Maximizing Monday Morning Late Swap On DraftKings
This is the perfect week to hone your late swap skills on DraftKings, and the tips in this article go beyond simply figuring out your opponent(s) remaining players by using math; there are two additional tricks to exploit on DraftKings. If you’re unfamiliar with the term late swap, it’s the ability to change a player in your lineup until that particular player’s scheduled game time. Of the two premiere Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) sites in the industry, DraftKings allows this but Fanduel does not. With the Monday night game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers having so many great Fantasy options, many of your head-to-head and 50/50 contests will come down to this game.
If you are behind in any head-to-head or small-sized 50/50 contest on Monday morning, you’re going to need to utilize this strategy or you run the risk of losing your contest prior to the start of the Monday game. You’ll want to start by building the best lineup possible, but when you’re through building your lineup, you must put your most expensive Monday night player in the flex, provided lineup constraints allow for that. Some examples might be Julio Jones ($8300), Jordy Nelson ($8100), Eddie Lacy ($7800), or Randall Cobb ($7400). In order to win or place in your cash game, you will need to swap out a player if the opponent(s) ahead of you are using the same player.
Obviously, you will need to quickly run the math on how much salary your opponent(s) has left. But more importantly, you need to be certain that you notice where their “PLAYER’S GAME NOT STARTED” are listed alphabetically by last name. In fact, if you’re in a hurry, this may be all you need to do. Here is an example: Let’s say you are playing Randall Cobb as your final WR this Monday night, and you’re concerned that the person ahead of you (or your head-to-head opponent) is also using Cobb. Let’s also assume that your opponent had played Antonio Brown and Michael Crabtree on Sunday and his three receivers are listed like this:
WR – Antonio Brown
WR – PLAYER’S GAME NOT STARTED
WR – Michael Crabtree
In this case, you automatically know that your opponent is starting Randall Cobb against you without needing to do any math. No player other than Cobb in the Monday night game can fit alphabetically by last name in between Brown and Crabtree. If this is the case and you only have Cobb’s value of $7400 to spend, you’re going to be forced to use Roddy White ($6200) or Davante Adams ($4200), and leave Cobb plus the rest of your cash on the table. It’s your only chance to win.
Furthermore, if you’re in a small 50/50 and an opponent just ahead of you in the money is using the flex spot for his final player, then you need to “Export Lineups to CSV” from the standings page. Upon doing this, you will be able to identify the exact position of your opponent’s flex player. If your opponent is playing a WR in the flex spot, it will say “(WR) LOCKED” in between the TE position and the DST position on the CSV spreadsheet. Of course if your opponent is playing a RB or TE in the flex, it would say that instead of WR.
I had a head-to-head contest in Week 10 in which I was down by 12.5 points on Monday morning. This was the week of Mark Sanchez’s first start for the Eagles, a Monday night game against Carolina. I had two players left; LeSean McCoy in the RB spot and Kelvin Benjamin in the flex. My opponent also had two spots left; an RB and a WR. I did the math for his team and realized he could afford Benjamin and McCoy or Jeremy Maclin and Jonathan Stewart. I immediately eliminated Maclin because his open WR spot was listed first, and his second WR spot was used by Percy Harvin (alphabetically ahead of Maclin). I knew his WR had to be Benjamin. Therefore, he was starting my players and I was going to lose by 12.5. I had to swap McCoy and Benjamin out and use Jordan Matthews and Darren Sproles. Luckily for me, Matthews had the breakout game of his career and Sproles chipped in two touchdowns.
I ended up winning this contest. Granted I was very lucky, but at the same time it was my only chance possible. I simply couldn’t win leaving in the same players as my opponent. If you take the time to study your close contests on Monday morning, utilizing the math, the alphabetical listing, and the CSV spreadsheet to identify your opponents’ flex player position, you will be able to gain another slight edge over your opponents.
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