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  • Mindofigor

    Tonight I experienced a tilt where I easily could’ve won 8k while putting up under $40 in entry fees… would’ve taken down 2 gpp’s.

    How do you guys deal with coming so close yet so far? I’m trusting the process and trying not to be results-oriented, however when the $ was literally about to fall on your lap, how do you shake that off? About a month ago there was a $150k top prize gpp which I could’ve taken down too if I would’ve faded 1 player. I don’t throw out multiple lineups… most nights I’m playing one lineup which is for sure my problem and will be experimenting using more.

    In the meantime, I’m sure this happens daily to everyone in the top 100 of a gpp… perhaps they were deciding between 2 players and picked the wrong one, so hopefully this thread can help them too.

  • Aniesdad

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    I have been on both sides of this. What kept me going was knowing that my process was getting me to the point where I had chances of taking down the larger GPP’s. I can live with the variance of needing one more yard or one more rebound we can’t control that.

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    @bigstanny21 said...

    I have actually had the needed player(s) in other lineups, but just missed the right combo…I have never had enough money at once to allow me to play much more than 10 lineups in a night or could have possibly made it to the right grouping…anyway, I am very curious to know, from the experienced and successful guys that have won large GPP’s, how long did it take you to break through for that first big win? And have you won many more since or is taking a big GPP down something that very rarely happens, if ever, even for those that play every single night?

    It has become a painfully common occurrence for me to have all the right players but not the right combos. I just never seem to have my core narrowed down enough or have my core narrowed down but not enough variance in my bit players.

    I began playing DFS towards the end of the 2014/15 NFL season. Then played a little MLB that summer. Then became hooked on PGA and NBA. Couldn’t wait for NFL season to start. My first big win was a fluke. Was down over a grand for the NFL weekend and just used what I had left on a 2 game slate and did zero research. Little shout out to Corey Brown and Tyler Eifert. Haven’t won a “big one” since then but have won a few smaller ones with some high finishes in a few bigger GPPs. I now play every day and usually max out on the good $3-4 tourneys. Lately I’ve been able to balance any GPP losses with cash games. That is where the grind comes in.

  • sjobarzanek

    Nothing was worse when Dylan Larkin missing a wide open net in overtime for 10k with him being .6 percent owned and it being the last game of the night not to mention I had 3 guys In that overtime game and was down 10 FD points….Another heartbreaker was when I started Mirza Teletovic for 3500 on FD when he was on The Nets 2 years ago played him on 15 of my teams only to put Zach Dusty Randolph In he was my last player playing was priced around 7k and getting starting minutes vs a weak houston frontcourt guy ends the game with 20FD points and I finish In 10th 8 points out of 30k :((((

  • Gregdelt11

    This summer in the $500K fastball on DK I finished 14th for $1,500, 14 points out of first. Had listened to Beermakers 6 pack and he had 2 outfielders, Ben Revere and Khris Davis, both 3300 and I had 3300 left over. went with Davis for the double dong potential. Turns out Revere Homers(dude never homers) and outscores Davis by 11. Would not have won but would have finished 3rd for $25K. Could not sleep for 2 days, but I believe my thought process was correct, and that Davis was the right play.

    What is more tilting and what I still have trouble getting over is back in December I had an real solid NBA night and won the And One $25 Single Entry and had top 4 finishes in like every other contest, but did not play the slam, and I play the slam every night for the last 3-4 years..just decided not to play it and it cost me 8K.

  • Vanco

    Couple weeks ago I missed out on 25k by switching Kawhi to Butler last minute. Last year was down to my last dollar on DK so just played a single lineup in the and-one and took first for 2k. While that’s awesome I always had put my lineups in the $3 sharpshooter and the and-one. Sharpshooter prize that night was 50k.

  • fsupete01

    You don’t get over it.

    I was 1st in the the NBA Championship with 30 seconds to go to go in last game of night. I had Whiteside, 2nd had Wade down 1.5 pts, 3rd had Dragic down 3 points. Opposing team has ball so basically I’m 99% to get 1st or 2nd. Stupid D’Angelo Russell get ball knocked away by Dragic, who throws it down to Wade for the dunk. Poof…150k down the drain.

  • dogplayer

    @fsupete01 said...

    You don’t get over it.

    I was 1st in the the NBA Championship with 30 seconds to go to go in last game of night. I had Whiteside, 2nd had Wade down 1.5 pts, 3rd had Dragic down 3 points. Opposing team has ball so basically I’m 99% to get 1st or 2nd. Stupid D’Angelo Russell get ball knocked away by Dragic, who throws it down to Wade for the dunk. Poof…150k down the drain.

