Player Hot Streaks Are Important For Winning Daily Fantasy Sports Contests

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The more I play daily fantasy sports, mostly on DraftKings, the more I recognize that using sports players who are on current hot streaks is key to winning. If an NBA player has put up at least 36 fantasy points over the past 7 games, then there’s a good chance that trend will extend to 8 games. After conducting some level of due diligence first of course.

This is especially true for PGA contests. I used to rely more on past tournament results than current form, but now I weigh my player selection influence based on 80% of current form and 20% from past tournament results. Of course I was always looking for players that had a strong intersection of these two categories, but the more I favor players who are hot at the moment with cool to warm past tournament results versus players that are cool to warm at the moment but have hot past tournament results, the better I tend to do. Of course there is usually a handful of players who are hot in both categories, but they typically have salaries above $11,000. For cash games you want players in the $7.5K-$9K range, and this mid tier of players you are usually forced to choose between current form and past tournament results, so that’s where you may want to apply the 80/20 split I outlined above.

I also apply the same thinking to my NHL and NBA contests, and will stay consistent when MLB contests are up and running again next month when professional baseball returns for its 2018 campaign.

I think this methodology is what makes DraftFuel so valuable, because you can quickly figure out which players are hot on DraftKings and FanDuel at the moment from a fantasy points perspective, based on various filtering options that are available to our users.

There’s a DraftFuel screen shot below outlining what a user playing NBA on DraftKings would do to see all players who have at least 30 fantasy points/game over the past 5 games. Damian Lillard and Paul George display, along with a few other players. From there a player can be clicked on to view his past game analytics and you can determine if he’s a good value pick to use in a lineup.

Filtering players by minimum number of fantasy points

I will still once in awhile use a player who may be cold at the moment but has had uniquely strong performances versus that specific opponent in the past. Players playing in their hometown for example sometimes find an extra gear and snap out of their cold streaks with strong play against their favorite childhood team.

There are so many variables to take into account when building DFS lineups, but certainly don’t underestimate the power of player hot streaks, and how they can empower you to win more contests and earn more money.

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DraftKings Hockey: These NHL Players Will Help You Win Your Contests Tonight (February 9th)

We are officially in the dog days of hockey right now, but with all of the recent high scoring games, and significant NHL coach firings (like Boston’s coach getting canned hours before the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade) there’s certainly still lots of entertainment these days!

Tonight we have a busy Thursday with 11 games on the slate, so 22 teams will do battle against each other. We will see the Blues vs Maple Leafs, Kings vs Panthers, Sharks vs Bruins, Ducks vs Sabres, Predators vs Rangers, Islanders vs Flyers, Red Wings vs Capitals, Canucks vs Blue Jackets, Stars vs Senators, Penguins vs Avalanche, and Canadiens vs Coyotes. I think most of these games should be quite entertaining overall, but I’m most excited about the Stars vs Senators game from a fantasy perspective since both teams tend to give up lots of goals, and both teams can certainly score lots of goals too. A 6-5 final wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

If you are trying to decide which players to select tonight for your NHL daily fantasy sports contests on DraftKings, you have come to the right place. Below I list my favorite player for each position tonight based on the most fantasy points I feel can be earned at a salary that offers good value, and suggest other good player selections that fit that same criteria too. I include all player’s salaries for tonight as well.

Good luck everyone, may your lineups be hot, your fantasy points be high, and your earnings be amazing!

1. Goalie: My Pick – Braden Holtby ($8,500) – He is absolutely on fire right now with 8 wins in a row if you count the All Star games he shone in. He is coming off a 9.6 fantasy point shutout game of the Hurricanes, and could very well shut out the Red Wings tonight at home.

Other good options to consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100), Robin Lehner ($7,500), and Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,300).

2. Defense: My Pick – Kris Letang ($6,000) – I like one of the top dmen in the league at this price compared to a Burns or a Karlsson at $8.5K and $7K respectively. Colorado are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is last in the league, they are 29th in shots against, and 29th in save percentage. The Penguins can score with the best of them and despite the Avalanche having a shut out last game, I don’t see positive results this time around in the mile high city with Crosby and company in town. Letang’s fantasy points have ranged from 5 to 6 over the past three games and his salary has remained flat so I like him as a high end value player tonight.

