Set Your DraftKings Lineup In 30 Seconds Or Less
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Have you found yourself in the situation of needing to scramble to create your Thursday lineup on your favorite daily/weekly Fantasy site? Then, once you’ve got a lineup you like, you have to search for good games on the site, and find that many of them are already filled? Here’s one solution to these problems that I’ve been using for a while; it works quite well. PLEASE NOTE: This concept works specifically on “late swap” sites like DraftKings, and will not work on FanDuel or FantasyAces or any other site where players lock in at the start of the first game.
I build my Thursday lineup on DraftKings in 30 seconds or less on Monday night during the game. By that time, the player salaries for next Sunday have been released, and concurrently, the best games are immediately available for entry. On DraftKings you can build as many lineups as you want without entering them in contests, but you can’t enter a contest before a lineup is built (with limited exceptions, namely gigantic tournaments). In order to make sure I have an entry in my favorite games, I need a lineup; and here’s how I do it:
- Go to create a new Thursday NFL lineup (the one with the most games possible).
- Click the “All” tab, then click on “FPPG”, to sort by player points per game from the bottom up.
- Start blindly and wildly clicking the green + sign to add players until
- The lineup fills, or
- It prompts you that you’re overloaded in a position. At that point, just complete the lineup with 0.0 avg. players (except DST, which won’t have a 0.0 avg.)
- IMPORTANT: When completed, review your lineup and be careful not to have any of these worthless slugs in the Thursday Night NFL game
Here is my original Thursday lineup from last week:
So what’s the point of making such an abominable lineup? Three reasons: 1) You can now quickly enter all the best contests that DraftKings has to offer without doing hours of research (note my 114 entries). 2) As long as you have carefully removed any players from the Thursday game, you can comfortably take your time on the couch all day Saturday and Sunday morning to make your “real” lineups. 3) Since you’ve made lineups with all 0.0 Avg. point players, it’s very easy to spot these lineups within a sea of lineups you may have created in a multitude of sports or lineup variations.
It’s usually a very good strategy to play in Thursday 50/50 or GPP contests simply because a lot of the field will utilize players from the Thursday game. For whatever reason, they just want to see their name at the top of the leaderboard I guess. This gives you a nice advantage, as somewhere between 5-10 percent of the pool will eliminate themselves from contention simply by over utilizing the Thursday game’s players (note: this strategy is more effective with the lower-stakes games). I will sometimes use a Thursday player, but on a very limited basis. I used Jamaal Charles last Thursday night in 10 contests, so I edited the above lineup and put Charles in the RB spot for 10 contests only. I left the rest the same.
When you get around to making your final “real” lineup before the 1pm ET start on Sunday, the 30-second lineup you created will be very easy to spot, and additionally, all the zeros on the screen will remind you there’s a lineup that still needs editing. When I finally edit the loser lineup, I will make a GPP edit and then a cash game edit. To do this, simply click the edit, then click clear, then set the lineup you want. Upon completion, click “Assign Lineups.” At this point, all the games you have entered will be selected and I always start with deselecting all by clicking the top box. After this, I carefully scroll down the list and click all of my GPP games, and then I go through the same process when creating a cash game lineup. From here, I now have two lineups that I like, one cash game and one GPP, and if I want more, I can just make further edits from those.
If you’re simply too busy to create a real lineup for the Thursday night contests, give this strategy a try.
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