Capitalize On Lineup Position To Win Your MLB DFS Games!
Every DFS expert has their own strategic way of picking the players on their rosters each night. Some go for pitching, some look for big bats, some will play stacks and some look for a more even team that will end up at a certain scoring average. Whatever you decide is your forte for picking your players, you want to try to find a way to separate yourself from the rest of the player field.
One way that I like to separate myself from the rest of the pack is by picking only players that are in the top 1-4 spots of a starting lineup. Reality is I try to find guys in the leadoff or the #2 spot but I will drop down to 3 or 4 if needed.
When I first started playing baseball DFS, I use to look for the best players that fit into my pricing category for that position but I quickly found that one of the most important aspects is getting plate appearances and giving your player more chances to score you points.
I recently broke this down comparing players in the top of the lineup to the players at the bottom part of the lineup. On average, a batter hitting in the #1 spot will get 4-5 chances at the plate each night, compared to a batter at the bottom of the lineup getting 3-4 chances at the plate. Now, you may look at that and say to yourself that it’s only 1 extra bat but over the course of 8 spots in your lineups, if you have guys all batting in the 1-3 spot, you would place yourself with 8 more plate appearances, which basically equates to having 2 extra guys on your team. Now, I don’t know about you but I enjoy having 2 extra guys swinging the bat each night on my team.
I do this all the time and I win a fair amount of times simply because I have more at bats than other guys. This even works when you have a cheap batter hitting at the top of the lineup. For example, you can pick up Batter A who is only $3000 and hitting in the leadoff spot or you can take Batter B for $4500 who is batting in the 7 spot but is a much better hitter overall.
Well, Batter B is only going to get about 3 at bats on average, possibly 4. In those 3 at bats, if he hits a single and scores a run, he will end up with approximately 6 points. Now, compare that to the leadoff batter that will get approximately 4-5 at bats. If he gets 1 hit, 1 walk and scores a run, he will end up with 9 points.
Selecting players batting at the top of the lineup is a great way to position yourself in cash game, 50/50 and double/triple up lineups. Having guys at the top of these lineups gives you more of a chance to score those consistent points because they naturally get more at bats.
Try this out, pick a lineup of guys that are all batting in the 1 or 2 spot and see how many more games you end up winning. Ignore the names, ignore the stats and simply look for batting position to stack the deck against your opponents. You may not have the best players but you will have many more at bats and thus giving you a greater opportunity to gain those points!