2016 Draft Kit

Boom or bust PPR running back projections

There isn’t much to talk about here that hasn’t already been covered in the standard running backs projections article.

Daniel Herron and Justin Forsett jumped up a bit in the PPR format, but that’s it. So instead of rehashing I’m going to take some time to discuss a general daily fantasy sports topic.

This might be boring for you. Skip to the rankings if you want. A couple people at work have asked me some general questions about DFS. Eventually I’ll redo a how-to series from a few years ago. I’ve learned a lot since then and, I know now that there is a lot more to learn every day.

Let’s talk about the difference between cash games and GPPs. I use these words a bit and some of you might now know what they are.

You need a slightly lower score to win cash games because half (or almost half, or a third) of the field is going to win or cash in. The payouts are smaller too. Typically you almost double your money (or win double or triple) in cash games.

These are safer plays and the only realistic way most of us will build our bankrolls.

GPP stands for guaranteed prize pool. These are large field tournaments where the hosting site guarantees a certain amount in a prize pool. These can range from 200 or 1,000 players to 100,000 players. There are a number of different potential entry fees, ranging from a quarter to $5,300.

Depending on the site you play at only 10-20 percent of players will cash in in a GPP, but the prizes are greater and, in some cases, astronomical.

It’s a smart strategy to make cash games your primary focus. But you should always play at least one $1 or $2 GPP. Think of it like your favorite NFL team taking that shot or two down the sideline every game. You’ll never hit the home run ball unless you swing for the fences every once in a while.


I have a few more notes from the Steelers-Ravens game that really need to be addressed.

1. Haloti Ngata is expected back for the Ravens which means their run-stuffing defense got stuffier.

2. Troy Polamalu is expected back for the Steelers, whose defense can use all the help it can get.

3. Weather is expected to be bad — 100% chance of precipitation with high winds. This is typically only a bad thing for kickers and for some passing games. Ben Roethlisberger is a mudder. Joe Flacco doesn’t like the Super Bowl being played in cold weather, but he did throw 13 TDs and only 5 interceptions with two rushing touchdowns in November and December.

Playoffs Week 1 projections: QB | RB | WR | TE | FLEX | K | DEF | IDP

PPR projections: RB | WR | TE | FLEX

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