Other good options to consider: Seth Jones ($5,300), Matt Niskanen ($4,700), and Morgan Rielly ($4,200).

3. Center: My Pick – Patrice Bergeron ($6,500) – He had a bad start to the season, but is on fire now with 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 5 games, and went off last game vs Toronto for 10.5 fantasy points with a three point effort.

Other good options to consider: Tyler Seguin ($7,700), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,600), and Tyler Bozak ($4,700).

4. Winger: My Pick – Mitch Marner ($6,100) – The rookie of the month for January is going gang busters these days with a fantasy point range of 4 to 8.5 over his past 5 games. He scored last week vs St.Louis in Missouri, and I expect another strong outing tonight in Toronto.

Other good options to consider: Mike Hoffman ($5,700), Jamie Benn ($7,200), Evander Kane ($5,300), Brad Marchand ($7,100), J.T. Miller ($5,200), and Michael Grabner ($5,100).

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DraftKings Golf: 5 Stud & 5 Value Players for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

ATT Pebble Beach ProAm

It was an intense title defense win for Hideki Matsuyama last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, edging out Webb Simpson in four sudden death playoff holes. Big congrats to “nfog” as he or she was the big $20,000 winner of the PGA $325K Birdie contest earning 638 fantasy points with the lineup consisting of Matsuyama, Oosthuizen, Fowler, An, Berger, and Kuchar.

This week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be played on three different courses on the beautiful west coast of California. The tournament features a 156 player field (plus a few celebrities such as Mark Wahlberg), and the top 60 PGA players plus ties will get to play on Sunday after the 54 hole cut is made on Saturday. The defending champ is the veteran, Vaughn Taylor.

I have put together my favorite 5 picks and top 5 sleepers for this week’s PGA tournament for your DraftKings lineup(s), plus added in the salaries for all players too.

Feel free to debate my selections below with a comment, or add your favorite player if you don’t see him on the list but can foresee see him contending or being a solid value pick this week. If you get value here then please share this article with your followers on Twitter and friends or fans on Facebook.  Thanks, and good luck everyone!

  1. Justin Rose ($9,200) – Looks like his ailing back is feeling much better these days as he has a 2nd and a 4th in his most recent two starts. In his only appearance at Pebble Beach he finished 6th just last year.
  2. Brandt Snedeker ($10,000) – Won here in 2013 and in 2015, and if the every two year win pattern continues then we will see Brandt win this year in 2017. Was 9th in his most recent start at the Farmers Insurance Open under two weeks ago.
  3. Jordan Spieth ($12,000) – Is consistently in the top 10 for finishes, and it’s a big reason why he’s regularly on the top of the player list in terms of highest salary number on DraftKings. In the past three years at this tourney he has finished 4th, 7th, and 21st, from 2014 to 2016 respectively.
  4. Phil Mickelson ($9,300) – Is on a pretty good run right now and starting to look more and more like one of the best golfers ever again, which he certainly is. Won here in 2012, was 2nd here last year, and has five top 19’s in his last six starts at Pebble Beach. Has won this tourney a record four times in total over the many years of his career, and is unsurprisingly the all time money leader.
  5. Dustin Johnson ($11,800) – The supremely talented golfer actually missed the cut in his most recent start at the Farmers Insurance Open, but don’t expect the typical top 5 finisher to miss out on Sunday golf this week. He has three top 5’s here in the past six years, and golfing with his future father in-law, Wayne Gretzky, should get him back to an elite finish. Oh, and he has won here twice before, so there’s that as well.

