Fantasy Sports Glossary
· 50/50: A contest event in which the prize pool is split evenly among the top 50% of the entrants. The amount of cash won by each person is slightly lower than double the entry fee.
· $/Point: Term for Dollars per point is the number of dollars each projected point costs. To determine the $/point, you would divide the player price by the projected points. You want to keep this number low in order to pay the least amount of salary possible for each point. The opposite of $/Point is Points/$ that follows.
· Points/$: Term for Points per dollar is the number of projected points per each dollar of salary. You want to keep this number high in order to take full advantage of projected points for every dollar you spend.
· Cash Games: if you want to play it safe, these games like Head to head, 50/50s, and double up league types are typical cash games. Keep these in your playbook to increase your daily profits. Otherwise, tournaments are the opposite of cash games.
· Ceiling: is the tops or upside relating to the results of a player, team or lineup. Good news all round as opposed to the bad news of Floor.
· Contrarian: lingo for a rebel or maverick that picks players others would pass up. If picked correctly, you have just created a valued selection for tournament entry. Well done!
· Deposit Bonus: term for % of monies matched by daily fantasy site placed in your account for use in play.
· Depth Chart: term for a listing of players by team, position, and rank.
· DFS: abbreviation for Daily Fantasy Sports. These contests are frequently offered online.
· Donk: lingo for donkey player as one who makes bad selections with little or no playing strategy. Also known as a Fish. If you are here, that will not be you!
· Entry Fee: also known as the buy-in. The amount of money you must pay in order to enter a contest that includes the rake collected by the daily fantasy sports site. Not all entry fees apply as there are some free public leagues.
· Exposure: refers to the $ or % of your bankroll invested in a player.It is a good strategy not to invest too much on one player as the increased exposure also brings on increased risk.
· FA: refers to Free Agents are players that can be found in a general player pool that are not on anyone’s roster. In some leagues, FAs can be added as need as long as you drop someone of your current roster. In other leagues, FAs must be purchased or lobbied for and assigned to the highest bidder and you still would have to drop someone on your current roster back into the Free Agent pool.
· Fade: refers to the strategy of steering clear of certain players. The reasons range from players who appear to be a bad value or otherwise heavily owned or you prefer the contrarian route.
· FPPG: refers to the average number of Fantasy Points Per Game scored by each player. When you draft a lineup, you can rank players by their FPPG scores. Doing so will help you to identify those who may be on streaks. Most formulas used to value players take this number into account. This levels the playing field for injured or suspended players who haven’t played every game.
· Fish: lingo for inexperienced or poor player open to those nasty sharks seeking an opportunity. Also, see Donk.
· Floor: is a ‘downer’ or worst of the results of a player, team or lineup. Bad news all round as opposed to the good news of Ceiling.
· Freeroll: term for a contest that does not require an entry fee to participate. Some freerolls offer real money prizes to the winners. Others provide free entry into contests with relatively high buy-ins. Still, others are just for fun; there are no prizes.
· GPP: term for Guaranteed Prize Pool. It is a type of tournament for which the daily fantasy sports site guarantees a specific prize pool amount to be divided among the winners. The prize pool is generally large as is the number of entrants allowed to join.
· Grinders: lingo for daily fantasy players who are in the game for increased profits over time. These players seek out safe cash games with a steady as you go attitude.
· H2H: refers to Head-To-Head, a type of event in which there are only two entrants. The winner of the match-up takes the prize pool, less the rake.
· Hedge: as with casino games, this strategy reduces your risk with a backup plan. For example, to offset bankroll losses, you might hedge with a second lineup with different players.
· Late Swap: refers to swapping one player for another before the event/game starts.
· Lineup: also known as a roster, it is composed of the players drafted before the first game of the contest. In daily leagues, your line up is discarded at the end of each day. In standard leagues, you choose your line up for each day of games based on the lineup you drafted.
· Multi-Entry: a contest where multiple entries are allowed. Examples are big GPP tournaments and qualifiers that usually allow multiple entries.
· Multiplier: term for a contest in which the points for a given player are multiplied by a predetermined factor.
· Overlay: Many daily fantasy sports sites host guaranteed prize pool tournaments in which a specified amount of prize money is made available to the winners. The site expects that the entry fees from the entrants will cover the prize pool. If there are too few entrants, the DFS site must contribute its own cash to cover the deficit. That deficit is known as the overlay.
· Qualifier: term for a contest in which the winners earn a seat at a future contest, typically one with a relatively high entry fee.
· Rake: lingo for money collected by the daily fantasy sports site and kept for profit. It is sometimes referred to as a percentage of the entry fee. The percentage varies by site.
· Salary Cap refers to the total amount of money allocated to draft your lineup. Every team manager must stick to the same salary cap. The cap varies by site and sometimes by sport. In standard leagues, the salary cap usually refers to the draft day in auction drafts.
· Shark: a skilled and opportunity-seeking player on the prowl for fish.
· Sleeper: lingo for a player who has possibilities but attention is not being paid. Could this sleeper turn out to be a Keeper?
· Snake Draft: also known as a serpentine draft, it is a system in which participants take turns drafting players. The name refers to the snake-like structure defined in the order that the participants take their turns. The entrant who leads off the first round picks is last in the second round. He/she then picks first in the third round.
· Stack/Stacking: lingo for matching more than one player from the same team or in the same game. This strategy is employed to increase lineup volatility or decrease lineup volatility.
· Tilt: as with poker, refers to making wild and bad decisions that are detrimental to player and bankroll.
· Value Pick: term for a player who is considered to be more valuable than his salary implies. Good values are often found among players coming off the injury list with daily fantasy football. Additionally, sports players who are going through a bad streak should be a consideration. In both cases, the players’ salaries are often lower than they should be based on their past performance and career.