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(Okay, so maybe you don’t need a DFS hiatus, but some players do.)
After three solid months of daily action, the All-Star break is a great time to take a breather and assess what went right – and more importantly, what went wrong. And while luck has a lot to do with it, you can still identify areas of strength and weakness with some level of certainty.
Here are a few suggestions on how to spend the break:
– Study your results. Whether you use a third-party tracking site or go old school and keep track yourself, it’s critical to have some way of tracking how you fare in any daily fantasy sport. Look at which contests have produced the best results; are you stronger in low-stakes or high-stakes situations? Do you excel in short slates or full schedules? The more you know about your first-half performance, the better equipped you’ll be to improve.
– Examine your roster composition. Most experienced daily fantasy players have a method to roster construction, and few are willing to waver too far from that. But what if it isn’t working? Should you consider a different approach? Let’s say, for example, that you consistently roster lower-salaried pitchers, but to limited success. Shouldn’t you consider opting for high- or medium-salaried pitchers moving forward? Study your roster habits and adjust accordingly.
– Read up on general strategy. Most players don’t have time to study general daily fantasy principles, especially if they already have a day job. Most days, it’s everything you can do just get in enough research to build a solid roster for that evening. With a few off-days on the horizon, you should use some of that time to read up on different strategies, trends, tips, etc. Putting those tips into practice could make an immediate difference in the second half.
– Focus on other things. The MLB season is a grind – and that’s especially true in the second half of the season, when player callups, late scratches and other roster moves make putting together a quality DFS lineup that much more daunting. Major leaguers need the All-Star break to recharge their batteries and summon the energy to make it through the rest of the season. It’s not a bad idea for daily fantasy players to approach it the same way.