This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
Playing daily fantasy football is different than playing season-long fantasy football, and playing showdown/single-game daily fantasy football is different than playing classic slates.
Winning GPPs on a 12-game Sunday slate takes a few low-owned players who go off for big scores, but building lineups to maximize points isn't the whole story for showdown/single-game lineups. Obviously we need high scores, but with only two teams to choose players from, we are actually more concerned with lineup uniqueness than player uniqueness. Sure, getting a touchdown from a low-owned player to help propel you to the top of GPPs is always nice, but making sure you're not splitting a $10,000, $100,000 or $1 million top prize with 1,000 or 5,000 other entries is actually the priority.
Similar to big GPPs on DraftKings and FanDuel, our strategy should be to finish first, not to min-cash, which is often less of a return than just entering a double up. Why build lineups that finish in the top 20 percent but only get 1.5x or 1.67x returns when a double up, which only requires finishing in the top 55 percent, is 2x?
With that in mind, there is a population of daily fantasy players who will not multi-enter classic slate tournaments but will do so for showdowns/single games. And before you get all fired up about how it's so much easier to win GPPs with 150 entries, just know that it's absolutely impossible to account for all of the reasonable outcomes of a football game in