When looking at MLB optimizer, you are going to want to jump into the games tab first to see the day’s set of games. For pitchers you are going to want to find them on teams with strong win odds, and against teams with lower run totals. Offensive players you are going to want them in higher run total teams. The projections tab will show you projections from all of our projection sets in a row, where you can compare across all of the sets. Each drop down above will get you to the site and contest that you need. The projection models are broken out into hitter and pitcher, where they are going to adjust projections based on the model. If you want to weight a hitter’s power more, you will see more power bats with higher projections, compared to hitters with less power.
You are generally going to want to exclude hitters against the pitchers you have chosen, so that default option is always on. Select the max players on the same team to keep your lineups getting overloaded with players on one team. The exposure options are going to dictate how often you see players in the lineups you have generated. If you select a player for 50% exposure, they will appear in five out of ten lineups for example. We also give you control with a bulk update, where you can use the heart to adjust exposure and projections of multiple players. Locking a player will make sure they are always in your lineup and excluding them will make sure that they don’t show up.
Under the players tab you can see some of the key stats we look at like for hitters, we are going to want to see their advanced stats like wOBA, ISO, and wRC+ against the handedness of the opposing pitcher. We also want to see what that pitcher is allowing to the handedness of the hitter. For pitchers you are going to want to see their numbers, but also how the opposing team stacks up as a whole. Once you have generated lineups, you can save them for later, or upload to the site of your choosing. If you want to make a swap within the lineups, you can do so as long as it meets budget requirements.
Stacking In MLB DFS
Stacking is a big aspect of playing MLB DFS, as it heightens your chances of getting a higher total score by correlating players. For example a leadoff hitter gets a walk, steals second, and then the next player drives him in, you are getting a leg up on the competition. If the third hitter goes yard and is in your stack, then you are really getting off to a good start. Because stacking is big in MLB DFS, we have incorporated the stacking tool. You can create stacks on your own and add them to an optimal lineup, or simply view what the tool believes are the top stacks of the night.
Now you have total control of the stack, where you can select the team, number of stacks, number of players in the stack, and also the lowest batting order included. If you are looking to stack around your favorite player for the night, the player stack option is going to take the surrounding lineup order of your player selected and form a stack for you. If you want consecutive batting order, there is an option to do so. Having optimal stacks and also optimal lineups around your stack is going to give you a big edge on the competition.
MLB Cash Game Lineup Optimizer Guide
When using the lineup optimizer for cash games, there are a few tips you can use to help build those balanced lineups. Cash games is about beating out 50% of the field, where tournaments you are trying to beat the entire field. This means you don’t need to take a ton of risk and finishing 150th out of 400 is the same as finishing 50th. Your lineups are only ever going to go as far as your starting pitchers take you. A bad night from your pitcher, you are likely drawing dead. In cash games, you are going to want to find a stable arm who is also on the chalkier side where if they struggle and they are 70-80% owned in cash games, then the whole field is dealing with the same issues.
You are going to want to find hitters that get on base, and the player pool can help sort that out for you. There are filters that can be used to help find players in the top of the order, and who also have strong floor and consistency rates. These are key things when looking for when selecting cash game hitters. You want guys who get on base and are not as boom or bust. Now you can still stack in cash games, where you can take a team in a great spot and take advantage of the matchup. Stacking is not solely a tournament strategy. Look for players and teams in high total games and target those offenses. You will also want to find teams in good hitting stadiums, which are usually baked into the total.
MLB Tournament Lineup Optimizer Guide
For tournaments, you are looking to get a higher score and also have some lower owned gems in your lineup to make you different from the field. Now with a tournament lineup you can take more chances. You can do that on the mound, but remember even going chalk at pitcher, you have a whole lineup you can be contrarian with. Once again using the filters and player pool will help point out some of the top GPP targets, where you can factor in ceiling, select boom or bust options, and also use a game that has rain in the picture that will lower some ownership. The projection models will also bump up the projected ceilings of players based on the model you have selected. The GPP projection set will do the same.
Stacking a team and them going off for 11 runs can be a big win for tournament lineups if you have the correct stack in there. It is a popular way to take down a tournament, but of course you have to still get the right low owned players around it because most stacks will come with some ownership. Some can also be expensive, so you might need to drop down to a value pitcher, or create a boom or bust lineup where the rest of the lineup is filled with deep value. Coors is always a game that creates higher ownership, where you can leverage off the field by going with other games with high totals.
What Is Stacking In MLB DFS?
Stacking in MLB DFS is when you take a string of players from the same team and use them in your lineup. For example, using the first, second, and third hitter from the Los Angeles Dodgers is going to be a stack.
What Sites Does MLB Optimizer Support?
The MLB Lineup Optimizer will support the three main daily fantasy sports sites, FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo. All three offer tremendous daily fantasy baseball contests with a wide range of game styles and prize pools. They are the three most popular sites.
When Are Projected Lineups Confirmed?
At the beginning of the day we will have projected lineups coming in until the team’s confirm them. We generally will see baseball lineups confirmed up to a few hours before game time. Occasionally you will get a lineup that is closer to first pitch.
What Is The Difference Between Cash And GPP Projections?
Cash projections are going to be your average projection, factoring in the matchup and floor of each player. The GPP projections are going to be centered on player’s ceilings, for those who are looking to generate tournament lineups that have a higher range of outcomes.
Why Are Projections Different For Each Site?
Projections are different because scoring is different. FanDuel, Yahoo, and DraftKings all have different scoring for hitters and pitchers. Each projection is tailored for the site, so that is why things are going to look different when flipping between the sites.
Do Projections Update?
MLB projection are constantly updated throughout the day, as it will factor in who is in and out of the lineups. Any player who is not in the lineup will have a projection of zero that way they do not pop up in your generated lineup.
How Do I Upload Lineups To My Contest?
After you have downloaded your generated lineups, you can download them into a csv. This format can be used to upload to the site of your choice. Once you have uploaded, you can enter them into a contest on any of the three sites.