Spring training is finally here and it is time to prepare for the 2016 MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball season. There is a ton of money to be made on both DraftKings and Fanduel, so let’s start with some basic tips and strategies for constructing your winning lineup.
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- The first step in your research is to follow @mlblineups on Twitter. After you create your DFS lineup, be sure to check in with this resource and make sure all of your players are in their respective starting lineups.
- Next, you’ll want to pay attention to match ups. How do you do this? Well, say Johnny Peralta is slotted to bat fourth against Angels lefty C.J. Wilson in an interleague battle. Although batting in the cleanup spot against a southpaw is certainly appealing, Peralta should probably NOT be in your lineup because he is batting a career .045 (1 for 24, 8 strikeouts) against Wilson. We all love righty-lefty match ups, but it would be way too hard to play Peralta in this circumstance.
- One of the most effective strategies in Daily Fantasy Baseball is stacking your lineup with players from one team against a weaker pitcher. For example, Jeremy Guthrie had a 5.95 ERA in 2015 and opposing hitters batted .310 against the 36-year old righty. When Guthrie toes the rubber this year for the Texas Rangers, make sure to play numerous hitters from the opposing lineup. By doing this, you are giving your lineup the best opportunity to get a multiplier of points in the hits, runs, and RBI statistics.
4. It may seem obvious, but it is best to play hitters in hitter-friendly ballparks and pitchers in pitcher-friendly ballparks. The ball flies out of Coors Field in Colorado with a league-leading 202 total home runs in 2015. You will want to have plenty of exposure to players playing at this field if you want to maximize your points. On the contrary, it is very difficult for an offense to do anything at AT&T Park in San Francisco mainly because of the 421-foot fence in right-center field. With only 109 home runs in 2015, you should have no fear in rolling out guys like Madison Bumgarner and newly acquired Johnny Cueto into the pitching slots of your lineup when playing at home. Do not let the ballpark completely dictate your lineup decisions, but certainly keep it in mind.
5. Final step: Look at the weather reports! Your night will be ruined if you feature the Cleveland Indians’ 2-3-4 hitters in your lineup and the game gets rained out. Also, do not start a pitcher in a game that could potentially get delayed. There is nothing worse than paying up for Justin Verlander in a rain-shortened game. Both DraftKings and Fanduel hold you responsible for checking the weather and will not credit you with any points if the games get postponed.
The bottom line is this: DO YOUR RESEARCH! It does not take too much time, but it will certainly pay off at the end of the night. Who knows, you just might be America’s next millionaire.
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