2019 Football Draft Kit: DFS Tournament Strategy
2019 Football Draft Kit: DFS Tournament Strategy

This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.

In the ever-evolving landscape of daily fantasy sports, the one given is the continued predominance of large tournaments over any other contest format. While some DFS pros can grind out a living on head-to-heads and 50/50s, guaranteed prize pools (GPPs) with top-heavy payout structures are the main draw for most fantasy football enthusiasts. 

In addition to being far more exciting than their cash-game brethren, GPPs tend to provide softer competition because they appeal to so many more people. Professional DFS players still account for a sizable portion of entries, but enough scrubs are in the mix that you don't need to be a pro to find an edge. 

The first step is to embrace variance — not only within each individual lineup, but also in terms of preparing for the inevitability of multi-week losing streaks. Big-picture strategy isn't just for pros, and while it's far from the most exciting part of DFS, it lays the foundation for an enjoyable (and hopefully profitable) NFL campaign. 

But enough of that for now; here's the real question — how do we land lineups in the elusive 99th percentile? The most important step is stacking three or four players from a single game to take advantage of positive scoring correlations. Once we have this foundation, we can sprinkle in a mixture of high-ceiling players and underpriced "value" plays. There's also an aspect of game theory. The goal isn't to score as many points as possible, but rather to finish ahead of as many opponents

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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