I finally gave in and I’m going to give daily fantasy sports (DFS) a shot this year. This is my first year playing so there will be bumps in the road, but if you read my fantasy guide you know I am going to be overly prepared before I do something.
I’m playing at Draft Kings so all of my analysis and picks will be based on their scoring system.
To maximize your scoring potential you need to find pitchers who throw a lot of innings, strikeout a lot of batters and have a good chance for a win. Since you also lose points for hitters reaching base (hits, walks, hits batsmen) you want to avoid high strikeout, high walk pitchers (Francisco Liriano for example). Also, if they’re walking a lot of batters their pitch counts will be high, which means they won’t pitch deep into games.
With hitters you want players who will hit for extra bases because the scoring increases progressively for extra base hit type. Also, there are no penalties for hitters making outs so you can draft a Mike Zunino and not worry so much if he goes 0-4 with three strikeouts. Power is emphasized in the scoring so it’s imperative to find players who are going to hit home runs and make hard contact.
Speed is another way to find easy points at a low cost, but you want to make sure you grab players who have a high stolen base success rate because you lost points for every caught stealing.
This is the most obvious thing, but it has to be said. You are responsible for your own lineup. It is your decision to play or not play a specific player or in general. I’m giving the best analysis I can and if you agree then, that’s great. I’m going to be wrong sometimes. In fact I’ll probably be wrong a lot because like I said at the start I am a beginner there’s going to be a learning curve.
My 50/50 Double Up Lineup
- P: Jacob deGrom (LAD) vs. M. Latos (MIA) — $8,400
- P: Jake Odorizzi (WSH) vs. M. Tanaka (NYY) — $7,600
- C: Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) vs. J. Locke (PIT) — $3,900
- 1B: Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) vs. C. Heston (SF) — $5,300
- 2B: Robinson Cano (SEA) vs. C. Lewis (TEX) — $4,500
- 3B: Kyle Seager (SEA) vs. C. Lewis (TEX) — $4,300
- SS: Hidden
- OF: Khris Davis (MIL) vs. J. Locke (PIT) — $3,900
- OF: Hidden
- OF: Hidden
Unlike yesterday’s lineup, which was extremely pitching heavy (and it also won by the way) I went with a more standard lineup; really good, but not elite pitchers with some elite hitters. Both Jacob deGrom and Jake Odorizzi have great chances of winning their games. I have no idea what to expect from Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees offense without the likes of Alex Rodriguez has been awful. I love how Odorizzi has looked this year. As I wrote a few days ago it looks like he’s transforming into pitcher (that’s the highest compliment for any pitcher).
If I was playing a contest I would load up on Brewers hitters. They’re going to bat Ryan Braun first with they’re next best three hitters against lefties behind him. I can’t say enough how much I love that lineup. Colby Lewis has good numbers now, but they’re not going to last. Eventually he is going to regress back to the 2014’s .840 OPS numbers.