Top 5 value players for this week with a salary of $7,000 or less:

  1. Shane Lowry ($7,000) – Is quite consistent week to week usually settling in for teens, 20’s, or 30’s finishes. Has played in this tournament twice, and was 21st in 2015, and 41st last year.
  2. Vaughn Taylor ($6,900) – Whenever I can get a defending tourney champ for under $7K I usually bite, unless recent form is horrible. Taylor’s isn’t as he has played on the weekend in 9 straight events. Was 10th here in 2015, and could add a third straight top 10 this year which would make his fantasy owners very happy.
  3. Cameron Smith ($6,900) – Was 11th here last year, and has been pretty consistent with good finishes this season on the PGA Tour. Has finishes ranging from 27th to 42nd with just one missed cut in his past four starts.
  4. Jim Herman ($6,900) – Was on a great run with finishes in the 10th to 13th range until he missed the cut last week in Arizona. Was 17th here last year, and 27th in 2014.
  5. Scott Brown ($6,800) – Hasn’t missed a cut since November, making all five cuts since then with a typical finish being in the 40’s to 50’s range. He should have a similar finish this year unless he gets distracted by the free flowing waves of the brilliant Pacific Ocean.

My main lineup for this week so far with $100 left in the maximum salary cap: Brandt Snedeker ($10,000), Phil Mickelson ($9,300), Justin Rose ($9,200), Jim Furyk ($7,500), Shane Lowry ($7,000), and Vaughn Taylor ($6,900).

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What Daily Fantasy Sports Content Can You Trust?

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There are a few large publications that fairly regularly cover the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry, both for news and for lineup building information. And now there are lots of niche DFS blogs that post content to try and help DFS users do better by recommending ideal players for any given day, and providing team vs team match up intel.

More and more content publishers are fighting for DFS user’s attention, and a variety is a positive thing for the industry, but the problem is which mainstream and DFS blogs can you actually trust?

I would recommend reading a wide variety of sites initially to see which ones resonate with you the best in terms of consuming the content, and actually putting the information into action when building your DFS lineups. Some posts may leave you more confused than when you originally arrived to the site, and that’s certainly a bad thing because your main goal is to quickly get quality recommendations for your lineups, select those players, and enter some contests.

An important thing to do is to track results from each of the sites that you trust for your DFS research. Too many DFS users will use information from a site or sites, then not connect their contest winnings or losses to the player recommendations they received and ultimately used. If you keep consistently losing after using the same sources for DFS information, then you really should consider finding new DFS material to read, watch, or listen to, or just tweak your lineup construction process in general.

Some DFS users don’t really read much content, and instead solely use DFS tools and analytics services for their lineup building needs. If that works then great, but I think it’s important to both consume DFS related information for the sport(s) you are competing in for a foundation of knowledge on a particular day, and use DFS tools to dig into player stats and fantasy data to make educated judgement calls as to whether player’s salary numbers are worth the investments or not.

Keep an eye out for feedback and social mentions of the articles that you are putting stock in from a trust perspective, and see how others feel about the same content that you are relying on. If you observe positive sentiment from DFS users, and the results you see personally are consistent with that notion then you can feel good about your choices. But always tweak where you get your information from by adding or removing sources on a monthly basis. And keep in mind that DFS is sort of a secretive industry since users don’t want to offer much help to their competition, so social signals can often be minimal.

If you mostly just read DFS content to get facts only, then you can safely keep using those sources and lean on them. I’m mostly discussing sites that are offering up opinions, player’s fantasy point projections, and essentially subjective and debatable insights.

Just like in life, when you find something or someone you can trust it’s an amazing thing, and you need to be able to put your trust in the inputs you use for your DFS lineup building process. We ultimately make all DFS player selections based on our gut, and our gut relies on trust and belief, so what we put into our minds has to successfully satisfy our emotional side too.

Trust takes a long time to earn, can be taken away in the blink of an eye, and can be impossible to gain back, so it’s important for those who gain influence and earn trust in the DFS industry to treasure and nurture the honor to build stronger relationships over time. I for one take great pride in building up my DFS integrity, and with every article I publish, connection I make, and communication I have with someone who’s involved within DFS one way or another, I value highly and take nothing for granted.

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Don’t Play Daily Fantasy Sports Lineups From Lineup Sellers

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It’s amazing how many people sell lineups for DraftKings and FanDuel on Twitter, and other social media sites. I’m all for people selling lineups, in fact some of them are DraftFuel customers already, but I think it’s wise for users who buy them to tweak their lineups, just a little bit.

User’s should research all of the player’s analytics who are suggested for the paid lineups, and decide which ones to keep and which ones to switch out.

I’ve subscribed for paid lineup services before, and had some success. But what I would typically do is swap out 2 to 4 players per lineup with players I felt had a higher percentage of attaining more fantasy points on that given day.

