The Hall of Fame game kicked off the official start of the preseason last Thursday, but it’s this week that brings a full schedule of NFL games and that means the first taste of daily fantasy football since the playoffs.
First let’s get this out of the way — there’s no question that daily fantasy football is best played during the regular season (and during the first NFL couple weeks of the NFL post-season), but it’s also safe to say that daily fantasy football makes playing — or tolerating — the preseason much easier.
We can’t really judge a DFS site by its preseason action, but it’s a good way to get familiar with daily fantasy football before the real action starts. Make a deposit, test out the lobby, familiarize yourself with the scoring and maybe start preping some strategies you want to try out for the season.
So what can daily fantasy football fans expected out of the NFL preseason? Is it worth playing?
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FanDuel and DraftKings Preseason Action
The first thing you will notice about NFL preseason contests is that the guarantees are quite low. For the first week, DraftKing’s largest contest is offering just a $50k contest. FanDuel’s largest is a $30k guaranteed contest. This compares with guaranteed contests in the hundreds of thousands of dollars quite common with top guarantees over a million. By comparison, both sites have had $100k contests for WNBA. But fans of DFS should be happy – last year only DraftKings offered preseason contests.
Contests are also offered for head to head, 50/50s, multipliers and other contests, but you’ll find participation for these contests is also much lower. As the preseason wears on we would expect some of these guarantees to increase, and then when the regular season starts – pandemonium.
Other popular DFS sites right now – such as FantasyDraft is also offering contests to get you ready. FantasyDraft will be kicking things off with a $2,500 guaranteed while Yahoo currently does not have any NFL preseason daily fantasy football.
Some Daily Fantasy Football Preseason Tips
Preseason daily fantasy sports is easy to dismiss. Regular season starters barely play, the games can be a bit of a crapshoot and the overall experience is quite different than the relativepredictability of the regular season. But like with anything, if you know what to look for, you might surprise yourself. The key is Research! Research! Research!
Unlike the regular season, many of the available players vying for a spot in your lineup are going to be priced similarly. In general, you will want to look for players that are going to have the most playing time for each game. Often this information can be found on Twitter, from team beat writers (who often report on this information first) and various NFL preseason blogs.
Typically, you’ll find that backup QBs, and third or forth string WRs and RBs participate in a higher percentage of snaps. The urge to draft regular season starters at “attractive” prices should be meet with fair amount of caution.
If you are looking for specific tips, many daily fantasy sports information sites are offering services. The commentary from RotoGrinder’s Seth Yates has received high praise in the past and should be checked out.
Some of you guys asked where I get preseason snap counts. From the official game book of course. I convert these from PDF to excel. pic.twitter.com/sSRoHK40xg
— Seth Yates (@SethayatesDFS) August 7, 2017
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