NFL Season Kicks off and DFS Kicks into Overdrive
The NFL officially kicked off on the weekend of September 12 and that meant a slew of eager fans were glued to the TV sets for the opening games of the season. Full of hope and optimism, fans up and down the US, moreover around the world, watched as the Bengals beat the Raiders, the Titans trumped the Buccaneers and Cowboys cruised past the Giants.
However, as much as the attention was the performances of those involved in the week one antics, many sports fans were also hoping their prediction skills were strong. Daily Fantasy Sports, which is basically a form of sports betting where players choose fantasy teams and earn points, has become big business in recent years and the start of the NFL season was a pivot point for the industry.
Sport in a Fantasy World
by Mr. Usaji
With millions of dollars invested in advertising, promotions and guaranteed jackpots, the leading players in the industry were out to capture their share of the market and fans responded in kind. Although the jury is still out on the numbers, it’s expected that more than one million players will have ante-up in the quest for, well, millions.
Because the game is a subtle blend of skill, luck and intuition, many sports fans (DFS covers a range of sports from football to basketball and MMA) are tempted to try their hand at picking fantasy teams. However, much like any skilled pursuit, simply throwing your money into the pot and taking a chance is a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, it’s possible to improve your chances of winning with a few simple tricks.
Become a Font of Knowledge
The first thing you need to do if you want to become a DFS demon is to gather as much knowledge as you can about your chosen sport. One of the best ways to do this is to go directly to where odds, information and predictions rule: online sportsbooks. Because operators such as bet365 have a vested interest in getting the latest information about a certain sport (because their odds have to be accurate), it means that you can get all the inside knowledge when you visit one of their news portals.
For example, if you were looking for some information on the latest NFL injuries or results, then bet365′s sports betting news platform would have everything you need to know, as would its iGaming peers. Naturally, you should supplement this information with news from other sources, such as Smart Tech Today, ESPN and NBC, but it’s worth knowing that sports betting sites are often ahead of the curve when it comes to dispending information.
Manage Your Money, Get More Money
Once you’ve acquired the necessary knowledge to become an informed punter, the next thing you need to do is manage your money. Professional sports bettors won’t ever risk more than 5% of their bankroll on a particular bet, so if you’re planning on playing DFS you should pick a level that matches this condition. In fact, if you risk any more than this then you risk going broke.
The final thing you can do to improve your DFS results is think about each bet as part of a long term goal. Although you may not win on your first bet, you should strive to make the best decisions possible each time you ante-up. Luck will sometimes go against you, but if you continue to make solid decisions you can overcome these short-term factors and make a profit in the long term.
With DFS becoming a booming industry in the US and beyond, it makes sense for all sports fans to learn a little about the game before they ante-up. Although our crash course is nothing more than a glimpse into DFS strategy, it should give you an insight into what it takes to capitalise on this booming industry.