A few weeks ago there was a post in here that was a little disturbing: someone had just had enough of DFS, and was on the way out the door. The consensus in the comments was about right: every excuse the guy used was untrue, and ultimately, like anything/everything…its not for everyone.
I found myself joining DFS on a whim during the 2014 NFL season around November, when our local “Big Dog” Radio host was talking Fan Duel up like crazy. I entered all the long shot tournaments, thinking for sure I would win the hundreds of thousands of dollars, only to watch 50 $1.00 entries that “can’t lose” turn into three $2.00 cash-outs!
I’ve always been the type to look over my shoulder and see what caused the fire..looking at the No.1 winner, I’d always say “Wow, Why would he pick THAT GUY to have a good day??” By the next football season, it turned into “I KNEW THESE GUYS WERE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD DAY…why did I only ‘Win’ 4.00 dollars on 75.00??
By that point, I felt like that dude that posted his farewell…so when I read his rant, I didn’t agree, but I got his frustration.
The difference between that guy, and me… I saw people winning, I knew I was getting the picks right because I had decades of football experience behind me, but I didn’t know Jack about DFS. And I wasn’t going to learn unless I started to pick peoples brains, read articles, pay for sites, basically, consider the whole thing a BIG GAME, and LEARN HOW TO PLAY IT BY THE RULES.
Every game has rules, and if you look at the big picture, the bottom line is, there are people out there winning this money. Its not Magic, its not VooDoo, its a lot of the same people, over all for the most part, and there is no reason why we can’t join them.
After playing some NBA slates last year before I had my first revelation…I didn’t have a clue what was going on yet. But last MLB season I took my share of lumps but along the way it started to make sense. I started to catch my own mistakes.
I began to see what my problem was, like when I would realize I had GPP lineups playing in Cash games, and Vice Versa. Each sport you play has a different subset of rules and guidelines, but the concept is the same. Suddenly the time in between a good lineup got less and less.
Don’t get me wrong, I made enough mistakes this NBA season, the Sharks out there should refer to me as Charlie, the Starkist Tuna: But they weren’t a waste, and you have to have sources you can go to to pick brains. RotoGrinders has an assortment of characters, most with the right stuff, there are sources all over the internet, learning more about DFS, more about the sport your playing, its infinite right now…
But the bottom line is, the system isnt rigged, its not blind luck all the time, and if DFS is not for you, theres nothing wrong with that…But don’t make that decision up because you haven’t given it your fair shot to put in your dues.
These last few days everyone has been moving over to MLB, I couldnt quite do that yet, I was starting to ‘get it’ the last couple weeks of NBA, I put in more time in the day, waited longer to make my lineups this time of the year, and without as many of the big boys playing in the NBA slates, the “Eye Opening” happened again with two of the better days I’ve had in DFS…allowimg me to see how it works on a smaller scale. The 315 scores went so much farther, even winning cash games sub 300. I got a zero and won a cash game..talk about an easier time of it.
These guys who win consistently, the Saahilsud, Papagates, youdacao, ChipotleAddict, Scout326…they weren’t born with this knowledge, they took their lumps too, and maybe some of them got it easier the first time around than we did…thats ok, because this isnt a race. Its not LeMans or Daytona, its not a timed test, put down your pencils; its the Grind, the Long Grind, and all that matters is you get there in the end!