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The rise of Fantasy Sports, or Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) following the industry’s evolution, has been almost unprecedented over the last two years. From a budding enterprise to a booming industry, many of the major DFS sites now offer fantasy sports competitions for baseball, football, hockey and mixed martial arts (the UFC).
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Today, thousands of people ante-up at the largest fantasy sports sites every week and that has allowed operators such as DraftKings, DraftDay and FanDuel to be capable of creating prize pools worth in excess of $1 million. These impressive cash prizes have fuelled a major boom in the industry and the market leaders are now approaching company values close to $1 billion thanks to deals with organizations such as the NFL and the NBA.
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From Poker to Fantasy Sports

With such large amounts of money on the line and at least some scope for implementing a winning strategy, a number of poker players have gradually found themselves migrating over to the world of DFS. Whether it is in the role of company founder, employee or player, DFS has attracted some of the finest poker minds over the last few years.
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Arguably the most prominent players to crossover from poker to DFS are Andrew Wiggins and Taylor Caby. The former high stakes online cash game players were two of the original founders of poker training site, CardRunners. After successfully running CardRunners for a number of years, the two entrepreneurs spotted an opportunity in the fantasy sports market. Using their experience and cash to help set-up DraftDay in 2011, the two poker experts are now at the helm of one of the leading operators in the industry.
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Negreanu et al Support DFS

This early trickle of poker-to-DFS converts soon turned into a wave as more players soon discovered that their skills on the felt could help them make money in fantasy land. Jonathan Aguiar was another early fan of DFS and quickly realized his tournament skills gave him an edge in the sports arena. As well as winning a WSOP bracelet in Europe, Aguiar has earned more than $1.5 million playing poker in events across the world.
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However, after turning his attention to DFS, Aguiar quickly made $30,000 in his first two months and then decided to join DraftKings as a full-time employee. Having seen the success of Aguiar, many of the poker world’s top players have now joined the action, including PokerStars’ standout pro, Daniel Negreanu. Aside from testing his skills across a range of games, Negreanu has been vocal in his support of the industry. Commenting on the fears that the rise of DFS could lead to match fixing, Negreanu said that it is “less likely” that match fixing would occur in places such as Las Vegas if people are taking part in DFS.
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Why Poker Pros Make Strong DFS Players

If poker players make great DFS players, what crossover skills can the former use for success in the latter?
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Study the Stats

One of the key skills the so-called “fantasy sports wizard” Cory Albertson, who is also a skilled poker player, has used to make more than $100,000 is statistical analysis. Like a high-level poker player assessing their opponent’s pre-flop raise frequency or three-bet ratios, a DFS pro will consider the vital statistics of each player and then come to a conclusion based on this analysis. During his interview with the Wall Street Journal, Albertson called this a painstaking, almost “menial” process but one that is necessary for success.
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For example, to become a fantasy sports winner in baseball you would need to review the top ranking first basemen or the leading catchers of the season to get an insight in which players are worth speculating on.
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Take a Holistic Approach

Another skill poker pros and DFS players share in their quest for cash is an understanding of long-term expectation. Otherwise known as expected value (EV), DFS and poker pros know that every stat, every attribute and every move needs to be considered in overall terms. A basketball player on a heater may have scored 40 points in three games, but that does not mean he is a natural pick in a DFS contest.
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Numbers And Finance
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Those three performances need to be weighed in the context of the season as a whole. Similarly, a tournament player may win three tournaments in a row before hitting a stretch of ten events without cashing. Because this is possible, all poker players will look at their overall ROI (Return On Investment) to determine whether they are profitable or not. ROI takes into account the number of tournaments a player has played, the total cost of their buy-ins and the amount they have won to deliver an overall win rate.
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Assessing this sort of information is also something a DFS pro will do. The basketball player’s 40 points in three games is great, but if they then only manage a further ten points in the next 15 games, then their overall ROI will not be as impressive as that three-game run would lead some to believe.
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Money Management is Key

