Bales Goes Deep: Thanksgiving DFS Strategy

Bales Goes Deep: Thanksgiving DFS Strategy

By Jonathan Bales (Daily Fantasy Expert), last updated Sep 12, 2016

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Jonathan Bales is a DraftKings Pro and the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. His latest book, How to Win at Daily Fantasy Sports, is a data-driven guide to winning on DraftKings. He is also (unofficially) sponsored by GrubHub.

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If you’re going to be forced to hang out with extended family for an entire day, you might as well get drunk and play daily fantasy football. Maybe get drunk after setting your lineups, though. Or don’t. I don’t really care.

I’m no expert on short slates, but I do have experience losing them. So I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts on some aspects of daily fantasy strategy that I’ve used to lose in the past and that might be relevant for you on Thanksgiving.


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I think scarcity—which is a fundamental component of season-long fantasy strategy—is often overlooked in daily. I’m not entirely sure why that’s the case, although it could be due to the large player pools; since you can select any player any week—and no player is “off the board” at any given time—there’s less opportunity cost associated with bypassing any single player. That differs from season-long drafts in which supply and demand is in constant flux.

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