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DFS Football 101: Building a Weekly Regimen

Michael Rathburn lays out his weekly routine for maximizing success in DFS.

DFS Football 101: DraftKings Cash-Game Breakdown

Michael Rathburn reviews what it took to win DraftKings' Week 5 cash game, breaking down player ownership and values. What rosters fared the best?

DFS Football 101: Q&A with DK's World Championship Qualifier

Michael Rathburn interviews the big winner in DraftKings' World Championship Qualifier. How did he win? Who did he play? Find out that and more.

DFS Football 101: Analyzing Cash-Game Contests

Michael Rathburn shows owners how to analyze cash-game contests after they are completed and what to learn from them.

DFS Football 101: Building a Cash Game System, Part 2

Michael Rathburn reveals his guidelines for selecting tight ends, defenses and kickers in cash-game formats.

DFS Football 101: Building a Cash Game System

Michael Rathburn lays out his guidelines for choosing QBs, RBs and WRs to play in cash games.

DFS Football 101: Week 1 Cash Game Strategy

Michael Rathburn walks through his strategy for cash games for Week 1 on FanDuel. Find out if he's paying up at quarterback or looking for a bargain.

DFS Football 101: DFS Starter Kit, Part 3

Michael Rathburn continues his series for new DFS players, focusing on which sites and slates to play. Which slate gives the new player the best chance to win?

DFS Football 101: DFS Starter Kit, Part 2

Michael Rathburn shows fantasy owners how best to construct DFS lineups and how to manage their salary cap on DraftKings and FanDuel.

DFS Football 101: DFS Football Starter Kit

Michael Rathburn breaks down the basics for playing DFS football and explains why beginners should start practicing lineups now.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 16

Michael Rathburn looks at the 2016 season in review from a DraftKings perspective.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 15

Michael Rathburn lays out his process for constructing cash game lineups on FanDuel.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 14

Michael Rathburn takes a look at how to find wideouts viable to use in cash games on FanDuel.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 13

Michael Rathburn breaks down the process for choosing running backs in cash games on FanDuel.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 12

Michael Rathburn explains how to choose a D/ST unit in cash games on DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 11

Michael Rathburn details the process of choosing tight ends for cash games.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 10

Michael Rathburn lays out a system for choosing wide receivers in cash games.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 9

Michael Rathburn shares some key points regarding how to choose running backs for cash games.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 8

Michael Rathburn sheds light on his process of selecting signal callers for cash games on DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 7

Michael Rathburn breaks down the process of selecting tournament-winning wideouts on DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 6

Michael Rathburn explains how to find GPP-winning running backs on DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 5

Michael Rathburn lays out a system for choosing a quarterback in large-field DFS tournaments.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 4

Michael Rathburn details how to use DraftKing's contest data to become a better DFS player.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 3

Michael Rathburn yet again divulges key information for those looking to get started in DFS, this time focusing on head-to-head contests.

DFS Football 101: Impact of Running QBs on RBs

Cam Newton's ability to run the football put a cap on Jonathan Stewart's fantasy upside last season. But do other mobile quarterbacks have the same affect on their running backs?

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players, Round 2

Michael Rathburn shares some key points with new DFS players regarding the effect of inactive players on roster construction and choosing contests to enter.

DFS Football 101: Important Tips for New Players

Michael Rathburn shares some key points with new DFS players when it comes to filling out an NFL Lineup with kickers and defenses.

DFS Football 101: When to Use QB/RB Stacks

Rostering a quarterback and running back from the same team can seem counterintuitive, but Juan Carlos Blanco explains when such a scenario can be used for daily fantasy football rosters.

DFS Football 101: GPP Strategies

The process of putting together a lineup for bigger tournaments is vastly different than doing so for smaller cash games. Juan Carlos Blanco breaks down the differences.

DFS Football 101: By the Numbers - QBs

Michael Rathburn breaks down what to look for when selecting quarterbacks for both cash games and tournaments in daily fantasy football. Is it better to take a favored or underdog QB?

DFS Football 101: Cash Game Strategies

Juan Carlos Blanco explains how building a cash game lineup can differ from those entering tournaments, including what kind of players to focus on and which stats to consider.

DFS 101: How to Choose a Tight End

In this fourth installment, Juan Carlos Blanco examines strategies for picking a tight end — the often overlooked, but nevertheless key position for any daily fantasy lineup.

DFS Football 101: How to Choose a Wide Receiver

In this installment, Juan Carlos Blanco helps identify and develop strategies for selecting wide receivers in DFS, which he says is essential because wide receivers’ targets often vary week to week.

DFS Football 101: How to Choose a Running Back

Juan Carlos Blanco explains how making the right choices at running back in DFS can often be integral to a head-to-head victory or good placement in a tournament or 50/50 cash game.

DFS Football 101: How to Choose a Quarterback

RotoWire's Juan Carlos Blanco breaks down some of the key factors in choosing the ideal quarterback for daily fantasy football lineups.

DFS Football 101: Stacking QBs and Pass Catchers

Stacking quarterbacks and wide receivers can be a popular tournament strategy in daily fantasy football, but there are a few key ways to differentiate from the field.

DFS Football 101: How to Play NFL DFS on FanDuel

There are a few nuances to playing NFL DFS on FanDuel, and Juan Carlos Blanco breaks down a few of the key aspects to focus on when building lineups.