The final part of a DFS pro’s arsenal which skilled poker players will be familiar with is bankroll management. Knowing how much to bet and how to distribute this based on the expectation of each proposition is a skill that must be mastered if success is to be had in both worlds. Albertson has proved that money management is crucial for the aspiring DFS pro by turning a $200 investment into more than $100,000. Starting off small and investing his bankroll wisely, Albertson has shown that it’s more than possible to make a living playing DFS if you are disciplined.
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Time + Dedication = Profit
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Taking the time to analyze stats, both in a vacuum and in a holistic sense, managing your money and having the focus to play DFS as much as possible are the foundations of success in the industry. Although there is always going to be an element of luck involved in whether or not you win a particular contest (namely because sport can often throw up unexpected scenarios), it is possible to nullify the effects of this over time. Consistently making +EV moves (moves that are statistically more likely to succeed than fail) will result in a long-term profit.
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Scooping a single jackpot is something any DFS player can do, but earning a consistent amount of money is something only those with dedication can do. Albertson, and many others like him, have shown that it is possible to make a living playing fantasy sports, but only if you are willing to put in the time and effort to do things properly.
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends NL-Only Second Base Rankings.
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1. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon hit .287 with 111 runs, 21 home runs, 83 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His main position is third base, but he played 28 games last year at second base to give Rendon positional eligibility and additional flexibility.
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2. Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
Dee Gordon played a full season for the first time in his career and responded by hitting .289 with 92 runs, two home runs, 34 RBI and a league-high 64 stolen bases. He goes to Miami where he’ll look to repeat as the stolen base champion.
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3. Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
Kolten Wong hit just .249 with 52 runs, 12 home runs, 42 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 113 games. His BABIP (batting average on balls in play) was just .275. Given his speed, his luck should improve, which will boost his batting average and counting stats.
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4. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Neil Walker hit .271 last year with 74 runs, 23 home runs, 76 RBI and a pair of stolen bases. He has averaged 66.2 runs, 15.4 home runs and 69.4 RBI over the past five years while hitting .274.
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5. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers
Over the past six years Howie Kendrick hit .288 while averaging 68.5 runs, 11 home runs, 65.8 RBI and 12.2 stolen bases.
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6. Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Daniel Murphy has hit .289 over the past five seasons while averaging 68.4 runs, 9.2 home runs, 62.4 RBI and 1 stolen bases.
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7. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Harrison has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. In 2014 he hit .315 with 77 runs, 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
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8. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Health is the key for Utley. He has averaged 73.5 runs, 14.5 home runs and nine stolen bases. He’s worth the risk.
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9. Martin Prado, Miami Marlins
Martin Prado has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. Over the past five seasons he hit .287 while averaging 75.8 runs, 12.8 home runs, 66.6 RBI and 6.4 stolen bases.
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10. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips was routinely a top tier second baseman since 2006 before turning in a .266-44-8-51-2 line. He will turn 34 this summer, but is a decent bet to bounce back given his track record.
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Robinson Cano Seattle
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends AL-Only Second Base Rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano hit .314 with 77 runs, 14 home runs, 82 RBI and 10 stolen bases in his first year with the Seattle Mariners. His power took a hit, but he is a .310 lifetime hitter that has averaged 87.6 runs, 21.8 home runs and 90.4 RBI.
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2. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Jose Altuve hit .341 with 85 runs, seven home runs, 59 RBI and 56 stolen bases. He has averaged 41.3 stolen bases over the past three years. Altuve is a great option for your batting average, runs and stolen bases categories.
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3. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler hit .275 with 100 runs, 17 home runs, 92 RBI and 15 stolen bases in his first year with the Detroit Tigers. Over the past eight years he averaged 97.9 runs, 19.9 home runs, 72 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Kinsler played in a career-high 161 games last year.
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4. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier hit .242 with 112 runs, 23 home runs, 71 RBI and 21 stolen bases. This after posting a .244-72-18-66-14 line. His batting average will sting a little, but he helps out in the four categories.
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5. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis struggled to the tune of a .240-61-6-41-22 line. In 2012 and 2013 he averaged 86 runs, 15.5 home runs, 71.5 RBI and 30.5 stolen bases.
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6. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia took a step back last year hitting .278 with 72 runs, seven home runs, 53 RBI and six stolen bases. Over the past eight seasons he averaged 89.8 runs, 13 home runs, 67.4 RBI and 15.6 stolen bases while hitting .301. Look for Pedroia to bounce back.
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7. Ben Zobrist, Oakland A’s
Ben Zobrist is Mr. Utility. He is eligible at second base, shortstop and outfield. Zobrist hit .272 with 83 runs, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 2014. Over the past six years he averaged 85.8 runs, 16.5 home runs, 75.7 RBI and 15.8 stolen bases.
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8. Brett Lawrie, Oakland A’s
Brett Lawrie has second base and third base eligibility. He has yet to tap into his potential as injuries have limited him to 100.7 games over the past three seasons. Lawrie has averaged 11.3 home runs and 44 RBI during that stretch, which extrapolates to 18.2 home runs and 70.8 RBI. If he can stay healthy, maybe Lawrie will finally deliver on his promise.
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9. Asdrubal Cabrera, Tampa Bay Rays
Asdrubal Cabrera has second base and shortstop eligibility. Since 2011 he has averaged 74.3 runs, 17.3 home runs, 71.3 RBI and 11.3 stolen bases.
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10. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
Rougned Odor hit .259 with 39 runs, nine home runs, 48 RBI and four stolen bases in 114 games as a rookie. Look for improvement in year two.
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The biggest US fantasy sports winnings of all time

