When you are scrolling through your preferred DFS eSports website you will notice the lobby has a bunch of different games available for you to play.
I’m going to break down each of these games and tell you what kind of attack plan you should have when you join these contests to give you better odds of making money!
The first type of contest you will notice are the tournaments. These are the sexy games when it comes to DFS because these are the games that pay the winners the big bucks.
The goal of a tournament is pretty simple, place as high as you can because the higher you place the more money you make. A smaller percentage of the field gets paid in tournaments and it’s typically around the top 18% to make the money.
The biggest thing you want to know about tournaments is that you need to be willing to take some risks. The reason is, if that risk pays off you are rewarded heavily in a tournament where as your upside is limited in a cash game (which I’ll explain next section).
I know this may seem like basic common sense but you need to know how to approach the way you construct your lineups for these types of games.
The biggest thing you need to do is make sure you your team is different than everyone else. The bigger the tournament (by entries) the more unique you need to be because there are going to be hundreds of teams in the same contest.
The biggest misconception people have is that they need to take all boom or bust players or take all players that no one will be on. Most DFS sports sites that I play on have a percentage owned number next to players so you know what percentage of the field took a certain player.
No one has ever won a tournament because every single player they had was single digit percentage owned. You will need to take some of the popular plays that game because chances are there is a reason they are the popular plays.
What you need to learn is how to pivot off one or two popular plays and try taking someone who is ranked two or three spots below the popular play who has a change to outperform the player the general public will be on.
If one player is owned by 70% of the field and you fade him with someone that scores more points than him, you have a 70% edge on the rest of the teams in the tournament.
One of the great things about this generation is the fact that social media keeps up with everything and releases information seconds after it happens. You need to be up to date with everything that is going on and read all the blogs with expert predictions.
See who all the experts are favoring in tournaments and if you keep seeing the same teams over and over, just know that they most likely will be the popular plays that day. This will give you an idea of who the general public will be on for that game so you can adjust accordingly.
One thing that makes competition so great is nothing is a sure thing. Just because the best team is playing one of the worse teams doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to win. This is why we tune in because we don’t know for sure even though we do have an idea.
I’ll explain how to use the odds makers lines in a separate section so you know who they like in matches.
Another thing that I suggest you do in tournaments is make sure you know if it’s a multi entry tournament or not. If it’s a multi entry tournament and you can enter more than one team then I highly suggest you make multiple teams so you are able to cover more ground of possible outcomes.
Because while I think it’s a good idea to pivot off the popular plays, you may need to have a few teams that have the popular plays on it because if that team goes off and has an amazing day, it may not be possible to win a tournament without them.
The great thing about DFS eSports is it’s so new that the majority of people playing in the tournaments will not have multiple teams and a lot of users will make one or maybe two. So if you can create five you have a huge edge especially if you pivot off the popular plays by taking someone else and the popular plays have a horrible day.
50/50 and h2h games
In the DFS community games that offer a 33%-50% chance of making money are considered cash games. The reason is if you can win at about 54% of the time, in the long run you will be a profitable player.
A lot of people who don’t understand the industry think you just need to win 51% of the time to make money long term, but they don’t understand the rake. The rake is a term for the money the site you play on takes from the entry fees to make their money.
Ideally they take about 10%-15% meaning if you play a $10 50/50 game and win, you only profit $8 because the site took ten percent of everyone’s money. This is how they make their money and it’s just expected in the industry.
While I think tournaments are great, a true DFS professional will focus on cash games and play those the most. The reason is you have the best odds to make money over the long run playing these games versus playing tournaments.
My theory (and many other professionals) is for every dollar we spend in a tournament, we spend 5 dollars in a cash game. So if you are playing a $10 in a tournament then you should be playing about $50 in a cash game as well.
As I said earlier, tournaments ideally pay the top 18% of the field and if you barely make the money in a tournament, it isn’t that much. While the goal is to win the entire tournament every now and then, it’s hard to do so we stick with cash games as our backbone when it comes to the amount of money we play every day.
Now here is the thing you need to know about cash games (especially 50/50’s).
You aren’t necessarily trying to come in first, but rather just the top half of the field. The reason is pretty simple, if you are playing in a 100 man 50/50, first pays the same amount as 50th. So you don’t want to take some of the risky plays that day because the reward doesn’t warrant the risk.
Instead, you want to find the popular plays of the day and the guys who have the best odds and play them. It doesn’t matter if a guy is 70% owned in a cash game and you have him as well.
If that player has a good day and you don’t have him, your night could be done and you don’t want to get cute by avoiding him since you only get double your money if you win.
Now in a tournament, you may want to pivot off that player because you are willing to take that risk with a few teams in case that player doesn’t have a good day. This is because you make a lot more money in tournaments if you win, but in cash games your profits are limited, so it just isn’t worth it.
Instead, just make sure you research popular experts to know who they like and learn how to read the odds makers lines.
Booster games (or multipliers) are kind of a mix between cash games and tournaments.
In a cash game, every place paid double and in tournaments every place paid is different with the highest ranked being the first. But in booster games, the winners will get more money than just double your entry but there won’t be as many players paid.
For example, let’s say you are playing a 3x booster game that has 17 players in it and the entry fee is $10. The teams that place 1-5 will all win $30 and everyone else will lose. First doesn’t pay more than second, but less teams cash than a 50/50.
Ideally when playing these games, I recommend using your cash game lineup. I don’t think you want to take as many risks in these games because even though a smaller percentage of users win, your payouts are still limited.
It’s not worth taking risks on players to get first place when 5th pays the exact same.
A lot of people will try to use tournament teams and that isn’t the wisest approach to these games. The way I look at it is, if a booster game is paying 33% instead of 50% you only need to finish 17% higher. While the payouts are a lot better considering the odds, you really don’t need to edge out that many more opponents.
Winner Take All or WTA Games
This is where making your teams gets a little tricky in my opinion.
There are all sorts of WTA games and the biggest thing you need to understand is how many people you need to beat. A three man WTA is a lot different than a 50 WTA obviously.
The method to playing theses games is pretty simple when it comes to your cash game lineups and tournaments lineups. The more people in the game and the more people you need to beat, the more risk you need to take and therefore you need to favor your tournament teams.
But if it’s just a three man WTA then I would suggest just using your cash game lineup. If it’s a single entry WTA with a huge field, you may just want to make the craziest line up you can think of because you need to win.
Odds are the majority of people will have a lot of the favored teams and the popular plays so if they do well, then you will have a very similar looking team as your opponents, and that isn’t going to get you anywhere.
But if you take a team that is favored to lose pretty heavily and they somehow win and do really well, then you may be one of the few people who took players from that team therefore separating yourself from the pack.