Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports Using Analytics

We present an analytics based approach to winning daily fantasy sports hockey contests which have top heavy payoff structures (i.e. most of the winnings go to the top ranked entries). Our approach incorporates publicly available predictions on player and team performance into an integer program that computes optimal lineups. Using our algorithm, we were able to place in the top three in contests with thousands of participants multiple times. Our approach can easily be extended to other sports besides hockey, such as American football and baseball. Come learn how you can use our algorithm to beat the system in DFS!

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