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How to Avoid Falling Prey to the DFS ‘Sharks’

Whether you’re an experienced player or a complete newbie, the world of DFS can sometimes be daunting and even intimidating. Have you ever found that you keep getting beaten by players who just seem to win everything?

That’s the curse of the daily fantasy sharks. These players are highly resourceful, spend a huge amount of time drafting their teams, and most importantly are playing to win BIG.

Often using software which allows them to field many variations of their teams at once, these players pick on anyone below them in the food chain. In our experience, they sometimes spoil the DFS experience for everyone!

So, now you know what’s been hindering your DFS progress all this time, you might be wondering, ‘how can I avoid them?’

At DailyFantasyUK, we’re here to help. Read this article for all the best tips on how to avoid DFS sharks.

How can I spot DFS sharks?

Frankly, the sharks are difficult to miss! Often you’ll see players with multiple, slightly different usernames, fielding multiple teams within tournaments. You can be fairly sure that these are either highly dedicated amateurs, or even real DFS professionals.

Many sites now offer inbuilt features that make it easier to search out and avoid sharks. We’d advise paying close attention to these in order to minimise your chances of being comfortably beaten by a big player.

While this is by no means a definite way to spot a DFS shark, make sure you take a look at a player’s experience badge before entering into a tournament or head-to-head with them. This should give you a decent indication of the player’s DFS prowess.

For more information, see our in-depth article on how to spot DFS sharks.

Where am I most likely to find DFS sharks?

Contest selection at DraftKings

Stay away from 50/50 games if you want to avoid sharks

In our experience, the places you’re most likely to encounter sharks are in 50/50 games. Games with higher buy-in rates also tend to attract more established players.

That said, you can’t be sure exactly where you’re going to find the players who can spoil your DFS experience.

How to avoid DFS sharks

If you keep falling victim to those manipulative sharks, and you’re using a site such as DraftKings, you might want to consider moving to one of the smaller DFS sites.

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PlayON is a great alternative to DraftKings

PlayON is our personal favourite, but there are plenty of other sites to choose from to suit each individual need. Check out our definitive daily fantasy sports review to see which one’s for you.

You can also limit the pool of players by creating your own private head-to-head tournaments. Obviously, this only makes sense if you have friends or acquaintances who also like playing DFS, but it’s a surefire way to avoid the sharks.

Even if you haven’t got any immediate friends who share your passion for daily fantasy, why not get chatting to someone online? The bustling community of many DFS sites is what keeps many of us coming back for more. You could make friends for life!

Another key tip is to wait until the last minute before entering tournaments. This allows you to see exactly who you’re going to be playing against, so if you come across any of the usernames you recognise to be sharks, simply take a step back and consider whether you really want to enter.

DFS sharks tend to use the exact same technique, just in reverse. They wait to enter tournaments until they can see that there’s a large pool of new players, or ‘fish’, that they can potentially profit from.

Final thoughts…

The importance of identifying sharks boils down to your intentions when playing DFS. If you want to make money, unfortunately you’re just going to have to embrace the sharks and learn to play against them.

Bear in mind that if this is the route you really want to take, you’re going to have to spend a long time maximising your potential, and invest a significant amount of money.

However, even if you’re not looking to reach the DFS big time, if you work hard on your team selection, you’ve got nothing to fear. You might not be raking in the big money, but if you can consistently keep the sharks at bay with your careful preparation and tactful team building, they’ll stop targeting you.

Don’t let the sharks get you down—at DailyFantasyUK we’ve got you covered. Happy playing!

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