FantasySports.org » Daily Fantasy Sports http://fantasysports.org A site dedicated to people who enjoy playing fantasy sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 The Week That Was: Josh McCown 11 Times Better Than Peyton? http://fantasysports.org/week-11-reasons/ http://fantasysports.org/week-11-reasons/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:40:53 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5249 The best thing about fantasy football is that it’s very predictable. Guys who you draft in the first round perform like first-rounders every single week. Oh, I’m sorry, did you think this was a serious column? The NFL was bonkers like it always is. Just for fun, let’s look at some of the crazy results ...

The post The Week That Was: Josh McCown 11 Times Better Than Peyton? appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
The best thing about fantasy football is that it’s very predictable. Guys who you draft in the first round perform like first-rounders every single week.

Oh, I’m sorry, did you think this was a serious column? The NFL was bonkers like it always is. Just for fun, let’s look at some of the crazy results by position:

QB: Peyton Manning and Mark Sanchez scored the same amount of fantasy points. That makes Sanchez shareholders happy, but both were bested by “streaming madman” Josh McCown. As it typical for fantasy, McCown was pretty pathetic at halftime but he found Mike Evans twice in the second half.

Andy Dalton followed a -3-point game with a 27-point one, although watch out for a stat correction on his first TD pass to Jermaine Gresham, who fumbled into the end zone.

Jay Cutler followed his nightmare in Lambeau with a three-TD effort. Cam Newton continued looking horrible for three quarters but putting together a top-ten finish with a great fourth quarter. Drew Stanton outscored Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Ryan Mallett had a nice first start.

Drew Brees was pretty pedestrian with a 15-point game, but the stinkers of the week belonged to Eli Manning (five interceptions), Matthew Stafford (five points) Derek Carr (nobody started him outside of 2 QB leagues) and Alex Smith. Smith’s the only player whose team won.

RB: Leading to dozens of horrible Jonas Brothers and 50 Shades of Gray jokes, Jonas Gray scored a stupefying four of the eight rushing touchdowns this weekend. He also did so on most people’s benches, or he will created a FAB frenzy in your local league.

Continuing to justify early draft spots were Eddie Lacy (nice pinball TD), Jamaal Charles, who almost single-handedly defeated the Seahawks, Matt Forte, and Marshawn Lynch.

By the way, of the eight rushing TDs, seven were scored in two games. Gray got four in the nightcap and the Chiefs scored three of the other four (two for Charles, one for Knile Davis after a long Charles run). The other was scored by Lacy.

If you got double-digit points out of an RB, you felt like a winner. Waiver-wire wonders included Alfred Blue (36 carries, 156 yards), CJ Anderson (8 catches, oddly in garbage time), and Latavius Murray (we’ll take 8 points).

We didn’t get crazy comebacks from Rashad Jennings (10 PPR points) and Ryan Mathews (9 PPR points), but they are clearly the team’s #1 option.

It was another week of sadness for LeSean McCoy with *only* 106 yards from scrimmage. That’s his fourth-best game of the year.

WR: Say hello to the rooks. Mike Evans (7-209-2), Kelvin Benjamin (8th receiving TD of the year), and Jordan Mathews were top-12 options. If you thought the Bears’ passing game had passed in fantasy relevance, Alshon Jeffery (11-135-1) and Brandon Marshall (7-90-2) thought otherwise.

Remaining studly were A.J. Green, Jeremy Maclin, Emmanuel Sanders (concussed, though), Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Back from the dead were Kenny Britt (first 100-yard game since 2012), Michael Floyd (2-TD game right when he might have been cut or permanently benched) and Michael Crabtree (back to the end zone).

Demaryius Thomas had the most boring and empty feeling 7-103 in history. You’ll take it.

Your double-digit PPR scorers out of left field include Britt, Andrew Hawkins (with a rare TD), Taylor Gabriel, Charles Johnson (making lots of RotoViz folks happy), Chris Hogan (new slot man in Buffalo), Philly Brown, and Jermaine Kearse.

Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones scored exactly ten points. Yeah.

TE: It was the week of sadness, as most players ended up running into an iceberg. In fact, the only two really good performances that people actually put into lineups were Coby Fleener (7-144, helped by game flow and a Dwayne Allen injury) and Gronk (his 17 points seems low).

You didn’t start Jermaine Gresham, with an efficient two catches and two touchdowns (one that he almost fumbled away). You may have started Larry Donnell but you did not put Garrett Graham or Luke Willson in your starting lineup.

Seriously, only six tight ends scored double digits this week. You were probably dancing with joy, relatively speaking, from a nine-point game by Zach Ertz.

TDs were scored by lineup stalwarts Tony Moeaki, Rhett Ellison, and Tim Wright.

Was anyone more heartbreaking than Travis Kelce? He had a 3-37 line, familiar for long-suffering Kelce-inators, and he had a lost fumble. Enjoy watching his blocking, because that’s about what the Chiefs want him to do.

I’m not talking about kickers and D/ST, except to say that the Packers had the dream result with three touchdowns. That means they’ll score two points next week.

Not the Kings of Availability

Draft Kings caused as much pain and suffering for daily grinders as that slate of tight ends, going down multiple times throughout Sunday, which is a big no-no when you’re trying to put together a lineup. DK didn’t help their cause by telling daily players to contact support during the first half of the Patriots/Colts game.

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 9.33.33 AM

The post The Week That Was: Josh McCown 11 Times Better Than Peyton? appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/week-11-reasons/feed/ 1
Twitter Saturday: One Million Reasons http://fantasysports.org/twitter-saturday-one-million-reasons/ http://fantasysports.org/twitter-saturday-one-million-reasons/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 16:45:23 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=5090 For the last two weeks, I’ve used this space to recap the single player who made Twitter interesting during the Thursday night NFL game, as the actual games haven’t sufficed. Sadly, this week felt even more like a third preseason game with the Packers blowing out the Vikings. Once the Vikings decided to rest their ...

The post Twitter Saturday: One Million Reasons appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
For the last two weeks, I’ve used this space to recap the single player who made Twitter interesting during the Thursday night NFL game, as the actual games haven’t sufficed. Sadly, this week felt even more like a third preseason game with the Packers blowing out the Vikings. Once the Vikings decided to rest their current QB of the future and start their former QB of the future, it was a done deal, and the most obvious start was not a skill-position guy.

