We once again catch up with Pro DFS player, Sean Koerner this time to chat all things PGA and Fantasy Golf.
Fantasy Stars: Great to chat with you again Sean
Sean Koerner: Anytime, thanks for inviting me back!
FS: Ok, before we get stuck into all of our PGA DFS questions – how are things going for you overall?
Still playing in lots of contests? where is your focus right now?
SK: Things are going steady right now with MLB and PGA being my main focus.
Trying to really develop into a better mass multi-entry DFS player.
I find that they are ideal sports for MME due to the high variance in both.
FS: Have you always been interested in Golf and fantasy golf or has the emergence of PGA DFS sparked it for you?
SK: I first started playing in 2006 on Yahoo! Fantasy Golf.
It got me into researching the field for an upcoming tournament and how the course set up would favor or hurt certain players.
It was 2007 where I was in 1st place overall (out of over 100,000 entries) going into the final tournament.
I ended up finishing 2nd but I knew I was becoming an expert in the sport.
FS: How long have you been playing PGA DFS and what kind of volume are you doing in terms of overall bank?
SK: I have been playing PGA DFS for about three years now.
Unfortunately, three of my favorite sites that offered PGA don’t exist anymore.
This year I’m staking maybe 80% of what I would for an average slate for a sport.
Reason for this is that I tend to play in less cash contests in PGA on current sites due to the high variance I referred to earlier.
“Sean finished #1 once again this season to cement himself atop the pedestal as the most accurate fantasy football expert in the world.” https://t.co/UQsxCAA8hw
— Sean Koerner (@The_Oddsmaker) December 30, 2016
FS: Do you just play the Majors or do you play every week? and what’s the biggest collect on Golf DFS you’ve had?
SK: I play most weeks although I haven’t had any massive wins in PGA as yet though.
I”m hoping to change that as I develop my MME skills!
I have won few thousand or more on five or six occasions.
My most memorable was qualifying for the Victiv US Open in the $100 qualifier first try.
I then had a top 10 finish there for a few thousand.
I really enjoyed how they designed the concept of the tournament to sort of mimic the US Open itself.
FS: Is there anyone out there you consider to be the best at PGA DFS?
SK: That is really tough to say. I don’t think I can pinpoint anyone.
The high variance in golf makes it much tougher to have an edge and makes it tougher for a single DFS player to really stand out.
I would say though that the DFS population as a whole has become super sharp.
FS: Talk us through your prep for a tournament – when do you get your lineups in, where does preparation start and what goes into finalizing a lineup
SK: I tend to just wait until Wednesday to do everything. That way I don’t tinker with it too much.
You’ll drive yourself crazy if you do that because you really look at 60 or so players a week seriously considering each one.
For research, I analyze the betting market itself to pick up on any trends.
I then refresh my knowledge of the course to see which players are best suited to attack it.
Once I know who I’m targeting I like to get an idea on which players everyone else is targeting.
I really try to contrarian as much as I can in PGA DFS since I don’t want to end up with a chalky team in GPPs.
Anyone know if Adam Scott really just did this? pic.twitter.com/OsgNfuRc2o
— Sean Koerner (@The_Oddsmaker) May 7, 2017
FS: If you had to give three basic tips for budding PGA DFS players what would they be?
SK: Just know that PGA DFS is very volatile week to week given the nature of the game.
1) Start off small.
It’s much easier to go on a losing streak due from bad luck (since the skill level in fairly low compared to other sports in my opinion).
Because of this, you have to play less bankroll than other sports you may have a bigger edge in.
2) Don’t get too confident with any one pick.
Any given week a player can be off and miss the cut. Always keep this in mind that no one is a sure thing.
Because of that, you should always try to find the right times to take a risk by fading a popular pick – even if they really are a great okay on paper.
Golfers are going to bust much more frequently than any other sport so having contrarian plays can help feed off of this.
FS: Finally, are there any sports that don’t currently have a big DFS presence that you’d like to see grow?
SK: Not for me personally. I think sites should seriously even consider ideas in entertainment and pop culture.
The idea of fantasy sports or DFS can be applied to anything really.
I think the industry would be surprised how much more events it can be built around whether it be movies, TV, politics, etc.
FS: Thanks again for your time Sean and good luck for the rest of the PGA season!
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