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Lesson 5: Tackling the Multi-Entry Approach – Building a Player Pool

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.

One of the most divisive questions out there is: if I am building a lot of lineups, how large should my player pool be? There are no certainties here, but the one universal thing that most successful players can agree on is that you shouldn’t make your player pool too large.

Perhaps the biggest misconception out there in DFS is that multi-entry players only win because they can “cover all the bases.”

That simply isn’t true, and attempting to cover all the bases spreads your lineups way too thin to where you need one to be absolutely perfect to profit. In the long run, that’s very rarely going to work.

Do not attempt to cover all the bases!

As long as you don’t attempt to cover everything, you have some leeway to build your player pool how you like, but I would encourage you to try to find a “core” to build around. If you do that, on the weeks that your core hits, you are going to have a much better shot at taking down a big prize, as you are going to have a few lineups that hit around your core.

How you define “core” is up to you. Some DFS players will go all in on two or three players and put them on 100% of their lineups. I am slightly more risk averse than that, so I usually won’t go above 50-60% exposure even on my “core” players. Still, that gives you enough leverage to be successful if those players go off.

Outside of the core, I generally use some combination of around five quarterbacks, eight running backs, and ten receivers as part of my player pool. You can go a little higher or lower than that if you want, but be careful not to get too carried away with, say, 15 running backs.

Remember, don’t try to cover all the bases!

One of the most divisive questions out there is: if I am building a lot of lineups, how large should my player pool be? There are no certainties here, but the one universal thing that most successful players can agree on is that you shouldn’t make your player pool too large.

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About the Author

  • 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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