Prize Pools Cohort and Filter - Understanding RotoTracker+

In this series of blog posts, we look at some of the features of RotoTracker+, an exclusive set of advanced features available to all subscribers of our Bronze, Silver and Gold plans.

As you improve at Daily Fantasy Sports, you'll be moving up in stakes, and that means competing for bigger prizes. Knowing how well you do in the bigger field tournaments compared to smaller GPPs is critical to understanding your results.

RotoTracker is the best product out there for understanding your performance by prize pool, and new features on RotoTracker+ gives you even more tools to help you understand this properly.

Understanding Prize Pools

First, it is important to keep in mind that not all entry history files provide you with complete information about the size of the prize pool in the contests you enter. DraftKings does it right and outputs the exact prize pool for every contest you enter, so data from this site will always be accurate on RotoTracker.

Unfortunately, for other sites, this information is not directly provided. Still, in this case, RotoTracker will try to work out the prize pool, based on analyzing the contest title. Particularly for GPPs, this is often quite accurate.

RotoTracker is unique in how it handles prize pool data, and one of the many reasons why you'll find RotoTracker the best tool for understanding your DFS results. Still, it is important to remember that this is not infallible, and sometimes the prize pool size from Fanduel and Yahoo will be empty.

For more information on how this works, check out this FAQ. And if you see a way we can improve our prize pool support, please let us know!

The Prize Pool Cohort

One of the first places you want to go to understand how well you perform in different size contests is the prize pool cohort.

As you would expect, this shows all your key stats — total contests and entries entered, your ITM and ROI, your average score, total wagered and net profit/loss — separated by distinct prize pool band — Up to $10, $10-$100, $100 to $1000, etc.

(One important thing to note: These bands are exclusive; a contest with a $100 prize pool will be in the "Up to $100" band, not in the "Up to $1K band.")

Does your ROI dip in higher prize pool contests? Are you scoring the same? Is it easier to make the money at lower prize pools? This table will show you all that at a glance, using the ROI, Av Score, and Av Win Score columns, respectively (to learn more about these columns, see the FAQs What do all the stats mean on the reports? and What is average score and average win score?)

As with every report in RotoTracker, the prize pool cohort supports a whole host of extra features:

  • Visualize these properties further with the cohort graph.
  • Use the full complement of filters to further analyze the report. Filter to just DraftKings results, view data from only one sport or season, or reduce the dataset to only games during a certain period. And as with every report, filters can be chained together.
  • Want to take a snapshot of this dataset, perhaps to do further analysis in Excel or just for your own records? Use the CSV download button.

Prize Pool Filtering

Understanding how you perform in certain prize pools is not limited to the prize pool cohort — prize pool filtering lets you filter every report to a certain prize pool range.

Under the prize pool dropdown in the filters on the left-hand side, you'll find options for selecting a preset range, or entering in your own custom range. Any filter you set here will work across every report — whether it is a dates report, your list of contests or entries, another cohort, or your profit/loss graphs.

One thing to note is that, unlike in cohort, these bands are inclusive — so a filtered range of $10K-$25K, for example, will include all contests that have a prize pool between these numbers, including both $10K and $25K.

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