RotoGrinders Rankings FAQ

RotoGrinders TPOY FAQ

Visit the TPOY FAQ for full details on the RotoGrinders Tournament Player of the Year.

Can you summarize the RotoGrinders Rankings?

The RotoGrinders Rankings are designed to rank the best players in the Daily Fantasy Sports community.

We collect actual game results from the top Daily Fantasy Sites and run these results through our own formula to calculate the RotoGrinders Rankings. Our formula, explained in detail below, credits players who win the most and gives bonuses for playing a variety of sports on multiple sites. Our Overall Rankings update every Thursday morning and include data from the last 365 days.

What are the requirements for an event to qualify for the RotoGrinders Rankings?

As of 2/24/2017 we only count Tournaments and Satellites with prize pools of $5000 or more that also have a minimum of 10 players. (Before this we counted only prize pools of $10,000).

Three man leagues, heads up games, 50/50’s, doubles ups, and multipliers are among the game types that are not included in the Rankings. We hope to collect a more robust set of data in the future, but with current data collection limitations we can at the present time only focus on tournaments that are publicly available in the lobby.

How Do you Calculate the Rankings?

There are two aspects that go into the rankings:

Aspect 1) Your individual contest wins in the top 20% of the field and

Aspect 2) Diversity factor multipliers for playing multiple sites and sports.

Step 1: Individual Contest Results

Each individual contest result is plugged into the following formula.

Points = (Prizepool^.6) / (PlaceFinished^.6)

This is an exponential distribution that awards more points at the top of the curve where place finished is high, and successively fewer points at the base of the curve where place finished is low:

Results Criteria: RotoGrinders only receives winning results, so if you finished in the top 20% but didn’t get a prize, you won’t get leaderboard points. If you won a prize but did not finish in the top 20% – which will happen often in a 50/50 – you also won’t get leaderboard points.

If I Enter a Multi-Entry Contest Multiple Times, How Many of My Cashes Count Towards the Rankings?

Same as the TPOY Rankings, you can only have one event per contest count towards your Rankings total. Your highest finish will be the result that counts.

Step 2: Diversity Factor

You are then awarded a diversity bonus by applying a “Diversity Bonus” to each eligible contest score. The Diversity bonus awards a 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, etc. increase for your second, third, etc. sport such that you are awarded for showing dominance across multiple sports.

Time Period

The Overall leaderboard counts a user’s results from the past 365 Days (1 year). Our Overall Rankings rank the best Grinders currently playing in the industry, awarding Grinders who are both consistently and currently performing the best.

Calculation Frequency

  • Overall Leaderboard – Updates Weekly
  • Monthly Leaderboards – Update Daily
  • Sports Leaderboards – Update Weekly (MLB on Thursdays, NBA on Fridays)
  • Player of the Year Race – Updates Daily

Monthly Leaderboards

Every month we reset the monthly leaderboards, giving anyone a shot to take part in our competitive and fun leaderboards and win at any time! In addition to being able to compete against your friends, RotoGrinders plans to offer added incentives for those that win the Monthly Leaderboard in the future.

Seasonal Sports Leaderboards

Like to focus your abilities on just one sport? No problem. RotoGrinders also breaks down the best Daily Fantasy contestants in the world Sport by Sport. RotoGrinders offers Daily Fantasy Rankings for contestants for any the following Sports Seasons:

  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • PGA
  • Soccer
  • MMA

Note: Sports Specific Rankings do not utilize a diversity factor

Tiered Rankings

Starting in January of 2016, RotoGrinders introduced Tiered rankings that groups players into weight classes based upon a players average buy-in (limited to their single, best qualifying score, per tournament). Scores for these rankings are tallied from tournaments that have prize pools greater than $10,000 and do not include live final results. Weight classes were chosen based on a combination of natural buy-in divisions and exponential distribution. The higher the weight class, the fewer the number of members.

Your tier is defined as your average buy-in, counting only one entry per contest such that if you multi-enter 10 entries in a $1 buy-in tournament, that would only count as one entry against your average buy-in for tier categorization. For example, you could have 100 entries in a $1 tournament and 1 entry in a $100 tournament and your average buy-in would be $50.50 ($101/2).

