There is an old parable about a pottery teacher. He tells one class that they only need to product one clay pot but it must be the highest quality and that’s what they will be graded on. He tells his other class that they will be graded on the quantity of how many pots they can produce, so just sheer volume.

The interesting thing was that at the end of the class, it was the the quantity class that not only produced more pots but their quality was also higher than the class that only had to produce one ‘perfect’ pot.

This is because the quantity class was able to produce many iterations and learn from their mistakes to improve the production over time, even if they were not solely focused on the quality. Whereas the quality class only had one chance to get it right.

This is applicable to many aspects of life and business but you guys know I love to relate everything back to DFS. And no I am not implying that you should max enter every slate because you will have more of a chance to win than with a single bullet. While that might be true, you would also likely lose a ton more as well.

What I am saying is that you can take a leverage approach on one slate and have it not work out. Because that was just one iteration. But by putting yourself in positions to separate from the field slate after slate and by improving on your mistakes along the way – eventually you will find success.

There are multiple spots on this slate that present some great leverage opportunities.

Vitor Petrino vs Anthony Smith

Vitor Petrino is going to be one of the more popular spend up options this week. As much as I am a fan of the guy, he comes with significant risks that is not being accounted for at his projected ownership. For starters, he is very low volume on the feet so unless he is winning by early knockout, he is not going to score highly in a striking based fight. He has shown he can mix in takedowns in the past but he is not a clean grappler and Anthony Smith holds a black belt in BJJ. Smith is also a good leg kicker which Petrino does not seem to deal well with. Lastly, his price makes it very difficult for him to find the optimal lineup even in a victory. I like the idea of being underweight to Petrino and fading one third of the field. if that’s the case, it makes sense to get over the field on Smith if you are already fading Petrino and Smith will be one of the lowest owned fighters on the slate.

Michel Pereira vs Ihor Potieria

Pereira will be another popular spend up option but he is the most expensive fighter on the slate at $9600 which is historically difficult to find the optimal lineup at that price. Potieria likely gets finished at a decent clip here but he does carry some power himself and we know that Pereira has pulled some stunts in the past. he will also be down there with Anthony Smith as one of the lowest owned fighters on the slate on a week where it is tough to save salary.

Mauricio Ruffy vs Jamie Mullarkey

Ruffy is currently projected to be highest owned fighter on the slate outside of the main event. The funny thing is that he’s not a very good fighter. We also just saw a similar situation last week with an unproven Contender Series fighter in James Llontop who busted hard as heavy chalk. Ruffy winning by knockout is the obvious outcome here against Jamie Mullarkey. But if Mullarkey can somehow avoid the big shots then he is very live to mix in some wrestling and outpace Ruffy as well and he provides big time leverage at less than half the ownership of his opponent.

These are the type of leverage opportunities that present themselves every week. But most people still will not be interested in playing the slate in this way because it does not feel good. But we are not trying to feel good, we are trying to put ourselves in good spots to separate from the field each and every week. If we do that enough times, eventually we will outperform the people trying to simply build on ‘perfect’ team – much like the pottery class.

Best of luck this week and I’ll see you in the streets.