Daily Fantasy Sports: Trust the Process | NFL

What is up Run Pure Sports Fam! This article will focus on the “fundamental basics” of NFL DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) on both DraftKings and FanDuel. However, I am hoping that it can help experienced players as well. Maybe brush up on a few old concepts, that never hurts! Anyways, my aim is to provide some basic insight on what contests you should be entering. What type of player are you aspiring to be within Daily Fantasy Sports? We will discuss the strategy and correlation rules for those contests, and how to best use our content that will help lead to your success for the year ahead in the NFL.


In Daily Fantasy Sports, there are 2 main types of contests, one being referred to as GPPs (Guaranteed Prize Pools), and the other being called Cash Games.

GPPs are tournament style contests which generally have a large cash prize at the top which decrease after each placing spot all the way down to top 20% of the total entrants. Contests like the NFL $5M Fantasy Football Millionaire $5 entry ($1 million to first, $200,000 to second, etc.) and the NFL $750K Power Sweep $150 3 Entry Max ($150K to first, $75K to second, etc.) are considered GPPs. Single entry tournaments, 20 max tournaments, are also considered GPPs.

Cash Games are where half of the field gets the same payout. Head to head contests, double ups, and 50/50 contests are considered Cash Games. Contests like the NFL MASSIVE $5 Double Up [Single Entry] and the NFL $20 50-50 are considered Cash Games.


If you are new to Daily Fantasy Sports, I would recommend that you try each type of contest and see what suits you and your long-term goals as each has its pros and cons. For example, if your focus is just to play GPPs, it is not realistic to hit the big prize every night. Most GPP players strive to win that prize once or twice a year at the most so that is something to keep in mind. Cash Games allow for more steady cash rates, but you only have a shot at 2xing your money on a nightly basis.

Depending on what you want to achieve, whether it may be to just play Daily Fantasy Sports for fun, or aim to build a steady income with it, that will determine which type of contests you want to enter into. We have experts in each category who you can consult if you have any questions such as Hoop/Mangone/Titletown for Cash Games, and BigT/JSU/AP/Tambo/DraftCheat and more for GPPs.


CASH GAME STRATEGY – In Cash Games, the goal is to put together a lineup of players who are steady/consistent, and have good value when it comes to their price per dollar in your lineup. Usually these are the “chalk” players, also known as the plays that come with the most ownership. These players come with the most ownership because in theory, these plays will be the best play on paper (aka play the best plays).

Players who are priced incorrectly whether it be through injuries to the starters in front of them, or a role change, these are the generally ones you want to target for your Cash lineup. Players who are also in beneficial matchups, such as games with high totals, those players can also be considered for Cash Games.

GPP STRATEGY – In GPPs, majority of the money goes to the top 1% of finishers. When building out a GPP lineup, it is important to know that you should be playing for 1st place in these tournaments. Instead of building for safety/consistency like you would in a cash lineup, you want to be building a lineup that you believe has enough upside to place first in the contest.

Having a combination of both steady/consistent plays (chalk) with some low owned plays which have boom/bust upside are the keys to building out a GPP winning lineup.



My thought process when creating a lineup is always to reduce the number of things that I have to “get right” so correlation is a big thing for me. For example, if my QB is Tom Brady, what is his path to posting a ceiling performance? He is likely throwing a 3+ touchdown game to multiple or even one receiver. In order to reduce the number of things I have to “get right”, that means I want to pair my QB with one or two pass catchers (WRs, TEs) in order maximize the ceiling of my lineup. If Tom Brady is throwing 2 TDs to Mike Evans, you would want to pair those 2 in your lineups together.


To take that even further, whenever one side of a game is posting a ceiling performance (in our example Tom Brady + Mike Evans), it is likely that the other side is putting up points as well. If Tampa Bay was blowing out a team, Tom Brady may not be throwing the ball a lot, but instead handing the ball off to Leonard Fournette, which in turn, would hurt his ceiling. But in a close game, it is likely that you will want to have a “run back” which means having a player from the opposite team.

For our current example, we will have Dallas as the opposing team playing Tampa Bay as they are playing week 1. So if we have Tom Brady and Mike Evans, ideally I want to have a “run back” of a Dallas player, maybe someone like CeeDee Lamb or Dalton Schultz.


Now, I have 3 spots already filled out on my team with Tom Brady, Mike Evans, and Dalton Schultz. It is my hope that Brady and Evans are doing the work on the offensive side of the ball for Tampa Bay and that Schultz is doing damage on the opposite side for Dallas. Generally high total, fast/up-tempo environments, and close spreads are ones that we like to target for this correlation.

If you don’t correlate, think of it like in MLB DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) where if you tried to stack all of the one-off home run hitters, that is a lot harder to do than to correlate with a 5 man stack from the same team.

Daily Fantasy Sports - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB, Tom Brady against Los Angeles Rams
Sep 26, 2021; Inglewood, California, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to make a pass in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

By correlating, you reduce the number of times you have to guess in a particular lineup. In the example we discussed, you already have 3 players locked in and only have 6 more slots to worry about. If you did not correlate, you would only have 1 spot locked in and 8 spots to fill in. This is a basic example of correlation, but it is something I try to do 100% of the time in NFL Daily Fantasy Sports in order to maximize my potential ceiling as well as reducing the number of things I have to “get right”.


At Run Pure Sports, we have a plethora of tools at your disposal which can help you succeed in the Daily Fantasy Sports streets. Here is a basic summary of some of the tools we offer below:

PLAYBOOK – The playbook will break down the top options at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE, and Defense) in a very user friendly manner and also provide a value tier of plays.
CORE PLAYSThe Core Plays page will show you the exact plays that our analysts are playing in their main team and/or are overweight on in their MME pools.
PLAYER POOLS – Our analysts like BigT and JSU will post their entire player pool on the site so that you can get an idea of what direction they are headed for on a given slate.
GPP STACKS – Top stacks and games to target will be given out by a variety of our analysts on the GPP Stacks page.
PROJECTIONS – Projections will be provided for every player on the slate and updated based on any news that occurs.
LIVE SHOWS – Our team brings top analysis and advice live to you with free and premium shows 7 days a week.
DISCORD – Our analysts answer questions, provide notes, and analysis direct to members in real time through our Discord server.


It is important to create your own process and find out what works for you. What works for you won’t necessarily work for another DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) player, or vice versa. You have to experiment with the tools through trial and error and figure out what ultimately leads you to success.

For example, some people may use the Playbook to formulate their player pool for the week. Others may use the Cores Plays, or a coordinator’s Player Pool such as BigT. Some people may build out a lineup before even looking at any of the content and then use the content such as the GPP Stacks or Projections as a reinforcement tool to confirm if they are on the right track. Some people watch the Live Shows before looking into anything and then start building.

Regardless, it will always vary player to player so that is why it is best to figure out what works best for you. We provide you with the tools, it is up to you to digest it in a way that leads to your success!


To get an even more in depth breakdown of how to win in NFL DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports), our guys Hoop and Tambo did a 30 minute video below which breaks down some of their specific tips/tricks and strategies when it comes to NFL DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports). Check it out below, and as always, we will always be in the discord for any questions you may have!

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