DAILY FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT STRATEGY

Tips, advice and how to draft the best possible players to maximize your chances for Draft Kings, FanDuel or any other Daily Fantasy Football platform.

Know the Rules

This is key, well everything is in Daily Fantasy Football (DFS), but knowing where you can gain the most points, what games are included and what type of fantasy league you’re in is important.  Our stats cater to daily fantasy football fans that play in platforms such as DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo Sports.  Our stats show the FFP value based on the points awarded by DraftKings and FanDuel – Yahoo Sports does not publish theres.  If you find them let us know.

DraftKings and FanDuel have several daily fantasy football games you can enter.  For example, DraftKings has a game for $10 with a $200k prize for the first place winner, but it’s only between the Eagles and Falcons.  When you enter you select a Captain that can win 1.5x points, but that captain cost is higher, so know your players.

The Sunday prize games are from the 1st game on Sunday to last game in the afternoon and does not include the Sunday Night Football game.  So know your games.

Below is a link to the DraftKings and FanDuel rules.

 

 

Check the Rank Variance - Start Here

Look at Ranking differences utilizing our Ranking Report and the higher the difference, the better.  For example, Number 1 Ranked team overall may have the number 2 receiving offense and they are playing the 28th pass defense.  You want to select your receivers from this team, but their Run offense may be ranked 10th and the Run defense for the opposing team may be ranked 12th and that’s only a 2 point rank difference so no RB’s from this Offense.

Know the Player Usage

This is key.  If a player gets a high number of touches in receptions or run attempts, but very low on the scoring attempts, so what will you do?  You will need to decide if you want to select the player with the higher attempts or the higher % of scoring attempts, no easy task.

Analyze the Matchup

You then Analyze the matchup and from here you will see what the averages for the offense in each phase of game and for that defense as well.  You will see that an offense averages a total of 300 yards, but when you break it down, 225 come from the pass game and only 75 from the run game, but the defense gives up 275 receiving yards so this offense has the possibility of getting up to 275 yards, but the run defense is stingy, so no RB’s from this offense.  Here you will also be able to look at the Defense norms for each team.

Analyze the Team

The last step we take in selecting our fantasy football player is to analyze the team trends and norms to verify your decision.

Make Sure You Have Time

Daily Fantasy Football is a weekly happening and you need to spend plenty of time researching and analyzing the data to draft the best possible team to win big.  You need to begin Monday morning to prepare for the Thursday Night Football game and Tuesday morning to prepare for the games on Sunday and then you will need to wake up early enough on Sunday to take into consideration the Injury Report.  If that’s not enough start all over the next day.  And don’t forget that while you’re enjoying the Sunday morning football games, you need to review your draft and make any changes for players on your draft as they may be out due to injury or something else.  Daily Fantasy Football repeats for 20 weeks.

Know the Injury Report

Need we say more.  Wake up Sunday morning and look at the injury report.  Watch the early Sunday football games and see if you need to adjust your draft picks for the afternoon games.

DraftKing Rules

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Rules

NFL Classic

In salary cap contests, participants will create a lineup by selecting players listed in the Player Pool.

Contest results will be determined by the total points accumulated by each individual lineup entry (scoring rules summarized below).

Participation in each contest must be made only as specified in the Terms of Use. Failure to comply with these Terms of Use will result in disqualification and, if applicable, prize forfeiture.

Scoring

Offense
Passing TD +4 Pts
25 Passing Yards +1 Pt (+0.04 Pts/ Yards)
300+ Yard Passing Game +3 Pts
Interception -1 Pt
Rushing TD +6 Pts
10 Rushing Yards +1 Pt (+0.1 Pts/Yard)
100+ Yard Rushing Game +3 Pts
Receiving TD +6 Pts
10 Receiving Yards +1 Pt (+0.1 Pts/Yard)
100+ Receiving Yard Game +3 Pts
Reception +1 Pt
Punt/Kickoff/FG Return for TD +6 Pts
Fumble Lost -1 Pt
2 Pt Conversion (Pass, Run, or Catch) +2 Pts
Offensive Fumble Recovery TD +6 Pts
Defense
Sack +1 Pt
Interception +2 Pts
Fumble Recovery +2 Pts
Punt/Kickoff/FG Return for TD +6 Pts
Interception Return TD +6 Pts
Fumble Recovery TD +6 Pts
Blocked Punt or FG Return TD +6 Pts
Safety +2 Pts
Blocked Kick +2 Pts
2 Pt Conversion/Extra Point Return +2 Pts
0 Points Allowed +10 Pts
1 – 6 Points Allowed +7 Pts
7 – 13 Points Allowed +4 Pts
14 – 20 Points Allowed +1 Pt
21 – 27 Points Allowed +0 Pts
28 – 34 Points Allowed -1 Pt
35+ Points Allowed -4 Pts

The following scoring plays will result in Points Allowed by your Defense/Special Teams:

  • Rushing TDs, Passing TDs, Offensive Fumble Recovery TDs, Punt Return TDs, Kick Return TDs, FG Return TDs, Blocked FG TDs, Blocked Punt TDs
  • 2pt conversions
  • 2 Point Conversion/Extra-point Returns
  • Extra-points
  • Field-goals
FanDuel Rules
  • For purposes of FanDuel defensive scoring, points allowed are calculated as: 6 * (Rushing TD + Receiving TD + Own fumbles recovered for TD ) + 2 * (Two point conversions) + Extra points + 3 *(Field Goals)

Scoring categories:

