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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 67: Daily Fantasy Interview

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The guys at DFSEdge recently interviewed me about my new daily fantasy football book Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Cash in on the Future of the Game.

What’s the biggest mistake you see made by daily fantasy owners?

The biggest mistake, by far, is improper money management. I think there are a lot of people out there who really know football and can project players pretty well, but no one is going to last if they’re putting 20 percent of their bankroll into individual leagues. Even if you want to play daily fantasy to have fun, you have to stay in the game in order to do that, so I think it’s crucial to know how much to place on each league and lineup in a given week.

Otherwise, the biggest mistake I see is owners failing to optimize their lineups. They might spend hours projecting players, but then they just create lineups with no real reasoning behind what they’re doing. You need to know how a player’s projection compares to his salary on the site you’re playing on; maybe the running back projected for 10.5 points is better than the one projected at 13.0 points because he’s cheaper. Then you have to know what you want out of your lineup. Are you in a tournament? If so, your lineup should look much different from one you’d play in a heads-up match (ceiling versus median projections). That’s just one example of a broader concept.

Check out the full interview.

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