How To Guide for Fanduel MLB Strategy
Fanduel MLB Strategy is always a tricky beast, but this guide should provide you with the general information needed to succeed while playing Fanduel MLB DFS. Don’t forget to check out today’s free daily MLB while you visit the site.
Step 1: General Info: By the Numbers
- You need an understanding of what all the advanced stats mean in baseball. Knowing what ISO, wOBA, xFIP, FIP and so many more stats mean for fantasy baseball production is of utmost importance in understanding optimal fantasy baseball point production. Taking those stats and then understanding how a hitter or pitcher will fare in each matchup (vs LHP, RHP, RHB, LHB) helps points you in the direction of the top plays each day, which you can see here Daily MLB spreadsheet.
- Using Vegas lines and more specifically “team totals” tells you which teams will score the most runs on a given day. As far as cash game lineup construction goes, you WANT to target players on teams that are projected to score the most points, obviously! Vegas team totals take into account the park, opponent pitchers, and much more.
Step 2: Being Price Sensitive and Paying for Pitching
- One thing I see a lot of newer people do is going after studs with a lot of name recognition. While this can someone’s work out for you, usually top tier studs like Mike Trout don’t find their way onto my cash game rosters, unless they’re in awesome spots.
- In cash games you want to focus on players that maximize value on your roster. Value is a product of a players price and their likely outcome based on their MuWoba, lineup spot, and Vegas total. If a LHB outfielder that’s 2,300 is hitting 2nd at Coors field against James Shields, I can promise you he’ll be in 100% of my cash games.
- The other way that it’s important to be price sensitive is to be aware of a players recent and seasonal salary changes. For example, we all know Paul Goldschmidt is a stud, and crushes LHP. If he’s generally priced over 4k, but has dropped to 3.7k due to poor recent form, and is at home in the hitter friendly park of Chase Field facing a poor LHP like Clayton Richard, I will be ALL over him in cash games.
- Maximizing value amongst your hitters, and paying for pitching are generally two staples of optimal cash game lineup construction on Fanduel. When paying for pitching, it’s best to target teams with the lowest wOBA against that handed pitcher, and who also have the highest K% (strike out the most per out). Occasionally you can get away with using cheaper pitching, especially if they’re facing the Padres.
Step 3: Batting Order | Fanduel MLB Strategy
- Batting order is another pivotal piece of information that determines the value of a hitter. For cash games, you generally want guys who are hitting in the 1-5 spot. This helps in a few ways. For one, you’re maximizing the potential number of at bats a player can have, and on FD where you don’t get negative points for outs, that’s huge. Players hitting higher in the order also have a higher potential for scoring runs with better hitters behind them, and also better odds of RBIs, with better hitters in front of them.
Step 4: Constructing a Lineup on Fanduel | Fanduel MLB Strategy
- On Fanduel you have $35,000 to build a lineup. One Pitcher, Catcher, 1st Baseman, 2nd Baseman, 3rd Baseman, Shortstop, and three Outfields are required.
- Generally speaking, you should be spending around 9.5-12k on your pitcher, leaving somewhere around $3,000 per position to fill out the rest of your lineup.
- Most often you can find value at every position, but usually 1B, 2B, SS, and one of your OF spots are the easiest ways to fine super value plays <$2,500, allowing you to fit some medium to high dollar studs in.