The DFS Virgin – Week 4

It’s been one heck a start to the season, huh? Seems like this year’s injury bug is hitting everyone and anyone. Not just running backs, but Star QB’s and Star WR’s as well. All the more reason to get into DFS. That’s the purpose of this article. The Trials and tribulations of a Season long player getting his feet wet at DFS. Here we go…

LESSONS LEARNED from Weeks 1-3

Going into my Cash Games I wanted to take less risk than in my Tournament Games. The mistake I made was I still picked players with too much risk, to fit other “less risky” players into the lineup. So this week, instead of plugging in long shots into the DFS GURU, I’m going to plug in guys who underperformed Week 1 who are the primary focal points of their offense.

My 2nd Lesson Learned, is to enter just ONE, and at the most TWO different lineups into Cash Games. I may have had 8 different lineups and won with 2 of them in WEEK 1. It made for a lot of headaches come Sunday, rooting for this lineup, and that lineup just to potentially win $5. Going forward, I’m going to play at [...]

The DFS Virgin – “Week 2″

Week 1 is in the books. Let’s just say you won’t be seeing me anytime soon on an Fantasy Feud commercial winning a $1,000,000!! Of the my starting $500 Bankroll, I was left with $471 come Tuesday Morning. Not terrible. It’s all about having fun and hopefully winning a little money in the process. I did however learn a few things and wanted to share them with you.

LESSONS LEARNED-
Going into my Cash Games I wanted to take less risk than in my Tournament Games. The mistake I made was I still picked players with too much risk, to fit other “less risky” players into the lineup. So this week, instead of plugging in long shots into the DFS GURU, I’m going to plug in guys who underperformed Week 1 who are the primary focal points of their offense.

My 2nd Lesson Learned, is to enter just ONE, and at the most TWO different lineups into Cash Games. I may have had 8 different lineups and won with 2 of them in WEEK 1. It made for a lot of headaches come Sunday, rooting for this lineup, and that lineup just to potentially win $5. Going forward, I’m going to play at [...]

The DFS Virgin “Week 1″

And here we are. Week One. Thursday Night Football. A damp, fall-like evening in the Northeast. The perfect evening to kickoff the NFL’s 50th SuperBowl Season. I’m not going to lie, I have some butterflies in my belly. Maybe it’s because I just deposited $500 into an account at FantasyFued.com. Maybe it’s because I never played DFS before, and I’m about to lose my DFS Virginity. So here is the weekly plan.

SEASONAL & WEEKLY BUDGET-
Like I said, I’m going to start the season with $500 at Fantasy Feud.com (Sign up over there and they’ll match your first deposit up to $500). Each week, I’m going to budget $50 to enter a few contests. I’m going to try and spend 60-70% +/- on CASH games in hopes of playing it safe. With the other 30-40% of the weekly budget on GPP, and trying to throw a few darts.  They say slow and steady wins the race, so that’s my plan.

PICKING A LINEUP-
When you’re playing CASH or 50/50 contests you want to score just enough points to CASH out. So these lineups need to include players with much less volatility. Lineups for tournaments on the others hand, must include players with more [...]

Week One Vegas Spreads and Over/Unders

We know many of you like to look at the spreads and over/unders for various purposes, so we’ll supply you with them early/mid-week every week. The odds used are coming from www.footballlocks.com.

Pit @ NE (-7): 52

GB (-6.5) @ Chi: 50

KC @ Hou (-1): 40.5

Cle @ NYJ (-3): 39.5

Ind (-3) @ Buf: 46.5

Mia (-4) @ Was: 43.5

Car (-3.5) @ Jac: 41

Sea (-4) @ Stl: 41

NO @ Ari (-2.5): 48

Det @ SD (-3): 45.5

Ten @ TB (-3): 41.5

Cin (-3.5) @ Oak: 43.5

Bal @ Den (-4.5): 49

NYG @ Dal (-6): 51

Phi (-3) @ Atl: 55.5

Min (-2.5) @ SF: 41.5

The DFS Virgin

By Ian Ginsberg

I’ve been playing season long Fantasy Football since 2003 and I have been a FANTASYGURU.com subscriber since shortly after.  If you’re reading this then you too are a subscriber and echo my sentiments when I say John and his staff are the best in the industry at breaking down the tape, evaluating every offensive and defensive player on the field, and giving us the fantasy angle to ensure we kick our family and friends’ asses.

This year I’m taking all that juicy info FG.COM has provided me and plan on losing my DFS Virginity. That’s right. I’ve been a little late to the DFS party, but I want to jump “all-in” this year.  Each week I’ll use the FG Player Rankings and FantasyFeud Player Salaries to formulate a few different lineups that I will enter into cash games as well as smaller tournaments.

All the while, hopefully learning from my previous weeks’ successes and mistakes to slowly become a winning DFS player and building a larger bankroll.

This isn’t going to be a “Get Rich Tutorial.” I’m not going to try and go out Week One and compete with the likes of Jeff Mans and Drew Dinkmeyer. That’s like going to [...]

2015 SiriusXM PPR Hosts’ League Draft Review, and a Thought on Zero RB

We recently received an email to the website asking us our personal feelings of the so-called “Zero RB” strategy that’s popped up in fantasy circles, but only seems to have exploded in recent years. As an avid fantasy player, I don’t subscribe to just one method of roster construction, but instead remain open to using whatever method I feel gives me the best chance of building a championship roster.

