How To Pick Fantasy Baseball Lineups For GPPs

Whenever you hear talk about Daily Fantasy Baseball, the first thing you hear about are the huge cash prizes that DraftKings and FanDuel pay out each year for their Daily Fantasy Baseball Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs). We’re talking Millions of Dollars being paid out every MLB Baseball season and fantasy players are turning into millionaires overnight. The fantasy players winning these millions are creating fantasy baseball lineups gearing to winning the Top Fantasy Baseball Contests being offered in the industry.

 

The 2 BIGGEST GPP Contests For Daily Fantasy Baseball Are:

FanDuel – Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship (DFBC)           

DraftKings – Fantasy Baseball Championship

Each Contest offers Millions in prizes with one winner walking away with a check for $1 Million!

In this article you are going to learn the best Fantasy Baseball strategies for trying to take down these massive guaranteed prizes.

 

Where To Play Your Fantasy Baseball Lineups?

Stay Within Your Bankroll

Before we get started on the actual strategy I want to make sure that you guys stay within your bankroll. These GPP tournaments are hard to cash in and you should not be playing a large percentage of your bankroll in these contests.

Find The Overlay

Overlay – O’ what a wonderful thing. Near lock time look around for large amounts of overlay. If you find a tournament with an overlay, jump on it! It is a lot easier to beat 2000 people for a $30,000 prize pool than 3500 people for the same prize pool. A tip that I have learned over time is to have a lineup already made in case you find an overlay so that you don’t have to rush and make a fantasy team without doing the proper research.

Making Your Lineups

Most GPPs for daily fantasy baseball are multi-entry, meaning that you can put more than one entry into them. People use the stacking strategy, the mini-stacking strategy, or the high upside team strategy. In multi-entry contests it is smart to put in multiple teams to raise your chances of winning. When playing in single entry GPPs it is smart to play a solid team with a little bit of upside.

 

Breakdown Of Stacking Strategies

Stacking

In large field Fantasy Baseball GPP’s you need to beat thousands of fantasy players. If you select a team that scores a ton of runs then your team should have a great chance of cashing high in the GPP. The downside of stacking is that if your team does not score a lot of runs then you will lose money.

Mini-Stacking

A strategy with even more upside than stacking is mini-stacking. If you can hit the top players of the night from two or three teams than you can really place high in a GPP. Even when many people may have a stack of one of the highest scoring teams of the night, not many people will have a mini-stack of both of the teams. The downside to mini-stacking is if one of your team scores a lot of runs and the other one does not, than you still probably will not cash in.

High Upside Team

A high upside team is a team that is very risky but also could be very rewarding. I have seen many tournaments won by using this strategy. In this strategy, players with multi-homerun upside at relatively cheap prices should frequent your lineups. I would only suggest selecting 3-4 of these players because the chance that all eight of these players all hit home runs on the same night is very unlikely. Having three or four of them hitting home runs on one night is much more likely. If you mix the three huge nights from those players with average to above average nights from the rest of your team than you have a solid chance at winning a GPP.

All Around Solid Team With Upside

The fourth and final strategy for making a GPP lineup is the all around solid team strategy. Whereas the other four strategies could pertain to both single and multi-entry contests, this lineup building strategy only pertains to single entry. In this strategy you should select a team full of guys who have a relatively high floor but also have a relatively high ceiling. This strategy probably will not help you put up a score as high as the other three strategies but it will help you cash at a more stable rate.

 

RECAP: You need to stay within your bankroll and not throw thousands of dollars blindly at GPPs and qualifiers. Use good bankroll management and set an amount to use in fantasy baseball GPPs. Next, pounce on overlay. When you see big overlay do not waste a shot to get in on the free money. Lastly, if you want to have a shot at winning the giant prize pools then you need to use one of the high upside strategies of either stacking, mini-stacking, or the high upside team. For single entry tournaments I would recommend the use of the solid team with some upside strategy. Those players will likely be highly owned but you still should have a shot at cashing pretty high. If you use these strategies, then even you may have a shot of cashing in a check for ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

 

DraftKings Fantasy Golf Tips

Just because you know how to play fantasy golf at Yahoo, doesn’t mean that you can win playing fantasy golf at DraftKings. There are certain things you need to keep in mind when you join DraftKings and start your path of earning money playing fantasy golf.

Below are some DraftKings Fantasy Golf Tips that will let you compete with other players you will face when you play your games.

Know The Scoring System

The most important page you should read on any daily fantasy sports site is the scoring system. Here we have summarized the fantasy golf scoring system at DraftKings.

POINT SCORING

Golfers on each team will accumulate points as follows:

  • Per Hole Scoring
    • Double Eagle (DBL EAG): +20 PTs
    • Eagle (EAG): +8 PTs
    • Birdie (BIR): +3 PTs
    • Par (PAR): +0.5 PTs
    • Bogey (BOG): -0.5 PTs
    • Double Bogey (DBL BOG): -1 PT
    • Worse than Double Bogey (WORSE DBL BOG): -1 PT
  • Tournament Finish Scoring
    • 1st: 30 PTs
    • 2nd: 20 PTs
    • 3rd: 18 PTs
    • 4th: 16 PTs
    • 5th: 14 PTs
    • 6th: 12 PTs
    • 7th: 10 PTs
    • 8th: 9 PTs
    • 9th: 8 PTs
    • 10th: 7 PTs
    • 11th–15th: 6 PTs
    • 16th–20th: 5 PTs
    • 21st–25th: 4 PTs
    • 26th–30th: 3 PTs
    • 31st–40th: 2 PTs
    • 41st-50th: 1 PTs
  • Streaks and Bonuses
    • Streak of 3 Birdies of Better (MAX 1 Per Round) (3+ BIR STRK): +3 PTs
    • Bogey Free Round (BOG FREE RD): +3 PTs
    • All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes (ALL 4 RDS UND 70): +5 PTs
    • Hole in One (HOLE IN ONE): +10 PTs