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 10.35.07 AM

This weekend is all about the #DFS, as DraftKings unveils their “Millionaire Maker” contest. For a mere $27, you and up to 92,399 of your friends can play in the GPP (guaranteed prize pool) to end all GPPs.

There’s nothing too crazy about the contest. It’s the typical 50k contest in that you get the salary cap for nine players (QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex, D/ST).

Gee, does anyone have advice on winning such a contest? Let’s check the Twitter tape. Click the tweet to get to the actual article. Play early, play often.

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 12.02.16 PM

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 10.58.48 AM

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.00.04 AMFootball Geeks

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.50.19 AM

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 11.51.30 AM

The post Twitter Saturday: One Million Reasons appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/twitter-saturday-one-million-reasons/feed/ 0
Reading the Industry: Fantasy Football for Smart People http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-smart-people-daily-fantasy-pros/ http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-smart-people-daily-fantasy-pros/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:02:13 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4966 When Hollywood looks for its next blockbuster fantasy series to make into an ultra-high budget series, I’m hoping Jonathan Bales’ Fantasy Football for Smart People makes the cuts. His charts are going to look so cool. I saw ten different “Smart People” offerings on his Amazon page. Today’s review will be on his latest book, ...

The post Reading the Industry: Fantasy Football for Smart People appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
When Hollywood looks for its next blockbuster fantasy series to make into an ultra-high budget series, I’m hoping Jonathan Bales’ Fantasy Football for Smart People makes the cuts. His charts are going to look so cool. I saw ten different “Smart People” offerings on his Amazon page. Today’s review will be on his latest book, and we’ll give it a separate line due to its length:

Fantasy Football for Smart People: Daily Fantasy Pros Reveal Their Money-Making Secrets

ff-for-smart-daily

Check out a sample chapter.

I do an interview series in which the majority of the “talking” is by the experts themselves. Bales uses this theory in the book, handing over each chapter to a daily “grinder” who has won more money in fantasy football than I’ve ever seen. Let’s look at some of the chapters.

Chapter 1: Research with Headchopper

Wait a sec, who said anything about research? You mean I have to work to make money in daily fantasy? Nuts. What Mr. Chopper says is to use your tools, including the fantastic Rotogrinders site, Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders for stats, and NFL Game Rewind for film. What he likes to do is figure out his player values before going to the daily fantasy sites to view salaries.

Three great tidbits from Headchopper: He likes looking at the opposing secondary for QB value, yards per carry for RBs (sign of good OL), and red zone targets for wide receivers (TDs are important).

At the end of the each chapter, you get a little “bonus coverage” from “CSURams88″ aka Peter Jennings and of course, Mr. Bales and his charts.

Chapter 3: The Vegas Lines with Mirage88

It appears as if ’88 was a very good year for creating daily fantasy experts. If a daily expert wanted to create his/her own research from which to devise lineups, that’s possible. That’s also not optimal. Vegas sets lines based on a lot more smart people using a lot more data than we can fathom. Because of that, using Vegas lines to determine the best opportunities for scoring fantasy points is what you’re looking for. Look at the over/unders (the prediction about how many points will be scored in an NFL game), and you’ll see where your opportunities lie.

If you break down each NFL team, you can see what percentage of total QB targets each WR gets. After looking at the over/under, you can get a decent projection of what that receiver could score.

Determining when to go against the “chalk”, or the Vegas line, is where you potentially get in the most trouble but also can profit. Knowing when to be a contrarian is one of the most important decisions a fantasy player can make.

Chapter 5: Winning Cash Games with PrimeTime42

You may think that daily fantasy “winners” focus on tournaments because of the big money, but that’s a fallacy. A lot of daily fantasy winners focus on the “cash” games, which for the most part means the head-to-heads or 50/50s. Tournaments do have higher prizes, but the odds of winning are much lower.

PT42 recommends DraftKings’ “beginner-only” cash games to allow the newbies to get some experience. He also suggests that you get into some cheap 50/50s with experts to see what they do with their lineups. That’s one step to becoming an expert, seeing what the experts do.

Chapter 8: Building a Bankroll with KillaB2482

Have you noticed yet that daily experts spend a lot more time on research than coming up with handles? This guy focuses on the NFL (my kind of guy) who moved on from an Economics degree to play poker then focus on daily fantasy. There are some nice overlaps between poker and fantasy football.

You may think that it makes sense to play your entire bankroll every week, as the NFL season is short and we must make hay while the sun shines. Not so fast. If you have a bad week, and everyone has a bad week, you are now broke. The suggestion in this instance is a max of 20% a week. Only 3-4% is for tournaments versus “cash” games.

Throughout this book, a constant refrain is to play one lineup per site. You’re going to have a different “cash” lineup versus “tournament” lineup as you need a higher score to win a tournament due to the higher number of players. Another recommendation is to not put more than 60-70% of your weekly money into one player. You may have “a feeling” and the stats/salary may be in your favor, but if one player has one bad week, so do you.

I purposely didn’t summarize every chapter because it wouldn’t be nice of me to give you the entire book without enticing you to buy it on your own. There are lots of daily fantasy primers, but this one’s over and above the norm because we’re talking real advice from real winners. Naturally, where you take it is up to you.

Find the book on Amazon and do yourself a favor and follow Jonathan Bales on Twitter. You can also find Jonathan’s work at RotoAcademy and The DC Times.

For a more extended look at the book, I posted a sample chapter.

The post Reading the Industry: Fantasy Football for Smart People appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-smart-people-daily-fantasy-pros/feed/ 0
Fantasy Football For Smart People: Chapter 1 http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-smart-people-chapter-1/ http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-smart-people-chapter-1/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:01:35 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4975 Chapter 1: Research with Headchopper At its core, daily fantasy football is about transforming research into quality lineups, and the best players find a way to research in the most efficient ways possible. To discuss the research aspect of daily fantasy sports, I spoke with Headchopper—widely considered one of the game’s most elite players. He’s ...

The post Fantasy Football For Smart People: Chapter 1 appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
Chapter 1: Research with Headchopper

At its core, daily fantasy football is about transforming research into quality lineups, and the best players find a way to research in the most efficient ways possible. To discuss the research aspect of daily fantasy sports, I spoke with Headchopper—widely considered one of the game’s most elite players. He’s the 2013 DFBBC Champion, a three-time FFFC finalist, a two-time DFFC finalist, PFBC finalist, PFFC finalist, and DSBBC finalist. He was also the runner-up for 2012 Tournament Player of the Year.

