Before I get a bunch of the usual replies that amount to “Adapt”, or “Make better lineups”, think about what I’m saying
I have only been playing DFS for a couple of years now and have made in the low 5 figures playing the major sports
Something I and others are noticing more and more is the prevalence of pay for lineup or team play in single entry cash games. Forget whether this is an unfair way to circumvent the single entry rule, I think it poses a much bigger problem for profitable players and the DFS sites.
I believe for every contest there is a statistically optimal lineup. Better players build lineups closer to the optimal lineup, while the casual player may get lucky throwing darts but averages well below optimal.
The one and only thing that makes this activity profitable for some is the presence of casual players. When casual players start buying professional lineups they of course aren’t casual players anymore. If the casual player doesn’t know about or want to pay for a professional lineup, they still see tourneys filled with blocks of syndicate play and/or cannot possibly compete, removing themselves from the player pool.
Yes, if the overall skill level of the player pool has increased, maybe you can adapt and build even better lineups than those pay to play lineups. The optimal lineup hasn’t changed though, so now you and these others are battling over an ever shrinking difference between player lineups and the optimal lineup. The inevitable result over time is the best players losing the least after rake. Once again, yes you can adapt and improve, but the ability to improve is limited to an optimal lineup
It would be easy for these big sites to add programming which would limit the same lineup to say 5% of the total lineups, just like you can’t stack one game or more than 4 players from a team. This percentage could even be adjusted according to the amount of games. When you submit or edit your lineup and the limit has already been reached, alter it or cancel entry. If it’s too late to cancel people will learn really quickly it’s not worth gambling a bunch of other players aren’t using the same lineup you bought.
If something isn’t done I believe all the casual players will quit and then all the volume players will see there is no profit any longer. The whole DFS world will become known as an unbeatable scam and play on the sites will dry up.