Friday, August 8th FanDuel Cheat Sheet
August 8, 2014 | Zach Trexler
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FANDUEL LINEUP BREAKDOWN
Disclaimer: First make sure all of the players chosen here are active, as the lineups are done well in advance. Some players chosen may not have been mentioned on the main cheat sheet, but will usually follow a similar strategy of facing a weak pitcher who is worse against either lefties or righties. Make your own judgement calls as well. If you notice one of the players here are sitting and a bench player is getting a start and is hitting near the top of the order, then by all means take a chance and save some salary.
It’s a tight race, but ultimately I will go with Iwakuma as my top pitcher of the night. Using some lower-priced guys like Drew and Vogt allows me to spend on higher tag guys like Trout, Brantley and Puig. If you’re interested in a slightly lower-variance approach, you could replace Aybar with Andrus — this would leave only two players from the same team in the lineup (CLE).
It’s hard not to want to use more CLE players, and it is likely not a bad idea to use as many as three of them in a cash lineup and still call it a safe lineup. Using Strasburg here as the top-costing pitcher, I am still able to fit in plenty of solid bats (Brantley/Puig) and don’t mind spending on Gennett with the superb L/R matchup against Hernandez.
I’m a big fan of Worley today, and there are a variety of ways you can stack up today’s hitters with the plethora of weak arms to exploit today. Here I went with the obvious CLE stack, coupled with the big-name bats (Martinez/Cabrera/Trout). I don’t see many people being able to own all three of those high-tag players in the same lineup, and if they all go off, this could be a big payout.
Again, you’ll see me leaning on the Indians today — I just can’t get away from including at least a couple of those bats in almost all of my lineups. Chase Anderson provides the cheap-arm-high-upside option against COL at home. I also like the Astros to score some runs today, and Carter/Singleton/Marwin are three guys who could provide at least a homerun each, if we’re lucky.
Odds, Park Factors, HR Weather, Opp Avg/K%, Totals
The chart above allows you to see the pitcher’s record, ERA and his team’s bullpen WHIP. Then as you follow the row to the right you will see the park factors for HRs for righty/lefties (the higher the easier it is for them to hit HRs), then we get into the opposing team’s wOBA, either against lefty/righty or home/away. I’ve highlighted the appropriate wOBA numbers depending on if the pitcher is a righty/lefty or they are home/away. We then go to the opposing team’s wOBA over the last two weeks to see how they have been hitting lately, then how often the opposing team strikes out, then their runs per game and then the vegas odds and the weather forecast. This chart should help you find pitchers who have good matchups and hitters who have the same.
BvP, L/R Splits, H/A Splits, Fan Duel Points
To best utilize the sortable stats, sort using the search box. Here are some examples.
Example: Enter “SS” in the search box and you will see all the shortstops playing today. Then you can sort just the splits for shortstops.
Example: Enter “OF * ” if you want to see all the OFs and their stats just for the matchup they have, H/L, H/A.
Example: Enter “BOS@CWS” and you will see just the players in that game and their splits.
Example: Enter “Jose Bautista” and see just his splits.
Remember, the “*” denotes if a player is at Home, Away or is facing a Lefty or Righty. Let’s take Jason Heyward as an example. Below I have typed “Jason Heyward ” into the search box for the Hitter Lefty/Righty Splits. You can see that he hits righties at a much better rate than he does lefties and the asterisk denotes that he is facing a righty in this example, so he is worth looking into.
We then check to see who he is facing and how he’s done against them in the past by going to the Batter vs. Pitcher stats and inputting his name. This shows he faces lefty A.J. Burnett and that he’s hit him well in a small sample size.
I then like to see how well a pitcher does against lefty/righties and home/away. Getting a player that hits the splits well and is facing a pitcher that pitches to the hitters splits and also if the hitter has been hitting well recently, is a great way to to find viable plays for that day.
Downloadable Stats (all the stats below, but in an excel file): MLB Stats 8_8
Batter vs. Pitcher Stats
These stats show how the hitter has fared against the pitcher he faces today. If the two have never faced each other, the hitter will not be on this list.[table “36” not found /]
THIS SEASON — Hitter Righty/Lefty Splits
These stats show the hitter’s numbers against left and right-handed pitchers using this season’s data.
FDP: Total FanDuel Points vs L/R
FDP/AB: FanDuel Points Per At Bat L/R[table “37” not found /]
THIS SEASON — Hitter Home/Away Splits
These stats show the hitter’s numbers at home or away using this season’s data.[table “38” not found /]
THIS SEASON — Pitcher Splits: Righty/Lefty
These are today’s starting pitchers stats when facing right handed and left handed hitters for this season’s data.[table “39” not found /]
THIS SEASON — Pitcher Splits: Home & Away
These are today’s starting pitchers stats based home/away splits for this season’s data.[table “40” not found /]
3 YEAR — Hitter Righty/Lefty Splits
These stats show the hitter’s numbers against left and right-handed pitchers using the last 3 years of data.[table “41” not found /]
3 YEAR — Hitter Home/Away Splits
These stats show the hitter’s numbers at home or away using the last 3 years of data.[table “42” not found /]
3 YEAR — Pitcher Splits: Righty/Lefty
These are today’s starting pitchers stats when facing right handed and left handed hitters for the last 3 years of data.[table “43” not found /]
3 YEAR — Pitcher Splits: Home & Away
These are today’s starting pitchers stats based home/away splits for the last 3 years of data.[table “44” not found /]
FanDuel Points: Last 7 Days
These are the stats for hitters within the last ten days to show who is riding a hot streak.
LD%: Line Drive % shows us how “on” a player is. If he’s seeing the ball well, he’ll be hitting more line drives.[table “45” not found /]
FanDuel Points: Last 14 Days
These are the stats for hitters within the last 14 days to show who is riding a hot streak.
LD%: Line Drive % shows us how “on” a player is. If he’s seeing the ball well, he’ll be hitting more line drives.[table “46” not found /]