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His palms are sweaty, lock’s approaching, excel sheets are heavy

There’s red sauce on his sweater, from dinner, kid’s spaghetti

He’s nervous, but on the surface, he looks calm and ready

To drop lineups, but he keeps on forgettin’

Who is tier 1, teir 2, a value play and startin’ now

The clock runs out, times up, over blaow!


If you’re like me, getting prepared for lock can be a stressful scenario.

You’re preparing your sheets all day, reading news, gathering stats and then just like that… your favorite player on the slate will now rest. It’s 10 minutes before lock and you feel like you need to start all over again.

Being a family man with a full-time job and a passion for DFS, efficiency is the key to lineup delivery.

Looking through your process and outlining where you can “buy back” hours can save you from dead lineups and better opportunities to find yourself at the top.

In the “Being Prepared” series, I’ll be outlining a data analysis framework that can be applied to DFS. 

  • Data Collection
  • Data Organization
  • Data Analysis
  • Reporting the Results
  • Application

The terminology may sound daunting, but my goal is lay this out in a way that can be consumed and not overwhelming. Now think of it as…

  • Data Collection – All of the sports statistics and DFS ownership numbers that help you decide a play
  • Data Organization – The place where you write down your thoughts, or place them in a spreadsheet
  • Data Analysis – What information helps you decide on a particular play?
  • Reporting the Results – Do you color code your favorite plays? Do you rank players by number?
  • Application – Having the data ready to go for upload or entry and having a backup plan. 

Before we jump into the framework, find a quiet space to sit down and really think about what goes into your DFS process.

Write everything down, EVERYTHING – this includes sneaking away for and making the most of your restroom breaks and opening your phone under the dinner table for late swap. 

Really put some thought into including how you go about executing each of those actions.

We’re going to call this the discovery phase of finding opportunities where you can become a more efficient DFS player. 

Check back soon for the next article where we will analyze your current process and take you to the next level!

As always, feel free to find me on twitter @shami_ra with questions or if you need assistance with any of the content provided!

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