Headchopper has been ranked near the top of the RotoGrinders leaderboards since 2009, as high as the No. 3 overall daily fantasy player in the world. Here’s a look at his current ranks in each sport.
Currently ranked as a top 20 NFL player in the world, Headchopper is more than qualified to dish out daily fantasy research advice.

What are your favorite sites to use when researching for daily fantasy football?
My favorite is probably RotoGrinders. They have so many awesome tools and everything is right there, man. I like to use the tools to check player values and see what some of the other experts are thinking. And I can check a lot of different stats right there too—targets, red zone stats, stuff like that. Plus you get everything for free if you sign up for a site through their links.

Pro Football Focus also has some good information. That’s really a nice blend of stats and film, and I’m just as much of a film guy for football as stats, so that’s helpful stuff. It’s nice to see the stuff you see on film quantified, and they have a lot of unique stats like air yards and yards before contact. I also check out Football Outsiders, which is a similar type of thing, although more stats-based.

But like I said, I really prefer to watch film whenever possible because sometimes NFL stats can be a little misleading, so I subscribe to NFL Game Rewind. That allows me to go back and watch any game, and you can also check out the coaches’ film, which is nice. That’s really the biggest thing for me. I really like to watch the footage; sometimes the stats can be really helpful but sometimes you just need to see what’s going on.

In terms of reading analysis and stuff like that, I don’t really do too much of it. My research is mainly just looking up different stats and watching the games. I have a few other players whose opinions I trust, so I consult with them and I’ll read their stuff from time to time if they write, but for the most part I kind of like to do my own thing.

There’s so much information out there that everything gets so watered down. You can find different opinions on just about every player or game, so I try not to get affected by that stuff too much. It’s more about just doing my own research and drawing my own conclusions so that I’m not biased one way or the other from something I read.

How important is a routine to you?
A routine is extremely important for me, personally. I’ve made plenty of trips out to Vegas and L.A. and wherever to do the competitions for football, baseball, and basketball. I’m not using it as an excuse or anything, but it’s extremely difficult for me to get out of my routine.

You go there and you might be on a different computer, you might be out doing stuff when you’d normally be in researching in your normal groove. For me, I really rely on that normal everyday routine. I have everything on my desktop computer and my play can suffer when I get away from it. That’s something I really want to try to fix as I travel, but for guys who are on the road a lot, that’s just an extra challenge thrown in there.

Do you start your research with site salaries or wait to look at those?
Yeah I don’t look at the salaries until really late in the process. I start off by looking at the matchups, just trying to find guys who I like and don’t like. I think that’s most important in football, because if I really like a guy, I’ll pretty much find a way to get him in there, and if I’m really down on a guy, it almost doesn’t even matter what his salary is. The value and stuff is important, but it’s more important to just figure out who is going to play well, who isn’t, and then go from there.

Which stats do you value most in the NFL?
For quarterbacks, I actually prefer to look at numbers on the secondary before doing anything else. Quarterbacks are a little bit of a different breed, so I’m looking at secondary stats on Pro Football Focus and RotoGrinders. It’s pretty easy to know which quarterbacks are best—it’s not really hard to determine like it might be for another position—so I like to first look at the defense and grade the matchup.

For running backs, I like yards-per-carry. I know some people don’t like that as much because it can get thrown off by long runs, but if a guy’s YPC is inflated from long runs, that probably means he’s explosive. And YPC in general is generally a pretty good indicator of offensive line strength.

For receivers, the number one thing for me is touchdowns. There’s certain types of players who score a lot, and particular players just get way more chances to score a lot. Scoring from 30 or 40 yards out is a fluky sort of thing, so red zone targets is probably the most important stat for me.

If you’re seeing a ton of red zone looks, you’re going to have a much higher chance of scoring, and that’s gonna bump you up on my list quite a bit. Sometimes a receiver might be a little unlucky with how often he’s converting those targets into touchdowns, but if it’s a guy I know can score, I just care that he’s getting the red zone looks and will keep getting ‘em.

How do you know when to trust the numbers and when to go with your gut?
I’d say on the range of subjectivity, I’m definitely more of an instinct player than someone who sits down with a spreadsheet and tries to work out matchups and stats. I definitely understand that aspect of it and I consider those stats in my research, but that’s not something that I personally do.

I think that ultimately you still need to have a feel for it and have some sort of instinct for it. I read a lot less expert stuff these days just because I think it can sort of cloud my own judgments. In the end, you need to figure it out for yourself.

One thing I’ll say is that even though it’s about trusting your instincts, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your “gut” by using stats or other objective means. That stuff can help shape you as a player and help you make better decisions. But if you’re just blindly following those numbers or listening to what a particular analyst says, that’s not going to help much in the long run.

How do you know when to trust or overlook player news? Do you use Twitter?
As far as player news, I really don’t pay much attention to that stuff. The only thing I really care about is the injury stuff. If there’s an injury concern, then I’ll try to dig through that information and figure out what’s likely to happen with him. You have to dig a lot sometimes because the reporters are wrong a lot, or else they’re getting bad information because teams aren’t that willing to disclose injury news.

But as far as generic player news like if a guy is expected to do well, I don’t care about that stuff, man. Like I said, I really don’t follow the analysis type of stuff. There are so many differing opinions out there that you can find whatever you want. And even in terms of injury stuff, I just want straight reporting instead of any type of predictions. The “this guy is battling through an injury” stuff isn’t helpful to me. If you’re healthy enough to be in the lineup, then I’m going to play you if you’re ready to go.

In terms of Twitter, I really don’t use it a whole lot for NFL stuff, to be honest. I don’t even have anyone specific I follow for NFL news on there. That’s more important for basketball and baseball.

When doing research, are you looking more at a specific player/team, or do you care more about matchups?

Well let me put it like this: in baseball, it’s 99 percent matchup stuff. It’s basically all matchup-based. In basketball, it’s the opposite end of the spectrum; it’s completely value-based. I know who the great players are in a given night, matchups don’t matter as much, and I’m just looking to see how much value I can get out of you.

I think football is a mix of those two sports. You want the value in terms of the salary, you know, but you also need to consider the matchup. It’s just a unique situation because neither one should be the only thing you consider, or even close.

