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Joe 2 Pro: Daily Fantasy Sports – Play Peyton Manning, Profit. The Week 5 Recap

Matt Forte

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.



It was definitely two different stories when it came to my cash game lineups. I was very high on the Steelers this week and that didn’t pan out as well as I expected. Andrew Hawkins still saw double-digit targets this week, but the production just wasn’t there. Mix in the injuries to Rashad Jennings and Jimmy Graham and it adds to a rough start for your DFS team. Kelvin Benjamin almost had a huge game, but had a few blunders along the way. The lineup on the left is a good example on why I pay up for elite running backs every week. I had to get away from that with paying up for Graham on the right and it hurt quite a bit.


I had four lineups cash in the DraftKings Sunday Million this week. These were my best two. A few key differences began with the quarterback selection. One of them I paid up for Peyton Manning and stacked him with his two best touchdown scorers and it paid off big time. This lineup had a lot of potential, but was held down by Keenan Allen, Chris Ivory and Kelvin Benjamin. On the right I decided to go with Austin Davis because of his great match up against the Eagles defense. I stacked him with Brian Quick, and then added Jeremy Maclin in there. By putting Maclin in there, you create a relationship between the two players. This can be beneficial if the game turns into a shootout. I did a similar thing with Maclin and Pierre Garcon earlier in the year.



FanDuel was a week to forget for me this week. I debated all week playing Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson and I settled on the wrong choice, despite my undying love for Wilson. This was my first week not seeing a profit on FanDuel, and I expected that to happen eventually. Graham, Allen, Benjmain, Hawkins and Michael Floyd sunk my lineup quickly. That’s just the way DFS can go sometimes. That’s why bankroll management is so crucial. Proper bankroll management allows you to absorb some losses you may face along the way.



Overall on the year, I am up $700.00. Almost 100 percent of the profit is coming from DraftKings. I might need to revamp my FanDuel strategy and try something new. I may switch my FanDuel play to strictly head-to-head games because that’s where the majority of my success was happening prior to this week when I was up around $100.00 on FanDuel. I’m going to put that plan into action this week and see what happens. How did everyone else do this week?

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