The good thing about tweaking your lineups even just a little bit is because:

  1. You don’t want to have the exact same lineup as anyone else ideally, because if you win a big prize you will have to split up the winnings with what can be 10 or more people.
  2. You want to look for players who have a better chance at more fantasy points, and who will be less owned so your lineup becomes that much more unique.
  3. You will feel more confident in your lineups because you put your finger prints on them, and will feel like you are more in control of your DFS destiny.

If you are thinking about buying DFS lineups, then I would highly recommend that you look at Monster Roster who I’ve used before and seen success with!

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DraftKings Golf: 5 Stud 5 Value Players for the Waste Management Phoenix Open

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What a dramatic 1st ever PGA Tour win for Jon Rahm last week as he made two long birdie putts on his final two holes on Sunday to win the tournament by three strokes. Big congrats to “scout326” as he or she was the $100,000 winner of the PGA $500K Drive the Green contest with a huge 577.5 fantasy point lineup consisting of Rahm, Howell, Rose, Finau, Bradley, and Steele.

This week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale which is a par 71, stretches to 7,266 yards, and the tournament features a 132 player field. This week will have a cut line with the top 70 players plus ties making it to the weekend. The defending champ is none other than Japanese sensation, Hideki Matsuyama.

I have put together my favorite 5 picks and top 5 sleepers for this week’s tournament for your DraftKings lineup(s), plus added in the salaries for all players too.

Feel free to debate my selections below with a comment, or add your favorite player if you don’t see him on the list but can foresee see him contending or being a solid value pick this week. If you get value here then please share this article with your followers on Twitter and friends or fans on Facebook.  Thanks, and good luck everyone!

  1. Hideki Matsuyama ($11,700) – Has cooled off a bit in his last two starts with a 27th and 33rd, but in his two starts before that he was 1st and 2nd. Holds an exceptionally strong track record at TPC Scottsdale with a win, a 2nd, and a 4th in his only three appearances at this tourney. He is the defending champ and will be hungry to be in contention again on Sunday.
  2. Justin Thomas ($11,500) – Is the hottest golfer on Tour right now with back to back wins at the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii. He missed the cut here last year, but was 17th in 2015, and should see his best result to date this year.
  3. Jordan Spieth (12,000) – Has a 6th and two 3rd’s in his past three starts, and in his only start at this tourney he was 7th in 2015. He has slipped to 6th in the world rankings, and I think he will be hungry to put up a win soon. Expect a top 5 this year.
  4. Jon Rahm ($9,700) – Coming off an emotional win last week it will be interesting to see how he fares this week. I generally don’t like taking players after they won the week before, but in his only TPC Scottsdale start he earned a 5th in 2015. He’s a pretty good high end value player this week.
  5. Ryan Moore ($8,600) – Was 3rd in his last start at the SBS Tournament of Champions earlier this month, and his track record at TPC Scottsdale is impressive with finishes ranging from 4th to 17th in the past four years.

Top 5 value players for this week with a salary of $7,000 or less:

  1. Marc Leishman ($7,000) – Has back to back 20th finishes, and was 5th at the CIMB not too long ago. His record at this tournament isn’t overly impressive, and he has missed the cut here two years in a row in 2013 and 2014 but that was awhile ago and he’s a more polished player now, and at just $7K I can’t help but to invest into him.
  2. Louis Oosthuizen ($6,900) – We aren’t really used to seeing this guy’s salary so low in a non-major tournament, so his cap hit is surprising and I want to take advantage of it. Maybe it’s because he hasn’t competed in this event before. He has two 9th’s in his past four starts, and is coming off a 41st last week on a tough course. The 27th top ranked golfer in the world is great value for $6.9K.
  3. Chez Reavie ($6,800) – Much like Leishman above, Chez hasn’t fared too well in this tourney either, missing the cut each of the past two years. In his last three starts though he has a 4th, an 8th, and a 12th. I’m more on board with strong recent form vs tournament history, and with that thinking I’m bullish on Chez this week.
  4. Sean O’Hair ($6,900) – I feel like a broken record right now but Sean’s record at this event is also not that strong, but his current form is. He has a 9th, a 10th, and an 11th in his last three starts.
  5. Jim Herman ($6,600) – In his only start here he missed the cut last year, but in his past three starts he has earned a 10th, a 12th, and a 13th. A hot hand is hard to ignore, especially at a price tag nicely under $7K.

