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[X] Daily League Analysis: How to Approach Salary Cap Leagues, Part 1

Tips and Strategies for Salary Cap Leagues

If snake and pick’em leagues aren’t your thing, has got you covered with some tips and strategies for Salary Cap leagues.

This is Part 1 of our "How to Approach Salary Cap Leagues", and Part 2 will be published tomorrow. We play at where you are allotted a fixed salary cap to disperse to a free agent pool of players.

It is a format that rewards those who put in the time to figure out which low priced players will be gems on that day, but it still rewards you if you can find the day's best performers.


When you first start playing keep these tips in mind

1. Start Small - When brand new to salary cap leagues, start with free or low buy-in leagues. I always recommend playing in “Double-Up” leagues which pay you your entry
fee times two if you finish in the top half of the league. For example, I play a $5 double-up league every day. There are 110 people in these types of leagues, called GPP's (Guaranteed Prize Pools). GPPs pay $10 to the top 50 finishers even if only 85 people entered the league. When a league doesn’t fill up completely, but the prize pool is still completely paid out it is called overlay. If overlay is available you should always play! Your chances of winning are higher than they’ll be at any other time. We recommend playing Double-Up leagues as long as you play Daily Fantasy because with our advice you will have a nice win % in those leagues.

2. Start Slow - It can be tempting to throw all your chips in hoping to win a bunch of cash on your first day but it’s important you avoid that temptation. It doesn’t matter
if you are on a 3 day losing streak or 6 day winning streak, stay consistent. Never let your emotions dictate whether you spend more money either playing in more leagues or higher-entry fee leagues. If you decide to play in an extra league, have it be a Friday thing. I know of a guy who plays in an extra league on Friday nights because he is home to watch his players. That is fun and it's what fantasy sports are all about. So make sure you start slow because nothing kills your fantasy spirit more than losing big right away. Spend some time with us and you’ll be winning in no time.

3. Be Committed - Who usually wins your season-long fantasy leagues? Is it the guy who is more active than everyone else or the guy who forgot he even had a fantasy
team? Of course, it is always the player who puts forth more effort. Fanduel is full of both of these types. If you are reading these articles you are likely the latter, which means lots of winning in your future. Daily fantasy gaming is a ton of fun when winning, so keep checking back at because we'll be publishing a daily league advice column. Ask us your lineup questions in the comment section of our daily fantasy analysis articles or tweet our writers your questions. While you are busy at work we will find the best answer possible to help get you that winning lineup.

Feel free to send me your daily lineup questions on twitter at @RotoCole.

Part 2 of this series can be found here.