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Top 5 DFS Tips for Beginners

Spring is in the air and it’s inspired the sports fans here at DailyFantasyUK to go back to our roots and remember why we got into fantasy sports in the first place. If you’re starting afresh this April and fancy taking up or re-visiting DFS as a hobby, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re not going to get into the nitty gritty of tournament styles and how to calculate your winnings (though check back in with the site for more on that later!). For now: no jargon, stats, or complex formulas—just a simple, straightforward approach that’s sure to kickstart or revive your love for DFS. Enjoy!

1. Do Your Research

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Preparation is key to any game plan. Sure, you can go in blind and take your chances if that’s the kind of rebel you are. But honestly, especially if you’re a sports fan, researching your line-ups can be both interesting and rewarding. Start digging into players’ backgrounds, team stats and injury reports and you’ll be amazed at how it can impact your game. Plus, you’ll have lots of new knowledge and trivia to show off down the pub.

It’s also a good idea to get to grips with DFS leaderboards and follow some of the pros. These guys can provide both inspiration and handy tips. Don’t worry about being a stalker; track their social media accounts and start learning from the best!

2. Don’t Play It Safe

It’s tempting when starting out to stick to what you know about sports and focus on your favourite players. Sadly, though, this won’t necessarily get you very far in the world of DFS. While you might be able to make money off a cheeky bet on Mo Salah scoring or LeBron racking up points, DFS often requires you to go against the grain.

The skill is to find that rookie or wild card who’s been overlooked by the pundits. Don’t blow all of your budget on one star player—create a balanced line-up with players of varying popularity and skills sets. If you’ve followed step 1 and done your research, this won’t be as tricky as it sounds.

3. Know Your Place

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One of the most exciting things about DFS is that amateurs and pros can play side-by-side or (gulp) head-to-head in a range of tournaments. But this can be dangerous. There’s a definite hierarchy in DFS, with so-called ‘sharks‘ right at the top. These guys are usually pros and not to be messed with unless you really know what you’re doing. If you research leaderboards, you’ll soon get an idea of the players to avoid.

As a beginner, you should think of yourself as a small fish in a vast ocean. Don’t be put off by this; learn the ropes and you can work your way up to choppier waters. When starting out, we recommend you begin in the kiddy pool. Create a private league with friends, or only get involved in one-on-ones with players at your level.

Think you’re a natural and want to jump in at the deep-end to swim with the sharks? Go for it—but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

4. Mix It Up

DFS provides the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the sports you love and discover new games that you might not have considered. Keeping your options varied and open will ensure your game never gets stale.

Obsessed with football? Add NFL and basketball to your list. Or you can really switch things up and delve into the weird and wonderful world of NASCAR! This approach also has the benefit of giving you a new sport to focus on when the football season ends. You may as well apologise to friends and family now…

5. Have Fun With It

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While many DFS-ers swear by tracking stats and following strict formulas, getting bogged down in the numbers can take the joy out of the whole thing. Don’t get us wrong: if you’re a maths whiz, DFS is a realm where you should definitely use this to your advantage. For the rest of us average Joes, though, it’s important to enjoy the process without taking it all too seriously.

The investment of your time (and, yes, cash) adds an extra buzz to sports games and ramps up the friendly competition between mates. If you win—bonus! If you miss out, remember that you had fun playing. Yes, we’re being a tad corny, but it’s true!


Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to understanding why DFS is a hobby loved by so many. Plus, you should be ready and raring to go by the time the World Cup kicks off this summer. Result! While you’re here, get a head start on researching the teams with our handy guides.

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