The majority of daily fantasy players know that building a potent baseball stack is the best way to prevail in both cash game and guaranteed prize pool contests.
But it's all about choosing the right stack - and sometimes, that means ignoring the obvious.
Let's say, for example, that the Toronto Blue Jays are in action. The Jays' potent offense is one of the most popular targets in daily fantasy baseball, and that creates two problems in itself:
- The amount of salary required to roster multiple Blue Jays is quite high compared to the rest of your hitting options.
- The popularity of the Blue Jays' stack negates much of the advantage of choosing it.
This is also true of a handful of other teams, like the Chicago Cubs or the Detroit Tigers, both of whom have several stars in the top half of their respective lineups. You also see higher salaries for both teams whenever the Colorado Rockies are playing at Coors Field.
So how do you go about putting together a reasonably-priced stack that won't show up in the majority of daily fantasy players' lineups?
Look for a cheaper option.
The majority of major-league teams boast stacks you can roster comfortably, allowing you exposure to three, four or even five players on a given team while still having plenty of money to fill out the remainder of your lineup. And while they may not garner the same attention the Blue Jays, Cubs or Tigers do, they can still put up the kind of numbers that land you in the money.
Here are four factors to consider when targeting low-owned, low-cost stacks:
Who are they facing
Study the opposing starter every time you consider which team to stack. Is the matchup a good one? Have the hitters had success against that pitcher in the past? The stronger the BvP matchup, the better the chance your stack will pay off.
How are the L/R splits
Some teams have a tendency to hit certain handed pitchers better, so be sure to capitalize on that advantage by monitoring whether the opposing pitcher is a lefty or a righty. This ties into the first tip, but can also apply in a matchup where the opposing pitcher is decent.
What are the weather conditions
It may not make much of a difference, but sometimes weather factors into how much scoring fantasy players should expect. A strong wind blowing out to the fences, for example, could mean more home runs, and therefore more overall offense.
-- Are there low-cost backups playing? Occasionally, teams will give starters the day off - and those decisions often aren't made until after salaries have been locked in. In the case of a high-scoring team, substitutions can provide you exposure to a potent lineup at a fraction of the expected cost.