Sometimes you can kind of disregard a poor matchup if the value is there, and other times a guy might have a juicy matchup and you might be a little more hesitant because of his salary. But you can’t just load up on one or the other. If you’re purely value-based, you might not have the best team just in terms of putting up a whole lot of points. Some guys might be poor values but can just go for 200 yards in any game.

If you’re strictly matchup-based, you’re ignoring a big part of puzzle. If we just stuck to matchups, everyone would have pretty much the same lineup. You can’t just plug in a running back who’s playing the worst run defense or something like that. But I’ve seen plenty of times when good offenses just explode on great defenses and not a lot of people used players from the game because it was considered a bad matchup.

Actually, that sort of thing happens every week in the NFL and a big part of playing daily fantasy football is figuring out when it’s going to happen. If you can identify a situation where a team is going to maybe perform a little bit better than the matchup suggests or when a single player might bust out even though he doesn’t appear to offer value, that’s a big advantage.

So I care about matchups and value, but not to the extent that either one by itself defines who I’m going to play. It’s a mix.

CSURAM88’s Analysis

Headchopper mentioned NFL Game Rewind and I really can’t emphasize enough how useful that is for daily fantasy football. Thanks to NFL Game Rewind, I’m able to watch every play from every game every week. Football is a sport that can’t be completely explained with data, at least not at this point, so there’s value in studying the film.
The coaches’ film is particularly useful because you can key in on certain players really easily—wide receivers or cornerbacks especially. I’m obviously still a data-driven player and I don’t think there’s a substitute for the analytics, but it helps to understand the foundation for those numbers, which watching tape can do.

There’s also a ton of value in a daily routine, which headchopper touched on. For me, that means getting in leagues early so I don’t have the stress of doing it all at the last minute, finishing all of the research that I can before injury reports come out, and so on. I like to monitor the activity of the Vegas lines, too. Doing all of that stuff at a set time is important; as you improve that process, you can really make it more efficient so that you can ultimately do more research and make better lineups.

A final thing that I want to note is that I actually create a lineup right after games have ended from the previous week. So on Monday night or Tuesday morning, I’ll make a lineup before doing any sort of research—just my gut feel.
Once I do all of my research for the week, I come back to that lineup once the weekend rolls around and I look at what I initially liked about those players. When my research coincides with my gut, I’ll definitely target those players. When it doesn’t, I’ll examine it more to see why I either liked a player who the numbers suggest isn’t a good play, or why I didn’t like a player who maybe I should have been on.
I don’t simply trust my gut and I typically side with the numbers, but I think I can make good natural decisions and I have a decent feel for players and situations, so I always prefer my hunches to match up with the data. Making a lineup at the start of the week makes sure it’s all about “feel” instead of being pulled one way or the other by the numbers.

Jonathan’s Analysis

Headchopper is one of the best NFL players out there, and he makes a lot of good points here. One of my favorite is that he searches for touchdown-scoring ability in receivers. Touchdowns are far less replaceable than yards and first downs, and we see the same type of receivers continually dominate near the goal line.
Here’s a look at wide receiver and tight end red zone efficiency—the percentage of red zone targets converted into scores—broken down by weight.

I’ve done more research on touchdown-scoring ability than anything else in fantasy football, and weight is the biggest predictor of touchdowns for receivers. It’s actually amazing how closely the two are linked—even more so than height. NFL offenses continually undervalue the role of tight ends and big receivers near the goal line (even though they use them, it should be even more).

In terms of actionable advice, I think it makes sense to target receivers who are 1) going to see a lot of red zone targets and 2) likely to convert those into touchdowns. That’s especially true in tournaments when you want as much upside as possible.

Slot receivers who see a high volume of targets can be useful in certain leagues on PPR sites, but they still don’t possess elite upside if they can’t score on a consistent basis. Ideally, your wide receivers should weight 210-plus (and preferably more) and have a history of red zone success.

Find the book on Amazon and do yourself a favor and follow Jonathan Bales on Twitter. You can also find Jonathan’s work at RotoAcademy and The DC Times.

The post Fantasy Football For Smart People: Chapter 1 appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-football-smart-people-chapter-1/feed/ 0
Daily Fantasy Football: Something for Everyone http://fantasysports.org/daily-fantasy-football-something-everyone/ http://fantasysports.org/daily-fantasy-football-something-everyone/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:19:18 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4953 It’s sometimes daunting to tackle an entire branch of the fantasy industry as if it can be distilled in 500 to 1,000 words. For this week’s “type of league”, I’m going to try to give a view into the DFS (daily fantasy sports) world for the beginner, the intermediate, and the expert. What the bleep ...

The post Daily Fantasy Football: Something for Everyone appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
It’s sometimes daunting to tackle an entire branch of the fantasy industry as if it can be distilled in 500 to 1,000 words. For this week’s “type of league”, I’m going to try to give a view into the DFS (daily fantasy sports) world for the beginner, the intermediate, and the expert.

What the bleep is DFS?

It’s kind of surprising that fantasy sports has been a season-long game for the most part from the beginning. If you were in for a fantasy penny, you were in for the pound of the entire season, at least the 13 or 14 weeks leading up to the playoffs. Daily Fantasy Sports changed the landscape. Now you can play a one-day, or one week of the NFL season, league. There are a variety of sites that allow you to pick a team the old-fashioned way through a draft, or more popularly, pick a set of players who fit under a salary cap.

Before we get started, who are the players?

You have to know where to play before you can play. I’m not listing all of the options, just some of the most popular and/or the ones who have paid me off (as if).

Fantasy Throwdown: I went with the free (used to be free only, now you can play for money) and simple to start. In Fantasy Throwdown, you “challenge” a friend to play a one-week league. You pick three games from which to cull the player pool and then there is a “draft”. One cool feature is you can select a player or block your opponent from drafting a player. Say you think there are only two good QBs in the pool. Take the first and block the second with your following pick.

Fan Duel: Blame Davis Mattek. He’s the guy who led me to the dark side of playing daily fantasy for money. To begin, yes, you have to input some “funds”. Make sure you click the NFL button because as far as I’m concerned, no other sports exist. There are three kinds of main leagues. You can play a “50/50″ in which you enter a pool of contestants and if you finish in the top 50%, you win. You also can go head-to-head, but pay attention to how many contests your opponent has won. Both teams set a lineup and whoever scores more wins. There are tournaments that feature up to thousands of players with one or a few winners. Look for the guaranteed prize pools so you know that someone’s winning the big cash.

