What is DFS, and how does it compare to Seasonal Fantasy Sports
If you’ve found this site, you likely are aware that DFS stands for Daily Fantasy Sports and is an offshoot of the more traditional Season Long Fantasy Sports that you’ve perhaps been playing with your friends for years. DFS borrows from many of the tenants of season long fantasy sports in that evaluating player talent and match-ups is essential to success, but instead of looking at a player’s long term talent or schedule, we are breaking it down to a single game for each player.
What this means for DFS is that whereas in season long a player’s long term opportunity and talent is paramount to where you might draft them in your league, in DFS a player’s long term outlook is not nearly as important. In the right match-up and given the right opportunity, even fringe talents can find a lot of success. If an NFL team loses two running backs on it’s roster and has a match-up against an easy run defense, the last man standing at running back on that roster can become an extremely valuable play for just one game, then fall back into obscurity. These situation are impossible to predict at the beginning of the season, and thus that third-string running back likely went entirely undrafted, but for one week in the NFL season of DFS, they become an extremely hot commodity.
The same can be true of other sports, of course. In the NBA, sometimes we see teams get hit by a ton of injuries at one time, sometimes even reducing their roster to eight or nine players. What does that mean for the remaining players? A lot of minutes, and the shots, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks that inevitably happen on a basketball court. The gap in talent in major professional sports leagues is not so much that even players that we don’t generally think of as being great talents are capable of producing if given the opportunity, and the players thrust into these positions are often times very undervalued based on their DFS salary.
When playing DFS, don’t get too caught up in rostering the big names that you’re used to seeing produce week in and week out and season after season. Always be on the lookout for values that emerge just for one game, and don’t be deterred by their lack of production in the past. Players priced at or near minimum salary that are guaranteed opportunity in a good match-up almost always produce, and DFS, at it’s core, is about finding these values and then supplementing your team with more traditional high-end talent around the value.