 

Fantasy sports began around 1980 inside a New York restaurant, where a group of people created the Rotisserie League Baseball. In the game, participants drafted real players from the major league and followed them throughout the season, earning points based on the performance of those players on the field.

 

With the advent of the internet, fantasy sports became a nationwide sensation. Although fantasy football has more participants than fantasy baseball these days, both fantasy versions of these sports offer a life-changing cash prizes that are up for grabs practically every day of the year.

 

In this article we take a look at some of the biggest fantasy sports prizes won in the US.

 

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Online fantasy sports leagues are growing at a rapid pace in the US and abroad.

Minnesota man wins $300,000 in online daily fantasy football content

 

Jake Sanders, a 38-year-old sports fan had only been playing online daily fantasy football for a year when he cashed out a six-figure win. His skills, and a good dose of luck, helped him select just the right players to create a fantasy squad that brought him the goods. Sanders, who describes himself as a ‘normal guy’ was overjoyed to learn of the windfall and share it with his family who run a business in south Minneapolis.

 

Pig farmer brings in the bacon with double $100,000 prize win

 

Lindy Hinkelman is the only two-time champion of the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. During the day he manages his pig farm in Greencreek (ID), stopping in between taking care of his stock to check on his fantasy baseball lineup. Hinkelman has won two of the last three titles of the US most popular fantasy contest, netting himself over $200,000. He believes running a pig farm has made him very good at crunching numbers and making good analyses when drafting players to his fantasy teams.

 

Hinkelman hit the nail on its head when he spoke about how important skill is in improving the odds of winning at online fantasy sports and online sports betting. Both games give players the opportunity to put to good use their knowledge of their favourite game, whether football, baseball or other sports events that are available for wagering. Online sportsbooks offer new players fantastic welcome bonuses and weekly promotions such as free bets and extra cash that give multiple chances to extend your bankroll and win more money betting on sports online.

 

“I turned $10 into $1 million”

 

Perhaps the quote above, by Tspiedo, an online fantasy football icon, best describes the enormous potential of fantasy sports as money-making endeavour. Tspiedo won the 2013 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship after a nail-biting finish that saw him clinch first-place among the 48 finalists after a late touchdown by Montee Ball, running back for the Denver Broncos. The $1 million cash prize was a record-breaking amount which the lucky winner won in his first week!

 

Boston brothers score $1 million fantasy football win over weekend

 

David and Rob Gomes, two brothers from Boston and Patriots fans, won a cool million in a one-week fantasy football leagues in November 2014. The unbelievable stroke of luck came out of the blue after they stumbled upon the perfect lineup for their team. Patriot’s running back Jonas Gray was instrumental in helping them win the prize. Not ones to settle for just one win, the Gomes brothers claimed they will reinvest their winnings and plan a trip to watch the Super Bowl.

 

Conclusion

 

Big paydays are becoming the order of the day in online fantasy sports and sports bettings in general. Both types of games are expected to experience phenomenal growth over the next years as more professional sports league endorse them. Players enjoy these games for their excitement and the possibility of scoring big thanks to a combination of skilful choices, good intuition and luck.

 

Fantasy sports are legal in over 40 US states and their prominence in the sports betting scene is set to become bigger as they start offering bigger payouts and wider selection of leagues to participate in.

