On the Thursday night slate on 10/21 between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, the Shark Hunters DFS team had a big night. Many of our members won 1st place on the showdown DFS slates. Yes, they shared prizes with many other DFS players, but that is what normally happens on one game showdown slates. Daily fantasy sports has become very, very competitive these days and Shark Hunters DFS is right there with the top of the competition.
Gone are the days where you can just plug in a player or two and spit out 150 lines to enter into a showdown slate. Unless you hit that 1st place, you will probably have a losing night. Not even the pros these days are max entering the showdown slates. The ones that do are not just building 150 lines with their optimizers. Instead, they are building multiple lines based on different game theories. That is exactly what one of our top NFL team members did to help our members build that winning lineup. Here is some of the strategies he used on Thursday and strategies he uses to attack every showdown slate. Here are his exact words regarding this showdown slate:
- Usually when I build for a certain game, I always look at the environment. Where the game is and weather, etc… Initially, I had it in my head that it was in Denver, which I was worried about the elevation on a short week, etc…, but quickly I adjusted and found the game was of course in Cleveland so I began to look at weather. I saw it was really really windy then I realized Baker Mayfield was out and Teddy Bridgewater was banged up. So, I kind of figured QBs wouldn’t be a factor as much as the running game would be important. As far as the kickers, I just believed they would’ve struggled mightily in the game; they really never got a shot so they were a non-factor.
- I don’t remember the over/under but I knew it was going to be very low scoring and with the QBs not in my opinion going to be a huge factor, I decided I wasn’t too keen on the wideouts or tight ends as much so I keyed on the RB spot. For Cleveland they had of course no Kareem Hunt or Nick Chubb so it was between Johnson and Felton. I had exposure to both but I went overweight on Johnson as I watched that did last year a bit plus, I remembered him in college so I naturally took him.
- Now for Denver their situation is a bit muddier I suppose. In the winning lineup, I just took both Denver backs but in a lineup pack, I was overweight on Javonte Williams as opposed to Gordon because I’ve read that Broncos are going to feature him very soon just no one knows exactly when for sure. A lineup pack is 20 daily fantasy sports lineups that get played in a GPP DFS tournament.
- There were a few other things that complicated my build as well. All the injuries made it essentially in every lineup on the slate could have everyone you wanted so I figured there’d be a million ties so I had to be different somehow and leave some salary in some. I could go on and on…
As you can see, our top NFL team member just doesn’t look at hitting the button on an optimizer to spit out a bunch of lineups. He’s strategizing about the game and thinking about game flow before he builds the lineups. He’s also looking to be different than the competition. Anyone can take one or two players that you like and hit build on the Rotogrinders optimizer, but it takes a lot more strategizing when building daily fantasy sports lineups.
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