September 15, 2019, 12:33 pm
We’ve touched on the types of contest and their payouts. The two primary categories are GPP and Cash games, but these can be broken down even further into single-entry and multi-entry contests.
Now, you’ve probably seen me mention the strategies associated with lineup construction of multi-entry GPPs before but in this article we are going to touch on the magic of single-entry GPPs.
Single-entry GPPs are some of the best contests to enter if you are wanting to take a shot at one of those larger prize pools, but do not have the bankroll to sink 150 entries into it. The advantage a lot of the sharks have over an average DFS player is their bankroll. You could see the well dry up fast you are thrusting 150 lineups into a $4 GPP and sharks have accumulated enough throughout their DFS careers to account for these losses on a daily basis. You are at a severe disadvantage if you are only playing one lineup in a massive GPP with multiple entries. In order to capitalize in these contests we need to know how to construct the appropriate lineups for them.
The structure behind a single-entry GPP lineup involves a culmination of the madness involved in constructing a multi-entry and cash lineup. We only get one bullet in the chamber so we are going to want to ease back on taking a shot in the dark on those random “what if” players. We are still going to need to differentiate ourselves from the field and fade some chalk. You just want to ultimately feel good about every player in your lineup and that means having some research or a reason why you believe that player is in line for a good or great game.
When you’re trying to separate yourself from the pack, look to pivot options. Now, when pivoting you are going to want to break down any and all possible scenarios of how a game could play out. When a player misses a game there are generally two routes you can look towards to find value. The first being minutes. Obviously when a starter misses a game we are going to see someone new in the starting lineup and that generally ensures a few extra minutes. The other avenue is figuring out how the usage will be dispersed among the remaining active players. Most DFS players tend to play it safe and go where the minutes will go, but pivoting to the less obvious or convenient method of research will often lead towards the lower-owned player.
With that of that being said, in some cases we are going to have to eat the chalk as well. When you only have one shot at building the winning lineup in a single entry contest it’s hard to avoid a dream situation like getting 30-plus minutes out of Mason Plumlee when Nikola Jokic sits out. For me, that’s a circumstance I almost never avoid. I find that I could always find another position or spot to differentiate with and I do not want to be on the other side of a $4,600 salary player dropping 40 DK points.