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Joe 2 Pro: Daily Fantasy Sports – Recapping A Profitable Week 2

Giovani Bernard

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 2 was an odd and frustrating week for many fantasy football team owners. There were elite players getting injured and websites crashing. I had never seen an NFL Sunday like that before. FanDuel crashed 30 minutes before kickoff and left a lot of users unable to make changes to their team or join other contests. Then players started to get hurt. Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson, and Eric Decker among other all left Sundays’ games. I somehow managed to still turn a profit in this crazy week. This is why bankroll management is crucial because there are so many variables that you sometimes can’t account for when playing DFS. Injuries can quickly bankrupt you if you’re not managing your money properly. There’s a primer to bankroll management in my introduction to the series.



Here are my two cash game lineups on DraftKings this week. Clearly, one did better than the other. The Charles injury burned me, but Marques Colston also had a zero-target game. In my Week 2 cash game strategy piece, I mentioned targeting Aaron Rodgers, Giovani Bernard, Arian Foster, Justin Hunter, and Jordy Nelson. I failed to fit Nelson into my lineup and that came back to bite me. I had Foster, Bernard, and Rodgers, unfortunately not on the same team. This is one of the downfalls of going with two lineups versus one. I tried to split up my favorite picks and that was probably the wrong move. Had I put those four together, they would’ve combined for around 125 points. Using one lineup can be beneficial if it hits because you’ll likely win the majority of your cash games. By using two lineups, though, you’re also helping to minimize your risk.


This GPP lineup helped me realize a profit on DraftKings this week. The Packers stack paved the way to cashing. It had even more potential if Jackson wouldn’t have gotten banged up.



On FanDuel I saw a small profit as my two cash game lineups cashed in 88 percent of my games. I didn’t cash in a GPP on FanDuel, which is why my profit was minimal compared to DraftKings. It should be noted that DraftKings has some of the best payout structures for GPP games, which is why I focus most of my GPP play over there, and I am more cash game focused on FanDuel.


Week 2 Week 3
Starting Bankroll  $  2,000.00  $  2,150.70
Ending Bankroll  $  2,150.70
Net Profit/Loss  $     150.70
Total Buy Ins  $     200.00
ROI 75.3%


Overall, with FanDuel crashing and all of the injuries this week I am happy to see any sort of profit. Although not as great as I would’ve liked to do, it’s better than taking a loss.

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