Baseball Draft Kit: DFS Primer
Baseball Draft Kit: DFS Primer

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

What has changed since we started playing DFS baseball?

In line with trends across other sports, DFS players are sharper, and grinding out profits with a contest selection built predominantly on cash games (50/50s and double-ups) is more difficult now than it was five years ago.

In November, I had the privilege of attending a DFS panel featuring some of the brightest minds in the industry at Baseball HQ's First Pitch Arizona. One of the panelists was Dave Potts, one the sharpest DFS players in the world, and he presented a simple question to the attendees: 

What are your goals? 

If making a three- or four-figure profit over the course of baseball season by spending a couple hours researching each slate and playing several days per week is something you have the time to do, the cash-game grind might be viable for you. 

If you're positioned to take more risk, or if you're bankrolled to afford losing money on a regular basis, you can opt to play a more tournament-heavy combination of contests, with the hope of hitting a big payday or qualifying for live event finals. You're still going to need a lot of time to prepare for each slate you play, but taking a more GPP-centric approach doesn't require the same volume of play to bear fruit over a larger number of slates. 

No matter what your goals are, bankroll management and contest selection are important. Unless you're playing multiple lineups on a regular basis, you should concentrate

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Derek VanRiper
Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).
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