Enter Fanduel’s NFL Sunday Million. Turn $25 into $150,000!
1.) Know your matchups. I use ESPN’s fantasy rankings to determine what teams give up the most points to what offensive player types. Jacksonville can’t stop shit, so I’ve been playing at least one player from a team playing Jacksonville every week. Tampa Bay has been awful against the pass, so Antonio Brown was an obvious start last week.
2.) Pay attention to percentage owned. This is especially important in bigger leagues where a good performance from a unique player can really separate you from the pack and push you up the board. In my $1000 winner, I had 5 players that were owned by 10% or fewer of the lineups. This is especially good for receivers in games you think will be high-scoring. For instance, I started Terrence Williams (5.7%) over Dez Bryant (55%). Terrence not only ended up having a better performance, but was an overall better value because of his salary and his low percentage ownership.
3) Look for the best value at QB. You don’t need your QB to be your highest scorer. That will often be the case, but it doesn’t have to be. If you think you can get at least a 22-24 point performance out of your QB and only spend about an 1/8th of your salary as opposed to 1/6th for guys like Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck, do it. This gives you more room to pad out the skill positions where 20+ point performances will often cost you more relative to the position.
4.) Don’t worry about leaving money on the table. This was a hard one for me to get through at first, but I see a lot of guys worrying about getting their lineups exactly balanced to $0. Play the guys that you think give you the best shot at winning, especially early on in the season where sleepers are easier to come by and not everyone is a known quantity (a la Larry Donnell). I’ve left as much as $800 on the table in lineups where I’ve won $100 or more.
5.) Play the late tournaments! Most people just set lineups for Thu/Sun and forget that there are many tournaments with late/primetime starts! They can be harder to pick, but they’re big money if you pick well. My $1k win last weekend was the $10k Sun Late Snap and my lineup was as follows:
QB Phillip Rivers
RB Demarco Murray
RB Jamaal Charles
WR Terrence Williams
WR Eddie Royal
WR Brandin Cooks
TE Travis Kelce
K Nick Novak
D SD Chargers
6.) Pick TEs with high targets. Travis Kelce leads Kansas City with targets, and was cheap at $5200 and only 8% ownership. I’d much rather take him over Jimmy Graham at $8200 and over 30% ownership!
7.) Don’t stack RBs or WRs, but always take at least one receiver to pair with your QB on the same team. Always go for targets over touchdowns.