I’m starting this site as a way to collect my own thoughts and ideas about playing daily fantasy baseball. As I’m just jumping into it now, after playing in traditional full-season roto leagues for years, I started looking for strategies and guides out there on the internet but I found them to be pretty lacking. Daily fantasy games are growing very rapidly, but the traditional roto strategy sites are still a little behind on delivering content that can help the daily player.
My initial experience at the beginning of the season is probably not unlike the initial experience for many DFS players. I signed up for FanDuel, deposited $100 and started creating teams. The first week did not go very well and I didn’t have much of a strategy. I picked players on a whim and played games at varying fee levels (from $1 to $10) and in various formats (50/50, Tournament, Head to Head Matrix).
After losing consistently for a week (I did place in one Head to Head Matrix league, but I didn’t place high enough to make all of my money back), I decided that my approach had to change–I needed a system that I could track, measure, and analyze so that I wasn’t just blindly throwing my money away in hopes of catching lightning.
While there are many articles out there that talk about the strategy of how to set your lineup (and some that delve deeper into 50/50 vs. tournament strategy), I want to use this site to talk more in-depth about what I’ll call meta-strategy. By meta-strategy, I mean this: how do you approach an entire season of daily fantasy baseball in a way that gives you the best chance of making money consistently.
While I look at my traditional roto leagues as a source of fun first and money second (the hours required to win simply do not make economic sense unless you’re playing for big money, which I am not), I’m approaching DFS as a way to make money.
In short: if I’m not making money, then I don’t want to play.
My approach consists of three guiding principles:
- Winning consistently over a long period of time requires a strategy that maximizes the odds of winning.
- A strategy must be tested and measured– winning strategies will be kept and losing strategies will be discarded.
- The strategy must have a track record of success before investing in higher-payout leagues.