Gone are the days of multi-entry tournaments ruling the daily fantasy sphere. Nowadays, endless rows of events permitting unlimited lineups have given way to single-entry competitions in which it's better to be lucky than good.
Of course, not all multi-entry contests have fallen by the wayside - they have just been adjusted. Now, you'll find contests that allow you two, three, five or even 10 entries per tournament in addition to the single-entry and multi-entry competitions. Daily fantasy sites believe this array of options appeal to the largest player base, giving beginners more of a chance of emerging victorious in large-field tournaments while still offering seasoned players the opportunity to submit multiple rosters.
Here is a breakdown of how to maximize your profit potential and cover all your bases in a tournament that allows for three entries; feel free to adjust the strategy depending on how many entries your contest permits:
The Safe Lineup
This lineup type appeals to players who are merely looking for a return on their investment; this configuration isn't designed to take down a major tournament, but it does offer the best chance of finishing in the money. Essentially, you're selecting players who are likely to be higher-owned due to their high floors, bargain potential or consistent high-level production.
Having said that, this is the type of lineup you should be most willing to ditch if you're considering a tournament with a two-entry maximum. There isn't nearly as much upside here - and even if your players do perform well, you're likely to end up mashed together with thousand of other competitors - and if one of your players underperforms, your profits take a significant tumble.
The Risky Lineup
On the flip side, you should definitely put together a lineup featuring selected long-shot plays and lottery tickets. Your chances of walking away with a return on your entry fee is far smaller than in the first example, but it's hitting on the one-in-a-million plays that often leads to tournament success - provided, of course, that the rest of your lineup comes through for you.
You don't need a bunch of risky picks on your roster - even just one or two will help differentiate you from the pack. Opting for a low-salary starting pitcher or that cheap corner infielder on the positive side of a platoon might require a little more nerve than building a safe lineup, but the chances of a big payoff make this option a no-brainer in tournaments where multiple entries are allowed.
The Contrarian Lineup
This differs slightly from the second roster option since it doesn't necessarily mean taking fliers on cheap options with big potential upside. In many cases, you're actually spending big on contrarian options - the elevated salary is what makes them contrarian in the first place. And more than any other choices, contrarian plays set your lineup apart from the rest of the field.
The best contrarians are pitchers or hitters who are either struggling, matched up against strong opposition or coming off injury. Finding the right player to take a chance on is a difficult task, but if you can nab a superstar who breaks out of his slump at the right time, you not only have a terrific source of fantasy points - you have a stud that likely isn't on many other rosters.