Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice and DFS Strategy
FEB 03, 2015 4:42p ET
CHECK BACK DURING SPRING TRAINING AND REGULAR SEASON FOR ADAM MEYER'S 2015 DAILY FANTASY BASEBALL (DFS) STRATEGY AND ADVICE! ALSO BE SURE TO BOOKMARK THIS PAGE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
The popularity of DFS (daily fantasy sports) grows every year. In 2014, I was given the task of writing a DFS baseball column every weekday, with extra advice on Fridays to cover you for the weekend.
It was a hit (sorry for the pun).
We provided you with must-starts, deals, and who to avoid on that particular day.
We were also one of the few sites to actually give you a full lineup to use for yourselves.
This year, we will be back!
During the All-Star break of 2014, I wrote about five things that I learned in the first half of the season while playing DFS.
1. Do not rely solely on BvP
2. Starting pitching is king
3. Las Vegas odds are a great resource
4. Avoid the high percentages of rain
5. Make sure your offense is starting
Before the new season starts, I’d like to add a few more nuggets to the list:
6. Ride the hot hand
Some people shy away from “chasing stats.” In DFS, it’s encouraged. When a batter has a great couple of games in a row, continue to utilize his hot streak until he falls back down to earth. The same can be said for pitchers who have won a couple games in a row. Sometimes, you are able to get in on the ground floor before the price tag soars (i.e. Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber).
7. When in doubt, take the batter that’s higher in the lineup
I will always take a chance on the team’s leadoff hitter, if the value is right. More at-bats mean more opportunities to acquire stats. More stats, more points. It’s just that simple.
8. Join 50/50 contests
A great way to build your bankroll early in DFS is the 50/50 contest. Those are the games where half of the entries lose, while the other half wins (for the most part). The pressure to have every player on your roster succeed is less, because you only need to be better than half the group, and not worry about finishing in the top 10.
9. Learn from your opponents
If you happen to lose in a DFS game, treat it as a learning experience. Look at the entries that won and try to figure out what went wrong.
10. Twitter, twitter, twitter
Other than following me (@FOXSportsMeyer), take advantage of the beat writers for MLB teams. You can often get the scoop on weather, injuries, lineup changes, and everything else that goes on within the organization.
To get you excited for 2015, I’m reminiscing over our best days in daily fantasy baseball.
June 9th, 2014
P – Tony Cingrani (7,500)
C – Victor Martinez (3,600)
1B – Adam Lind (3,400)
2B – Josh Harrison (2,500)
3B – Lonnie Chisenhall (3,400)
SS – Jose Reyes (3,500)
OF – Alex Rios (3,700)
OF – Andrew McCutchen (3,900)
OF – Melky Cabrera (3,500)
TOTAL: 64.91 points
This will forever been known as “Lonnie Chisenhall Day.” On a Monday road game against Texas, Lonnie Baseball launched three pitches into the seats of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. If that wasn’t enough, Chisenhall added two more hits, making it a 5-5 performance with nine RBI (27 FD points).
Our “must-start” for that day was Alex Rios, because of his success against left-handed pitching (T.J. House was on the hill for Cleveland). Rios went 2-4 with a triple off of House and an RBI.
Victor Martinez, Jose Reyes, and Andrew McCutchen all added home runs, as well.
Even with Adam Lind and Josh Harrison hurting the lineup, we still managed to score our highest total of the season on FanDuel (and Draft$treet) that day. Our FanDuel regular season ended with an average of 33.17 points per contest. On our best day, we nearly doubled that number.
July 31st, 2014
P – Clayton Kershaw (13,800)
P – Yordano Ventura (6,400)
C – Dioner Navarro (3,900)
1B – Steve Pearce (3,800)
2B – Danny Espinosa (3,400)
3B – Mike Moustakas (3,700)
SS – Jordy Mercer (3,700)
OF – Kole Calhoun (4,300)
OF – Ben Revere (3,600)
OF – Dustin Ackley (3,400)
TOTAL: 159.3 points
Pitching was the star on this day. Clayton Kershaw won his 13th start of the season, struck out nine batters and went the distance against the Braves. Yordano Ventura was also amazing. He K’d seven Twins in seven innings and only allowed one earned run in the victory.
Our top player on offense was Ben Revere. We decided to start Revere because he waw 5-13 (.385) against Gio Gonzalez before this day started. For the game, he went 4-6 with an RBI and a stolen base.
Danny Espinosa was the “deal of the day.” Prior to this game, he was 8-22 (.364) against Cliff Lee. On this day, Espinosa had two hits, including a 1-1 (double) performance versus Lee.
We also received a home run from Dustin Ackley. His two-run blast off of Zach McAllister wasn’t the only homer contributed to our lineup. Dioner Navarro had a solo shot off of Jose Veras.
We scored over 150 points three other times in 2014. Our DraftKings season average was 100.5 points.