Maximizing Profitability in Preseason (Please read before you play!):
In Preseason Week 1, we ran into a “good problem” on the slate, but it was certainly a problem: this content was so popular, and the preseason contests were so small, OWS ended up having an unintentionally large impact on ownership percentages. We have three solutions to help you maximize your profitability:
Understanding the Key:
Preseason inherently includes a lot of guesswork – which is why we teamed up with Evan Silva on One Week Season, to eliminate as much of the guesswork as possible. Players left white, below, contain normal preseason risk/reward. Players highlighted green are considered safer than a preseason play would typically be. Players highlighted orange – though possibly highly-ranked – require more playing-time guesswork than the others, and are thus noted as being slightly higher-risk. (See a few more notes below the cheat sheet…)
The Cheat Sheet applies to both FanDuel and DraftKings. With limited targets available for any given player and an extremely low likelihood of any player gaining enough yards for a DK bonus, PPR scoring and 0.5 PPR scoring are practically indistinguishable in terms of value provided. Lean on this list on both sites.
If playing a single-game format where one player on your roster goes in a 1.5x multiplier slot, QBs and DST are the most reliable point-scorers in preseason; choose one of those for that spot in cash games. In tourneys, those two are still strong bets, but you can also take shots at other positions and hope you capture lightning with the top score on the slate.