Ask the Shark: Playing Satellites
Ask the Shark: Playing Satellites

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It's a common refrain in DFS that fading highly owned players in GPPs is a legitimate winning strategy. The concept being that when the "chalk" underperforms, you gain a significant boost in placement since the bulk of the field will have these players in their lineups. While this is absolutely true, many of those playing DFS apply this strategy too much in a vacuum. This can often lead to very suboptimal situations, and many will end up failing to do well in GPPs despite utilizing a completely viable strategy on a conceptual level.

Ownership only matters when a lower or similarly priced player can provide equal or better production than one who will be much higher owned. The simplest application of this is in the forward position: the high-priced striker in a heavily favorable matchup will likely have high ownership. Fading him for a forward on a weaker side with potential to score multiple goals is a great way to get similar production for half the price, and if the high-owned striker significantly underperforms, the combination can shoot you right to the top of a GPP.

Where many go wrong with this GPP strategy is applying it without thought to "value plays" as well. The lower the price of a player, the less likely you will be able to find a similarly priced one who can put up at least the same number of points. A cheap midfielder who has been upgraded to a more prominent role in his team's

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Jordan Cooper
Jordan is a top-ranked daily fantasy sports player, co-hosts the RotoWire Soccer podcast, a soccer analyst on DraftKings video shows, and live streams DFS AMAs on Periscope multiple times per week.
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