• Charlie26x

    With baseball mid season now and preseason football around the corner. As a casual player on FD, DK and new to Fantasy Draft and Yahoo. What are some goals I should aim for each week? Besides hitting a home run with 1 lineup, for someone on a budget and not hours of time for research I figure $10 a day is a good point for me. Doesn’t seem like a lot but over a week that is $70, but always willing to toss more in if needed. I play a whole range of contest types but usually stick between the $1-$5 range so i’m not beat’en up by the pros.

    How would you spend the $10 a day? Do you have a game plan for the week to at least attempt so many contest types or price points? Or a min worth spending or trying to reach a winning amount and call it a week?

    I’ve done alright this baseball season, profitable, NBA is my fav. Just looking to streamline my process and be more efficient than just entering lineups each day without some strategy behind it. I feel I am missing a piece or 2 to get to the next level.

    Any suggestions would help.

  • wolfjb1

    I would play single entry, 100-man double-ups on FD. I would probably have 10 unique lineups with 3-4 stacks and build around those, (vary the hitters in the stacks), a few double/mini-stacks and a few one-offs. Probably keep it to the top 2-3 pitchers. I might switch this to $9 in cash and put $1 in one of those 270-man single entry GPPs in FD where first place is $30. Or $8 in cash and $2 in the same sized single-entry GPPs on FD where first place is $60. That’s what I would do. I’m sure others will have varying opinions.

  • durbinjag

    On 10 bucks. I would play $8 in the $1 or $2 50/50’s, and the $2 single entry GPP. If you win for the week ramp up in week two, but stay with 80% cash, and 20% GPP’s. Thats what I have done since 2015 when I started to play, and have built a very nice bankroll. The key is to be consistent with the strategy, and don’t let the cold streaks get you down. Good luck.

  • ohhale

    Pretty much what these guys have said.

    $10 i’d split it up and do
    $6 in double ups (or 50/50’s)
    $2 in a triple up
    $2 in a SE GPP (wolfjb1 mentioned this specifically and he’s talking about the MLB Stolen Base that pays 60 to 1st place, 297 people in it)

    If you want to split that $2 up. I like to do 20 or 100 man leagues as well so you could do a $1 SE Gpp and take a shot at a decent payday and then $1 into a 10/20/100 man league..

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    Your results should guide what you do. If you have a pretty decent feel for whether you are better suited for cash, gpp, or are good at both, then go with that. If you don’t, then maybe experiment with a bit of all low $ contest types, until you get a feel for what you are better at, and go from there. I would try to play as low as possible so I’d stick to contests with entry fees of $1 and below. Personally, I would play 40 unique lines in a $.25 GPP if I could.

  • kdjac0434

    I would skip the cash games and just play some GPPs. If you are a solid cash player and you can win 60% of your contests you are looking at 8% ROI. That’s about 80 cents a day on average. If it was on one site I’d go the 25 cent route. If you are playing on multiple sites I’d probably do a low dollar GPP on each and hope to get lucky. Whatever you choose, make sure you are having fun while playing. If its not, then you are either in the wrong contests or shouldn’t be playing at all.

  • TheRyanFlaherty

    Agreed. I know some people are geared toward cash, but as a smaller bankroll player I’ve cut it out entirely. Between lineup sellers, optomizers and just an overall better more formed field, the reward was just nowhere near the risk.
    Instead of a $1 in cash on DK’s I’d rather throw a lineup in a .25 GPP, a .25 237 league and a .25 micro booster. In that situation a single lineup can make up for a bad week and you just don’t get that in cash.

    That said, if we’re talking MLB. I really allow the slate to dictate my play. Some nights a safer pitcher-centric cash type lineup may make sense. Other nights there are obvious teams to stack and multi-entry makes sense, etc so I know which games I typically enter but which exactly and how many entries is dictated by the slate and after an initial breakdown of stuff like pitching, weather, recent performances, etc.

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    If reloading is no issue to top up to $70 every week, I agree with staying away from cash, for one.

    Next, on only $10 a day, just stick for one site for easy accounting and to just be focused on one roster/salary model to optimize. I’d suggest FanDuel because of the low rake in the 100-mans. Play the Squeeze every day for $4-6 and register the rest of the money for the day in 100-mans. Or when the Squeeze is $5 and under, play two lineups.

    That said, if the strategy of GPPs is crazy to you, there is way to keep cash fun. Play a 5-man, two 3-mans, and seven h2hs. Or six h2hs and give a dollar single entry a shot. Whatever you do, don’t waste your money on doubleups because the rake is too high. Posting h2hs will get you softer competition and a better shot at the safe fun you’re looking for, if cash is what you’re looking for.

  • Jvanspro

    I play low volume and tend to throw in a couple H2H’s for fun. But mostly live in 5x games.

  • thenatural91

    I would play hand made lineups. I would roll with a 5 , 3 and 1 singles..wait till after one fills and usually even smaller sized will be made available around an hour to lock.. That or I would go with 3 entry max if the 3 dollar pops up which hasnt been lately for whatever reason but the 5 does and 1…So gives you a crack at making 20 or so lineups in week to hit a decent pay day..thats my game.

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