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Joe 2 Pro: Daily Fantasy Sports- Week 6 Recap & Revamping the FanDuel Strategy

TY Hilton

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 like you’re drowning. What I am trying to do with the Joe 2 Pro series is bring up topics regarding daily fantasy sports that I wish I knew about when I had first started playing. There’s definitely a learning curve when you go from seasonal leagues to daily fantasy sports.



I saw a small profit of $43.00 DraftKings this weekend, but hey, I’ll take that over a loss any day. The bankroll killer this week came at the hands of Andrew Hawkins. This lineup missed cashing in 50/50 games by a mere five to ten points in most leagues. As long as Jordan Cameron and that running game in Cleveland is healthy, I think Hawkins is going to have to take a back seat in my cash games. He started off the first four weeks very strong, but I don’t think he can be in play for a while. The great thing about daily fantasy sports is that you’re not tied to a player for the whole season.



My FanDuel lineups weren’t all that far away from cashing this week. Until I went over my scores this morning, I didn’t realize how close I was to cashing in every single 50/50… One more field goal on either team, and I cut my losses in half this week. The dud from Eli Manning and Hawkins didn’t help either. I wish FanDuel would get rid of the kicker slot, just like DraftKings did this year. Kicker scoring is very volatile and personally, I don’t believe there is any skill that comes to choosing a kicker for FanDuel.

Revising FanDuel Strategy

With the volatility of the kicker and not having much success in 50/50 games on FanDuel, I am going to focus most of my play on strictly head-to-head (H2H) games. Eight percent of my bankroll is going into H2H contests, while the other two percent will go into GPP games. I don’t want to cut out GPP play completely because they can be a nice bankroll booster if one of your teams hits. I’ve had much more success in GPPs on DraftKings this year, compared to FanDuel. Hopefully trying to grind out a profit via the H2H games on FanDuel can turn things around.



Week 6 was my first loss on the year. Proper bankroll management helped soften the blow of my teams’ performances in Week 6. I expected to have some down weeks in this series because that’s just how it goes sometimes. The important thing is, is that I am still up over $650.00 this season so far. Daily fantasy sports is certainly a grind, and the important factor is what my bankroll looks like after Week 17. In Week 7 I’ll be taking a breather from DFS (sadly) because I am going out of town and wouldn’t be able to research or monitor my players prior to kickoff, so the safe play is to sit this week out and attack Week 8. How did Week 6 treat you  guys?

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