6Review of Last Year

This will be the second year that I produce the “Using a DFS Mindset for your March Madness Bracket” series. This article (Part 1) is mostly a recycle of my intro article from last season which helps set the stage for my process when filling out my bracket. Then Part 2 which will come out Tuesday or Wednesday goes through all the numbers and my thoughts on who to pick and why in each round.

My picks last year fared pretty well, especially in the Round of 64 where my selections went 28-4. Other “good” from last year’s picks included having Gonzaga in the Championship game (although I had them winning it), fading Duke and Arizona who were both out before the Elite 8 and some good contrarian large pool suggestions including Wisconsin (who upset 1-Seed Villanova), South Carolina (who made it to the Final 4) and Oregon (who also made it to the Final 4). The “bad” was only getting one Final Four team correct (Gonzaga), a poor Round of 32 (8-8), and way too much belief in Louisville who got bounced early. View last year’s picks article here.

So with that, I will look to improve this year. Here is the overview of my process as written about last season:

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Growing up, I was always intrigued with stats, from the back of baseball, football and basketball cards to playing dice rolling simulation games, while tracking the stats for the players on my team. My fantasy sports obsession began in college running fantasy football leagues with friends and has expanded into playing in both fantasy baseball and fantasy basketball leagues, and most recently Daily Fantasy Sports. I consider myself a “stats guy” by nature and lean on data to back up my advice and analysis of strategy techniques and player evaluations. That said, I have also always felt that sometimes you must go with a gut instinct based on things you have seen watching players play, even when the numbers don’t back it up. I feel that it is this mix of analysis that leads to the most successful formula when competing in fantasy sports.

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