One question I get every year that, frankly, drives me nuts goes something like this: “Hey Joe, if I draw the #3 overall pick, is it best to go RB/WR/WR to open my draft, WR/RB/WR, or WR/WR/RB?” In my mind, this is an impossible question to answer. It’s entirely dependent on the players available at that given time. And never has that been more true than this year, when the #1 pick is as unappealing as I’ve seen it, and it’s possible the #1 player on your personal board falls out of the top five in any given draft. That’s why it’s so important to be fluid – as John Hansen says every year in his Draft Plan, it’s all about getting the best players. You can be inundated with tape analysis, [...]

Pre-season Podcast #4 (8/27) Summary and Quick-Notes

Not enough time to listen to the full podcast? Well I’ve listened, listened, and listened again, and broken it down to the key points, the relevant info, and the gist of each topic to save you some time while still giving you the full podcast experience from John Hansen and Greg Cosell. We do recommend that you listen to the full podcast here, but if you can’t, enjoy the material below.

NFC

East

Topic: Eagles

The Gist: Only a small sample from Bradford but he had a nice 3rd-down conversion. They really need to play him a decent amount in the third preseason game, as he’s only had about 12 snaps. For Agholor, he was late off the line on the play that Bradford got drilled, but he should see a lot of snaps because of the volume of play the Eagles run. Josh Huff has flashed so far in camp and in the preseason, so the lineup will likely be Matthews, Agholor and Huff as the top WRs.

Topic: Cowboys

The Gist: Losing Orlando Scandrick really hurt, and with Brandon Carr being very up and down, the absence of Hardy early on, and the rookie status of Byron Jones, the defense is in trouble, which [...]

Pre-season Podcast #3 (8/21) Summary and Quick-Notes

Not enough time to listen to the full podcast? Well I’ve listened, listened, and listened again, and broken it down to the key points, the relevant info, and the gist of each topic to save you some time while still giving you the full podcast experience. Here’s Greg Cosell and John Hansen discussing the state of the NFL and fantasy football. We highly recommend you listen to the podcast here, but if not, read on.

Note: As this was publish 8/24, information on podcast does not reflect performances after 2nd preseason game.

Topic: Johnny Manziel

The Gist: It seems Johnny Manziel has been taking some positive steps, and it shows on the field. He doesn’t seem chaotic either mentally or physically, and has started to develop a sense of rhythm to his play. In the second preseason game, there was really only one play when he panicked and took off (missed a wide-open Jennings for a would be touchdown), but Greg Cosell thinks Manziel’s TD throw may have been the best he’s thrown in his short NFL career. Just to clarify, however, Manziel seems improved, not great.

Topic: Tyrod Taylor and the Bills

The Gist: Taylor has very precise third down throws, and in the [...]

Brolley MFL10 Review (5/27/15)

I recently completed my first ever MFL10 with subscribers and Twitter followers. I’m using MFL10s to get draft practice and to get an early feel for where players could be drafted later this summer. I’ve also done an industry draft – you can call it an “expert draft” if you’d like – so I’m already two drafts deep for 2015.

I probably picked a bad two weeks to do my first MFL10, as I had a last-minute fishing trip and Memorial Day events the last two weekends, but I worked around it with the pre-draft settings.

I did draft a little differently for the MFL10 since it is a best-ball format – no roster management and lineups during the season. I was more willing to go for players that have some boom-or-bust games, since I don’t have to worry about trying to figure out when those big games are coming.

The entire draft can be found here, and here is how my MFL10 roster turned out.

QBs: Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Geno Smith

RBs: Jeremy Hill, Carlos Hyde, Andre Ellington, T.J. Yeldon, Bobby Rainey

WRs: Odell Beckham, Nelson Agholor, Allen Robinson, Brandon LaFell, Rueben Randle, Percy Harvin

TEs: Antonio Gates, Heath Miller, Austin Seferian-Jenkins

D/STs: Denver, Green Bay, Cleveland

I really wanted to Rob Gronkowski at 1.4, but he went right ahead of me so I went Odell Beckham. I have Antonio [...]

Fantasy Kickers and the New Extra-Point Rule

The long-rumored and predicted rule change in the NFL passed at the owners’ meetings this week – extra points are officially moving from the two-yard line to the 15, changing them from the near-automatic equivalent of a 19-yard field goal to a 33-yard kick. If a team wants to attempt a two-point conversion, the ball will remain on the 2. Essentially, this change is supposed to encourage teams to go for two more, and to make the one-point kick seem like less of a formality.

I have to imagine that both of these things will be accomplished. The NFL says that over the last 10 years, kickers have converted between 93% and 94% of field goals from the new distance, and during the preseason last year (when the rule was tested out), kickers converted on 94.3% of the longer extra points.

Reaction, as you might imagine, has been mixed. Many don’t feel it will be a big change at all, since it’s still a high-percentage kick that won’t be rushed by a ticking clock like a field goal would be, and NFL kickers are really good. Some kickers, as Connor Barth noted in the link above, welcome the change because they feel [...]

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