Reflecting on the impact of splits in the DFS game
For each episode of Fantasy Rounders, there is a considerable chunk of digital space that is devoted to platoon splits in order to shape the contextual value of hitters. These splits are the first item of study when constructing each day's lineup for DFS, due to the pervasiveness and the magnitude of the platoon effect throughout the league, and they often reveal opportunities to seize in the market given that platoon splits play at most a modest role in determining the daily salaries of available players; knowing a batter's platoon context allows a gamer to build in a value adjustment based on the opposing starter on the hill that day.
Today we crack open the new format for Fantasy Rounders, covering a wider swath of players and a renewed emphasis on players to target or avoid when constructing your DFS lineup. There are zero aces available on today's slate, so most gamers will have to roll some bigger dice than usual in order to come out victorious.
As we near the halfway mark of the season, we look to revamp the format of Fantasy Rounders in order to give the readers more of what they seek
The format of Fantasy Rounders has stayed relatively consistent this season, with an emphasis on platoons and other split stats for the hitters while focusing on opponents for that day's pitchers, as part of a reflection of those areas where I concentrate my own focus when creating lineups each day for DFS at Draft Kings. As we approach the midpoint of the regular season, a few things have occurred to me regarding this series, namely: we've covered all of the major platoon splits for key players, and we've dived into the opposing lineups that are especially weak, strong, or that have an extreme component to the matchup.
A look at the various game types at Draft Kings and the associated differences in roster construction
One of my favorite nuances of DFS is the availability of different game types, stratified by the number of opponents or the payout structure, and the various strategies that are encouraged with respect to roster construction and investment.
Digging for value on a day of few elite arms, appreciating Posey, and another Ranger bites the dust
It's an interesting slate for DFS this evening, with 10 games on the schedule but only one starter that costs more than $10k on Draft Kings (Gerrit Cole at $10500, at home against the Reds). Cole will be heavily owned for obvious reasons, but the swath available options at the SP2 slots should make for an entertaining evening. The next two arms on target might just be Jordan Zimmermann and Shelby Miller, two pitchers who are known to throw hard while lacking stuff in the off-speed department; both pitchers excel despite low strikeout rates, and the latter point puts a massive dent in their respected fantasy values.
Players to target and avoid on a full Friday slate of night games
June has been a month saturated with thunderstorms, a troubling condition for the DFS gamer given the unpredictability of when those thunderheads will pop with precipitation. Rain canceled the game between the Tigers and Reds yesterday, washing away a handful of intriguing options from the DFS slate, and Cincy remains under threat of weather-related postponement. I've posted it once before, but it bears repeating that Kevin Roth (Twitter handle @KevinRothWx) provides unparalleled coverage of the weather in MLB cities. He posts regular updates throughout the day to help you set a roster before getting locked into a damp evening of frustration.