How to Win Daily Fantasy- Brains, not Guts

If you want to keep depositing money and let the daily fantasy companies take it, then by all means, continue doing what you’re doing. But if you want to start cashing checks, keep reading.

You can’t afford dead weight in the bigger leagues, but at the same time you can’t afford to pick the same superstars as everyone else because then you are not passing anyone and moving up the leaderboard.  My rating system is built to provide depth in your lineup.  This rating I have come up with allows you to see who gives you the most bang for your buck.  Who can you draft?  What can you get out of them?  Can you stay under the salary cap?  All questions that my process answers.

My Checklist for Success:

Check the rating. If they are ranked high and you can get a good points-per-dollar ratio, advance to the next step.  If they aren’t an efficient scorer, then don’t look twice. You only have x amount of dollars available, and there is always someone with a better statistical advantage, you just have to have the self-control to stay away from the big names sometimes.

Check the individual stats. Yes, the rating takes this into effect, but one flaw in the system is that my rating doesn’t take into effect streaks. Briefly check the player’s stats in the last ten and the last three games to see how they are performing as of late.  I bet the name Kobe Bryant looked good on paper early in the season. As of late, I would say not so much.

Check the Matchup. If they pass the first test, then check the matchup. If the player in question is going against a tough defensive opponent, then you can probably find a more reliable pick elsewhere.  If they are a bit inconsistent, but they are playing the 76ers, you might think they are worth the risk.  Remember: you need to have some players that not too many people have, because if they have a good game you can climb the leaderboard.

Check the IR. The injury report is always my last step- and the team injury report, not just the individual. I will give you a great example.  Russel Westbrook is a great player, but he fails the first test in my opinion.  He doesn’t get me enough points per dollar.  If I draft him, yes he can give me good numbers, but he occupies too much of the budget and doesn’t allow me to draft a deep lineup.  However, when Kevin Durant was injured you bet I scooped Westbrook up.  With Durant out, I knew Westbrook would be forced to take all the shots.

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