You will see that Pars are almost equal to Bogeys, while Birdies are worth 3 points. Why is this important? Just having a steady golfer that grinds it out with pars and occasional birdies and plays all four rounds will result in big fantasy points. You don’t need to fill your lineup with huge golf sleeper picks along with top golfers. You can focus on the middle of the pack and try to pick 6 golfers that will all make the cut and continue to score all 4 days. The bonus point system is heavily weighted to the winner, so being able to pick guys that will finish at or near the top will help – so focus on PGA Tour players that are consistent top 10 finishers in tournaments.

Don’t Play In Huge Entry Contests

We all want that big prize that DraftKings promotes for golf…but we all want to win the lottery as well! If you want to really make money playing fantasy golf in the long term, focus on head to head games or smaller fields (5-10 players). When you play against a few hundred or over a thousand other people, your team has to be almost perfect to cash in. If you play 1-9 other opponents, your chances greatly improve and even a few flaws in your picks can still result in a win for you.

Double-Check Your Lineup

Unlike other games at DraftKings where you can make changes to your lineup if a player hasn’t started, for golf, the lineups lock at the first tee off on the first day. Make sure you check the night before or even wake up early to see if a certain golfer has backed out of a particular tournament. The worst thing to happen is to wake up at 7am and find out your top golfer had a sore back and withdrew from the tournament…that’s an instant loss unless any or all your opponents had the same guy.

Find That Diamond In The Rough

Finding a golf sleeper pick for a particular PGA tournament is tough, but can be done. Even before you look at the DraftKings salary cap numbers, do your own research of which players are hot, which have a good course history, which ones are battling injuries, and what some of the experts say about players, etc… –  and when you’ve done that, look at the DraftKings lineup.

Start At The Bottom

Many fantasy golfers scroll from top to bottom – you should scroll from bottom to top! After doing your research, you can: look to see if a player is undervalued, if a certain pick that you and experts have determined will do well on the upcoming course is priced low, or if a golfer that was an alternate has been added to the field but DraftKings has him on a low salary amount. Finding low priced players allows you to pick some higher priced favorites that are predicted to score well and possibly win a particular tournament.

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DraftKings Late Swap Tips

Some people love the late swap…some hate it, but the DraftKings late player swap is a strategy that you need to be aware of and know how to use to your advantage to make money at DraftKings.com.

What Exactly Is Late Swap?

Most daily fantasy sites lock in your lineup once the first game begins, however DraftKings only locks in players when their respective games begin. Fantasy golf is the exception to this at DraftKings – all players lock in for their daily fantasy golf contests regardless of tee times. Late player swap gives you the ability to edit your lineups and remove or replace players that are late scratches as long as you do it before their game officially begins.

Best Uses For The DraftKings Late Swap

  • To Replace Injured Players

This is an obvious one, but if a player is a late scratch or is benched due to injury or disciplinary reasons, you can quickly edit him out and put in a player that will play. For this strategy to work, you need to create yourself some outs by researching back up players at each position in case someone is unexpectedly not playing. Making sure your FLEX position is playing a late game is a key strategy here.

  • To Improve Your Odds Of Winning Contests

Going into late games or with fantasy football, the Monday night game, you can estimate who your opponent has on their team. The player is blocked until game time, but using the salary cap and players that have already played, you can deduce who your opponents likely have. This strategy works if you have the lead because you can swap your player out for the same one your opponent has guaranteeing yourself a win. If it turns out that you are losing to your opponent and you deduce that you have the same player, you can take a chance on another player and hope that he outscores your original choice to win your contest.

  • To Hedge Your Picks

So you have the lead going into the Monday night game and have a WR on each team. What if they don’t both get the points? If you want to try to protect your lead and not get burned, then stack both WR from the same team. Yes you will get less points potentially, but you also guarantee that if one receiver is going to go off on that team, you will have him.

  • To Be More Flexible With Fantasy Picks

Most people don’t like to spread fantasy picks throughout the day or the whole weekend for fear that late start players or players playing later in the week end up being scratched. With the late swap, you can pick players for later start times knowing that you can still remove and replace them later. For fantasy football, you can pick guys on Thursdays and put in questionable players for Sunday with the protection that you can edit them out if they end up being downgraded to “OUT”.

How To Use Late Player Swap Most Effectively

The flex position is your friend. If you are taking players in the late games/next day’s games, try to put them into the flex position. The advantage is that you can look at picking various positions and not be locked into a straight position swap. In fantasy football, you may swap from a WR to a RB; in fantasy baseball, you can swap a position other than pitcher and the same late swap tip works for fantasy basketball. Late game players should always be your flex guy. Also, put in a high priced player if possible, that way you aren’t constrained by the salary cap because the player you need to swap is a low cost value play.

 

The fact that you can still edit DraftKings lineups up until game time is a great feature that very few players take advantage of. If you are going to be a real player in daily fantasy sports, learn to use the feature and take advantage of your opponents. The difference between winning and losing in DFS games can sometimes involve finding all the angles and taking advantage of them…and this includes the late player swap strategy.

 

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