 

Fantasy sports has ballooned into an industry that rakes in $3.6 billion annual, with the increasingly popular daily-play games attracting casual gamers who wouldn’t participate in the usual season-long formats. The same trend can be seen worldwide, as fantasy leagues are slowly gaining a foothold in many European and other markets outside the US.

 

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Whether you are a seasoned fantasy player or just a first timer, you can find it helpful to look at the odds on a given team coming into the season. Since a team’s odds offer a rough estimate of how good or bad they will perform in the coming season, you can get an idea of what the fantasy outlook is for any given team’s players. Let’s use the Houston Astros as an example.

 

At this same time last year, the Astros had astronomical odds of +8,000 to win the AL West. But after a relatively “successful” season in which they finished with a 70-92 record—the first non-100 loss record for the team since 2011—the Astros are now pegged at only +1,500 to top the division in 2015. Based on the massive difference in the two odds alone, you can tell that someone from that team is about to have a great season. This means that you have to keep an eye on some of Houston’s players. Defending batting champion Jose Altuve will continue to produce solid stats, while new addition Evan Gattis is worthy of a look. Dallas Keuchel, meanwhile, looks to build on a solid 2014 season that saw him finish with a 2.93 ERA after two straight seasons of sub-5.00 ERA.

 

By referencing current MLB betting futures here, you can also see that the same logic can be used in assessing players from the Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies were +4,000 to win the NL Central back in March of last year and finished with a 73-89 record. But with the arrival of elite young talents and the maneuvers of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer this offseason, the North Siders were able to grab the attention of bookmakers, who now have the Cubs at +275 to finish the regular season atop the division.

 

The trio of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Javier Baez is nothing to scoff at, given their rapid improvements. Addison Russell may also be a defensive star in the making, while providing some pop at the plate. Then there’s Jon Lester, who’ll soon be pitching in the more pitcher-friendly NL.

 

All told, it’s just one tool amongst many to consider as you prepare your draft sheet for the coming season, but it is nonetheless one created by oddsmakers, who make it their business to know exactly what’s going to happen in a given season.

 

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2015
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It’s that time of year. Show your college hoops knowledge (or at least fake it) and creativity with any of these bracket names. Feel free to add your own.
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Bros before Haws (BYU’s Tyler Haws)
Harvey Danger (Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey) – If you don’t guard him, you’re in danger.
King of Jahlil (Duke’s Jahlil Okafor)
Nazstradamus (Iowa State’s Naz Long)
Rico Suave (Baylor’s Rico Gathers)
6 to 40 – Kentucky’s quest to go 40-0.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tuttle (Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle)
The Brice is Right (UNC’s Brice Johnson)
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Paul Goldschmidt
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends First Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt followed up his .302-103-36-125-15 season by hitting .300 with 75 runs, 19 home runs, 69 RBI and nine stolen bases in just 109 games. In a full season that projects to a .300-111-28-103-13 line. He’s a five category stud.
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2. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freddie Freeman hit .288 with 93 runs, 18 home runs, 78 RBI and three stolen bases. In the past three years he averaged 91 runs, 21.3 home runs and 93.7 RBI. He’s a solid four-category option.
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3. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo hit .286 last year with 89 runs, 32 home runs 78 RBI and five stolen bases. He has 70 home runs in his past 387 games, which works out to 29.3 home runs per 162 games.
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4. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez hit .276 last year with 83 runs, 27 home runs, 116 RBI and a stolen base. Over the past nine years he averaged 28.3 home runs and 104.7 RBI.
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5. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto was limited to 62 games last year, but is a .310 lifetime hitter. From 2008-2013 he averaged 25.5 home runs and 85.5 RBI.
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6. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier hit .273 with 88 runs, 28 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He has averaged 22.3 home runs over the past three seasons. Frazier also has third base eligibility.
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7.  Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Trumbo hit just .235 in 2014, but he hit 14 home runs with 68 RBI in 362 at bats. He averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 RBI from 2011-13. You’ll have to live with Trumbo’s .247 career average. He also has outfielder eligibility.
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8. Lucas Duda, New York Mets
Lucas Duda hit .253 in 2014 with 74 runs, 30 home runs and 92 RBI. He averaged 15 home runs in 2012 and 2013 in 359.5 at bats.
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9.  Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Adams hit .288 in 2014 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI. He has averaged 16 home runs the past two seasons in 411.5 at bats.
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10. Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies
Justin Morneau hit .319 in 2014 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI. He is still a solid source for power.
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