    Something or things would’ve been broke in my house if that happened to me.

  • Mangle54

    throw enough darts eventually odds are you will hit the bulls eye, last season bad beat story for me was on Fanduel had the line up that won it all ( i would have tied with it for $15K but 2 minutes before lock, i get the Ryan anderson injury news and switch from IT2 to Jrue Holiday (figure his usage would go up) both were same price, tournement was filled so couldn’t throw another lineup in it , differance was like 11-13 points but for me it was $15K

  • raftkings

    Appreciate that there is another tourney to slay.

  • krazyju84

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    had the perfect lineup on Fanduel tonight… in a $2 single entry… most of my lineups are in the $4 main… difference of about $40000…. gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!! WHHHHHYYYY!!!!!!!!

  • damionismyname

    Worst one for me was last year NBA finals with Curry. It was the late night on FD and I had Shaun Livingston. Curry had a bum ankle and wasn’t suppose to play and all I needed for was Livingston to do something but he gets ejected and Curry comes in and blows up overtime. I end up losing by like 1 pt and end up with a few $100’s. Had Livingston stayed in and played, Curry wouldn’t have seen the floor and I more than likely win it. And for the mega four pt play I had came in like 46th and if I would have switched out Whiteside for Irving I win 150k easy. It’s tough mentally but happens every night and have to move on.

  • krighton

    I won $15k in the DK $4 but I was a STL, Reb or bucket away from $50k…WCS was my only guy left and he was HOT…but the coach benched him with 30 seconds to go in the game. Not a complaint just an observation of the randomness of DFS.

  • fanjuice

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    I almost won a million dollars but then drew brees caught fire causing a 700k swing… I almost won 250k but a late homer dropped me down to 30k. I almost won 100k but a missed catch by Stefon Diggs dropped me to 25k…

    What I am saying is it happens a lot, but you have to realize when you get 1st, the guy in 2nd and 3rd will have an “almost won” story. You just gotto try to get back and win next time and put the past in the past.

  • Agent47

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    I just go in willing to accept that whatever I put in is what I’m expecting to lose. Anything that comes back is a victory. I’ve had highs and lows. Last season Chris Paul broke his hand on the waistband of a player from behind, when he had no business reaching in on a dunk attempt. Cost me 50K. Thems the breaks. literally and figuratively.

    I don’t remember the exact number that it cost me (it was much less than 50K, but still would have been a nice win), but CP3’s broken hand definitely cost me a good chunk of money that night, especially on Yahoo. I was rapidly climbing the leaderboard in the big $1 tourney there, and I believe I was the only guy in the top 30 or so that had CP3 while many other lineups were done for the night…and then that happened. All I could do was shake my head and chuckle at my misfortune and move on to the next night.

  • Agent47

    @fsupete01 said...

    You don’t get over it.

    I was 1st in the the NBA Championship with 30 seconds to go to go in last game of night. I had Whiteside, 2nd had Wade down 1.5 pts, 3rd had Dragic down 3 points. Opposing team has ball so basically I’m 99% to get 1st or 2nd. Stupid D’Angelo Russell get ball knocked away by Dragic, who throws it down to Wade for the dunk. Poof…150k down the drain.

    Wow, that sucks. I think I would’ve called off from work the next day to give myself time to recover…

  • Agent47

    To piggyback on what others have said here, I think you have to just shake it off and take comfort in knowing that you were in the hunt and had a chance. Channel your inner Embiid and “trust the process”, haha – especially if you’re consistently finding yourself in the hunt for a big win. Just in the past 2-3 weeks, I’ve barely missed on some good wins on DK and Yahoo.

    On Yahoo, I had Wilson Chandler and talked myself out of him because his minutes had been down the past few games, even though I normally love playing him and he had a great matchup that night with Denver missing some players to boot. If I would have stuck with him instead of Otto Porter, I could have upgraded Melo to Kawhi like I wanted to, and I would have won 1st and $500 pretty easily. On DK, I just missed winning $800 because I had $100 left in salary, which I could have used to upgrade my SG to KCP that night when he had 50 fpts or whatever it was, but I got a bit lazy and didn’t bother to check. Had to settle for $10-$15 that night instead of $800.

    As much as some may not want to acknowledge it, luck definitely factors into the DFS equation, and sometimes it’s just a matter of having the ball bounce your way that night so to speak. And some nights, you’ll just have to accept that it was not meant to be that night, and that that’s okay.

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