My main lineup for this week so far with $100 left in the maximum salary cap: Hideki Matsuyama ($11,700), Ryan Moore ($8,600), Brendan Steele ($8,200), Russell Knox ($7,500), Marc Leishman ($7,000), and Louis Oosthuizen ($6,900).

If you haven’t already, be sure to get an account on DraftFuel to get access to the player analytics and search tools you need to build better quality lineups more consistently, win more contests and money on DraftKings and FanDuel, save research time, track your spending, and improve your work flow process too. We currently support NBA, NHL, MLB, and PGA, and will be adding more sports leagues this year as well.

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DraftKings Golf: 5 Stud 5 Value Players for the Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open

This is the first big PGA tournament of the year with a very strong field, and after 17 months on the sidelines Tiger Woods makes his much anticipated return to competitive golf! It was a big win last week for Hudson Swafford, making it his first PGA Tour win in his young career so a big congrats to him. And kudos to “jacraven” on DraftKings for winning the top prize of $15,000 in the $250K Birdie contest with a lineup consisting of Swafford, Hadwin, Harman, Howell, Lahiri, and Rahm.

This week’s Farmers Insurance Open in gorgeous San Diego features a full 156 player field who will do battle on two different courses, those being Torrey Pines north and south. This week will have a cut line with the top 70 players plus ties making it to the weekend. The defending champ is none other than Brandt Snedeker.

I have put together my favorite 5 picks and top 5 sleepers for this week’s tournament for your DraftKings lineup(s), plus added in the salaries for all players too.

Feel free to debate my selections below with a comment, or add your favorite player if you don’t see him on the list but can foresee see him contending or being a solid value pick this week. If you get value here then please share this article with your followers on Twitter and friends or fans on Facebook.  Thanks, and good luck everyone!

  1. Jason Day ($11,400) – Was 1st in 2015, 2nd in 2014, and 9th in 2013 here. So his record at Torrey Pines is solid. He finished 12th earlier this month at the SBS Tournament of Champions, is well rested, and should be in prime form this week.
  2. Brandt Snedeker ($9,500) – Won here last year, and in 2012 too. Was 2nd in 2013, has only missed the cut once in the past six years here, and in cuts made his worst finish is 19th. Is the top horse for the course this week.
  3. Dustin Johnson ($11,100) – Has a 2nd, a 3rd, and a 6th place finish in his past three starts. His record at Torrey Pines isn’t overly impressive but he did finish 3rd in 2011, and his game right now is rock solid.
  4. Hideki Matsuyama ($11,200) – Finished 27th in his last start at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but before that he went 2nd, 1st, 1st. Much like Johnson, his record is nothing to write home about, but he was 14th here in 2014. He is playing the best golf of his life right now, so anything less than a top 15 finish would be disappointing for him.
  5. Jimmy Walker ($9,400) – Has a solid track record at Torrey Pines with two 4th’s, a 7th, an 8th, and a 29th here since 2011 with just one missed cut during that time frame. He missed the cut in his last start at the Sony Open in Hawaii but he was ill then so expect a strong bounce back this week.

Top 5 value players for this week with a salary of $7,000 or less:

  1. Martin Laird ($6,500) – Is coming off a 9th last week, and has finished 8th and 7th here over the past two years respectively. Has only missed the cut once here in the past six years. For $6.5K he’s a big steal in my opinion, and I love him on my main lineup.
  2. Adam Hadwin ($6,200) – Shot a 59 this past Saturday, and settled for a 2nd at the CareerBuilder Challenge after leading after 54 holes. Has made the cut the last two years straight at this event, including a 32nd in 2015. He’s under priced at $6.2K.
  3. Lucas Glover ($6,700) – Has made four straight cuts, and had a 3rd and a 5th during that stretch. Was 9th in 2010 here, and has only missed the cut twice in the past six years.
  4. Chad Campbell ($6,500) – Coming off a 6th last week, and has a 19th, and a 31st in the past two years at this tourney. Campbell’s soup (aka his golf game) should be hot this week in SoCal.
  5. Scott Stallings ($6,800) – Was 8th last week, and actually won this tourney in 2014, was 2nd in 2015, and 25th last year. These very challenging courses seem to fit his game well, and to get a recent winner for under $7K seems like good value to me.