QB, RB, WR, TE, FLEX

Two-point Conversion Passes (2PC/P)
2
Two-point Conversions Scored (2PC/S)
2
50+ Yards (FGo50)
5
0-19 Yards (FGu20)
3
20-29 Yards (FGu30)
3
30-39 Yards (FGu40)
3
40-49 Yards (FGu50)
4
Fumbles Lost (FU/L)
-2
Own Fumbles Recovered TDs (FU/TD)
6
Interceptions (I)
-1
Kickoff Return TDs (KR/TD)
6
Punt Return TDs (PR/TD)
6
Passing TDs (PaTD)
4
Passing Yards (PaY)
0.04
Receptions (Re)
0.5
Receiving TDs (ReTD)
6
Receiving Yards (ReY)
0.1
Rushing TDs (RuTD)
6
Rushing Yards (RuY)
0.1
Extra-point Conversions (XP)
1

DEF

Blocked Punts/Kicks (DE/B)
2
Blocked Kick Return TDs (DE/BRTD)
6
Fumble Return TDs (DE/FRTD)
6
0 Points Allowed (DE/PA0)
10
1-6 Points Allowed (DE/PA1-6)
7
14-20 Points Allowed (DE/PA14-20)
1
28-34 Points Allowed (DE/PA28-34)
-1
35+ Points Allowed (DE/PA35+)
-4
7-13 Points Allowed (DE/PA7-13)
4
Return TDs (DE/RTD)
6
Safeties (DE/SF)
2
Extra Point Return (DE/XPR)
2
Fumbles Recovered (FR)
2
Interceptions (I)
2
Sacks (S)
1
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Understanding our Daily Fantasy Football Strategy, Reports and Excel Spreadsheets

Variance Report Detailed-Start Here

Daily Fantasy Football Draft Strategy – FanDuel and DraftKings

We highly you recommend you start your daily fantasy football analysis with this report.  This report may seem complicated but it is easy as all you have to do is identify the highest – (NEGATIVE) variance from the offense vs defense in each phase of the game.

In the SELECT QB column, that where you would select the QB from and the same goes for the RB and WR/TE’s

What you are looking for is the highest – (NEGATIVE variance).

In this scenario the QB is either from the Rams or Steelers.

The RB’s from either Jaguars of Chiefs

The WR’s or TE’s from Rams, Bucs or Steelers.

The scoring column gives you a bit more data to select your RB’s or Receivers from. In this case we know that in 2017 the Giants D was horrible giving up 388 points for the season ranked 27th in Scoring D.

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Don’t forget you will be able to download this report to use in Excel or Google Sheets.

 

Variance Report

Sample fantasy football stats report on Excel 

There are 3 parts to this report, Scoring, Variance in Scoring vs that defense and projected scoring vs that defense.  Please review carefully so you do not miss anything.

Here you will be able to see the team norms on scoring.  Do they score more by running or Passing?

Breaks down the total scoring by phase of the game to make your decision easier on where to draft RB’s or WR’s

Here we compare the total scoring offense vs the total defense scoring allowed and break it down by phase of the game the higher the (-) negative number the better to draft from

 

 

 

Rank Variance Report - Quick View

Rank Variance Report Report

This report provides yo a quick look at the variance in ranking between the offense and defense. You want to look for the largest – Negative variance Green = high variance Yellow = moderate variance Red = Low Variance

We recommend you start here to draft players.  Find the largest variance between each aspect of the game.  Lowest Rank Run Offense Vs. Highest Rank Defense.  Remember how in 2017 Antonio Brown against the Cleveland Browns?  Steelers Receiving O was 3 and the Receiving D for the Browns was 32  this will highlight such variances which is key to your winning fantasy football strategy on DraftKings or FanDuel

 

 

Scrimmage Plays Report

Scrimmage Report

This report provides you with the scrimmage play norms of the team by matchup as well as the averages plays by phase of the game. Remember is Daily Fantasy Football your strategy must include studying each norm of the team.  This report breaks down the number of plays a team averages on passing, receiving or run.  For example you want to draft RB’s from team that average a high run game %.

 

 

Game Preview Report

Game Preview Report

In Daily Fantasy Football a good strategy includes analyzing the matchup.  How that offense will play agains that defense.  In this report we give you the preview that includes the averages between that offense and opposing defense, showing all phases of the game, form QB, RB’s and the receiving game.  You will see other critical data points such as the player usage or distribution norms by the phase of the game and scoring as well.

And remember you will be able to download the report to use in Excel or Google sheets to print out or to sort the data if needed.

 

 

Excel Download

Fantasy Football DraftKings Strategy Download Excel Reports

This shows you the data you will be able to download to use in Excel to analyze further, print out or sort.  While you can view each report online separately, to make it easy on us so that you can download the reports we include all of them into one Excel spreadsheet.

 

Player Usage Report

Daily Fantasy Football DraftKings Strategy – Player Usage Report

In Daily Fantasy Football your draftee earns points for attempts so we bring you our player usage report.  In this report you will see the yard distribution for each player, total TD distribution and total attempts by phase of the game run or receiving.

You will be able to download the report in Excel format to sort in alphabetical order so that you can see which players have great usage in the running game and the receiving game.

 

Passing Game FFP Projections

Daily Fantasy Football DraftKings Strategy – analyze the passing game.  This report allows you to see the possible FFP (Fantasy Football Points) the QB for that team can earn.  We utilize the number of fantasy point rules of DraftKings and FanDuel to come up with the totals. Save & Exit

 

 

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