DFS Football 101: How to Play NFL DFS on DraftKings

DraftKings' NFL contests offer a few unique wrinkles, and Juan Carlos Blanco is here to break them down and explain how to take advantage.

DFS Football 101: Insider's Guide to Daily Football

Kevin Payne shares insights for beginners and veterans of DFS football, including how to capitalize off roster lock, rookies and recency bias, among others.

DFS Football 101: A Winner's Guide to NFL DFS

Michael Rathburn shines a spotlight on what it takes to win in daily football each week, including players to targets and points to target per position for both FanDuel and DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: FanDuel Week 1 RB Value Picks

Michael Rathburn breaks down the top running back value plays on FanDuel for Week 1 of the NFL season, including the Bucs' Doug Martin, who played very well in the preseason and may be heavily used with a rookie quarterback under center in Tampa.

DFS Football 101: Week 1 QB Value Plays

Michael Rathburn breaks down some of the Week 1 quarterback value plays on FanDuel, who set their opening weekend prices back in July.

DFS Football 101: FantasyScore's Wild Card Contests

RotoWire's Jerry Donabedian recommends a Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson pairing on FantasyScore for Wild Card weekend.

DFS Football 101: DFS Weekly Regimens

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn describes his process for selecting a DFS lineup, and gives some suggestions for who to play on FanDuel this weekend.

DFS Football 101: Identifying the Best Contests to Play

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through the various contest options on DraftKings and help new users identify which contests will give them the best chance to win.

DFS Football 101: Applying Standard Deviation Part II

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn further explores the use of standard deviation when selecting lineups on DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: Applying Standard Deviation to Daily Fantasy Football

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breaks down the data and explores ways to use standard deviation when setting your DraftKings fantasy football lineups.

DFS Football 101: How to Find Value on DraftKings

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers to help identify value plays on DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: How to Find Value on FanDuel

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breakdowns the best (and worst) values on FanDuel at each position.

DFS Football 101: Breaking Down DraftKings Millionaire Maker

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn breaks down the winning lineups that took home $1 miilion on DraftKings the past three weeks to prep for the contest in Week 8.

DFS Football 101: How to Play CFB Fantasy Football on DraftKings

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn lays out his strategic approach to playing College Football contests on DraftKings.

DFS Football 101: How to Build a Tournament (GPP) Lineup

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn delves into the process of building a tournament lineup and dishes out some of his high-ceiling targets for Week 6.

DFS Football 101: Over/Under Picks for Week 5

DFS veteran Nir Elitzur looks at the over/under lines to aid in your lineup selection process in weekly salary cap contests.

DFS Football 101: How to Build a Cash Games Lineup

RotoWire's Michael Rathburn focuses on cash games and explores how to build the best lineup for head-to-head and 50/50 contests.

DFS Football 101: DailyMVP Keeps You in the Game

RotoWire's Jerry Donabedian takes Daily MVP's trio of football contests on a test ride.

DFS Football 101: Over/Under Plays

RotoWire's Nir Elitzur takes a look at this week's over/under totals to identify targets for your DFS lineups.

DFS Football 101: The Art of Pairing

Michael Rathburn crunches the numbers on FanDuel to decipher which positions are the best to pair together.

DFS Football 101: Choosing Your Kicker & D/ST on Fanduel

Which splits should you use to select the best Kicker and Defense/Special Teams for your DFS lineup? RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through the data.

DFS Football 101: Week 3 Over/Under Plays

Nir Elitzer examines over/unders and provides his value picks for Week 3.

DFS Football 101: Over/Under Plays Week 2

Despite the high over/under, RotoWire's Nir Elitzur likes few DFS options from the Eagles/Colts matchup.

DFS Football 101: Using Vegas Splits to Choose D/ST

Which splits should you use to select the best Defense/Special Teams for your DFS lineup? RotoWire's Michael Rathburn runs through the data.

DFS Football 101: Week 1 Over/Under Plays

RotoWire's Nir Elitzur takes a look Week 1 Over/Under totals and offers up his DFS recommendations based on the data.

DFS Football 101: Breaking Down the Splits (Fanduel)

How much better is Drew Brees at home? How much better are players generally? Michael Rathburn does the research.

DFS Football 101: Bankroll Management

DFS veteran Nir Elitzur (a.k.a. Dug Fister) breaks down his bankroll management strategies to help newcomers succeed at daily/weekly contests.

DFS Football 101: Finding WR/TE Value on Fanduel Week 1

Jeremy Maclin comes in at the top of the value charts for receivers and a surprise pick for tight ends

FanDuel NFL: Player Salaries - First Impressions

RotoWire's Ben Slocum takes a look at the FanDuel salaries for Week 1 and picks out the best overpriced and underpriced players he's going to consider using or avoiding.

FanDuel NFL: QB/RB Value Plays for Week 1

Most of the player salaries were generated at the end of July. This means there will be a lot of value available in Week 1. Who should you grab at quarterback and running back?

DFS Football 101: TradeSports College Football

RotoWire's Jerry Donabedian explores TradeSports new college football contests

DFS Football 101: TradeSports Football Contests

Jerry Donabedian explores some of the new features on TradeSports, including an NFL Rookies contest where Johnny Manziel looks like a solid option.

DFS Football 101: Beginner's Guide

Michael Rathburn goes over the basic fundamentals of Daily Fantasy Football contests on sites like FanDuel, DraftKings and DraftStreet.