Diary of a DFS Virgin: Can Exotic Smashmouth Fuel a Victory?

With all the promo codes and games to choose from, daily fantasy football can be intimidating. Luckily Sharona has decided to share her first attempts in the process by chronicling her experience playing DFS for the first time in her Diary of a DFS Virgin series.

Week 1 in the NFL was crazy and not just for fantasy football players. This season I entered the Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) game and am keeping a diary of my season. How did I fare in my first DFS entry? I did not win but I didn’t finish too badly either.

dfs-week-2Time to shake off the loss and turn to Week 2.

[dt_divider style=”thick” /]Week 2 Entry

I pull up FanDuel at 4 p.m. on Thursday and, again, am overwhelmed with all the numbers. Ugh. This time I look over all the options and select a beginner’s contest. Perfect, I might actually win!

Then I buckle down for business as I’m up against a tight deadline because of Thursday Night Football. Time to select that winning entry and throw a big party.

QB: What’s more important than the quarterback? I look immediately for Marcus Mariota because I know he’s cheap and a good play against the Detroit Lions. He is a bit more pricey than I expect but that’s my quarterback!

Can Exotic SmashmouthRB: I pick my fantasy running back bae, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, right off the bat. He’s pricey but so worth it. Now, let me see who is playing Indy? Oh the Denver Broncos so I select C.J. Anderson. More money burned but I can always go back and change it up.

WR: I’m utilizing fantasy points scored against, Yahoo’s fabulous tool for fantasy owners, even though it’s only Week 2. Immediately I notice Atlanta’s Julio Jones has a great matchup against the Oakland Raiders. They gave up the most fantasy points to wide receivers in Week 1. Click.

Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson has a juicy matchup as well against the San Diego Chargers so I add him. I need another wideout but I’ve spent a lot so far, so I’m looking at other positions first. I immediately turn to the other receiving position in today’s NFL.

TE: I love Delanie Walker but I’m also concerned about his role in the Titans offense as evidenced by the preseason and the Week 1 loss to the Vikings. Jacksonville’s Julius Thomas has a good matchup against the Chargers (they gave up the fifth most fantasy points to tight ends in Week 1). For now, I opt for Thomas and a more advantageous offensive scheme.

I still Iike Walker against the Lions, who gave up the most fantasy points to tight ends in Week 1. But I’ll opt for Thomas and a more advantageous offensive scheme.

OK, so I have spent a lot of money so far and must still pick a kicker and defense.

DEF: I look up takeaway statistics even though sadly I know the Minnesota is number one after Tennessee, having turned the ball over three times against them. Their defense is legit but they play Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Not a recipe for success there so I turn elsewhere.

I really like the Miami Dolphins defense this year and they are in the top three in takeaway numbers. Plus, they face a young quarterback making only his second start in New England Patriots signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo. He fumbled twice in Week 1, losing one. Sold.

PK: I am now running short on money and need a cheap kicker. Titans kicker Ryan Succop is pretty much money and could be kicking more this week in a dome. I make the selection and move on to my final roster spot.

I only have $2,800.00 left and need another wide receiver. I look at options and briefly roll with Jack Doyle at tight end but I don’t like the matchup. I’m back to Delanie Walker and still running low on funds.

I have spent a lot of money at running back, and I’m still not sold on Anderson, so I select DeMarco Murray instead. That frees up some cash but not enough, so I go with Titans rookie wideout Tajae Sharpe and opt out of Robinson. I have exactly $5,400.00 left so I spend it on San Diego wideout Tyrell Williams. Matthew Berry at ESPN recommends him after Keenan Allen’s season-ending injury.
I feel pretty good about my selections.

Follow Sharona on Twitter @SportsbySharona, and check out her articles comparing Jace Amaro and Delanie Walker and exploring the exotic smashmouth, as well as her appearance on ITP’s Mock War Room.

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