My main lineup for this week so far with $100 left in the maximum salary cap: Jason Day ($11,400), Brandt Snedeker ($9,500), Tony Finau ($7,700), Hudson Swafford ($7,500), Charles Howell ($7,300), and Martin Laird ($6,500).

If you haven’t already, be sure to get an account on DraftFuel to get access to the player analytics and search tools you need to build better quality lineups more consistently, win more contests and money on DraftKings and FanDuel, save research time, track your spending, and improve your work flow process too. We currently support NBA, NHL, MLB, and PGA, and will be adding more sports leagues this year as well.

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DraftKings Golf: 5 Stud 5 Value Players for the CareerBuilder Challenge

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It’s pretty sweet to have PGA golf back on a regular basis now to both watch and play golf fantasy sports! It was a massive win last week for Justin Thomas at the Sony Open in Hawaii, taking the trophy by a whopping 7 strokes over Justin Rose!

This week’s CareerBuilder Challenge features a full 156 player field who will do battle on three different courses in beautiful La Quinta, California. This week will have a cut line with the top 70 players plus ties making it to Sunday’s final round. It’s a 54 hole cut line where every player will get to play on all three courses. The defending champ is none other than Jason Dufner.

I have put together my favorite 5 picks and top 5 sleepers for this week’s tournament for your DraftKings lineup(s), plus added in the salaries for all players too.

Feel free to debate my selections below with a comment, or add your favorite player if you don’t see him on the list but can foresee see him contending or being a solid value pick this week. If you get value here then please share this article on Twitter and Facebook.  Thanks, and good luck everyone.

  1. Bill Haas ($10,500) – Has dominated this event, he’s the biggest horse for the course in the playing field, and is the all time money leader here. Won this tourney in 2010 and in 2015, was 2nd in 2011, 6th in 2014, and 9th last year. Has four straight top 20’s this season, and another one is coming this week.
  2. Jamie Lovemark ($9,600) – Finished 6th at the RSM Classic, and 4th last week in his most recent two starts. Was 6th last year, and many analysts like him to win this year with loads of momentum working in his favor.
  3. Charles Howell ($9,900) – Has top 15’s in his last four starts, and has made the cut here six straight times with a 2nd coming in 2013. He likely won’t win this week, but he’s a solid bet for a top 20.
  4. Patrick Reed ($11,200) – Won this event in 2014, and is coming off a 6th at the SBS Tournament of Champions while playing ill. Is now 9th on the world golf ranking list, and if his putter is working well this week he could add a second CareerBuilder Challenge trophy to his collection.
  5. Webb Simpson ($8,200) – His worst finish in his last four starts is 36th, and in his last six starts at this event he has only missed the cut one time, and his lowest finish when making the cut is 33rd. Was 7th in 2015.

Top 5 value players for this week with a salary of $7,000 or less:

  1. John Huh ($7,000) – Has made 10 cuts in a row, and in his only two starts at this tourney he was 30th in 2015, and 24th in 2016. He’s trending in the right direction.
  2. Cameron Smith ($7,000) – Is already 5 for 5 for cuts made this season. The Aussie is playing some excellent golf, and at just 23 years of age his future looks bright.
  3. Jhonattan Vegas ($6,900) – Won this event back in 2011, but hasn’t made out so well since with just one cut made in his past five starts in La Quinta. He’s rolling along well right now though with top 45’s in his last five starts.
  4. Graham DeLaet ($6,900) – The big bearded Canadian turns 35 years of age on Sunday, and so he may have some good vibes going this week. Has made the cut here all four times that he’s competed in this tournament, and I expect him to add to that streak this year.
  5. Cameron Tringale ($6,700) – Has never missed a cut at this event in the six appearances that he’s made. His best placing in this tourney is 14th, and that came just last year.