DraftKings: As I mentioned in a recent article, DraftKings is on a buying rampage. That means bigger prize pools. Games are similar to FanDuel’s offerings, along with some big tournaments including the Fantasy Football Millionaire Series (four $1 million prizes) this fall and a promise of $5 million in prizes for opening weekend. I usually play for a buck.

DFS Elite: Why not throw in one more site? DFS Elite isn’t one of the “big boys” yet but they are interesting in that their site was 100% mobile until offering a desktop version (for the codgers like me) this year.

How do I get started?

Most sites are going to go with the hard sell, or at least some kind of sell, for you to deposit. There are bonuses for signing up to most of the sites, although you have to play for a while to earn those bonuses. Play to get paid, as they say. The important aspect is to start slow. I played a few $1 leagues (50/50 and head-to-head) before considering any tournament action.

Moving on to Intermediate Action

Once you’ve signed up, it’s time to get acquainted with the fun of roster selection and bankroll management. Roster management is how you spend those salary-cap bucks in your league. Bankroll management has to do with how much of your “stash” of cash you play with on a weekly basis. If you put all your money in one tournament or weekend, you could have a bad run, go broke, and decide to watch more PBS on the weekends. One site to check out is RotoGrinders, where experts of all kinds help you get an idea of what’s going on. If you really want to step it up, there’s always Fantasy Insiders, where you can get a guide to each of the major daily fantasy sites and check out podcasts, videos and articles with some of the best in the industry.

Feeling an Expert?

To become an expert, you have to get into the head of an expert. For my money, there’s nobody better than Jonathan Bales, who has written approximately 100 books on fantasy strategy (I probably shorted him on the actual number). He was nice enough to send me a copy of his latest book in the Fantasy Football for Smart People Series. The latest book features chapters written by daily fantasy experts, and we’re talking people who have won six-figure contests in the game. If you’re wondering about the recent bona fides of these experts, his co-author on this book, Peter Jennings aka “CSURAM88″ won the DraftKings $1 million fantasy baseball championship this week.

Look for the book review and an excerpt of the book itself later in the week. Note that all sites have already set their “prices” for players for Week 1 of the NFL season so happy shopping.

The post Daily Fantasy Football: Something for Everyone appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/daily-fantasy-football-something-everyone/feed/ 0
DraftKings Buys StarStreet http://fantasysports.org/draftkings-buys-starstreet/ http://fantasysports.org/draftkings-buys-starstreet/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:02:55 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4947 DraftKings keeps gobbling up competitors like Ms. Pac-Man gobbling up pellets. This week’s announcement about their purchase of StarStreet adds another site to their portfolio of daily offerings. Maybe DraftKings just wants to buy any daily fantasy site that has the name “street” in it. The July purchase of DraftStreet may have set off more ...

The post DraftKings Buys StarStreet appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
DraftKings keeps gobbling up competitors like Ms. Pac-Man gobbling up pellets. This week’s announcement about their purchase of StarStreet adds another site to their portfolio of daily offerings.

Maybe DraftKings just wants to buy any daily fantasy site that has the name “street” in it. The July purchase of DraftStreet may have set off more ripples in the industry, but this latest purchase is another sign that the DFS monster has big plans for 2014 and beyond.

If you’re a StarStreet player and want to know how to transfer your funds (bonuses are offered, like in the DraftStreet purchase), there’s an FAQ for that.

A recent influx of $41 million in funding, not real money to Alex Smith but a big sum to the rest of us, helped in the purchase and will allow DraftKings to up their ante on contests this fall.

What does that mean? Well, for one, the TechCrunch.com article promises four $1 million monthly prizes during this year’s NFL season. There’s going to be a King of the Beach event held at the Atlantis resort in December in which 50 winners will get a shot to win $1 million. Sound fun? Well, get yourself to the site and play. I like the way DK adds the element of “bring along your long-suffering spouse” to the tournament.

rgmisc dkkotb

There’s actually a baseball version of the King of the Beach tournament going on this evening, check out the link to see how it’s going. Our own David Kitchen is in attendance.

The post DraftKings Buys StarStreet appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/draftkings-buys-starstreet/feed/ 0
DraftKings Buys DraftStreet: Experts React http://fantasysports.org/draftkings-buys-draftstreet-experts-react/ http://fantasysports.org/draftkings-buys-draftstreet-experts-react/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:29:14 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4600 The daily fantasy world experienced a shockwave as DraftKings announced the purchase of rival DraftStreet this Monday. The acquisition means the #2 daily site now owns the #3 and will have to scramble to keep all of its gamers. What does this mean for the daily fantasy community? For the nuts and bolts of the ...

The post DraftKings Buys DraftStreet: Experts React appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
The daily fantasy world experienced a shockwave as DraftKings announced the purchase of rival DraftStreet this Monday. The acquisition means the #2 daily site now owns the #3 and will have to scramble to keep all of its gamers. What does this mean for the daily fantasy community?

DraftKings_Logo_500

For the nuts and bolts of the deal, you can check out Steve Gardner’s article in USA Today. For a detailed look at what it means for daily fantasy footballers, The FF Ghost of Dynasty League Football covers the issue as well, including the youtube video of both CEOs discussing the purchase.

The details of the deal are one issue, but what about the insiders? I asked a couple of daily experts a some of questions to get into the meat of the deal. First on tap is CEO of Fanium Grant Gurtin. He’s based out of San Diego and he thinks that Mission Brewery and Stone Company are the bomb. Fanium offers a daily product covering MLB and NFL called Fantasy Elite, optimized for the mobile user. Here are my questions:

From someone who’s actually in the trenches, what does the DraftKings acquisition of DraftStreet mean to the daily fantasy industry?

GG: I don’t think we will completely know what it means for a few months as they prepare for football. Our industry is a lot more seasonal than a lot of people want to admit as fantasy NFL is way more popular than anything else. In the short team, it gives consumers more time to play other sites/apps, helping companies like Fantasy Elite. It is also extremely depressing for a lot of the people that made DraftStreet their homebase in DFS for years. Many customers were extremely loyal there due to the edge they could get with sharp salaries. It is the responsibility of all site owners to take note of everything DraftStreet did to move the industry forward and do whatever they can to learn from it. I can assure you Elite is creating a place where players will feel like they have a bigger edge than anywhere else in the industry and that will thrive on all of the lessons DS taught us.

How was Fanium’s 2013 debut and what do users have in store for them in 2014?

