If you want to improve at DFS, you need to find the types of contests that allow you to have success and continue to play mainly in those. This enables you not only to have a greater chance of success each week but also to improve in identifying contest specific dynamics and trends.
I am a lower-stakes, small-field tournament player. I do not play cash games, and I do not play large field GPP contests unless I am just tossing in an entry for fun. The contests I am playing in typically have 60 entrants or less. These contests are my favorite because you do not need to get as many things right to get near the top of the leaderboard. Finding the right stacks in small fields is a great example of this. Most people do not stack enough in these types of contests and finding the right stacks and leverage points is a great way to vault up to the top of the leaderboard.
Each week I will post my favorite stacks of the week, especially those that are likely to be overlooked in the small-field tournaments. I’ll also provide my results from the prior week and talk about what went right, what went wrong, and most importantly, what we can we learn.
The best contest I found in Week 2 was an 86-person $27 tournament with a pretty flat payout structure.
This week I was fortunate enough to win the contest, the next highest score was 10 points behind me. I talked about the Tua Tagovailoa double-stack being viable, but never expected this. This lineup is a great example how in small fields getting one thing right can get you to the top and boost your bankroll. In some other contests with 200-300 people this lineup would not even crack the top-10.
With my stack being projected to be so low owned, I was fine eating the Saquon Barkley/Greg Dortch/Bengals Defense chalk. They all projected really well, and I needed those cheaper options to make my stack fit with Jonathan Taylor. Taylor was expensive but his ownership was not projected to be very high, and that translated here.
Without further ado, let’s talk about some stacks for the Week 3 slate.