Maximizing your NFL DFS salary

NFL daily leagues are quick becoming the new “in” way to play fantasy football. If you haven’t given it a try yet, it is nothing like your normal redraft leagues. One of the differences between daily leagues and fantasy football is in dailies you create a new team/lineup every week. There is no draft. However, you cannot just assemble a team with Calvin Johnson, AJ Green, and Peyton Manning. The twist is that each time you create a lineup you are given a salary to spend on the players.
Now the key to creating a competitive lineup is maximizing or making the most out of that salary. For example, let’s say you are given a $5,000 salary to fill out 10 spots on your lineup. Brandon Marshall is going for $1,500 and Randall Cobb is going for $200, but you choose to go with Marshall. That’s not spending your money wisely. It is extremely likely that Cobb outscores Marshall. You will be looking at bottom level players who are unlikely to give you a good enough return to help you win. By choosing to go with Cobb rather than Marshall you are more likely to fill out a winning roster. Giving up the majority of your money to one player will hinder you from doing so.
I have always been a visual learner, rather than reading explanations or theories. If you are the same here are two examples of maximizing/not maximizing your roster.
Roster A
Draftkings
Starting Salary:$50,000
QB: Tony Romo, PPG 24.3, Cost-6,200
RB: Shane Vereen, PPG 16.3, Cost-5,000
RB: Lesean Mccoy, PPG 19.4, Cost 8,200
WR: Pierre Garcon, PPG 18.6, Cost-5,300
WR: Antonio Brown, PPG 20.4, Cost-6,800
Flex: Jordy Nelson, PPG 18.9, Cost-6,700
TE: Charles Clay, PPG 13.7, Cost-3,000
K: Nick Folk, PPG 10, Cost-3,000
D/ST: Jets, PPG 9, Cost-2,800
Total cost- 47,800
This roster is good balance of consistent production and upside. I used the majority of my salary, but still have enough cap room to make some changes.

Roster B
DraftKings
Starting Salary $50,000
QB: Peyton Manning, PPG-28.4, Cost-9,000
RB: Joique Bell, PPG 11.3, Cost-4,000
RB: Mike Tolbert, PPG 6.3, Cost-3,000
WR: Calvin Johnson, PPG 21.8, Cost-10,000
WR: Dwayne Bowe, PPG 15.9, Cost-6,300
Flex: Kendall Wright, PPG 14.6, Cost-5,900
TE: Jordan Cameron, PPG 15, Cost-5,000
K: Nick Folk, Cost- 3,000
D/ST: Jets, Cost- 2,800
Total-49,000
Peyton and Calvin are dominating the majority of my salary. This is a prime example of putting your lineup in a bind committing so much cap room to one or two players. Sure I have $1,000 left, but that is not enough swaps to make this lineup competitive.

Let’s compare some of the values of the two rosters. Roster A you were getting a QB in Romo that averaged 24 points per game for $2,800 dollars les, compared to Peyton’s price tag. Manning does have a higher ceiling with the ability to throw 5 TDs. So if you are intent on using Manning, know it will come at a cost. However, Calvin’s price tag at $10,000 is just too hefty for me, especially considering all the other options at WR. By taking out Calvin and swapping him out with Antonio Brown going for $6,800, you are still getting a player who averaged 1 less point per game. In result, you have $3,000 dollars to work with allowing you to upgrade Bowe, Kendall Wright, or the RBs in roster B.
You don’t always have to go for the cheaper option, just to go with the “value play”. Once your roster is filled and there is still money left in your salary, spend it. It is best to go with the strategy of maximizing your roster, so that you do not waste the majority of your salary on one player. However, if you have the left over salary to use on “player X who cost more”, but that you feel will outscore “player Y” make the swap. At the end of the day you are looking to put together a lineup that will outscore your opponents.

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