Sunday, Feb 11th — Late
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Afternoon-Only 8.23

Mike Johnson (MJohnson86) has racked up nearly $500,000 in DFS profit as an NFL tournament player with success in all styles of contests

FINDING AN EDGE

The whole idea behind this piece of content is that it is unique. Specific content and strategies for the “non-main slate” contests are very rare in the DFS industry and most players who enter them are casual players or doing so on a whim after their main slate entries had things go wrong, and they want something to root for or to chase their losses during the late games. Edges are getting harder and harder to find in DFS as information gets better, projections get sharper, and the field gets more experienced. These smaller slates present a clear opportunity and advantage for those that focus on them, as most players will just take their thoughts from the main slate and approach these lineups the same way without considering how much having seven to nine fewer games (depending on the week) changes the strategy. The biggest win of my career came on an “Afternoon Only” slate in January of 2021, and I hope to share some of my insights on the format to help you attack this niche corner of NFL DFS.

This Week’s Slate
  • There are 13 games on the Main Slate this week so ideally we would get five games in the afternoon window, but I’m not going to complain about four.  
  • I suggested last week the strategy of making lineups featuring *only* players from the Afternoon Slate and putting them in the Main Slate. Larejo also mentions this strategy in his “Willing to Lose” article this week. Limiting your player pool is always a tough task in a week with so many options so this strategy takes some of the guesswork out of it for you. It will have a certain level of natural uniqueness to it and includes two of the top projected offenses on the slate (KC and BAL) as well as a high-profile game between the Bengals and 49ers.
  • No major injury news that we are waiting on as Brock Purdy was cleared on Saturday and Kyler Murray was not activated.
Ownership Strategy
  • Ownership will be higher for pretty much every player on “short slates” just because there are fewer players to choose from. This will be especially true for “chalky” players from the main slate.
  • This means getting these players right is even more vital than on a main slate. There are fewer alternatives to choose from so if they have a big game and you aren’t on them it is much harder to find other ways to make up those points.
  • This also means it is easier for lower owned players to pay off, as there are fewer players at their position that they need to have “fail” for them to be worth the risk.
  • Correlation is even more important than on the main slate because the useful fantasy games that pay off for the slate are likely to be clumped up from the same games. I always make lineups with a game stack (QB + at least one pass catcher + at least one opponent) and then one or two “mini-correlations” from other games.
QB Strategy

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