GPP Player Vs Cash Game Player
In case you didn’t know, GPP is Guaranteed prize pool and cash game is heads up or double up games.
The theory is that you want a guy who isn’t highly owned that goes off in GPP’s and consistent players in cash games.
Does This Apply to Daily Fantasy Baseball?
The issue is, baseball isn’t a sport where a player can “choose” to go off.
I would argue that basketball is a sport that players can determine the outcome of their performance but baseball players can’t.
Sure It May Apply to Daily Fantasy Basketball
There is a term in DFS called “the revenge game factor.”
This is where a player is playing his old team and he wants to make a point or take a stand against them.
A basketball player such as Lebron James can decided that he’s going to show Cleveland they treated him wrong and put up a crazy stat line.
Not So With Baseball
A baseball player can’t say “I’m going to hit three home runs on my old team today” or “I’m going to throw a no hitter today.”
If someone on the Knicks wants revenge on a team, they just have to tell Carmello Anthony to take 1/8th less shots and let him have the other 25 shots instead.
Baseball is the only sport where the “consistent” batter can go 0 for 5.
Even 1 for 5 isn’t really what you are looking for as far as production goes.
In baseball, the best bet is usually to treat all players the same whether you are playing a GPP or a cash game.
My advice is not to zig when everyone zags in a cash game.
IF there is a player that has a great history against a pitcher, a great price, and every site you go to is talking about him, you have to take that player.
Whether or not he goes off, he should be on your roster.
If that player is 80% owned in a cash game you will be okay regardless of how he does.
If he goes off you have the edge on 20% of the people who didn’t take him and making the top 50% (the money) is a lot easier.
If he is a dud you still have a chance to cash because the top 50% get paid and 80% of the league has him so he hurt you all.
But if you didn’t take him and he goes off, your night is pretty much over.
Especially if this player is a pitcher on a site that only has one pitching slot.
But You Might Zag With GPP Games On Occassion
If you see articles saying “don’t touch the Astros because they are up against Felix Hernandez”, you need to take some Astros.
You need to be a little different, and I bring up the Astros and Felix Hernandez because just last week Houston put up 7 runs on him.
The general public faded the Astros and the .3% that didn’t, did really well in the GPPs that night.
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