What really separates successful DFS players is the realization that DFS is a game of strategy, a game of math, a game of economics, and a game of psychology. I believe that if you succeed at these elements you will be a successful DFS player.
There are scores of DFS players who were among the most competitive/profitable players in 2014, 2015, etc…and who are no longer relevant today. DFS is not only a game of strategy, math, economics, and psychology, but it is also (as a direct result of being this type of game!) a game that continues to develop over time. Xandamere uses this first lesson to explore the layers of strategy growth that have taken place :: both in the industry, and for us as individual players.
Xandamere takes a look at the strategy level/approach to which the majority of “sharper casual players” have ascended, and he sets the stage for the steps that can begin to truly separate us from the field.
“Leverage” is the level of DFS strategy that our competition is actively trying to move toward right now. They don’t fully “get it” just yet, however — which means we gain a substantial, tangible edge on the field by grasping the full scope of this topic ourselves. As Xandamere says in this lesson :: “SIMPLY PUT, LEVERAGE IS A WAY TO PLAY OFF OF WHAT THE FIELD WILL BE DOING IN A WAY THAT, IF YOU’RE CORRECT, WILL MAXIMIZE YOUR BENEFIT.”
Xandamere explores one of the levels of DFS thinking/play that the vast majority of the field has no idea exists — a level that gives us a significant edge on the field. What is the game of DFS really about? Asking the right questions helps us cut through the B.S. and find the rosters that can put us in profitable territory much more quickly!
Why do we stack?
Why do we pay attention to leverage?
And how do we assess our play when we know we won’t win a tourney every week?
By understanding the principles of proper DFS strategy/play, we can increase our odds of a first-place finish…and we can know we’re on the right track even before we get there!
In this critical lesson, Xandamere dives DEEP into his process for the week, laying out how he sorts and categorizes players, teams, games, etc., and how he pulls all of this together into rosters that put him in profitable position over time.
Bankroll is alluded to all the time in DFS, but rarely is the topic taken on with a nuanced look at what it actually means. How should you view/handle your bankroll in DFS? Xandamere takes a look at the way he sees bankroll, and the ways you can consider managing bankroll yourself.
Rosters required to win different types of contests will — obviously, and inevitably — look somewhat different from one another. In spite of the obvious sense this makes, however, most DFS players — in the thick of the season — tend to forget that this is something they should be thinking about or paying attention to. As a result, we see a lot of people entering the wrong TYPES of rosters into the wrong types of contests. In this lesson, Xandamere takes a look at how we should be approaching cash games, large-field tourneys, and small-field tourneys in order to maximize our ROI over time.
Know Your Edge // Consistency // Managing Emotions
Because of how much more popular it is to simply focus on questions like, “Who are the best plays this week?” topics like “Knowing Your Edge,” “Creating Consistency,” and “Properly Managing Emotions” often go (entirely) overlooked. In this lesson, Xandamere takes on these topics — helping you round out your DFS game so you can gain intangible edges that lead to tangible profit!
I cannot recommend this course any more highly. As a grinder I don’t have a problem doing research but haven’t been able to reach the next level of roster construction on a consistent basis. Xander’s advice on how to think about the slate and approach roster construction is extremely beneficial.
This course is straight up fire!!
I really enjoyed Hilow’s End around article last year and this course from Xandamere is along a similar line, really enjoyable to read and get your brain working!
Nice to see Xandamere sharing his thoughts and process with us and also a course that isnt solely on Showdown, but still applies to it. I particularly enjoyed Lesson 4 + 6!
OWS really is the place to be if you want to take your DFS to the next level!
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