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Lesson 1: The Art of Lineup Construction

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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The DFS industry has grown each and every year, especially when it comes to content providers. When I first started playing DFS (I believe it was in 2011 or 2012 – my memory is slowly fading these days), there was basically one article per day on RotoGrinders that was maybe 500 words that broke down each slate. Outside of that, there wasn’t anything in terms of content. Everyone had to make choices for themselves and there wasn’t really a set standard for what we looked for when it comes to fantasy production. With the growth of DFS, this information is not only readily available, but it’s accessible on a ton of sites. These days, everyone knows the importance of Vegas lines, usage rates, matchups, etc. It’s to the point where a lot of the edge in NBA DFS isn’t in breaking down the matchups or statistics; it’s in lineup construction.

One of the most overlooked aspects in DFS is the art of lineup building. I do the NBA Expert Chat on RotoGrinders every day during the regular season and the number of bad plays people put into their lineups always dumbfounds me. If you’ve never been into the Expert Chat, it’s basically as described. Members come into the chat and ask any question that they’d like about that night’s slate. Many post their entire lineup and ask if they need to make any changes. Keep in mind that a lot of the people in this chat are very smart individuals who have been playing DFS for years. They’ll post a lineup that looks good for the most part, but so many of them have one or two plays that make very little sense.

In this chat, I like to ask why people ended up on certain plays. It amazes me how often people respond with, “I only had ____ salary left and I needed a shooting guard” or “he’s going to be low owned, so I like him.” Those are NEVER reasons to roster players in DFS. The main goal of this course is to help you become better at lineup building. This includes the single-lineup approach (in cash games and/or tournaments) and the mulit-entry approach.

Let’s start with the first mistake

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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.

    Interview after $100,000 Win

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

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!

Disclosures: All RotoGrinders content contributors are active DFS players. Contributor screen names can be found on their respective RotoGrinders profile pages. Contributors reserve the right to use players or strategies not discussed in their content on RotoGrinders.