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How to Get Started: Freerolls, Bonuses and More

Justin Van Zuiden (stlcardinals84)

Justin Van Zuiden, aka stlcardinals84, is a popular RotoGrinders contributor and GrindersLive host who routinely finishes in the top 10 of the TPOY race. He’s appeared in numerous live finals and has logged countless six-figure wins in a host of different sports.

RotoGrinders Interview after $100,000 Payday

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I felt there was no prudent way to start this piece with anything other than my own story. Sit back, grab some popcorn and some soda, and enjoy the read.

It was January of 2012, and I was perusing the internet on a random Thursday afternoon. I saw a banner advertisement for “daily fantasy basketball” and decided to give it a click. The site was Daily Joust, a site which has now merged player pools with FanThrowDown. I entered a fantasy basketball freeroll that night, which is a tournament that is free to enter but can be a great learning experience.

Although the cash prizes in these freerolls are small, they can be a great starting boost for a new player. Anyway, I believe I finished 85th out of about 250 people in this freeroll. At the end of the night, the contest was over. It was glorious. Instead of having to wait out an 82 game regular season where half the users get bored and quit half way through, each night began a new quest. My love for the daily game was born.

The reason I think my story is relevant is because it explains how I started out with a freeroll. As a new player, there’s no downside to playing a freeroll. You might hit a big score and win some cash from it. If you do, there you go — you have your bankroll starter. This is a very long process, though. If you try to build a starting bankroll off of freerolls, it’s going to take you a long time to do so.

Using Deposit Bonuses and Site Reviews

The alternative is to start out with a small deposit. That’s where RotoGrinders comes in. RotoGrinders has partnered with virtually every site in the daily fantasy industry to provide new players with excellent first time deposit bonus codes and other perks to help boost up a new player on a specific site.

Check out Site Reviews and Deposit Bonuses

These reviews will help you decide which site you think you like best, and then you can use the link within each review to get the best deposit bonus in the industry. There’s nothing better as a new player than depositing $100 and getting a free $100 bonus. Any benefit you can get is paramount to getting started on the right track.

The Perks of Trying Multiple Sites

Another key to getting started is to play freerolls or small tournaments on a couple of different sites. Some sites have a “tight” salary structure, meaning you have to take some sleeper picks to be able to make a good team. Other sites have a “soft” salary structure, meaning you can fit better players into your roster. These “soft” sites tend to be more amenible to newer players, but you have to try it out for yourself to get a good feel for the action.

There are many other tools to help you get started, and a lot of them will be housed here within Grinders University. Be sure to also check out the forums and GrindersLive, our daily television broadcast with expert picks and analysis.

There is no shortage of information out there to help you get started, and the best part is that all of us here at the RotoGrinders community are here to help YOU improve YOUR game on a daily basis.



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Justin Van Zuiden, aka stlcardinals84, is a popular RotoGrinders contributor and GrindersLive host who routinely finishes in the top 10 of the TPOY race. He’s appeared in numerous live finals and has logged countless six-figure wins in a host of different sports.

RotoGrinders Interview after $100,000 Payday

RotoGrinders AMA

RotoGrinders.com is the home of the daily fantasy sports community. Our content, rankings, member blogs, promotions and forum discussion all cater to the players that like to create a new fantasy team every day of the week. Our goal is to help all of our members make more money playing daily fantasy sports!

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