What Is A DFS Shark Review

In this post, we will discuss DFS sharks. Experienced players know who these players are and what they do. It’s hard to avoid them on Fanduel or Draftkings. But it is easy to point them out and you should be wary of these guys. They can make your DFS life a living hell if you are a newbie and don’t know how to work around them or through them. I will tell you how to do both in this post. Yes, that is a picture I painted on my laptop. Don’t hate because my Leonardo da Vinci skills came into effect. Nah it’s crappy I know but it gets the point across.

What Is A DFS Shark?

A DFS shark are those guy’s you see in all the contest. On both sites. I’m not going to screenshot them but you will notice them once you become a member or either site. These guys are on everything and will make a victim of you if you let them.

I mean you don’t have to be fearful of these guys and you will in some cases beat them. But it’s hard to and their money is usually longer than you could ever imagine and they can afford to take a couple of losses. The same can no be said for someone playing on a budget or not a lot of money to fool around with.

How To Spot A DFS Shark

You can spot the guys in the most obvious way. That being seeing them in all of the contest. You will also notice them if they are targeting you. This usually happens in Fanduel head to head games. More so in the ones you create. For example, say that you create 20 head to head games various prices or they can all be the same.

It doesn’t really matter how you do it. But you will notice that this person, in particular, has joined all of your contest and you haven’t even had your contest up for 30 minutes.

That’s a shark and this use to go on for days or even months in FD. But now they have made some updates and it’s easier to see who’s who as far as the level of experience goes. In draftkings you have the ability to select how many times a single person can play you.

For a single day’s worth of games. So it’s not really that big of an issue on there. They also have badges to show players level of experience. You can see draftkings badges in the second image below.

Fanduel Badges Showing Players Experience Level

Fanduel Badges Showing Players Experience Level

Experience level badges for players on draftkings

Experience level badges for players on draftkings

If they don’t have anything next to their name. Then they’re probably fairly new to the site.


Should You Be Fearful Of DFS Sharks?

Absolutely not. If you can beat them constantly they will stop targeting you and go try to find easy pickings somewhere else. But for those of you who aren’t really that good at picking players and just have bad luck.

This can be demoralizing and make you quit playing DFS. It’s not a good feeling when you know who your opponent is before you even set up a line-up. Especially when you are losing to them constantly. By all means, play them and try your luck. But if you lose more than 5-10 consecutive games to a single person.

I would suggest you go play someone else or just give that person access to your bank account. Because you are just giving them money and this would make the process go a lot smoother.


How To Avoid Playing DFS Sharks?

Well, this one is a bit tricky and it is honestly no perfect way to do so. You just have to play and learn. But the main thing you would want to do for sure. If you find yourself being targeted by a DFS shark on FD. Is to make an account at draftkings.

You can easily make it to where you will only see a DFS Shark one time a day if you so, please. With FD you just have to beat them or you can pick who you play against. Instead of creating a contest and waiting for a player to come to you.

You can go out and individually pick your opponents. This method is not always going to guarantee you completely got away from the DFS Shark. I say that because these guys are rich for the most part and can easily have multiple accounts running.

So you really never know but once you get the notion or a gut feeling that you are being targeted by a DFS Shark. Then do something about it. If you beat them often. They will do the honors and leave you alone themselves. But if you find yourself losing to a specific person day in and out. Make some adjustments.


You should have some sort of understanding on what DFS Sharks are and how they operate. But if you don’t or have any questions regarding to a DFS Shark feel free to ask me and I will respond as soon as I can. I have been a victim to many DFS Sharks in my day. But I have also destroyed a bunch in the process.

It will all boil down to can you afford to play them. If you have the bankroll to tussle with those guys. Then go for it and do what you do. But if you find yourself losing more than you are winning. It’s not healthy nor will it be beneficial for you when it’s time to pay the bills.

I personally have never been the DFS Shark type. Because I love competition and I love beating top players in the world. To be able to brag to my buddies about. I get a real kick out of that. Another reason I don’t do DFS Shark tactics is because I know how that is. It’s no fun being targeted by someone who knows they have way more experience than you and will probably beat you most of the time.

That’s back to me and I would rather play someone on my level. But that’s just me. Don’t get me wrong it’s nothing wrong with having a rivalry with a specific DFS player. But it’s not much of a rivalry when one person wins 95% of the time.


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10 comments for “What Is A DFS Shark Review

  1. Brandon
    August 4, 2016 at 3:29 am

    hey this post gives some knowledgeable insight and warnings to people that play both sites. I’m not too experienced with either quite yet but I’m not surprised these sharks exist and with big bank rolls. Is there a specific amount you have to play for or is it completely open ended? If its open ended I could only imagine what these guys are taking home from amateurs.

    • Ted
      August 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      It’s open ended

  2. Taylor
    August 6, 2016 at 5:03 am

    So I gotta question. After I successfully locate a DFS, what do I do about it? Should I report him or something or is their some way that I can like stop him from taking advantage of everybody? Also, how exactly is he taking advantage of us? Is he actually directly taking money from us or just playing better than we are…

    • Ted
      August 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

      You can’t report them. They aren’t doing anything against the sites policy’s so. It would be a waste of time to report them. They are just being annoying and targeting players they know aren’t that good or are new to the site. So yea they have more experience and have tons of money. So they will and can ruin you if you let them on Fanduel.

      You don’t really have to worry about them on Draftkings as much

  3. Andrew G
    September 3, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Never really thought about playing guys like that but I have suspected things like that going on. I never usually joined those type of contests, nor created ones like that. I joined some 50/50’s and 20 team leagues, which kept it more interesting for me for a while until I noticed the competition was getting tougher after the first year or two and winning went down.

    • Ted
      September 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

      You can’t hide from them. They are in everything on DFS I promise you. They’re there even when you think they aren’t

  4. Chris
    January 23, 2017 at 9:13 am


    Great Post and some good warnings for all the future fantasy sports players out there.

    Yes, these guys really take it seriously but I often laugh when one of them has entered in 50 or so teams and fails to pocket any cash. I don’t really call this smart, I think it is rather stupid.

    Anyway I will stick to entering one team in a day and I always avoid the head to head competitions. I will also check out some of the alternated that you have offered.


    • Ted
      January 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thank you and go for it. But remember their world and our are different. Trust me if they are entering 50+ lineups they have an algorithm somewhere and are chasing more than they are losing

  5. Matt's Mom
    October 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I had not heard of the term DFS Sharks, but now I can see that I already don’t like them. I have always played on draft kings. Now I see why I like it better than Fan Duel. At least I can allow a particular player to not play me way too many times. I am a beginner at most, though I have been playing for a while. I guess I just don’t look at all the stats, etc. I just think it is fun, to play with the knowledge I have and see how I do. I will be on the lookout for the sharks!

    • Ted
      October 24, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Good luck they’re all over the place. The thing is to pick smarter lineups and take notes on how they chose their players then implement it into your strategy. You cant get away from them when playing DFS.

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