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Introduction to Putting It All Together

JM Tohline (JMToWin)

JM Tohline (Tuh-lean) – DFS alias JMToWin – is a novelist and a DFS player who specializes in high-stakes MLB and NFL tourneys, with a strategy geared toward single-entry play in multi-entry tourneys. He joined the DFS scene at the beginning of the 2014 MLB season, and has since won five DFS championship seats and two separate trips to the Bahamas. His tendency to type a lot of words leads to a corresponding tendency to divulge all his DFS thoughts, strategies, and secrets…which is exactly what he does in his RotoGrinders articles and RotoAcademy courses. You can find JM on Twitter at JMToWin.

If I wanted to sell more copies of this course, I could have titled it How to Consistently Build Winning Teams. Because that’s the focus of this course. But instead, I titled it Putting it All Together.

Now, why would I go and do a thing like that?

Because, quite simply, this course will have nowhere near its maximum impact if you decide to jump into it without first studying Courses 1 and 2.

As I said in the introduction to Course 2, MLB DFS is not only a beatable game, but is, in my mind, the most beatable DFS game.

Let me say that again.

MLB DFS is not only a beatable game, but is, in my mind, the most beatable DFS game.

The reason for this is simple: MLB is the most difficult DFS game to master. Yes, it’s more unpredictable than NBA. Yes, there is more variance in MLB than even in NFL. Yes, you can win (at a high level, no less) at all three sports. But when you come to understand MLB from top to bottom — when you reach a place where you know what it truly takes to put together winning MLB lineups and are able to do this again and again (day after day) — you will realize just how much of the field is completely unable to do this and just how much of an edge you have as a result.

In NBA, it is rare that you will scroll through lineups and wonder what on Earth more than half of them were thinking.

In NFL, it is even more rare that you will scroll through lineups and wonder what on Earth more than half of them were thinking.

In MLB, you can do this nearly every day. MLB is difficult. It’s harder to learn than other sports, and it’s tougher in MLB to figure out what it takes to put everything together. But here’s the cool thing: exactly because it is so difficult, you gain a huge edge if you are able to master it.

Here’s the other cool thing: if you take these first three courses — Steps 1, 2, and 3 — as seriously as you should (as seriously as I took them when I wrote them in an effort to share with you everything I know about the foundation of MLB DFS and everything I pay attention to and strive to do each day as a result), you will have all the knowledge I have. That’s not an exaggeration. That’s the absolute truth.

Am I the best MLB DFS player there is? I am comfortable saying no. I’m comfortable admitting this to myself (and to you) because there are others who have been doing this for years longer than I have been doing it.

With most of these guys who have been “doing it for years longer than I have been doing it,” there are areas of MLB DFS in which I feel comfortable saying that I am better than them. For many of them, the area in which I am better is predicting pitching, finding low-priced arms that will score on the same level as the high-priced arms. For many (“another many”?), the area in which I am better is competing on a high level in GPP’s without ever using multi-entry. For most, it’s competing on a high level in GPP’s without stacking. And for some, it’s cash game roster construction.

Although I may not be the best all-around MLB DFS player in the world, I am also confident that I have mastered MLB DFS. I can say that because I know that MLB DFS is easy. It’s easy for me.

It will be easy for you as well.

Hopefully you have already learned the ins and outs of predicting pitching. Hopefully you have already learned the ins and outs of predicting hitting.

If you have not learned those things, this course can certainly still help you. This course presents you with everything I know about the best ways to put all this knowledge together into consistently-performing (and consistently-winning) teams.

Perhaps you can combine this with the knowledge you already have about predicting pitching and predicting hitting. Maybe all you’re really missing is an understanding of how to put all this knowledge together. If that’s the case, awesome! What are you waiting for? I cannot vouch for your personal knowledge in those other, ever-important areas, but I can certainly guarantee you that this course will help you take the next step toward putting all your knowledge together into a comprehensive (consistently-winning!) piece.

And if you have taken the other two courses? If this course will represent your graduation from the foundation of MLB DFS? Yeah. You’re about to be crushing MLB. After all, you already know everything you need to know about predicting pitching. And you know everything you need to know about predicting hitting. All you are missing, at this point, is the knowledge necessary to put all this together.

We’re going to be talking about how to approach small slates and large slates.

We’re going to be talking about how you want to balance salary.

We’re going to be talking about how to start your roster construction each day.

We’re going to talk about how you should proceed from there.

We are going to figure out where you want to pay down on your teams (and where you want to pay up).

We are going to talk about putting it all together. And then you are going to go out there and win. It’s as simple as that.

You ready?

Let’s go!

About the Author

  • JM Tohline (JMToWin)

  • JM Tohline (Tuh-lean) – DFS alias JMToWin – is a novelist and a DFS player who specializes in high-stakes MLB and NFL tourneys, with a strategy geared toward single-entry play in multi-entry tourneys. He joined the DFS scene at the beginning of the 2014 MLB season, and has since won five DFS championship seats and two separate trips to the Bahamas. His tendency to type a lot of words leads to a corresponding tendency to divulge all his DFS thoughts, strategies, and secrets…which is exactly what he does in his RotoGrinders articles and RotoAcademy courses. You can find JM on Twitter at JMToWin.

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JM Tohline (Tuh-lean) – DFS alias JMToWin – is a novelist and a DFS player who specializes in high-stakes MLB and NFL tourneys, with a strategy geared toward single-entry play in multi-entry tourneys. He joined the DFS scene at the beginning of the 2014 MLB season, and has since won five DFS championship seats and two separate trips to the Bahamas. His tendency to type a lot of words leads to a corresponding tendency to divulge all his DFS thoughts, strategies, and secrets…which is exactly what he does in his RotoGrinders articles and RotoAcademy courses. You can find JM on Twitter at JMToWin.

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