What’s up everybody? It’s time for one of my favorite articles, the MLB DFS Lineup Weekly Report. It’s not just the MLB report that’s my favorite. I like doing it for all of the major sports.
The NFL DFS reports helped us make money by identifying that about 75% of the time, quarterbacks in winning lineups came from games within the five highest implied totals on the slate. The NBA DFS report helped us see that a salary floor of $49,700 was a great starting point for building lineups.
So what will the MLB DFS report reveal to us? We’ll see. Today’s report is just to get our toes wet in the sea of information available to us from Fantasy Cruncher and their Lineup Study feature. If you’re not using Fantasy Cruncher to build lineups and to work on your game, you’re 100% doing it wrong.
Stacking is the key to MLB DFS. If you’re new to MLB DFS or DFS overall, stacking is using multiple players from the same team to create correlation in your lineups. In baseball that’s using multiple hitters so a guy gets on base, the next batter singles for runners on first and third, and then the next batter brings everybody home with a three-run homer. You just scored points for the guys on base and the batter, and you just made a huge leap up the standings.
I looked at the last two weeks of contest for today’s MLB DFS report. I focused on the contest with a $50,000 prize to first. Sometimes it’s the $18 contest, sometimes it’s $15 or $12. Regardless of the entry fee, I wanted to see what people were doing to win the big prize. So enough of me yapping, let’s get to the numbers.
*7 out of 14 lineups featured a five-man main stack
*6 out of 14 lineups featured a four-man main stack
*1 out of 14 lineups featured a two-man main stack
DraftKings allows us to use up to five players from the same team. That means we can use over half of an MLB team to build our stacks. It’s interesting to see that over the last two weeks four-man stacks were nearly as successful as the five-man stacks.
Fantasy Cruncher gives us the ability to customize our stacks with their “Gap” feature. Fantasy Cruncher explains the gap feature as:
“Use the max gap setting to restrict baseball hitting stacks and minimize the missing players in the allowed stacks. If the Max Gap is set to two players, that will allow up to two missing players in the stack.
Example: Batting orders 1-2-5-6 or 1-2-4-6 would both be valid stacks with two-player stacks. This will also use wrap around stacks, a 9-1-2-3 has 0 gaps.“
So how did the gaps shake out in the 14 lineups I reviewed?
*8 out of 14 stacks featured a 1 gap main stack
*4 out of 14 stacks featured a 2 gap main stack
*1 out of 14 stacks featured a 3 gap main stack
*1 out of 14 stacks featured a 0 gap main stack
If we’re combining the information from the stacks and gaps sections we see that the winners used a four-man or five-man stack with one gap for the majority of the winning lineups.
Ok so now we know that we want to stack a minimum of four players in our winning DraftKings MLB DFS lineups. But wait, there’s more!
There are secondary or “mini” stacks that go with our main stacks. The mini stacks consist of two or three players FOR THE MOST PART. Research shows that anything is possible.
*8 out of 14 lineups featured a two-man mini stack
*3 out of 14 lineups featured a three-man mini stack
*2 out of 14 lineups featured no mini stack
*1 out of 14 lineups featured a four-man secondary stack
“Ahh that’s interesting” (In my best Russell Westbrook voice.) The winners most often used two player mini stacks to go with their main stacks. And just like with the main stacks, the gap feature comes into play.
*6 out of 14 mini stacks featured a 2 gap secondary stack
*3 out of 14 mini stacks featured a 1 gap secondary stack
*3 out of 14 mini stacks featured a 0 gap secondary stack
*2 out of 14 lineups featured no mini stack
In NBA DFS we want to use a salary floor of $49,700 on DraftKings. I wondered if there was a similar floor in MLB DFS for Draftkings, and the answer is “Kinda.”
*5 out of 14 lineups used $49,800 in salary
*3 out of 14 lineups used $49,900 in salary
*2 out of 14 lineups used $49,200 in salary
*1 out of 14 lineups used $50,000 in salary
*1 out of 14 lineups used $49,700 in salary
*1 out of 14 lineups used $48,500 in salary
*1 out of 14 lineups used $47,100 in salary
If we set $49,700 as the baseline then we see that 10 out of 14 lineups used 49.7K or more. If we set $49,800 as the baseline then we see that 9 out of 14 lineups used 49.8K. There were four times where setting a hard floor of 49.7K or 49.8K would’ve burned you but that’s DFS anyways. We can’t (And shouldn’t expect to) win everyday.
Keep in mind that this is just the beginning of the weekly report. If you read this and said “Duh Eags, everyone knows we need to stack in MLB DFS.” I get that and congratulations. You’re ahead of the game for now. Hopefully there’s information in future reports that you find beneficial.
If all of this was new to you, also congratulations! You should see an improvement in your MLB DFS experience on DraftKings by using the information above.
This article will normally post on Tuesdays so make sure to check back here every Tuesday for more information to help your MLB DFS performance. Together We Rise!!
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