GG: It was huge. We have incredible users that have been waiting all year for the comeback. The game hasn’t changed much but the userbase is getting much larger. People from last year have been inviting friends to play, and it has been extremely validating to watch the app acquire new users each day! The game has become so successful because it is extremely simple and easy to play on the go. Who doesn’t love fantasy drafts?! We bring that great experience to the convenience of iPhone and Android devices!

Note that Fanium also has an app for CFL fantasy. I feel like that’s “giving back” to all of the obsessed Canadian NFL fans.

I had to chat with one of the gurus of daily football, who’s written extensively on the subject. Jonathan Bales, author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People series and founder of RotoAcademy, answered a my questions:

What are your thoughts of the DraftKings acquisition of DraftStreet? Are you worried about the consolidation of the industry and that some of the DraftStreet features/leagues won’t be available?

JB: I think DraftKings’ acquisition of DraftStreet is a huge deal and probably an inevitable step in the growth of daily fantasy sports. I’m not really worried about the consolidation because I know DraftKings will do an awesome job of incorporating all of the aspects of DraftStreet that users loved. The two sites complement each other really well, which is why this deal went through. As DraftKings starts to incorporate some of DraftStreet’s pricing algorithms, snake drafts, etc, I think it will be a big positive for users.

Does this move make you more or less likely to play DraftKings, other than the 100% DraftStreet balance transfer bonus and the 25% reload bonus?

JB: I already play primarily on DraftKings, but the move would make me more likely to go there just because of the user base. We should see a nice growth in prize pools for this coming NFL season, which should be awesome. I also suspect that there will be a better cash game selection on DraftKings now.

Is daily fantasy going to be the big growth market for fantasy football in 2014?

I’d imagine daily fantasy will continue its exponential growth in the fantasy market in 2014, and DraftKings is a massive part of that. Really excited to see what the have in store.

What’s your latest edition in the Fantasy Football for Smart People all about?

JB: As far as my latest book, it’s called Fantasy Football for Smart People: Daily Fantasy Pros Reveal Their Money-Making Secrets. Each chapter is set up as an interview with a different DFS pro, with analysis by CSURAM88 and myself. I’m really excited about it – a departure from my normal data-driven content – and I think readers will enjoy the fresh perspective.

Thanks again to Mr. Bales and Mr. Gurtin for their thoughts. I’ll post a review and excerpt of Jonathan Bales’ new daily fantasy book in the next couple of weeks.

We know what the experts have to say, but what about FSO’s own David Kitchen? He gave an appropriate good-bye to the DraftStreet site:

The post DraftKings Buys DraftStreet: Experts React appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/draftkings-buys-draftstreet-experts-react/feed/ 0
Fantasy Insiders Breaks Into the Daily Fantasy Sports Scene http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-insiders-breaks-onto-the-daily-fantasy-sports-scene/ http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-insiders-breaks-onto-the-daily-fantasy-sports-scene/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:54:57 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=3039 There was more news in the daily fantasy space yesterday with the announced launch of Fantasy Insiders. After months of preparation, the former daily fantasy sports side of Fantasy Sports.org will be moving to a newly designed, revolutionary daily fantasy sports site called Fantasy Insiders. FI will be a separate entity and FSO will continue to ...

The post Fantasy Insiders Breaks Into the Daily Fantasy Sports Scene appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
There was more news in the daily fantasy space yesterday with the announced launch of Fantasy Insiders. After months of preparation, the former daily fantasy sports side of Fantasy Sports.org will be moving to a newly designed, revolutionary daily fantasy sports site called Fantasy InsidersFI will be a separate entity and FSO will continue to spread the good news of the industry.

Fantasy Insiders Announces Launch

Founded by three accomplished players in the daily fantasy industry and an accomplished web engineer (and fantasy sports nut), Fantasy Insiders seeks to provide new and old players alike with the most up-to-date information from knowledgable experts you know and trust. FantasySports.org founder David Kitchen (daily fantasy alias: “Socrdave”) and co-owner Ben “naturalslugger” Pritchett will be joined by Dan”Mr Tuttle05″ Gaspar and Steve Finkelstein to the founding team.

David “Socrdave” Kitchen

David “Socrdave” Kitchen is not only the owner of FSO and Fantasy Insiders, he’s also one of the original co-hosts of Grinders Live. Kitchen is a top ranked daily fantasy player who is on record for saying that he used his daily fantasy winnings to purchase FantasySports.org.

Kitchen has just recently punched his ticket to the 2013 DFBC championship presented by Fanduel. Combining humor with sound advice, David will be bringing his hosting talents to Fantasy Insiders’ own live daily fantasy sports show.

When asked about the launch of Fantasy Insiders and the daily fantasy sports industry David said, “I am incredibly excited about FantasyInsiders.com. We’re going to use our passion for DFS as well as our success as a platform to help attract people that have yet to try out daily fantasy sports. Our team is going to hustle and work hard every day to help the industry.”

Dan “MrTuttle05″ Gaspar

Dan “MrTuttle05″ Gaspar will be joining David in Las Vegas to compete for a $200,000 grand prize. Dan actually has two tickets to the DFBC and just recently quit his day job to become a full-time daily fantasy sports pro.

Gaspar is a high volume player and has also qualified for the PFBC presented by Starstreet. Those who are familiar with “Tuttle” know that he is somewhat of a savant in regards to his originality and unique perspective.

Ben “Naturalslugger” Pritchett

Ben “naturalslugger” Pritchett is a yearly fantasy baseball expert turned daily fantasy player and analyst. Pritchett finished top 3 in Draftstreet‘s inaugural 2012 DSFBC football championship in Las Vegas.

Ben is a former fantasy baseball writer for The Hardball Times and was touted as a Top Five fantasy baseball expert in 2012 by Fantasy Pros.

Steve Finklestein

Steve Finklestein is Fantasy Insiders’ web engineer. Steve recently was the lead developer on an app that received over $600,000 in funding and made the top lists of Mashable, TechCrunch, and other tech blogs.

“Steve is a tremendous asset to the team,” Kitchen said. “His skill set as a developer is rivaled only by his passion for fantasy sports, which makes him the perfect fit for this startup.”

Finklestein also has vast experience working with sports data companies, and will use that experience to help develop customizable tools for players seeking to gain an advantage over their opponent.