Time range for the Tiered rankings is the last sliding 365 days, and sport diversity bonuses are factored into point totals in the same manner as our overall Grinders Rankings. Tiers are divided into the following groups:

What is the theory behind this system?

This system was initially modeled after the formula used for the Online Poker Rankings, which our team formulated back in 2005. After Beta testing, many heated discussions and way too many spreadsheets from Riley, the system was modified and adapted until we found the best current fit for Daily Fantasy Sports (keeping in mind we only incorporate winning results). We will continuously evolve and improve our system as needed to ensure that it is the best ranking system for Daily Fantasy Sports players in the world.

The RotoGrinders Rankings rewards contestants for competing in larger buy-in tournaments, tournaments with larger fields, and those players that are winning over the long-term of the industry. Any player can enter our rankings, maybe even make a splash and rise to the top for a period of time…but only top Grinders will consistently stay there.

Why doesn’t RotoGrinders utilize a Return on Investment (ROI) rankings model?

In compliance with privacy concerns issued by the major Daily Fantasy sites, we only receive a player’s winning results. We have created what we are confident is the best rankings system based on given constraints.

This is what is all about! Our mission, is to grow the Daily Fantasy games industry into the most prosperous and fun sector of online gaming. Thanks for being a part of the growth of this revolutionary and fun industry!

Do Live Event Qualifiers Count Towards My Results?

Yes, as of 2015. Initially we did not count live qualifier results but changed our minds as qualifiers and live tournaments became a more steady and important part of the daily fantasy tournament landscape. A live qualifier win is a big deal and we want to make sure players are properly awarded. The actual “Live Final” results will be manually added and adjusted to our results database after the Live Final event has concluded. All players in a “Live Final” will receive rankings points.

How are Qualifier-Only Live Events counted towards the Rankings?

Live Finals are graded by artificially shifting the number of entrants such that all finalists are pushed into the top 20% of the field, allowing all finalists to receive GLB points

Do Freerolls Count Towards My Results?

No. Freerolls do not count towards the Results as they don’t have a buy-in.

Which scores show up on my Biggest Scores section of my profile page?

As of November 1st, 2016 due to server limitations we only list your top scores are either one of your top eight scores over the past rolling calendar year and scores that are greater than 1,000 pts in value or a GPP win in fields of 1,000 or more entrants.

Commonly Asked Questions And Answers

Why Are My Survivor or Bracket Results Missing?

Why are my FanDuel Results not showing up?

  • We no longer do daily, automated results updates with FanDuel. We will instead be importing FanDuel results manually, on a weekly basis. We don’t have a set time each week for this import, but if you think it’s been more than 8-9 days and you don’t see your FanDuel results still, see #6 below.
  • Please note that FanDuel results only display in your RotoGrinders profile from the date you enter your FD username to your RotoGrinders profile, and moving forward. We can only retroactively add results if they qualify for the TPOY Standings

Other than FanDuel, how long is the delay for results tracking?

  • It varies by site, but sometimes can take as long as 2 days (48 Hours) after your contest has ended for the result to appear on RotoGrinders. If you are missing results from earlier than a week ago, please email Support at the email address below.

I cashed in a contest, but don’t see my Result. Why is it missing?

Likely because of the “20% Rule” – There are two aspects that go into the rankings:

Aspect 1) Your individual contest wins in the top 20% of the field and

Aspect 2) Diversity factor multipliers for playing multiple sites and sports.

May I change or remove my screen names from my profile without losing tracked results?

  • FanDuel, DraftKings Results are only tracked to your profile while your screen name is entered into your profile, and not retroactively. Please leave your name entered if you’d like your results tracked for these sites.

Why aren’t my DraftKings results appearing in my profile?

  • To enable DraftKings results, make sure to enable third-party tracking on your DraftKings “My Account” page (left column). You should see the pop-up below, check the box, and click submit:

I’m still missing results. What can I do?

If you are still experiencing any other missing results, please email the following to

1) Site Name
2) Date of Contest
3) URL or links to missing results (if multiple 2-3 sample links are fine)


Last Updated: May 18th, 2018

About the Author

  • Aaron Hendrix (thehazyone)

  • Aaron Hendrix is a former professional poker player who made the transition from season long fantasy sports to DFS in October of 2014. He used to cover poker tournaments for a living until stepping into his current role at RotoGrinders. He can be found on Twitter at @aaronhendrix

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