My main lineup for this week so far with $0 left in the maximum salary cap: Bill Haas ($10,500), Luke List ($8,600), Webb Simpson ($8,200), Ryan Palmer ($8,000), Lucas Glover ($7,700), and John Huh ($7,000).

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How To Successfully Compete In Daily Fantasy Sports Like a Pro

How To Compete

Regularly building lineups and entering daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests is a challenging endeavor, even for the most elite users. I’ve been playing DFS for over 5 years now, but I still have hardships from time to time. Sort of like last night how Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings was a late scratch because of an unknown illness and unfortunately I owned and deployed him in a few contests. So did another 10% of users too. I usually do a quick Twitter search for each player in my lineups just before contests lock, but I didn’t yesterday and unfortunately got burned.

So how do you successfully compete in daily fantasy sports to be profitable or at least break even over a long period of time? I have some suggestions below for you to be a better DFS user, I hope they help you improve whether that’s on DraftKings, FanDuel, or another site that you may play on.

  1. Use fantasy sports tools and analytics – All too often DFS users are stuck in their same routine whether they are winning or losing. If you are regularly winning your contests and your bankroll is healthy then you are certainly doing something right, but if you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and losing consistently then switch up your rigid research process, and look at using DFS tools if you aren’t already. You can typically use a good service for $1 per day or less, so consider making that investment to win more often, and save on research time. Most DFS pros pay for DFS tools to get better contest results, and you should too to level the playing field and minimize their competitive advantages as much as possible.
  2. Compete in sports you know – There are certainly some DFS pros who compete in most every sport by primarily relying on their number and stats skills to build lineups. That can work, but I would recommend that you only make bets on sports that you actually know, watch, and are passionate about. The more information and feel you get for a sport, the better you will (in theory) regularly perform playing in that sport’s DFS contests.
  3. Manage your bankroll – A lot of DFS analysts will say that bankroll management is very important, and that you shouldn’t bet more than 10% of your account balance on any given day. That advice is fine if you’re a DFS pro or semi-pro, but even better advice for the average user is to make smaller deposits, and maybe only bet $5 or less for every day of play. I still tend to mostly make small deposits of $10 so it keeps me focused on making smart bets otherwise I know I will have to make another deposit soon, something which I don’t like to do. If you deposit say $100 each time, then the tenancy is to make larger bets, and all sorts of sloppy things can creep into your lineup building and betting strategy when you want to go big or go home. DFS is a marathon not a sprint, you got to keep yourself in the game, give yourself ample opportunities to win more than you bet, and hopefully hit it big in a GPP contest or two eventually to have a sweet cash out event. Bank accounts love seeing DFS money!
  4. Understand which percentage of lineups get paid – You want to give yourself the best possible odds to stay cash flow positive, and minimize your deposits. I recommend playing in head to head contests against users who don’t have lots of experience in DFS, pick your opponents wisely. Top 50% contests are good too, especially ones that have hundreds or thousands of lineups, the bigger the better I find for top 50% contest success. Giving yourself a 50/50 shot of cashing in is ideal, but the sizable GPP’s are so tempting since the big prize money is highly desirable. You should be betting at least 75%-80% of your money in “safe” contests where your odds of winning are 50%, these are often called cash games. The rest can be bet in other contests such as GPP’s where your percentage to win some kind of prize money is typically around 20%.
  5. Don’t get too emotional – Betting by nature is an emotional activity. Money is hard earned and we don’t want to part with it unless we are getting some tangible value back. There is of course the entertainment value that we get from playing DFS, but our main goal is to win and be profitable. DFS pros don’t win every day, but they accept those losses and try to learn from them and play smarter the next day. If you play DFS with too much emotion you may find yourself doubling down to recoup losses fast, but this is almost always a bad idea. I’ve done it a few times, but I finally realize that strategy doesn’t work, and so I just consistently play around the same amount of money every day regardless of my wins or losses the previous night. Again, DFS is a marathon, not a sprint.
  6. Take advantage of non full contests – I went into a $1 NHL GPP contest yesterday which ultimately filled up, but I also got into a $4 NHL GPP last minute as the maximum number of lineups allowed was 8,823, but only 7,460 lineups actually got entered. The contest was almost 1,400 lineups short which increased the odds to win prize money by roughly 10%. Take advantage of these rare opportunities when you can, the DFS pros sure do.

