Daily Fantasy Football Guide For New Players

Chances are you want to make a lineup for the million dollar tournaments on Draftkings and Fanduel for Week One of the NFL season. But for those who know about daily fantasy but have never actually played it, making a lineup can be confusing. Thankfully, we have a lot of articles on DFW that will guide you to making a winning lineup for NFL games, as well as MLB and NBA!

Explaining Daily Fantasy Football Tournaments

Daily fantasy football games are poker-style tournaments where each entry is a fantasy sports lineup. The highest scoring lineup wins the tournament, 2nd highest scoring lineup gets second place, etc. Your place depends on how high your lineup scores. Each NFL player is assigned a salary, and each lineup entry is allotted a certain amount of money to spend, referred to as your salary cap. Lineups include QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs, and Team Defense. The amount of each position depends on the site. Draftkings lineups require two QB selections as well as a FLEX position, where a WR, RB, or TE can be used. Fanduel requires the selection of a kicker.

Scoring is extremely similar to typical fantasy football leagues, with Draftkings being PPR, and Fanduel being half PPR. Draftkings also gives points for player milestones such as 100 yards rushing or receiving in a game. A total scoring system breakdown is available on both Fanduel and Draftkings while making a lineup.

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What To Do After You Set Your Lineup

For Week One, there’s probably not going to be much surprise injury news, so as long as their isn’t any questions with regards to a players status, you can feel free to make your lineup well ahead of time and leave it be on Sunday. On successive weeks, you should check in a little while before the games begin to look at injury news and adjust your lineups accordingly.

Can I Really Win Money Consistently?

Yes, you really can. The authors of this site do, as well as 100s of other players who have done the research and taken the time to learn daily fantasy strategy. Football is the best sport for daily fantasy because there are tons of recreational players who are making lineups without any thought. You will often run into entrants who have started injured players, making it very difficult for them to win. Read the articles in this strategy guide and do your own research and you’ll be good to go. As you gain more experience and learn better strategies week to week, you will do even better.


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Daniel Steinberg Daniel Steinberg is a former bond trader at a multi-billion dollar proprietary trading firm in Chicago. He uses his knowledge of statistics and his creativity from his career as a poker professional to create the most advanced Daily Fantasy statistical analysis that you will find anywhere. Follow him on twitter @DanielSingerS

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