The Hitter Selection Strategy
After you have decided on your pitcher (See Part One), it’s time to start targeting batters.
Just like pitching, I use Vegas odds to find what games I’m going to target. I like to find games that have a high O/U as well as finding the cheapest pitchers for the day.
When I join a contest on FanDuel or DraftKings, the first thing I do is look at the top pitchers then scroll down to see who’s sitting at the bottom. I then look to see the O/U of those pitchers game and I usually have an idea of who to target.
If you see a starting pitcher who’s cheaper than a position player there is usually a reason for that.
Start With The Value Players
When you look at the day as a whole you are going to find that there is usually a stud at every position. I argue that finding your stud for the day is the wrong way to approach building a lineup.
Finding value and plugging those plays is the way to start. If you fill your lineup with the studs first, you are often left limiting yourself for players you can punt.
Example of What I’m Talking About
For example, if you fill out your outfield with top of the line guys, then you are forced to punt at 2nd base and the only guy you can fit is a guy who is batting 8th going against the top pitcher.
To make things worse, sometimes that happens to be against your starting pitcher. That is not a spot you want to be in and I’ve been there before.
Avoid the double edged sword if at all possible (it usually is possible to avoid it) and never take batters against your pitcher.
What is the Punt Player
If you are unaware of what a “punt” is, it is the term used for a really cheap player to fill a mandatory roster spot.
You aren’t expecting much out of them but you have to have someone at every position. So usually you find someone at the minimum or near it.
Finding Your Punt Players Is Important
Playing your punts is almost as nearly as important as playing studs. I like to find my punts first because then I know what position I’m able to spend on.
When lineups are released, sometimes you will see a player who just got called up batting first or second. Or sometimes you will see a player who doesn’t play every day, but only when certain situations occur.
For example, a batter may only be used when the team is facing a LH pitcher. These are typically the guys you want to use as your punt plays unless you are stacking a team.
What About Stacking Your Team?
Stacking a team is most common in baseball because you are not only getting points for the RBI and hit, but the run as well if you have the player who scored.
If you decide you are going to stack against a pitcher who you believe is in a bad spot, you may want to use a punt even if they are batting in the 8 spot.
Know Your Batters Hitting Position
The only time I like using batters in the 7-9 spot is if you have batters before them or after them. If you have the 3, 4, or 5 batter and they get on then the 7-9 batters have a chance to knock them in.
If you have the 1, 2, or 3 batters, they will have a chance to knock in the7-9 batters.
You don’t want to be stuck playing a batter at the end of the lineup by themselves. Granted every now and then, it works but it’s not recommended to do on a daily basis.
The Two Most Important Things You Also Must Learn
The two most important things that I hope you also learn is to TRUST YOUR GUT and don’t worry about left over salary!!!!!!!!!!!!
I lost out on thousands of dollars because of this and don’t do the same.
I really liked my team, and I mean LIKED them.
But I had $1300 dollars salary remaining and it just didn’t’ seem right.
So I swapped out my catcher who was $2300 for one that everyone else liked at $3600. That $3600 catcher went 0-5 and the $2300 catcher went 3-5 with two doubles and four RBIs.
I finished the gpp in 40th and would have been in first if I trusted my original pick.
Just because you have salary left over, it doesn’t mean you have to use it!
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