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Every day at, we work hard providing rankings, projections, and DFS strategy. Our ultimate goal is simple: We want players to have a rewarding, sustainable experience playing fantasy sports. That starts with organized information and solid methods for interpreting data and statistics.
We’ve created this page to serve as a knowledge base for all things DFS. You’ll find everything from basic DFS concepts explained to sport-specific strategies and instructions for using lineup optimizers like Fantasy Cruncher. Most of the articles are written by Alex “Awesemo” Baker himself, covering his approach, strategy, and process.
If you’re new to DFS, we hope the knowledge you find here helps jump-start your DFS career, and if you’re a veteran player we hope it answers questions you didn’t know you had. We’re always updating this page with new content, so check back for the latest topics in the industry, or hit us up on Twitter @Awesemo_COM and let us know what you’d like to see covered.

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

Contest selection, projections, ownership, correlation, and software—five daily fantasy lessons that will increase your ROI.

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

How to win at MLB DFS the Stokastic Way

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

There are three basic criteria to evaluate the appeal of any contest: competition, variance and site fees. The weaker the competition, the higher the return. But how exactly do you evaluate a contest’s level of competition?

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

In my experience, success in guaranteed prize pool tournaments is a feasible goal for anyone who is willing to put in the work because the tournaments are filled with players who are unwilling or unable to put in the work to be competitive.

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

One of the questions that I frequently get asked is how my history in poker helps me in DFS. While the gameplay of poker and fantasy sports are drastically different, the types of games available are relatively similar.

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

Accurate projections for player performance once were the Holy Grail of DFS, the crux of success and the primary concern of top-ranked players. Used in conjunction with game theory and diversification strategies, accurate projections will give you the best chance of coming out ahead in all your tournaments. But now that you can get elite projections for an affordable amount, the DFS landscape is changing.

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

Any fan knows that sports are unpredictable, so attempting to achieve a high degree of accuracy in a single slate is futile. While it’s fun to sweat a contest, the results from one night are not particularly useful information whether your lock of the day busts or you win the whole prize pool!

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

Fantasy Cruncher Pro combines all the tools you’ve come to know and love from its classic daily fantasy sports optimizer experience with the ability to upload projections (either ours here at or your own), adjust randomness, groups, and stacks, and unleash the power of math to help you build the best lineups you can night in and night out.

– by Alex “Awesemo” Baker

For years, savvy programmers could gain an edge in DFS through having more sophisticated software than one could acquire publicly. In the past few years, sites have made this process accessible to every player using the CSV upload feature, and Fantasy Cruncher came out with an optimizer that allows you to customize almost every aspect of your lineups.

– by Nolan Kelly

One of the greatest advantages you can create over your peers in DFS contests is to roster players whose status for an upcoming game is uncertain (injury, scratch), but end up playing anyways.

– by Nolan Kelly

We’re going to do a deep dive into ChipotleAddict’s 150 teams from the $10, 29,412 entry, DraftKings Showdown Slate from the NFC Championship game, which featured the LA Rams vs. the New Orleans Saints.

– by Nolan Kelly

We’re doing a deep dive into some of the better NHL DFS players both here at Awesemo (Jake, Tom, Eddie, Homercles, Awesemo), and some of the better players outside the Awesemo website to see what strategy they are using in order to take home the bacon.


Up first, last night’s winner: Testosterown

– by Nolan Kelly

Welcome to the first PGA edition of Study a Pro, just in time for the Masters. We’re going to take a look at the number one ranked PGA player on RotoGrinders, Bric75, and what he did with his 150 lineups in the massive $5 GPP on DraftKings last weekend for the Valero Texas Open.

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> Use as a reference for hand-building lineups or plug into an optimizer to build hundreds of lineups in seconds

Ownership Projections

> Provide insight into where the field will land

> Pivot away from over-owned players and target under-owned players


> Letter grade rankings for each and every fantasy relevant player

> Perfect for hand-building lineups or comparing your own projections to test for accuracy

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> Equipped with all the information you need to build the perfect lineup on a single page

> Export your lineups to Fanduel and Draftkings with one click

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