FanDuel Lineup Building

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Lineups for All Sports

You can build a daily fantasy sports (DFS) lineup on FanDuel in all three of the major team sports, plus professional golf and NASCAR racing. You can also participate in DFS contests involving major college football and basketball. Each of the team sports uses a fantasy roster that closely matches the individual positions for each sport.

Building that perfect DFS should follow a few basic strategies, but after these commonly accepted suggestions, building your lineup is all up to you. We’ll begin by listing the common thread between all DFS lineups, and then explain in more detail how to build a FanDuel lineup for all sports.

The Fundamentals of a DFS Lineup

The fundamental principles for constructing a strong DFS lineup are pretty much the same across every sport. Some concepts are common sense, while others allow you some flexibility in how you use them. Here are the basic fundamentals to building a lineup across all sports on FanDuel.

• The Schedule of Games – There will be a listed schedule of games from which you can build your lineup. You can see all the players from every game, or isolate players from a single contest. Golf and racing will not have a schedule per se, but will show the tournament name and site, or the race location.

• Using the Salary Cap Budget – Each contest will show you a maximum fictitious salary that you can use to build your lineup. You do not have to apply all of this money to your final lineup. As you construct your lineup, it will register how much total money you have remaining, plus an average amount you can spend to fill the remaining roster spots.  While it would be great to stick all the projected high fantasy point producers into your lineup, it is never possible. You have to use a budget system to fill some roster spots with lower cost players. This is where the idea of pegging the best sleepers comes into play.

• The Sleepers – Sleepers are essentially low cost players who are projected to score above their average. The idea is to do your research and input players who are overlooked by the majority of your opponents.
In addition, you should strive for low budget players with a projected high floor. The concept of a high floor means performance ratings indicate they should produce at least a reasonable baseline of points.

Various DFS websites provide statistical data that can help pinpoint these high-value players. Players are seen as high-value, when their projected performance will exceed salary cap expectations. Pinpointing these types of players will allow you to load up at other positions with consistent DFS superstars.

These are three fundamental tips to building DFS lineups for any sport. They work for all team sports, plus the individual contests offered on FanDuel. As you become more comfortable using these strategies, you’ll be eager to learn about advanced lineup construction strategies that we’ll reserve for a more detailed conversation.

Building a FanDuel MLB Lineup

DFS baseball rosters mirror the manager’s lineup card in Major League Baseball. The single biggest difference is the use of a second pitcher in daily fantasy baseball. Before you begin to construct your baseball lineup, familiarize yourself with the FanDuel MLB scoring system.

Certain statistics score higher than others. When it comes to building baseball lineups, appreciating the statistical quirkiness of the game is a great tool to use. Knowing that certain positions have hitters that produce more consistent fantasy numbers is critical in getting value out of your salary cap.

Understanding that pitchers have the biggest chance to score above value is another thing to keep in mind. When building your MLB fantasy lineup card, employ the three basic fundamentals, and then revert to the batter vs. pitcher history.

This is a readily available stat line that can help you decide between multiple players at each position. It can also be a clue to which players are going to turn out to be the biggest sleepers. Get at least two highly projected hitters in your lineup and the top pitcher if possible. Then, revert back to your research and follow your best intuition.

Building a FanDuel Basketball Lineup

The lineup cards for professional and college basketball are similar in that they separate players by positions. NCAA lineups must include four guards, three forwards and a utility player picked from the whole field.

The NBA breaks their guards and forwards down into four categories. You’ll have a pair of point guards and shooting guards, plus small and power forward spots. NBA fantasy lineups add the center position, and then finish with another universal player.

The salary cap for the NBA is $10,000 more than college, primarily to fill the extra ninth spot on the lineup card. Constructing a basketball lineup starts with those same basic fundamentals discussed previously.

Using these as a foundation, you should always take a quick look at the betting odds posted for each game. Look at the over and under primarily. A high over and under projection will usually point to a game with a high final score, at least for one or maybe both teams.