HD Webcast and Partnership with MyFantasyFix, Dinkmeyer

Fantasy Insiders is also really excited to be the first site to feature a high definition, live daily fantasy sports show. Fantasy Insiders has also reached a partnership agreement with the amazing and talented folks at MyFantasyFix to allow one of the most recognizable names in the daily fantasy world, Drew “Dinkpiece” Dinkmeyer, to join David as a guest on the show twice a week.

Dinkmeyer was just recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for the great work he’s done both as a player and analyst for MyFantasyFix.

As for Kitchen, he has three more appearances on GrindersLive and said that he will miss being on the show with Dan Back and Alvin Zeidenfeld.

“Being one of the original hosts of GrindersLive has been such an awesome experience. I want to thank Cal Spears and Dan Back for giving me that opportunity on RotoGrinders, as well as Dan and Al (Zeidenfeld) for the incredible fun that I had while hosting with them.”

Because there is overlap with RotoGrinders and what FantasyInsiders has, the two can technically be called competition, but he doesn’t view it as such. “The RotoGrinders community is awesome and clearly the only game in town. Our hope is to build our own community and hopefully the real winners will be the players and the industry. DFS is growing so rapidly that I think it will be able to easily support a second community.”

Kitchen also said that FantasyInsiders.com wouldn’t have player rankings, but would not go into what new features that they plan to roll out.

Fantasy Insiders will be soft launching some time in early August with tools available nearer to the start of the 2013 NFL season. Stay tuned for even more exciting news.

The post Fantasy Insiders Breaks Into the Daily Fantasy Sports Scene appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/fantasy-insiders-breaks-onto-the-daily-fantasy-sports-scene/feed/ 0
The MLB Fives for July 19 http://fantasysports.org/the-mlb-fives-for-july-19/ http://fantasysports.org/the-mlb-fives-for-july-19/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:51:16 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=2923 Five Notes for Today’s Games 1. Starting Pitchers- Francisco Liriano LHP PIT @ CIN- The Liriano of old has returned. At least that’s what his stats say. Liriano’s velocity is back up, and he’s sporting a rather sexy 2.00 ERA. An awesome start today could give him 10 wins and a sub-2.00 ERA. That would ...

The post The MLB Fives for July 19 appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
The MLB Fives_03

Five Notes for Today’s Games

1. Starting Pitchers-

  • Francisco Liriano LHP PIT @ CIN- The Liriano of old has returned. At least that’s what his stats say. Liriano’s velocity is back up, and he’s sporting a rather sexy 2.00 ERA. An awesome start today could give him 10 wins and a sub-2.00 ERA. That would be a pretty incredible resurrection for the powerful LHP. I think the Reds LHB will have trouble with Liriano’s slider (as most LHB do). Liriano should be another very popular SP on DraftKings because he has the best matchup of the higher priced pitchers but is priced as the 6th best.
  • Bud Norris RHP HOU vs SEA- Norris is lights-out at home. He always has been throughout his career. You are going to see a lot of people using him. So far this year he has a 2.27 ERA through 11 home starts. Seattle can be a dangerously powerful team as seen by them being 2nd in the Majors in home runs. Fading Norris may be just as smart a play, but I like the potential for a good start at a relatively cheap $7,200.
  • Jeremy Hefner RHP NYM vs PHI- Hefner is a beast. He has a 2.17 ERA over his last 11 starts. Hefner is also a much better pitcher at home with a 2.68 ERA. I think you’ll see a rather pumped up Mets team after hosting the All Star game. Like Norris, Hefner is only 7,200. For me it’s only a decision between these two as to who I’m using. Hef may be the sneakiest, smart pitcher play of the day. Hef is a must-start in Starstreet’s Q for his last name alone.
  • Chad Gaudin RHP SF vs ARI- If you are going cheap with your SP on DK today, it doesn’t get any cheaper than Gaudin. Actually Gaudin has been pretty good fantasy points-wise over his last 6 starts. He actually has a better FPPG over the last six than Strasburg who is the most expensive. I think on a day where everybody is going to be stacking, I think Gaudin is a must-start. For stackers and non-stackers alike, his 5K salary allows you to spend other places. Chad-Gaudin-SF-Giants

2. Stud Hitters-

  • Mike Napoli C/1B BOS- Love the fact that Napoli got some rest over the All Star break. He’ll face the meat-throwing Pettitte to further enhance my love for him today.
  • Matt Wieters C BAL- Wieters usually finds his way onto my list when he faces a LHP. He’ll face Derek Holland today.
  • Prince Fielder 1B DET- Where has all the power gone? I thought Fielder would dominate the HR Derby’s first round, and he barely even showed up. I will say that he hit the longest HR of the night however. Ervin Santana is not going to be able to contain all of the Tigers hitters. Fielder is a great play against the RHP.
  • Allen Craig 1B/OF STL- Somehow Allen Craig is only $4,700. He also offers multi-postition elig. He’s hitting historically well with RISP and looks to be in an incredible zone.
  • Jason Kipnis 2B CLE- There’s little doubt that Kipnis is the top 2B play of the day. I love using him against most RHP. The fact that he’ll face Mike Pelfrey only helps his case. He was just warming back up before the break.
  • Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS- Pedroia doesn’t have a HR vs a LHP this year. I think that could change today. He’s hitting .333 and slugging .480. He’ll be playing at home vs LHP Pettitte.
  • Miguel Cabrera 3B DET- **must start** I think most teams will NOT have Miggy today because of his price tag. That’s exactly why I think he’s a must start. As shown by his plate appearances during the All-Star game, he’s really locked in.
  • Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT- Pedro is my pick to go deep today. He’ll face RHP Leake in a park that he has been mashing in this year.
  • Jean Segura SS MIL- Jacob Turner has been exhibiting reverse splits so far in his career. Segura likes hitting RHP. To me this play just makes sense.
  • Cody Ransom SS/3B CHC- Ransom is almost a must start against any mediocre LHP. He has 7 HRs in 69 ABs so far this year vs LHP.
  • Bryce Harper OF WAS- Love, love, love Harper today coming in after the power display during the derby. He’ll face RHP Nolasco and look to pick right back up where he left off.
  • Austin Jackson OF DET- AJax finishes my mini stack of the Tigers vs RHP Santana. AJax has also hit RHP much better this year with 4 of his 5 HRs, all 6 SBs, and a .327 AVG.
  • Carlos Gonzalez OF COL- Samardzija was straight awful in his last start. CarGo has 17 HRs vs RHP. The exciting thing about CarGo this year is that he’s hitting better away from Coors against LHP. That is just a testament to how awesome he is playing.
  • Alfonso Soriano OF CHC- Let’s see if Soriano’s hot streak has stayed hot. It’s a matchup you have to love as he’ll face LHP De La Rosa in Coors Field. I only worry that his price tag my drag him out of most possible budgets. I don’t think a lot of the Midsummer Classic players will be using Soriano.
  • Yoenis Cespedes OF OAK- Cespedes hasn’t gone deep since June 21, but he’s moved by his confidence. It’s not an ideal matchup vs RHP Weaver, but I think swagger goes a long way for young inexperienced hitters. MLB: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics

