Daily Fantasy Sports Definitions

Written By PlayPicks Staff on January 22, 2014 - Last Updated on June 20, 2018
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Daily Fantasy Sports Definitions


Below you will find a collection of definitions and acronyms that you will see across the daily fantasy sports industry. We will continue to modify and add to this list as more and more things need to be defined. Please let us know if you feel like we are missing or need to add any.


50/50 – A game structure where half of the daily fantasy sports players who enter a contest end up making money. A common structure is a $10 50/50 where the top half of the field gets paid out $18.


Bankroll – The amount of money you are willing to “invest” or put forth in order to play daily fantasy sports.


Buy-In – Amount of money needed to enter a particular game. Consists of the payout + some sort of rake/commission.


DFS– Acronym for Daily Fantasy Sports


Exposure – the percentage amount of teams you have of a certain player. If you have a lot of exposure to a player then you have him on a lot of your daily fantasy sports teams and you expect him to do good.


Freeroll – A daily fantasy sports tournament that is free to enter but pays out cash prices. Most of the top sites do some sort of monthly freeroll for their most loyal players.


GPP– Guaranteed Prize Pool also the acronym used for a large field payout. Typically all large field tournaments across the industry are GPPs which means they have some sort of guaranteed prizepool or payout amount.


Game Structure – The type of game that you are playing and also coincides with the buy in. A high buy-in headsup match or a low-buyin GPP are two examples of game structure.


Headsup or Head to Head – Another form of a daily fantasy sports league where you play one on one versus an opponent.


Overlay – a daily fantasy site will host a GPP tournament but the guarantee for the tournament is not met by the number of entrants there is an overlay. For example if there is a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool but the total amount of buyins is only $75,000 there will be a $25,000 overlay for that particular tournament.


PIR – Player Innings Remaining


Rake/Commission – Fee that you pay a site that is their source of revenue. Varies across the industry but usually averages right around 10% depending on the site and game structure.


Stacking – Taking multiple players from the same team or the same game to increase scoring upside if the game is loaded with scoring potential. This strategy is particularly effective in daily fantasy baseball where runs (scoring) come from multiple players on the same team having success at similar instances throughout the game.


YTP – Players yet to play

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