This is not sour grapes from someone who is a losing DFS player (which I am), but rather a statement of truth that over 90% of DFS players should listen too.
Bottom Line: You aren’t going to be profitable, get out before the sharks eat you up and spit you out!
I started playing DFS in 2015 and it was a blast. I loved crafting lineups and seeing how they stacked up against others. I won some, I lost some but it was fun. It wasn’t about the money for me (I played very low stakes) but rather the competition and the strategy, and if I won a little cash it was an added bonus.
For about 2 years, I just focused on lineup building and doing the best I could each night, but as time went on, a winning lineup was harder and harder to come by. Why was this?
To my fault, for those 2 years I never thought about the sharks as I was thinking they were only playing the high stakes, and us “for fun” players were in the $1 to $5 range. Boy was I wrong!!!!
One night I decided to open up the rankings and started to learn the names and WOW, there they were sitting in my $5 10 man 50/50 just waiting to devour! This happened night after night, but being the competitor that I am, I thought I could match up with them if I just did a little more research
So days and months went by with me playing against these sharks, and I would lose, and lose, and lose. Every once in a while I would place in a $5 10 man contest, but that was a rarity. But again, this wasn’t about the money it was that I just wanted to be competitive and win
Finally, the lineup building and looking forward to the nights set of games became less and less fun as the days went by.
On June 13th was my last day as a DFS player. I entered a $5 10 man 50/50 and was following my players periodically on my phone, as I was in a meeting. My guys were crushing it. Home runs, doubles, stolen bases, my pitcher was throwing a gem. I was thinking, boy I got one tonight! I came home, hopped on Fanduel and was in 6th place and was being lapped by 2 sharks in the Top 50 ranking. That was the night it finally dawned on me that this was a complete waste of time, and that I was never going to be able to win consistently.
To be clear, I am not mad at the sharks at all. Hell, if you can win at the rate you are I would be entering every contest on the site too, regardless of entry fees.
Unfortunately, you sucked all the fun out of DFS for me and I would urge those who just play for fun too take my advice, as a point will come that it won’t be fun for you either!