6 Essential DFS Tools That Elevate Your Game

Matt Brown
By Matt BrownPublished: February 16, 2024
6 Essential DFS Tools That Elevate Your Game

Having the right tools at your disposal can make the difference between a good DFS lineup and a winning DFS lineup. With a plethora of options available, sifting through to find the most effective tools can be quite a task.

After considerable testing, we've narrowed down six of our favorite DFS tools that have consistently helped in crafting winning strategies—

  • RotoGrinders LineupHQ. Comprehensive lineup builder with player projections, ownership forecasts, and intuitive customization. Ideal for quick lineup adjustments.
  • FantasyLabs Pro Trends. Analyzes data to uncover predictive player performance patterns, aiding data-driven decisions.
  • FantasyCruncher Cheat Sheets. Condenses complex data into actionable insights, highlighting value and sleeper picks.
  • FantasyPros Draft Wizard. Mock draft simulator with expert advice for draft preparation and real-time assistance.
  • Stokastic Ownership Projections. Provides insights into player ownership for strategic lineup pivots.
  • LineStar Real-Time Alerts. Delivers timely updates on player status and weather, which is crucial for last-minute adjustments.

These tools not only simplify decision-making but also offer deep insights into player performances, trends, and much more. Let's see what makes these tools stand out and how you can use them to gain an edge when drafting your lineup.

RotoGrinders LineupHQ — Your One-Stop Lineup Builder

RotoGrinders is an iconic name when it comes to daily fantasy sports, and it's for a good reason. They have years of experience and keeping up with the industry under their belt. So, it goes to show why the RotoGrinders LineupHQ stands out for its comprehensive approach to lineup construction.

What sets this tool apart is its seamless integration of player projections, ownership forecasts, and a highly intuitive interface.

The ability to customize your player pool based on your research and preferences, coupled with the optimizer's functionality, allows for the generation of competitive lineups across various sports.

The secret sauce?

Its user-friendly design is combined with deep analytical capabilities. This tool is our go-to for quickly adjusting lineups in response to last-minute player news or shifts in-game dynamics.

FantasyLabs Pro Trends — Unlocking the Power of Player Trends

When you want an edge over the competition, FantasyLabs delivers.

FantasyLabs' Pro Trends feature is a game-changer for identifying under-the-radar factors that impact player performances.

By analyzing historical data and advanced analytics, Pro Trends uncovers patterns and variables that are predictive of success.

This insight is invaluable, especially when looking to find that diamond in the rough who can propel your lineup to the top of the leaderboard.

We rely on this tool to dissect the multitude of factors influencing player outcomes, ensuring our decisions are data-driven and informed.

Sure, we could do all of this research manually, and we have, but the Pro Trends cuts down the time drastically. We won't pick a lineup again without this DFS tool at our disposal.

FantasyLabs Pro Mobile App Screenshot
This screenshot shows you just how much data you have to work with FantasyLabs.

FantasyCruncher Cheat Sheets — Streamlining Your Strategy

FantasyCruncher's Cheat Sheets takes the concept of preparation and strategy in daily fantasy to an entirely new level. This feature is akin to having a concise, powerful summary of the most pertinent data at your fingertips.

What makes these cheat sheets invaluable is their ability to condense complex datasets into manageable, actionable insights. These sheets are meticulously designed to highlight the players with the best value, the highest upside, and those who are poised to outperform their projections. They're released on a daily basis for the various leagues — NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB.

The cheat sheets are not just about listing players; they incorporate an intricate mix of projections, matchup data, and historical performance metrics.

This blend of information provides a holistic view of each player's potential on any given slate. The real magic, however, lies in how this tool aids in identifying sleeper picks and value plays that might be overlooked by the majority of DFS players. It's this strategic advantage that can differentiate your lineups from the competition.

Cheatsheet Example from FantasyCruncher
This screenshot shows an example of one of the cheat sheets. This one in particular is for DraftKings.

FantasyPros Draft Wizard — Mastering the Draft Process

The Draft Wizard from FantasyPros is an indispensable tool for both draft preparation and real-time draft assistance.

Its mock draft simulator, combined with expert advice and analytics, prepares you for every possible draft scenario. You can use it to simulate drafts for various DFS platforms such as DraftKings, Underdog Fantasy, and others.

The ability to test different drafting strategies and receive instant feedback is invaluable, particularly when fine-tuning your approach to the draft. It cuts down the research process by hours — giving you an edge over the rest of the draft pool.

The Draft Wizard has significantly improved our draft outcomes, making it a must-use tool during the preseason and on draft day.

Stokastic Ownership Projections — Gaining an Edge with Ownership Insights

In DFS tournaments, understanding player ownership can provide a strategic advantage. Stokastic ownership projections are remarkably accurate, offering a glimpse into how widely owned a player might be.

This information is crucial for identifying high-upside players who are likely to be under-owned, allowing you to differentiate your lineups effectively.

And, as you probably know, diversity is key when it comes to tournaments. It's how you gain an edge and get on top of the competition in the standings.

We frequently consult Stokastic's projections to make strategic pivots, ensuring our lineups have a unique blend of high-potential and low-ownership players.

LineStar Real-Time Alerts — Staying Ahead of the Game

The value of timely and accurate information cannot be overstated in DFS.

LineStar excels in providing real-time alerts on player injuries, lineup changes, and weather updates. These alerts are critical for making last-minute adjustments, ensuring you're not left at a disadvantage due to unforeseen circumstances.

We've all been there before. You get your lineup set for the tournament or cash game the day before, only to find out one of your star players was scratched hours before the game, leaving you with a big zero in the fantasy points column for that position.

Don't let that happen to you again.

We depend on LineStar alerts to keep us informed and agile, enabling rapid responses to news that could impact our lineup's performance.

Don't Go It Alone; Use the DFS Tools!

The right set of tools can dramatically elevate your DFS strategy, providing insights and efficiencies that are otherwise difficult or even impossible to achieve.

Each of the tools listed above offers unique benefits, from lineup optimization and draft preparation to trend analysis and real-time updates. Some are free or have free trials, while others can be quite costly. However, when you look at the return on investment they'll bring to your DFS lineup, they're invaluable.

By integrating these tools into your DFS routine, you'll be well-equipped to make informed decisions, stay ahead of the competition, and, most importantly, increase your chances of success.

Whether you're a seasoned player or new to the DFS scene, leveraging these resources will undoubtedly elevate your game.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Head of DFS

Matt's deep-rooted enthusiasm for sports betting and daily fantasy sports infuses the EatWatchDraft team with valuable expertise in football, hockey, and baseball. His forward-thinking perspectives are grounded in a solid academic foundation, including a B.S. in Aeronautical Computer Science and an M.S. in Project Management. This combination of sports passion and technical knowledge fuels Matt's innovative input to the platform.