High over and under odds, point to a game with a projected high pace. High pace in basketball invariably produces more of every statistic that is used in DFS contests. Be mindful of the games that are of this type when building your DFS basketball lineups.

Building a FanDuel Football Roster

Both college and football DFS lineups use players from the specialty positions. Since lineman performance doesn’t actually equate to points on the scoreboard, they are nearly impossible to rate for fantasy purposes. DFS football lineups use the players who handle the football.

Quarterbacks are the highest point producers, especially in college DFS. While you can use in depth research to fill the QB spot on your roster, it’s recommended to target this position for a higher percentage of your salary cap funds.

Three differences between NCAA and NFL fantasy lineups exist. There is no defense (DST) or tight end (TE) in college. The other difference is in the flex position. In college, it is referred to as a super flex. This spot can be filled with a RB, WR, or QB.

If you apply good fundamental college fantasy football strategy, you can guess what position might be best for this spot. The NFL flex cannot come from the schedule’s quarterback pool. Only RBs, WRs and TEs qualify as flex. Neither college nor pro lineups on FanDuel use a kicker.

Building a FanDuel Lineup for the NHL

FanDuel’s NHL fantasy lineups are built using a pair of centers and defensemen sandwiched around four wings. Since the wing skaters in professional hockey are notoriously high shot producers, plug at least one highly projected wing into your lineup.

There is also one goalie spot on every roster. Goalies can make or break a nightly NHL lineup. While they are don’t have an exclusive hold on the highest fantasy salaries, goalies invariably make up most of the higher priced skaters.

If you can pinpoint a sleeper pick who is playing between the posts, you can use this low-budget goalie to improve your lineup. The odds of a defenseman scoring high fantasy points are also a lower than the other two positions. This is another spot to save salary and search for that unique sleeper.

Building a FanDuel Lineup for PGA Golf

Pro golf is the first of the pair of individual sports that FanDuel offers fantasy contests using the active list of participants. The FanDuel PGA salary cap allows you to spend on average $10,000 per golfer. The higher priced players are usually on a thousand or two above this figure.

Logically, the goal of everyone building a PGA lineup card is to peg the tournament winner. After that objective, you want to try to fill the other spots on your six-golfer card with as many who will shoot their way into the top 10 finishers.

Similar to the sleeper concept employed in team DFS sports, if you can pull a true high producing sleeper out of the weeds in golf, you’ll magnify your odds of being in the money yourself.

NASCAR Racing on FanDuel

NASCAR is similar to PGA golf, in that you’ll be building a fantasy lineup card of individuals who are competing against a field. You’ll start out with that same $10,000 average salary per driver. Like any DFS lineup, developing a salary budget for racing is a key to building winning lineups.

Racing has its own set of quirks. Certain drivers’ dominant on different types of tracks, while others inevitably race well at particular venues. One key to building consistent NASCAR lineups is to study driver track history.

When you become stuck between two or more drivers, this can be helpful knowledge. Pole position for a race can have some effect on the driver’s final result, but use caution when picking a full roster of drivers from the top of the field. Invariably someone will navigate their way from the back of the pack to spoil your lineup.

When constructing any FanDuel DFS lineup, remember to do your research. FanDuel has informative tips and suggestions about every one of the sports in which they offer DFS contests. You can build lineups using a casual approach, stick with your favorite teams and those players, or dig deeply into the statistical analysis of the DFS experts. Whatever strategy you decide upon to build your DFS lineups, remember to play often and have fun.

  
Sam Shefrin is the founder of Lineups.com, Inc. Before Lineups, he started Daily Fantasy Cafe, Inc. in 2014. Armed with a passion for sports and every Atlanta team, his journey continues with the goal of making Lineups a premier sports analytics destination. He has been quoted on Forbes.com for industry insight and his websites featured on NBATV, Yahoo! Sports, Fantasy Pros, Bleacher Report and SB Nation.