Armando Marsal

Fantasy Writer

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Throughout the season, I’ve walked the readers through my transition from being a successful/profitable yearly player, to trying to become a profitable DFS player. As with everything in life, there are ups and downs, trial and errors, but the important part is learning from your experience. Through my journey, I’ve picked up several things on my own, have been helped and advised by some great minds, and have done as much research as possible to improve week in and week out.

One thing that’s important to know is why you play in daily leagues. Are you doing it for fun? Are you trying to build a bankroll and grind it out? Are you praying for a miracle and trying to become a millionaire over night? These are all questions that you should know the answers to. Knowing your purpose is just as important as knowing about fantasy football. For me personally, I love the game of football, and wouldn’t mind some extra income. So my goal is to build a bankroll and see a positive ROI at the end of each year.  Learning from your mistakes and your successes is also important. When you have a bad day it’s easy to blame luck, and when you have a good day, well you knew what you were doing, right?  The way I look at it is, I won, now what can I do to improve? The same obviously goes for when I lose. Granted, sometimes your players just don’t pan out. However, there is always something to learn from both winning and losing sessions.

In recent weeks, the prices have been stiff on Draft Kings, so I’ve made some adjustment in my approach to setting up my lineups. Initially, I went receiver heavy, but as of late, I’ve paid up for quarterbacks and running backs, as the prices on receivers haven’t appealed to me. I also thought that there was more value in paying up for the other positions. At times it worked out, others it didn’t. Trying new things out is always good because you can find more than one way to win and you can also see things that might not work for you. When doing this, I suggest you to drop in stakes so that if the new approach your trying out doesn’t work, the hit won’t be as bad. Keep in mind, if something is working, stick to it, but don’t prevent yourself from evolving as the game changes. You also have to know that each week is different. For the most part in yearly leagues, we have one roster for the entire year. Our biggest changes will be adding a player off waivers, and/or trading players. Aside from that, there’s really not many adjustments needed to be made. In DFS prices change weekly, so being on top of your game and being able to find a comfort zone each week is important.

Speaking of yearly leagues, what would most do with a player like Jimmy Graham after two poor consecutive weeks? Definitely not bench him. So why fade him in DFS? That’s one thing I’ve heard many people have done, and I too have been guilty of that. However, you can’t let what a player did for you in Week 10, determine the decision you’re making in Week 14. I personally like to take players that are coming off of bad weeks, for the reason that many people are fading. For example, since I mentioned Jimmy Graham, I paid up for him last week since I knew most wouldn’t. It was a good matchup and good price. At the end it didn’t pan out, because he had another poor outing. However, just because a player doesn’t perform up to par one week, doesn’t mean you should avoid him the following week. Approach each week differently, and base your decisions on the facts at hand.

As usual, I look forward to another week. I wish you all the best of luck. Until next week!