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Joe 2 Pro: Daily Fantasy Sports – Turning a Profit In Week 3, Surviving Joique Bell & LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

If you missed my first article introducing the “Joe 2 Pro” series, you can read it here. It gives a brief overview on how to attack daily fantasy sports without feeling utterly overwhelmed, and what I plan to cover in this Joe 2 Pro series.

Week 3 turned out to be just as interesting as Week 2. The Packers and Lions game had the highest projected total from the Vegas betting lines and ended up being the lowest scoring game of the week. LeSean McCoy wasn’t LeSean McCoy and Joique Bell, one of my favorite plays this week did next to nothing after out-touching Reggie Bush in the first two weeks.  Despite having exposure to Bell and McCoy, I was still able to profit in Week 3.



Here we have my two cash game lineups I submitted for DraftKings. Despite having Bell and McCoy in the lineup on the right, it managed to place in all of my 50/50 games except one of them where I missed cashing by less than a point. I entered 12 50/50 games for $48 and 18 head to head, or HU games for $36, and using each lineup an equal amount. I was able to cash in all but four games. Which means these two lineups cashed in 86 percent of the games, which is very good. The lineup on the right could have easily been a disaster and missed cashing, but a strong showing from Garcon and Murray bailed me out. That lineup placed between 90th and 100th place in all of the 50/50’s where top 100 get paid, besides the one that placed 103rd. Luck was definitely on my side this week.


These were my best and worst GPP lineups that I made. I would’ve never thought that my lineup with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Jordy Nelson would do worse then my Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace stack. In GPPs, I almost always play a WR in the flex spot and that paid off with Garcon on the left, but not so much on the right. Despite the 2.2 from McCoy, I was still able to cash in the DraftKings Sunday Million tournament, which helped sky rocket my profit this week.















Again, with two different cash game lineups. You can see they’re somewhat similar to my DraftKings lineups. Pricing on the sites can vary so there are always different values to exploit. One of them was Niles Paul, he was much cheaper relative to your total salary on FanDuel compared to DraftKings. Exposure to the Lions game on the right crippled my team quite a bit. This is a good example of what can go wrong if you decide to put three players on the same team and they don’t perform as expected. Stafford and Bell barely combined for 10 points, which is not ideal. The lineup on the right didn’t cash in any of the 50/50’s, but I did manage to win some head-to-head games with it.














My best GPP lineup on FanDuel looked similar to DraftKings, with almost every player being the same. On the right we see another example of how the Lions and Packers game probably burned a lot of people. The team on the right would look pretty dominant on paper, unfortunately things aren’t always going to pan out in our favor.



I was fairly worried the way Week 3 started with McCoy and the Lions/Packers game, but things turned out OK in the end. I profited nearly $130 more than Week 2 because I had some success in the DraftKings Sunday Million tournament and a few of the FanDuel GPPs. Hopefully I can continue this hot streak into Week 4.

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