3. Value Hitters-

  • Chris Herrmann C MIN- Herrmann has been called up and should be in the LU as an OF with the demotion of Parmalee. I like Herrmann as a stack header because he is 2K and a catcher. That’s the perfect combo in my opinion.
  • Victor Martinez C/1B DET- VMart was hitting .458 over his last 10 going into the break.
  • Sean Halton 1B MIL- Halton is only on this list because he has the potential of seeing the field. He’s just another stack filler at 2K.
  • Brandon Belt 1B SF- It was nice to see Belt have multi-hit games in 2 of his last 3 before heading into the break. Look for a “Belted” today against a really struggling RHP Ian Kennedy.
  • Dan Uggla 2B ATL- Uggla’s power display has been very real. If he gets a hold of LHP Danks meat pitches today, look for them to go a very long way. Not often do you get a guy with so many HRs at a $3,800 price tag especially at 2B. He is boom-or-bust.
  • Brian Dozier 2B/SS MIN- Dozier is hitting .302 AVG with a .916 OPS vs LHP.
  • Brett Lawrie 3B TOR- Lawrie is a speculative play by me, but he’s gotten to get a couple of games under his belt. I think he’ll come out of this break and flash some of that potential we all knew was within him. Price has been struggling a bit vs RHB.
  • Trevor Plouffe 3B MIN- Plouffe is hitting a  monstrous .351 vs LHP with a .976 OPS. If the Twins are going to get any power in this one, I have a feeling it will be Plouffe doing the damage. Kazmir has been very hit-or-miss as to how dominant he’ll pitch on any given day.
  • Jose Iglesias SS BOS- Iglesias has cooled quite a bit lately. I like that he still has a .429 AVG  and a 1.046 OPS vs LHP. Obviously, that’s not sustainable, but he’s only 3,500 and faces LHP Pettitte.
  • Grant Green SS OAK- If you are stacking, you will need a 2K guy like Green to start. I don’t know if he will actually produce anything, but that salary can go along way to helping the rest of your team.
  • J.D. Martinez OF HOU- **must start** Historically, Martinez has been a better hitter against LHP. I have no faith in LHP Saunders away from home. The Astros are great sneaky stack as they are top 10 vs LHP.
  • Aaron Hicks OF MIN- Hicks has 4 HRs in 54 ABs vs LHP. One of those was off LHP Kazmir back on May 4.
  • Marcell Ozuna OF MIA- .352 AVG with RISP. I think you’ll see Lohse give up some baserunners today.
  • Logan Morrison OF MIA- LoMo is a borderline must start. LoMo has been feasting on RHP since his return to the LU. Lohse has given up 19 HRs so far this year.

4. Stack ‘em Up-

  • Braves @ LHP John Danks
  • Rays @ RHP Esmil Rogers
  • Tigers @ RHP Ervin Santana
  • Red Sox vs LHP Andy Pettitte
  • Astros vs LHP Joe Saunders

5. My DK Midsummer Classic Line Up

P- Jeremy Hefner NYM $7,200

P- Chad Gaudin SF $5,000

C- Chris Herrmann MIN $2,000

1B- Prince Fielder DET $5,000

2B- Dustin Pedroia BOS $5,100

3B- Miguel Cabrera DET $6,900

SS- Cody Ransom CHC $4,200

OF- Bryce Harper WAS $5,100

OF- Allen Craig STL $4,700

OF- Austin Jackson DET $4,800

0 dollars left over

The post The MLB Fives for July 19 appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/the-mlb-fives-for-july-19/feed/ 0
Michael Rathburn Leaves Daily Joust http://fantasysports.org/michael-rathburn-leaves-daily-joust/ http://fantasysports.org/michael-rathburn-leaves-daily-joust/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:41:29 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=2887 “Rath” is Switching Teams A bit of shocking news happened yesterday in the daily fantasy world. Michael Rathburn announced that he was leaving the daily fantasy site Daily Joust and teaming up with FantasyFeud, another daily fantasy website. Rathburn, who previously was with RotoExperts for a year and a half, joined DailyJoust in 2011, serving as Director of ...

The post Michael Rathburn Leaves Daily Joust appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
“Rath” is Switching Teams

A bit of shocking news happened yesterday in the daily fantasy world. Michael Rathburn announced that he was leaving the daily fantasy site Daily Joust and teaming up with FantasyFeud, another daily fantasy website. Rathburn, who previously was with RotoExperts for a year and a half, joined DailyJoust in 2011, serving as Director of Operations.

“Rath” made his announcement on Twitter, sporting a new avatar and Twitter handle (@FantasyFeudRath).

 Writing on the Wall for Daily Joust?

Losing Rathburn is a huge loss for Daily Joust, and some are concerned that they soon will be closing up shop.

Daily fantasy site RotoGrinders.com also had more information on what’s going on at DJ. RotoGrinders co-founder Cal Spears said in a RG forum post that Daily Joust co-owner Mike Mathys has resigned as well, leaving Michael Brooks as the man in charge. Spears also noted that he confirmed that player funds are 100% safe, easing concerns of a potential disaster situation of DJ not being able to pay out their customers.

This news could not have happened at a worse time, as their $50,000 Super Joust is today.

Will Daily Joust close its doors or be acquired? Only time will tell.

Talking to those connected in the daily fantasy industry, the real winner in this situation is FantasyFeud, who has added a very valuable member to their staff. According to Rathburn, his role right now is a consultatory one that will evolve.

Make sure you sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter (@FantasySports) for more updates on this situation.

The post Michael Rathburn Leaves Daily Joust appeared first on FantasySports.org.

]]>
http://fantasysports.org/michael-rathburn-leaves-daily-joust/feed/ 0