time to be successful on multiple sites. For each site that you play on, you have to learn the scoring system, join leagues every day, study player’s salaries every day, and build lineups every day. You have to remember that there are plenty of DFS players in the industry that do this full time so you need to put in the time as well if you are going to be successful.

If you only have an hour or so a day to spend on daily fantasy sports, you probably shouldn’t venture outside of one or two daily fantasy sports sites because you will be spreading your time too thin across each of the sites. However, if you have a few hours each day that you can carve out, then you should think about branching out and trying more than one site.

What Are Your Long-Term Goals?

This is a great question that all players should ask themselves. If your goal is to treat daily fantasy sports as a nice side hobby that can eventually be profitable, then branching out and playing multiple sites may have more downside than upside. The majority of players are in this same category. These types of players usually have other full-time jobs and treat daily fantasy sports as a nice side income. They don’t have all of the time in the world to spend on it. If this sounds familiar, you may want to stick to your favorite few sites. Playing on five or six sites not only takes a huge chunk of time every day, but it multiplies your wins and losses. You may not like the big swings in your results that come with playing on so many sites.

However, if you are planning on daily fantasy being a part-time or full-time job, then you want to be playing on as many sites as you can. You want to be able to make a name for yourself in the industry. If you want to become known as one of the better players, you are going to prove that you can adapt your game to multiple sites.

What Is Your Success Rate?

If you are consistently winning on one or two sites, then you might want to think about adding another site. However, if you continually struggle to keep your winning percentage up on the site on which you are playing, then you may want to consider trying a few different sites until you find the one that best suits you. Players all across the industry have their favorite sites and have more success on some sites than they do on others. It never hurts to try out a few different sites.

I recommend joining a few sites through the RotoGrinders links so that you can get access to the Incentives. Then start by trying a few of the free leagues on each of the sites. Find the site that you like best and spend all of your time mastering that site. Study the scoring system and salary structure. Once you start winning consistently on one site, you can start branching out and playing on more sites.
At the end of the day, the number of sites that you should be playing on really depends on how much time you have available for daily fantasy sports and what your success rate is like. If you have a lot of time and a good success rate, the more sites the merrier. But if you don’t have either, you may want to stick with one or two sites until you really start having success on those sites.

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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Instructor

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.

Interview after $100,000 Win

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