No Days Off #3: Diversify Your DFS Thinking

We would all love to know the secrets of our own brain. For example, why does mine tell me that Jambalaya at midnight is a good idea? It’s not.

Interestingly enough, our brains our programmed to make bad decisions first. We take shortcuts, look for affirmation, do what’s most comfortable and rely on the most readily available opinion to drive decisions. Even if none of those things are objective. See above…

In DFS, as in in life, it’s important to know how your mind makes decisions every day. There will be times when you need to walk away, avoid the noise, go against your gut, all in order to gain an advantage on the rest of the mouth-breathers in your contest.

In order to do this, you need to diversify the information you consume. Learning about decision making is just as important as learning about usage rates, rebounding and effective field goal percentage.

AS such, there are some more ‘high minded’ resources I highly recommend investigating when you have some downtime.

“How to Think Like a Daily Fantasy Winner” by CD Carter

Denny Carter is a co-host of the ‘Living the Stream’ podcast and fantasy pro. He’s a great/hilarious follow. He wrote a wonderful book about the thought process in DFS called ‘How to Think Like a Daily Fantasy Winner”. This is nothing about the nuts and bolts. Nothing about the stats, and strategy, it’s about the way you make decisions every slate.

He investigates decision making in poker, stock markets and DFS to reveal the flaws, hiccups and strengths of how wise players make decisions in these fields. Perhaps, the most revealing information comes early in the book when Carter describes the danger in ‘overconsuming’ information. There is proven studies that show, too much information in a given decision often leads to overconfidence and the wrong choice. Later in the text, Carter hilariously describes the universal feeling of the ‘tilt’ and the amazing hazards it presents to DFS players.

This is an easy read, one I read about once a month, just to stay on top of my own thought process in DFS and remind myself of pitfalls I often forget.

The “Labrynthian” Series on FantasyLabs

Started by Matthew Freidman, the EIC at Fantasy Labs. Labrythian does the exact thing I described in the intro. Freidman takes non-DFS ideas and applies them to our DFS lives. He tries to find texts that define our thought process, decision making, emotions in the real world and apply those lessons to DFS.

The connections are enlightening and often spot on. What’s nice about the series is the variety, Freidman publishes them in a blog style. The first person writing is funny, easy to read and quick to the point.

You probably can’t read them all, but you should.

“Freakonomics” Podcast

The book itself is one of the best reads of recent time. A must. However, the podcast builds on the work in an episodic fashion. They explore the ‘hidden side of everything’ as it relates to human behavior. Unpacking why people tip waiters, how they call balls/strikes and why nations make decisions the way they do.

In each episode, they interview top minds in various fields in order to explain and answer a question that people often take for granted.

Some of the most interesting recent episodes explore how we make mistakes, what clouds our judgment and the flaws of human decision making. They are so easy to listen to, engaging and often shed light on things you never thought you’d understand.

What I find compelling, is transferring the lessons there to my life, my work and my DFS decision making. You will see parallels you didn’t think existed.


Those are only three places to start, but any time you can learn, you can improve, so you may as well start somewhere.

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