Irv Smith

We live in a society of immediate justification. Everyone is guilty of it and I am no different.

Why should we wait four or five months to find out if we won? You do your research, plunk down your cash in August, and then ride the tidal wave of success and failure while working and obsessing to December. And maybe then you find out how you did and hopefully win some cash. Without interest of course.

DFS FootballDon’t get me wrong I enjoy season long fantasy football and I take part in the vicious cycle but I don’t like it. I mean if I really and truly didn’t like it then I would stop playing, so I guess it’s not too bad after all. But what if we didn’t have to wait?

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) takes the best part of the season long game and then improves on the worst parts to give us something that really and truly works. After all that is why DFS football has become so popular and has led to the continual surge in popularity of the NFL.

Seasonal fantasy football really is kind of boring at this point. The same could be said for seasonal fantasy leagues in general, at least compared to DFS. After all we have entire websites devoted to it with sections for each sport; including football which is by far the most popular. 

I mean it only makes sense. Week after week there are articles aplenty about which quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end to select. How could this not be exciting? Each week is its own distinct slate with plenty of opportunity to show off your knowledge. In seasonal fantasy leagues though those articles taunt you. Based on the limitations of your roster you simply don’t have the ability to roster the majority of those players. Instead you merely have a few options on your roster and then some slop on the waiver wire. With DFS though you can roster anyone you want.

That is then followed by immediate gratification at the end of the week as you receive instant feedback as to how good those picks were. DFS football though requires more than strict knowledge of the player pool though. There is a substantial amount of game theory involved and there are some intricacies involved in picking the correct quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. But fear not as there is plenty of information and empirical evidence available to take you through all of that.

Deshawn WatHaving an opinion is one of the best things about being a sports fan. Playing DFS allows you to put those opinions where your money is while, hopefully, turning a profit. If you are out there turning a profit that means others are not so you want to make sure that you aren’t just throwing your money away. When that happens you ultimately are not playing DFS for long and it is no longer enjoyable.

Above we went through examples of selecting players at each position and the strategy behind it and that is the beginning of game theory. Just as important as selecting the players is choosing the correct contests.

Guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments are what generates all of the buzz around the industry. You are playing for what could life changing money against thousands of your closest friends. It isn’t as simple as just knowing how to identify the best players you also have figure out stacks (multiple players from the same high scoring team such as pairing a quarterback with a wide receiver) and being contrarian (looking for a low ownership option to establish diversification among your competition). The safer way to go is a 50-50 contest where all you have to do is beat half the field to double your money.

Either way you need to come up with a plan and stick with. At the end of the day you want to be able to put your knowledge of the players on full display while having fun watching the games. Most importantly though, it’s all about cashing that big check.