Whether you play daily fantasy sports for fun, an extra source of income, or even for a living, at the end of the day you want to continue getting better at it. Win or lose, as players we should always take something from every week and use it to improve ourselves. The transition from season long to daily isn’t that difficult, it’s just a matter of whether you want to spend the time to learn or not.
Something that many people tend to do that affects growing as a DFS players is be result oriented. Fortunately for me, I learned not to be result oriented when I played poker for a living, and was able to carry that over to DFS. However, there were times when initially began to play DFS that I thought I was making the right decision and truly was not, but quickly became aware of it as I learned more about the game. Think of it like this, when a poker player puts all his chips in the middle of the pot in a terrible spot, but hits gin and wins the pot, if he thinks it was the right play because of the outcome, he is not learning and could hurt himself as a player in the long run. If you reverse the script and take a player who puts his chips in the middle in a great spot, but loses the pot. That player shouldn’t second guess his decision so long as he knows it was the right play. The same can be said about DFS. If you grind cash, your goal is to consistently put up a specific amount of points, not score the most points. What you want is a consistent amount of points on a weekly basis that will get you through 50 percent of the field. Let’s say that number is 145 fantasy points for this articles sake. Your goal should be to consistently be in that range. If you get 200 points one week and 110 points the following, there’s a chance you can be doing it wrong. The goal should be to always find the best value plays and highest floor players and construct your lineup. Believe me, there are weeks where the chalk plays don’t show up and could cost you a win. It happens, just let variance play it course and stick to the winning strategy. If you let the outcome of one week change your decision making in later weeks, it can prevent you from winning at a consistent level long term. Evolving your game is one thing, but making decision based off results is another. The same can be said about plugging in a player that has a low floor, doesn’t play many snaps, has a tough matchup, and doesn’t receive ton of volume, but you played him in cash anyways and he breaks a random 80 yard touchdown run. Congratulations, it worked out this week, but if you don’t realize that it was a bad play that just happen to pan out, your bottom line can be affected in the long run.
Another thing that leads to making mistakes is overthinking. I’ll be the first to admit, I tend to overthink simple situations sometimes. This is something that I strongly advise you not to do. If you’re like me, you’ll spend hours upon hours reading, listening to podcasts, looking at player models, and creating lineups. Trusting your conclusion of all of your hard work is as important as the time you spend doing it. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time. This is very much like heading into draft day for your season long leagues after months of research and going away from your draft board because you start to overthink a simple decision. This could blow up in your face rather quickly.
The last thing I’d like to talk about is learning from your mistakes. This is one of the most important things if you want to grow as a DFS player. Let’s face it, we all make mistakes, but so long as we learn from them, they can be considered a learning experience. Something I like to do is discuss strategy with others in the industry. This allows me to get a different perspective and see if I’m doing something wrong, as well as improve my game. At times we get wrapped up in our ways and have trouble looking at things from a different angle. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Social media outlets such as Twitter allow you to follow and talk to some of the industry’s best minds. Another thing that is helpful is to go back and look at your lineups and compare them to winning lineups. This is something that can help you a lot as you can spot some leaks in your game. Whether it’s the approach you’re taking, overlooking of players, or not understanding the concept. If you consistently review winning lineups and compare them to yours, chances are you’ll find something you can do better.
That’s all for this week folks. Good luck in Week 11!