The NFL lineup building process is a bit different from other sports, as we have a week to deal with news and changes. This gives us a bit more time for research, but the NFL lineup optimizer is going to make everything much easier. Whether you are looking to build five lineups or 100, the optimizer is built for your needs. We bring you a few different sets of projections, but feel free to upload your own or give some a few changes. The NFL lineup optimizer is built for human customization, from exposure to projection models. If you are looking for the best stacks, we have you covered there as well. Get to generating lineups and upload them over to your favorite daily fantasy site.
There is a lot going on here with the NFL lineup optimizer, as you will see different tabs will take you to different tables. There are going to be options and settings available for you to use and change as well. Starting with the settings, you are going to be able to change different aspects of the way the optimizer builds lineups. There are some options that you might want changed like using a specific position in the FLEX spot. That means every lineup generated will use the position you decided on, or it can be left off. If you don’t want a lineup to have a quarterback and running back from the same team, you can swap that up as well. Limit the amount of players from one team as well.
The filters are going to help narrow down the players you want to see. You can filter based on team totals, salaries, projections, value, and other various player numbers. Exposure is a big feature that can feel overwhelming, but this is one of the features that is customizable to you. You can do a global exposure which is a mass edit, or you can change the exposure of players that way they only appear so many times in the generated lineups. The lock and exclude buttons will make sure a player never appears in your lineup or always appears. There is the bulk update feature, which lets you add players in and do a mass edit.
Projections make the engine go, and they are fully customizable. You also will have default sets, like a cash game set of projections, or a last seven games projection. If you are looking to upload your own set of projections, there is a CSV upload you can do, which also helps set exposure if needed. Each player is going to have an editable field for their projection, so you can upload on the fly. If you are looking for different ways to mess with projections, the projection models will influence projections based on the model. For example, if you want a ceiling model where projections are affected by a player’s ceiling, you will see a green or red box to see what changed.
Once lineups are generated, there are a few things you can do from here. You can swap within those lineups and edit those lineups like you are making them on your own. Everything will be laid out for you, where you can see the total salary used, and their projections added up to the total score. The players used button will show all the players used within that set of lineups, as well as the exposure set. If you are looking to export to a contest, you can export and download the set of lineups into a csv, which is an easy upload to whatever site you are using. You can also save the lineups to view or download later.
Stacking in the NFL means you are using more than one player from a team or game. For example a stack could include Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley, and Julio Jones. It could also just be Ryan and Jones, or them and a wide receiver from the opposing team to be a game stack. Stacking is crucial in daily fantasy football because it heightens your upside. When Ryan throws a touchdown pass to Jones, you get ten total points based off just the touchdown alone instead of four or six if you had one of them solo. The stacking feature will highlight the best projected stats and incorporate them into the optimized lineup.
When playing daily fantasy football, there are two main sets of games, cash games and tournaments (GPP). One pays out nearly 50% of the field, while the other pays out 20-30% and has a top heavy payout structure. Cash games are safer, and you are just simply trying to beat out half of the field. This means you are playing it safer with your lineup, and not worrying on being different or trying to maximize your lineups ceiling. There are some filters to look at when trying to optimize for a cash game. You want players with high floors and ones that are very consistent. Filtering names that have a higher floor and consistency rating will filter out those more risky names, and the ones you can’t rely on for cash games.
Stacking in cash games is viable, so you can find safe stacks to build around. However you are not going to want to go overboard, so setting a max amount of players for your team is a wise move to make. Find players who are in high total games, and what look like favorable game scripts. If you are unfamiliar with that term, game script is how the game plays out. If a team is leading, it can be a favorable game script to run the ball and get more touches for a running back. If a team is trailing, it can be a favorable game script for the pass offense.
There are projection models that will help increase and decrease a player’s projections base on being a high floor player, consistent player, or a player in a strong game script game or high Vegas total. You can still use the other models as they will be more matchup based and that can point out some of the top options to lock in for those cash game lineups. Overall you are not going to be looking to take a lot of risk.
If you are looking to build optimized lineups for tournaments, it is going to be all about upside and finding a few players that are low owned in the field. Stacking is a big way to maximize that ceiling of fantasy points for your team, so using the tool to build lineups with stacks is key to potentially taking down that big tournament. If you are building multiple lineups, which is a common thing for GPP players, the exposure is going to help you get the weight of players you want in each lineup. Customizing exposure and projections is going to give you a different build, which bodes well for being different.
There are a few filters and options to use to help narrow down the player field for GPP potential players. For one you are going to want to find high ceiling players, and also find guys in favorable game scripts still, as mentioned above. All the models are worth using for tournaments, but the pivot model and ceiling will really capture what you are going for. Once you have generated lineups, you can make swaps within that page to help make an extra adjustment to a likely lower owned player. However, it is worth noting that you don’t need a full team of single-digit owned players, but just a few
The projection sets are going to have a big factor for how the lineups generate. If you want to put ceiling projections in for players, you are going to get lineups based on those players hitting their true ceiling. Understanding that some players are going to have a low floor, you will know that the risk is there playing a home run threat who has a floor of five fantasy points, but a ceiling of 19.