3 Things you Need to Know for Thanksgiving NFL Contests

For most of you reading this article, this is probably your 1st year playing Daily Fantasy Football on FanDuel or DraftKings. This isn’t to say you aren’t intelligent and have plenty experience in daily fantasy already, because you do learn a lot over one season, enough to have probably become a solid winner. But Thanksgiving contests produce a unique challenge that you almost certainly have not encountered playing on FanDuel and DraftKings this year, and that’s the challenge of making a good, unique lineup with only 3 games worth of players to choose from. In order to do well in the Gravy Bomb on FanDuel or the Wishbone Classic on DraftKings, there are 3 concepts that are different than normal tournaments that you absolutely need to know.


1) There is no need to use up all your salary. In fact, I’d discourage you from using all of it. There are a couple of reasons for this. One reason is that your best estimated point projection lineup may not actually use all of your salary. For example, you may use Terrence Williams at $5,100 on FanDuel if you have $5,300 to use, but Jermaine Kearse could have a higher estimated point projection at $4,900, so using that extra $200 is foolish. The second reason is to keep your lineup as unique as possible. Most player’s will try to use up all of their salary within $500, but if you leave $1,000 on the table, you ensure that your lineup will be vastly different from the fields. This is very important in such large field tournaments.


2) Use skill players from the same team, even RBs and WRs. Player performance on offense is actually correlated, even with RBs and WRs on the same team, but their high end performance is usually reverse correlated, because usually there are not enough points to go around for two skill position players to both “go off.” But when there are only 3 games, you don’t need all your players to have great games, you just need a few great games and some solid ones. So don’t be afraid to make a lineup with DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, and Terrence Williams.


3) Use one likely to be low-used player in every lineup. Going with all the clear plays is going to get you in trouble, because there is nothing to separate you from the pack. Try throwing in some players that won’t be used but may have higher upside, like Alshon Jeffery or Michael Crabtree, so your lineup remains unique.

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Max J Steinberg Max Steinberg is a professional poker player and a top Daily Fantasy player who uses his creativity and mathematical abilities he cultivated as a poker player to win money on both DraftKings and FanDuel. He already has several big tournament scores to his name including the Victiv Bowl and countless MLB Monster wins. Follow him on twitter @maxjsteinberg.

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