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An introduction to daily fantasy football

Daily fantasy football is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional season-long fantasy football. We’re here to help you get started!

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes after a 37-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter of a week 10 NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs on November 11, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

To become a better daily fantasy football player, you need to become immersed in the rules and basics of the game. Like with any task you hope to perfect, to get better at DFS you need to build knowledge on top of knowledge. That means you need a good base to build from and in this series of beginner articles, we hope to help you do just that.


We start with probably the most important aspect of DFS, your bankroll. In this section we will explore how to manage your money.

Salary Cap

Knowing how to allocate your funds is key to building the best lineup possible.

GPP vs. Cash

The two main types of payout structure also help determine strategy and learning the difference between GPPs and Cash games is one of the most important aspects of DFS

Game Types

DraftKings has three main types of games, each with their own strategies. Knowing the differences will help you decide which types to play.


What statistics are most important when building a lineup? Scoring rules are key in knowing how to approach building lineups.

Sportsbook Lines

Sportsbooks are better than you or I at predicting what will happen in each game over the long haul, so using their research is a great way to attack your own research.


Rain, wind, temperature, humidity — it all comes into play when evaluating each NFL slate.