The ultimate glossary of daily fantasy terms

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Considering jumping into the daily fantasy football craze? Don’t worry, cover32 is your source for all you need to know when it comes to daily fantasy football. If you missed cover32’s DFS Primer, it is a must read for anyone looking to make the plunge. Now, cover32’s DFS expert, Kevin Dooley, brings you the ultimate glossary of daily fantasy terms.


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50/50: a cash game where half the entries win almost double their money. The site host keeps a small %.

Asset Allocation: the money you’re spending on cash games vs. tournaments.

Bankroll: the amount of money you are willing to apply to DFS.

Buy-in: the entry fee of a contest you’re playing.

Cash games: a category of contests that groups safer games like 50/50’s, double ups and head-to-head contests together to indicate smaller pools / less risk. (A GPP is the other category)

Contest details: a menu item in all contests that defines the fantasy game that you’re interested in.

Contests: the fantasy games within a particular slate that you enter.

Contrarian: going against what you think will be the popular lineup picks in a contest. Used in large pool tournaments to differentiate your lineup.

DFS: daily fantasy sports where you buy-in to draft a team to compete that day/week for cash prizes or tickets to other contests.

Double up: a cash game where you enter a lineup for a chance to double your money. In a typical 23 entrant double up contest – 10 players win double the entry fee.

Exposure: the amount of money or # of times you’re using a particular player in your lineups. The higher the usage the more risk you’re taking in the event that player underperforms.

Fade: to avoid a player and strategically not draft him in any of your lineups.

Fish: a rookie, inexperienced DFS player that gets eaten by sharks.

Floor / Ceiling: the range of outcomes for a particular player. High floors are used in cash game lineup considerations while high ceilings are considered for GPP / tournaments.

Greenies: winners. You can also say “I hit green in 5 of 7 contests today!”

Grinder: playing every day as an investment with the majority of your asset allocation in cash games.

GPP: Guaranteed prize pools; has become synonymous with tournaments. It actually refers to the prize pool being guaranteed regardless of whether all the entries in the contest are filled.

Head-to-head: theoretically, a safe cash game where you play against 1 opponent. (Sharks know this too!)

Hedge: backing up your main entries with additional bets to reduce risk.

Late swap: when you can change a player for another right up until each game time.

Multi-entry: when a contest allows you to enter multiple lineups. A typical contest detail used in tournaments.

Ownership: the % of total entries in a contest that have a specific player.

Payout structure: a list of the prize won for each place that finishes green.

Paying up: strategically paying a premium for a certain player or position to build your lineup around.

Punt: using low salaried, but higher risk players to fill your roster around several higher priced players.

Rake: what the site makes for hosting all the contests. (~10%)

Shark: a skilled DFS player.

Single-entry: when a contest allows you to enter only one lineup.

Stacking: entering lineups with multiple players from the same NFL team – typically a QB/WR tandem.

Tournaments: high risk / high reward contests where the top finishers share the prize money. The highest payouts are concentrated at the very top. Also called GPP’s.

Train: entering the same lineup multiple times into a multi-entry tournament in order to “cover” more of the green payout finishing positions.

Triple up: a cash game with more risk (vs. double ups) where fewer players triple their entry fee.

Vegas line: how the sports books project each game to go re: over/under, spread and money line.

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