With one more day off until the full second half of the MLB season begins, this is a great time to re-evaluate the strategy for building a DFS cash game lineup on FanDuel. Cash games are boring and you won’t get rich playing them. But they really are the lifeblood of a profitable DFS player. Below is a list of steps to follow to help you sustain long-lasting profits during the MLB season.
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Start your FanDuel cash game build with the pitcher position
The overall theme to building a cash game lineup on FanDuel is to not be cute. This lineup does not have to be sexy. Instead, you are building a lineup that has the clearest path to success. This approach starts with picking the right pitcher. And the right pitcher to select as your building block is the day’s best pitcher. We are chasing quality starts, wins and strikeouts. What pitcher gives you the best chance at these three things? The best pitcher on the slate. Pick the best pitcher and build your FanDuel lineup around him.
Use Las Vegas
Speaking of chasing pitcher wins, a second staple to building a winning cash games lineup on FanDuel is using Las Vegas to guide you. While it may be tough to put your trust in Sin City, our very own Joel Bartilotta, tells you what numbers in Las Vegas to use in building your DFS lineups. Pay particularly close attention to Joel’s breakdown of using team totals when building your offense.
It is all about value
Once you have selected the day’s best pitching option, the next step is to fill out your lineup with the day’s top value. Again you must fight the urge to start with the big bats. You are not chasing ceilings. You chasing the value and points per dollar. How do you find this value? Well, you first need to take a look at Win Daily Sport’s projection pages. Here you will find the top value plays of the slate. Fill in your DFS cash game lineups with these plays.
Is it ok to stack?
There are many in the business that will tell you that you can not stack in cash games. I am here to tell you that you CAN stack and should if the value dictates it. You are not going out of your way to stack in cash games. But if the top value plays are all on the same team, then so be it. You want to get in as much value as you possibly can. It does not matter what team they are on and how many players from that team end up in your lineup.
Searching for more value
Outside of Win Daily Sports’ projections, another great way to find value is to monitor starting lineups. If a team puts a $2,000 FanDuel player in the leadoff spot, then his value just increased and he should most likely be in your FanDuel cash games entry. Batting order matters. Guys at the top of a team’s lineup are likely going to get an extra at-bat a game. That increases the chances he does something to help your FanDuel cash game lineup.
Now for the big bats
You have found the day’s best pitcher and build around him with value. The next step in the FanDuel cash game strategy process is to find the big bats. You will want to round out your cash game entry with the day’s best hitters. To identify these players, you could certainly use the projection systems again. But also you could reference Win Daily Sports’ MLB Cheat Sheet. Here you will find a breakdown of the top plays from each position. This should allow you to finish building your lineup. Ideally, you use a big hitter in a spot where there just wasn’t any value to be found.
Be aware of the weather
Building cash game lineups again is all about safety. So you don’t want to play anyone from a game that may get scratched. To stay up to the minute with the weather, lean on Win Daily’s Mark Paquette. Our go-to meteorologist will give you all the weather information you need. He will help you decide if a player is safe enough to get into your FanDuel cash game lineup with his premium weather report.
If you are able to follow this FanDuel cash game strategy guide, you will find great success.
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After participating in season-long fantasy baseball for over two and a half decades, Wes shifted his focus to the DFS grind. He has shared from his experiences and began his MLB DFS-writing career at FanRag.com in 2013. There he provided a deep analysis inside the numbers of matchups as well as winning FanDuel lineups. The cash game grinder has also done work with Razzball and is excited to help the Win Daily family get into the green.