I’m sick of people saying that DFS is gambling. All you need to do is read the reader comments to any news story on Yahoo about DK and FD to get a feel of what I am talking about. What they are really saying is that it is all based on chance and that there is no skill involved. This nonsense has to be put to rest.
I think a leader in the DFS world, someone with power and reach, needs to challenge a prominent figure (a member of Congress, perhaps) in the “DFS is gambling” camp to a season long DFS duel. The loser would have to volunteer his (her) TIME (not money) to the favorite charity of the winner. I don’t want the loser to be demeaned or humiliated.
In the challenge, the DFS leader would pick his lineups as he always would. The gambling leader would be forced to pick his lineups by random measures. Of course, this would mean these lineups just might be filled with randomly drafted bench warmers. Wouldn’t that be tough LUCK! On occasion, these random lineups would have to be modified to prevent a salary cap violation. However, often times, these random lineups are going to come in way under budget.
Using the list of players on Yahoo for the upcoming NFL games, I built a random lineup with a random-number generator. I first randomly determined the draft order by position, and , then I randomly picked the players within the position. I eliminated questionable and out players. Here is the lineup that was generated. A predicted, this team was built with only $148 out of a $200 budget. I suspect anyone with even a modest level of SKILL could beat this lineup.