Daily fantasy leagues are becoming very popular. There are different type’s 50/50, Head to Head, and top 3 are the most popular. Analyzing the matchups is critical because most games are only one day. I like to look at player’s numbers versus the pitcher they are facing, and analyzing statistics from the previous seven days to determine who is hot and who’s not. The final determining factor is the pitcher who is on the mound. If it is an ace I might stay away from that match up and focus on hitters facing a weak pitcher.
Here’s my lineup today with a 35K salary cap.
P -Kyle Lohse STL@HOU $6,500
C -Yadier Molina STL@HOU $3,700
1B- Mark Teixeira NYY@KAN $3,800
2B- Howie Kendrick TOR@ANA $3,400
3B -Pedro Alvarez CIN@PIT $3,000
SS -Derek Jeter NYY@KAN $3,900
Cameron Maybin MIA@SDP $3,100
Bryce Harper PHI@WAS $3,300
Justin Upton ARI@NYM $4,000
I like Lohse because he carries a lower salary, has been consistently good, and faces a weaker lineup. I am going with a couple of Yankees in Jeter and Teixeira because of their history versus starting pitcher Bruce Chen. Howie Kendrick has been hot at the plate recently and has a solid history versus starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez. Pedro Alvarez is one of the hottest hitters in baseball and has a very cheap salary at 3rd. Cameron Maybin is starting to produce by getting on base, scoring runs, and stealing bases. Harper has been solid and faces a favorable matchup versus starter Kyle Kendrick who is struggling; Upton’s bout is very favorable and he is currently undervalued salary wise.