If you want to win money playing fantasy sports, selecting the right site to play at is a huge factor. The rake and overall game structures vary from site to site. There are sites that are friendlier to new players, while there are others that are friendlier to sharks. No matter how good you are at daily fantasy baseball, site selection can have a huge impact on your ROI. So, here are a few guidelines to follow in helping you select the best site to play your daily fantasy baseball games.
The rake is taken directly from your winnings, so playing in a low rake setting can only increase your winnings and return of investment. The typical rake is 10-20% in the daily fantasy sports industry.
• League Structures
The daily fantasy baseball site must have the widest variety of league structures possible in the industry. If you have an edge in picking scrubs, or picking stars the fantasy site must have the cap structure that will let you take advantage. It should also have the fastest and easiest automated draft possible for those who don’t like to share players for the day. Moreover, the individual player cap values should be transparent. For performance-based caps, they should be exactly proportional to the average fantasy points a player earns per game. For salary-based caps, it would be good to have the player’s actual salary per game. Other sites use complicated formulas that you would need a PhD to understand. The last thing you want to do in playing daily fantasy baseball is to try to adjust for bad player cap values. Bad player cap values also tend to take the skill out of the game, and make it more of a luckfest.
• Overlays and Guarantees
The prizes offered at fantasy sports sites should all be guaranteed, and all multi-player leagues can pay an overlay. Overlays are when the site is paying out more than they are taking in for the league. This is money in the bank for the profitable daily fantasy sports player, and those in the know are all over them. There are some sites that prohibit overlays in their rules. This means that the prizes are not really guaranteed, because they will not run a league unless the sites are guaranteed to make money. Awesome sites should value customers and should not let them waste valuable time entering a league that may or may not run. So anytime two or more players want to compete to make the fantasy baseball league skill-based, the prizes should be paid out as advertised.
• New Player or Shark-Friendly
The ideal fantasy sports site should be new player-friendly, which tends to lower the quality of competition. Most competing sites are shark-friendly, which tends to raise the level of competition. I will not go into detail as to why, but I will say that it is easier to win money in daily fantasy sports from a new player than a shark.
• League Traffic
A good fantasy sports site should have a large traffic base and should have at least a convincing tenure in operation. Most competing sites are pretty light on traffic, lowering your chances for getting the match-up you are interested in.
These are the most important site selection factors for profiting at fantasy sports, and there are quite a few that meet every single criterion.