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Lesson 4: Tackling the Multi-Entry Approach – General Procedures and Stacking

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, including five in PGA. Justin is also a main contributor of sports betting picks at ScoresAndOdds

20 lineups. 50 lineups. 100 lineups.

Figuring out the multi-entry aspect of DFS tournament play might be the most challenging aspect of this fun game. It does not happen overnight. I get nauseated when I hear remarks about how “Player XX only wins because he had 150 entries! If I had the bankroll of Player XX, I could do it too!” If you are taking that thought process, you are setting yourself up for failure.

The missing part that most people don’t see with regard to mass multi-entry players is the significant element of risk that goes along with it. I say the following not to wow anyone or to brag or anything of the sort, but I’ve made $300,000 in a month before. I’ve also lost $225,000 in a month before.

That isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s easier to stomach when you are playing with profit. It took me YEARS to get there, not days, weeks, or months. There is a ton of variance in tournament play, and you have to grind up a bankroll in order to tackle tons of entries comfortably in larger dollar tournaments.

However, you can scale this to your preferred buy-in level to start.

If you want to get your feet wet with multi-entry, you could start with 10 or 20 entries in a $1 or $2 tournament. That’s a great way to dip your toes in the water without going all in, and you can test the concepts that I am about to discuss here. We are going to start with stacking.

Stacking is more of an art in DFS baseball and hockey than any other sport, but it can certainly be relevant to the NFL game, too. The most obvious stack is pairing a quarterback with some of his pass catchers, but that is a strategy that almost everyone uses.

I would caution against taking TOO many pass catchers from the same team, as rarely does a quarterback have a good enough day to support three or more receiving targets. I usually limit myself to one (or two, on shorter slates). The logic here is obvious. If the quarterback throws a touchdown pass to your receiver, you get double the points and all of the $$$ — in theory, anyway.

Some of the less obvious stacks that I like to target are the RB/DEF combination and the RB/Opposing QB/WR combination. The RB/DEF combination is nice for teams that are large favorites, as the running back will likely get a lot of carries, while the defense will get opportunities for big plays as the opponent gets more aggressive while trailing. It’s not the sexiest play out there, but it works more often than you would expect.

The RB/Opposing QB/WR stack also carries the same logic, in that you will get more touches for everyone in your stack. If game flow goes as you expect, the running back for Team A will get a lot of carries with a lead, while the opposing QB will be chucking the ball while playing from behind.

Game flow is key here, and it’s a fantastic GPP strategy if you think you can peg it correctly.

If you want to get your feet wet with multi-entry, you could start with 10 or 20 entries in a $1 or $2 tournament. That’s a great way to dip your toes in the water without going all in, and you can test the concepts that I am about to discuss here. We are going to start with stacking.

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  • 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, including five in PGA. Justin is also a main contributor of sports betting picks at ScoresAndOdds

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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, including five in PGA. Justin is also a main contributor of sports betting picks at ScoresAndOdds

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