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Tracking Exposure

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.

One of the toughest things to do when creating a ton of different lineups is to get the desired amount of exposure to each player. There are a number of different ways that you can track your exposure, but I’m going to explain the method that works best for me. I have created a spreadsheet that will help you track your exposure (which is included in this course) and this lesson will walk you through how to use it.

Almost all of the emphasis in tournament play is on ownership levels. While deciding how much exposure you want to have to each player should be our primary concern, being able to track your exposure is nearly as important. The spreadsheet that I have provided allows you to track your exposure and it will allow you to get a good idea if that exposure is going to work, given the salary cap restraints.

Before we get into the specifics, let me quickly walk you through the process on how to update the spreadsheet each week. The field and salaries are going to change, so it takes a few minutes to update it each week. The steps are listed below:

1. Open the Mass Entry Tournament Wookbook and download the doc as an Excel spreadsheet. Then click on the DKSalaries tab.
2. Highlight columns A through E, right click, and “clear contents.”
3. Now go to DraftKings.com and open up a PGA contest for the week.
4. On the draft screen, click on the “Export to CSV” button underneath the salaries.
5. This will open up the salaries for the week in a separate spreadsheet.
6. Highlight columns A through E in that spreadsheet, right-click, and copy.
7. Now go back to the Mass Entry Tournament Wookbook and paste into columns A through E.
8. Now click on the “Exposure” tab in the Mass Entry Tournament Wookbook and clear out all of the names in column A.
9. Then copy the golfers from the DKSalaries tab and paste them into column A.

These steps may look like a time consuming process, but it really takes less than five minutes each week and you will have yourself a, easy-to-use workbook to track your exposure.

Now, let’s walk through the workbook and explain how it works. The first step is to enter how many lineups you are going to enter into the tournament. The cell is highlighted in red to make it easy to find.

The next step is to enter the percentage of exposure that you want to have to each player. After you’ve done all of your PGA research, you should have a good idea of who you want to target and how much exposure you want to have to each player. Go through the entire list of players and enter the percentage of ownership that you would like to have to each in Column B (highlighted in blue).

After you have entered your exposure percentages, it’s time to look at columns I through J. The first section is going to tell you how many players you need to have (based on the number of lineups you are entering) and how many players you currently have based on your ownership percentages that you entered into column B. The difference shows how many players you need to add or subtract. For instance, if you are entering 100 lineups, you will need to roster 600 total players. After filling our Column B, you may find out that you only have exposure to 540 players, which means you need to increase your percentages.

Right below that is my favorite part of the workbook. One of the most common problems with building a ton of tournament lineups is that when you are deciding your exposure percentages, you don’t take into account player salaries. When this happens, you typically want to have a lot of exposure to the higher end players. What ends up happening is that you quickly find that your percentages aren’t going to work, because you have too much exposure to the expensive players.

This tool helps eliminate that, as it calculates the average salary per player that you have exposure to (based on Column B and their salary) and compares it to the average salary that you actually have to spend on each player, which is $8,333. The difference tells you how over/under the budget you are per player, based on your ownership percentages. If you are over budget, you will need to lower your exposure to the more expensive players and increase your exposure to the cheaper players. This is extremely important because it allows you to actually have the right amount of exposure to players once you start building lineups.

Now that you have entered your exposure percentages and have made sure that you it will fit with the salary cap restraints, it’s time to start building lineups. As you are building teams, keep track of how often you choose a player and enter that into column E. Column G will then tell you how many more teams you need to put each player on. Tracking this after every team can be time consuming though. I usually make a bunch of teams and then update Column E every once in a while. To do that, pull up the My Lineups page on DraftKings and click Cntl-F. From there, search for each golfers name and it will tell you how many times you have picked that them.

One of the toughest things to do when creating a ton of different lineups is to get the desired amount of exposure to each player. There are a number of different ways that you can track your exposure, but I’m going to explain the method that works best for me. I have created a spreadsheet that will help you track your exposure (which is included in this course) and this lesson will walk you through how to use it.

Almost all of the emphasis in tournament play is on ownership levels. While deciding how much exposure you want to have to each player should be our primary concern, being able to track your exposure is nearly as important. The spreadsheet that I have provided allows you to track your exposure and it will allow you to get a good idea if that exposure is going to work, given the salary cap restraints.

Before we get into the specifics, let me quickly walk you through the process on how to update the spreadsheet each week. The field and salaries are going to change, so it takes a few minutes to update it each week. The steps are listed below:

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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.

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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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