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DraftKings Golf: 5 Stud 5 Value Players for the Sony Open

sony-open

Welcome to 2017! It’s great to have a full field PGA tournament for the first time this year, after having just 32 players competing in the SBS Tournament of Champions last week.

This week’s Sony Open in Hawaii features a fairly full 144 player field who will battle at the par 70, Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. This week will have a cut line with the top 70 players plus ties making it to the weekend, and there is an MDF after round 3 too. The defending champ is Fabian Gomez.

I have put together my favorite 5 picks and top 5 sleepers for this week’s tournament for your DraftKings lineup(s), plus added in the salaries for all players too.

Feel free to debate my selections below with a comment, or add your favorite player if you don’t see him on the list but can foresee see him contending or being a solid value pick this week. If you get value here then please share this article on Twitter and Facebook.  Thanks, and good luck everyone.

  1. Jimmy Walker ($9,900) – He loves Hawaii, and Hawaii shows him love right back! He won this tournament in 2014 and 2015, and was 13th last year. Is coming off a 9th after performing very well last week. He turns 38 years old on Monday, and will give himself a sweet early birthday present on Sunday if he wins.
  2. Jordan Spieth ($11,500) – Finished 3rd last week thanks to a -7 on Sunday, the lowest score in the field. Has only played in this tournament once and missed the cut in 2014, but you can expect a much better fate for him this year.
  3. Justin Thomas ($10,500) – Won last week, and now has two wins in his last three starts. Is in for a career season, and could very well win his first major at some point this year. Was 6th here in 2016.
  4. Brandt Snedeker ($9,700) – Has only competed in this tournament once, but was runner up just last year. Won the Fiji International tournament back in October on the Euro Tour.
  5. Scott Piercy ($8,900) – Has a 2nd and a 13th in the past two years at this tourney, and in his last start at the OHL Classic in November he finished 4th. His consistency should parlay into a top 20 this year, and he has great upside.

Just missed: Hideki Matsuyama is absolutely on fire right now with four top 5’s including a win in his last four tournaments. He’s the hottest player on tour right now! But why isn’t he in my top 5 this week you must be asking yourself right now. The reason is because in four starts at this tourney he hasn’t made the cut. He last played here in 2015, so his game is in much better shape right now, but I just can’t endorse him right now at his high price point and lack of success on this track. If he wins this week I won’t be surprised, but maybe there’s something about this golf course that doesn’t fit his eye for whatever reason(s).

Top 5 value players for this week with a salary of $7,000 or less:

  1. Webb Simpson ($6,800) – Regularly makes cuts on the PGA Tour, and plays very well in this tourney. He has back to back 13th finishes here, and has made the cut five straight times in Hawaii. He is my top value pick this week.
  2. James Hahn ($6,800) – Has 4 top 25th’s in his last 5 starts, is 3 for 3 at this tournament in cuts made, and has finished in the top 30 here each of the last two years. Great value here.
  3. Brian Stuard ($6,600) – Is 3 for 4 in cuts made at this tourney, with a 5th and 6th in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Was 22nd last week playing amongst a strong field.
  4. Cameron Smith ($6,800) – Has 3 top 11’s in his last 4 starts. He got an MDF here last year in his only appearance, but his form is so much better now so count on him playing all four rounds, and earn a strong end result.
  5. David Lingmerth ($7,000) – Was 13th at this tourney last year, and should at least make the cut this year. For a salary cap hit of $7K that’s all you need.

My main lineup for this week so far with $100 under the maximum salary cap: Jimmy Walker ($9,900), Ryan Palmer ($8,300), Marc Leishman ($8,200), Pat Perez ($8,000), Charles Howell ($7,800), and Jason Dufner ($7,700).

If you haven’t already, be sure to get an account on DraftFuel to get access to the player analytics and search tools you need to build better quality lineups more consistently, win more contests and money on DraftKings and FanDuel, save research time, track your spending, and improve your work flow process too. We currently support NBA, NHL, MLB, and PGA, and will be adding more sports leagues this year as well.

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