First off this article was inspired by sethayates’ article “The Great Multi-Entry Debate” Give it a read as it poses some very interesting questions and brings out great data!
Some background information on myself, as I am fairly new to rotogrinders. I am a recent college graduate with a degree in mathematics. I will be beginning my masters in Data Analytics in the fall semester. I am also an avid baseball fan. I have just recently dived into the world of sabermetrics and have begun to use it towards my daily fantasy play. I began DFS back in Fall 2011 with fantasy football. A good friend and me split our entry fees and we were very successful for the first couple weeks, cashing multiple times in GPPs. By the end of the season we were both up quite a bit and we were ready to cash. During the Conference Championship weekend we decided to give it one more shot. My friend was abroad in Spain and we did a Skype call, and with little research we ended up fading the public of the Patriots and stacked the Ravens. (We had no idea that we did this, it just happened). We went from 5th to 1st place on Tom Brady’s interception by the Raven’s defense, winning $7500. Yes, I was now HOOKED, I went from broke college student to buying my roommates and myself a nice big screen TV for the Superbowl with a whole bunch of spending money left. The next few years that beginner’s luck quickly faded away.
I then tested my luck at DFS baseball for the next few years but quickly became frustrated as I was not doing the proper research and failed to cash. This year I came across RotoGrinders and have been overwhelmed with all the information I have been neglecting. I am taking it day by day and am attempting to learn as much as possible! My scores are becoming better each day but I am still struggling to turn a profit. With my bankroll the Quarter Arcades always intrigued me and after coming across sethayates’ article I believe this is a great opportunity to do some research on the subject. Sorry for the long introduction but I just wanted to show you guys how I truly am a BEGINNER in this field!
-10 Distinct Lineups a day entered into the same Quarter Arcade for 10 days ($2.50 a day, $25 total)
-Using RotoGrinder’s Vegas Lines I will select the ten top run total teams, and stack these lineups
-Each stack will attempt to place 6 players (the max) into the lineup, if this will take to much of my salary cap I may have to reduce to 5, and hopefully not but 4 may be necessary
-This will not be ten consecutive days, as I would rather do it over 18-20 days and have the proper research put in then to just throw some lineups together based on luck
-I will be tinkering around a bit with pitching; I’m thinking half of my lineups I will choose pitching first then build my lineup around my remaining salary cap. While the other half I will build my stack first then choose my pitching based on lower salary but high ceiling
-I am not claiming to be a professional, let alone an above average DFS player so take this data with a grain of salt.
Finally, please feel free to post any suggestions or critiques of what I am doing. I plan on posting results everyday from the night before, and will be willing to tinker my strategy each night. I hope we all learn a lot from this journey!