When it comes to daily fantasy sports, every player is looking for the latest tips and tricks to give themselves an edge over the competition. There are many different aspects to fantasy games and you’ll need to be familiar with all of them in order to succeed. In particular, if you’re looking to win big in the guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments, then there are some important rules to follow and risks to take.
You can’t go into these sorts of games with the same strategies and mindsets you’d use in a 50/50 or head-to-head league. In GPPs, only the very best players walk away with the cash and you need to adapt your game and develop the perfect strategy if you want to finish at the top of the table. Today, we’ll take a close look at the metagame of GPP tournaments and give you some ideas that should help you become a better big-game player.
Like with any other game, there’s a huge mental aspect to daily fantasy sports. If you want to be successful in GPP (guaranteed prize pool) games, you’ll need to master this side of the DFS world as well as your roster selection. One of the first things every player needs to learn is to keep their cool when things go wrong. Even the best players in the world have bad periods and rough streaks from time to time. These things happen, and the ways in which you respond to them will shape your chances of success in some big ways.
Discipline is a vital component in the makeup of any top fantasy player and it’s something you’ll want to master, especially when it comes to GPPs, where the chances of winning are relatively low. The first key to any good strategy is to have the right attitude. You will lose games now and then, but instead of overreacting or responding negatively, simply keep your composure and follow your plan.
Now let’s look at some of the top tips for a successful GPP strategy. First of all, you should build up your bankroll for GPPs with lower-risk games like head-to-heads. GPP tournaments are the biggest games of the DFS scene. You can turn a couple of bucks into thousands with a good run in a GPP game, but this won’t happen too often for most players. Before you go investing cash in the bigger games, start to earn some money and victories in the easier leagues. Head-to-heads and 50/50 games are the perfect way for decent players to amass some solid funds.
You can then assign a percentage of your winnings to go towards entry fees for GPP games. This way, even if you lose, you’ll still have made an overall profit since you spent time on the head-to-heads and 50/50s. Spending time in these games will also give you chances to experiment with new strategies and gain experience. Naturally, this tip will have more relevance for some players than others. If you don’t have much cash to spend on DFS games, focus on head-to-heads, whereas if you have plenty of disposable income then you can take more risks on GPPs.
One of the other key things to bear in mind when playing GPP tournaments is taking calculated risks. You need to make your roster unique and make decisions you would never normally make in a head-to-head or 50/50 game. In those styles of games, you can simply choose reliable players with high floors and low ceilings to guarantee a steady stream of points and a good finish that should earn you some money. In GPPs, you need to be the very best and you won’t be able to do that by being predictable.
This is where the risk of GPPs really comes in. You have to pick sleepers, take chances of players with high ceilings and put your faith in a backup rookie who is set to start his first big game. These decisions will backfire and go wrong some of the time. However, when you make the right calls and fortune smiles in your direction, you’ll easily climb up the leaderboards and walk away with some big prizes.
At the same time, we can’t advocate crazy plays and too much risk-taking. You need to make some unique picks in your lineups, but don’t pick an entire roster filled with sleepers and breakouts. To enjoy victory in a GPP tournament, you need some reliable players to earn your team a good amount of points and a few risky picks to really push yourself ahead of the competition.
Therefore, you should still spend your salary cap on some big name players in order to have that safety net. Afterwards, you can focus on some less popular picks to give your squad an edge. Ideally, in a fantasy NFL game for example, you’ll want to choose two or perhaps three risky players and fill up the rest of your squad with reliable talent.
It’s also worth mentioning that your “risky selections” don’t always need to be the cheapest or least-known players. Some of the biggest stars in the game can qualify as unique picks to set your team apart from the crowd. For example, if the Green Bay Packers have a particularly difficult matchup coming up, star signal caller Aaron Rodgers might not be owned by too many fantasy managers. However, you might decide to take the risk of choosing him and that decision has a good chance of turning in your favor.
Rodgers is one of the NFL’s star players and, even in difficult moments and brutal matchups, players like that always have the ability to score some huge points for your roster. Overall, if you keep your head and make smart decisions with your rosters, you’ll be on your way to plenty of success in GPP games.