Playing without conviction will put you in a deep hole.

You’re going to be frustrated if you like a player or particular strategy for a slate, don’t end up going that route, and it ends up being the nuts.

You’ll be kicking yourself, therefore, your play will be susceptible to leaks. Keeping your mindset in the right place is crucial for DFS success.

It’s easy for your mindset to shift, and sometimes you won’t even realize the subtle shift. …


Having the same strategy for every contest you enter is destroying your bankroll.

Our goal to win the tournament remains the same but the path to get to that goal drastically changes. We need to be altering our approach depending on the contest we enter. A 5,000 field contest demands a different approach than a 50,000 field contest.

I talk a lot about building up leverage because it is an essential concept to understand if you want to succeed at tournaments.

But the amount of leverage you should build into your lines depends on the contest you’re building for.

Furthermore…


Words can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

It all comes down to how you choose to use them. Words create pictures our minds, which impacts how we feel, which ultimately impacts what actions we take.

If you use words to tell yourself that you aren’t good enough, you will begin to believe it and act according to those words.

Your poisonous words damage your self-image and stunt any growth — that’s how. powerful they are.

Instead, we should use words to that will gravitate us towards growth move us closer in the direction our potential.

The difficult…


Studying the wrong lineups can worsen your play, quickly.

You intend to improve your DFS play so you go look at the lineups that placed at the top of tournaments. The intention is good, but studying a bad lineup that finished well can be harmful to your play.

Some of those lineups benefitted from several things breaking their way on that particular slate. Be wary that not all lineups at the top are expected to make money over time (+EV).

Instead, gather list of some of the top DFS tournament players and study their lineups.

Those lineups are from people…


A process-first mindset is good, until it is the one thing that is holding you back.

This mindset focuses on learning and trusting that the outcome will take care of itself.

Beware of being too process-oriented. It becomes counterproductive when this is your sole focus. You begin to dismiss the results because you don’t want to come to terms with them.

While a strict results-oriented mindset can be detrimental, short-term goals can be valuable developmental tools when balanced with a learning, long-term mindset.

I believe it’s best to prioritize process in the sort-term, but results in the long-term.

Even if…


It will do the same for you.

Most DFS player mistake how to win a tournament. Their focus is on who will have a good game and who will fail. When they see the top DFS players consistently winning, they think that they must be extremely good at predicting player performance.

That is not the case.

The top tournament players think about the game in a fundamentally different way.

It’s one of the most influential principles that I’ve learned over the course of my time playing DFS: being right once for a big payoff is better than being right frequently.


There is no better way to guarantee failure than fearing failure.

You put yourself at a disadvantage when you fear losing. Thinking this way will wire your brain to focus on not losing. Focusing on not losing will blind you to the plays or strategy that have the upside to win you a tournament.

Before you know it, you are on a losing streak and the fear of losing grows stronger with each passing slate.

Your mind has now shifted to losing instead of focusing on what it takes to win.

It’s important to step back and take a broad…


Being rigid with roster construction will leave you with no shot at winning.

Recency bias has us thinking that what worked recently will work again. This gets us into trouble because each slate has its own identity. What worked on last weeks slate won’t necessarily work on the next one.

Yet we constantly see people try to develop certain rules to roster construction.

They try to find an angle that will be universal for all slates, making it easy to know how to build for future slates.

In NFL DFS, paying up for running backs may be the way to…


Hitting this benchmark leads to massive profitability over the long haul.

The end result you desire as a DFS tournament player is finishing first in the tournament you enter. But the nature of GPP life means that you are losing often. You need to set benchmarks to know that you’re headed in the right direction.

The best benchmark is analyzing what percentage of your lineups are finishing in the top 1% of tournaments — this lets you know if you’re making good tournament lineups.

Why the top 1% of tournaments? Because actually winning a tournament is inherently luck-based. You need…


Roster construction is as much art as it is skill.

It takes years of practice to hone the art from of constructing profitable lineups. Mistakes will be made, successes realized, and plenty of what-could-have-been thoughts about the rosters that were close to the top.

I’ve found that it is important to have your lineup tell a story.

You should operate with IF-then thinking. When you are plugging a player onto a roster, you should assume that they will put up a huge score because that is what is needed to win a tournament.

But go a step further and apply…

Braxton Peterson

Sports and DFS enthusiast

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