How to Select / Optimize a Lineup
Just like in season-long fantasy football, there are a number of different strategy approaches you can take with DFS NFL. Ultimately, the goal is the same: to build the highest-scoring lineup that you can each and every week.
For season-long, the hope is that the performance of the players you draft and add along the way will average out to be the best over the course of a season. For DFS, you need to hit on the best plays of the week to score well enough to compete in the big tournaments.
As you would expect, that’s not exactly easy. However, there are a number of different approaches you can take to improve your chances of making it happen.
For starters, matchups are absolutely key on a weekly basis. The best running backs in the league make for excellent season-long draft choices, but there will be weeks when they have poor matchups. There will also be weeks in which the matchups are too good to pass on them, so understanding the strength of opponents they’ll be facing is critical.
Beyond the individual matchups, every game on the docket doesn’t project exactly the same way. There will be high- and low-scoring matchups, as well as several that fall in the middle. For a clue on how to figure out which will be which, consult the odds for the weekly games.
In addition to designating a favorite and underdog and posting a point spread for each contest, oddsmakers will also set a benchmark total for each game. Also known as the Over/Under, reviewing these numbers can give you a quick feel for the week’s matchups.
Researching fantasy football can be a ton of fun, but it can also be time consuming. It’s pretty easy to fall down the rabbit hole and find your head spinning with various stats and pieces of information.
You can help to make it more manageable by finding a few key sources that you trust to assist in the research process. Fantasy football is big business, and there are a ton of news and advice sites out there as a result.
Take the time to check out several of the more highly-regarded ones and choose the ones you like. There are completely free resources out there that are great, as well as some subscription services which do a stellar job.
At a minimum, find a resource that tells you all you need to know about weekly injuries, any weather concerns, provides intel on the week’s matchups, and also offers baseline projections on player performance.
If you can lean on some good sources which handle a lot of the legwork, you can spend more time researching what’s most important to you. One final note: there are dozens and dozens of lineup optimizers out there, just know that many other DFS users are using the same and will wind up with the same lineup as a result.