Daily fantasy sports have taken the country by storm in the last decade or so. During that time, sports gambling in the country has become legal in more and more states. The two have a lot of similar correlations to one another. Some players have been using Vegas odds to build better DFS lineups for several years.
If you are a daily fantasy player, you should always look at that day’s game odds before setting your lineup. Pay special attention to things like the spread, totals, team totals, player props, and more. Using these items to your advantage could result in significant dividends to your daily fantasy lineups. It is no secret that some of the top daily fantasy players in the world are using betting odds to do a lot of the research for them when it comes to their lineups.
It has been said that a bookie never loses, and to be honest, that is true. You never seem to see books going out of business. Major sportsbooks are rolling in the cash daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. They have high-end algorithms and computer simulations that are very costly to perfect their odds. However, this information is free to you just by looking at their different odds and lines.
How to Use Basketball Odds When Making Your DFS Lineup
NBA betting lines are one the most straightforward in all of sports, at least in terms of being able to take data from it to use in your DFS lineups. Oddsmakers set the over/under for the game. That helps you determine the potential number of points scored in a game and the probable pace.
You should look at the spread of the game as well to determine possible playing time. If the Lakers are playing the Pistons and the Lakers are favored by 16.5 points, it means the game will likely be a blowout. You may not want to put multiple Lakers in your lineup in a blowout scenario because they are unlikely to play much in the second half if they are up big.
How to Use Football Odds When Making Your DFS Lineup
Using game odds in both the NFL and college football is an excellent way to determine how a game might play out. Say the Rams are 3-point favorites over the Chiefs and the over/under game total is 64.5. This means the matchup is likely to be a high-scoring game that stays close.
Since it’s likely to be a close game, players will not be taken out early. They will have the potential to score a lot in the game, providing you with plenty of fantasy points.
How to Use Player Props When Making Your DFS Lineup
Let us break down an example player prop for you:
Tom Brady props in week ten against The Washington Football Team:
Most lines were right around -115 for Brady to throw for 302.5 yards’
Most lines were right around even for Brady to over 2.5 touchdowns
Most lines were right around -110 for Brady to throw over 0.5 interceptions.
Breaking this down meant that the favorable odds had Brady throwing for right around 300 yards, at least two touchdowns, and 1 Interception.
Brady’s final stat line in the game: 307 yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception.
It seems like the oddsmakers were pretty spot on.
You can do this for any and all players just by checking their odds, knowing that oddsmakers are right more often than not. Using this strategy to build your lineups will be a game-changer.
The proverbial professional DFS players are using this data daily, and it is a big part of the reason they have been able to make a living at daily fantasy. There is a lot of data at your disposal. The best part is it is all free to you, while many people are paying for apps or data analysis types of things to help their lineups. Instead, try using some of this free data and set a couple of lineups based on it. You may be surprised at the success you find.