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DFS Amateur Hour – Friday Postscript

That was a lot of lineup setting to lose $2.50, bringing my bankroll down to $913.10. (I invested $40 over eight $5 entries, and three of them cashed for $12.50 apiece. So I took back $37.50.) I also did poorly in the RotoWire and Tout Wars Contests – remind me not to stack Braves in a contest that counts cumulatively next time. That was pretty dumb and probably will cost me a chance at the $2,000 prize later this year.

DFS Amateur Hour – Friday Night

I went a little crazy today with the two free-rolls (RotoWire and Tout Wars) and eight other entries into the $5, $115K MLB Rally. There are a lot of high-end pitching options tonight, and I used three of them (Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke and Gerrit Cole)¬†spread out over nine of my 10 entries, varying the hitting stacks around them. The one exception was Henderson Alvarez in whom I have zero faith, but he was the cheapest of the pitchers who was likely to have a decent game and get a win, so I rolled him out, using an expensive, hybrid Cubs/Indians stack. I don’t expect much from that entry, but it’s got uniqueness on its side.

In any event, here are the lineups:

Free Rolls

Pos RotoWire $ Tout Wars $
P Scherzer 11700 Scherzer 11700
C Posey 4600 Molina 2300
1B Davis 3100 Freeman 3300
2B Cano 2900 Peterson 2800
3B Seager 2900 Headley 2500
SS Miller 2800 Tulowitzki 4500
OF Smith 2300 Maybin 2600
OF Cabrera 2400 Markakis 2500
OF Guyer 2300 Beltran 2800
Total 35000 Total 35000

$115K MLB Rally

Pos Player $ Player $ Player $ Player $
P Scherzer 11700 Scherzer 11700 Greinke 9900 Greinke 9900
C Posey 4600 Molina 2300 Posey 4600 Molina 2300
1B Davis 3100 Freeman 3300 Belt 3900 Morrison 2800
2B Cano 2900 Peterson 2800 Cano 2900 Cano 2900
3B Seager 2900 Headley 2500 Seager 2900 Ramirez 3100
SS Miller 2800 Tulowitzki 4500 Miller 2800 Miller 2800
OF Smith 2300 Maybin 2600 Gonzalez 3300 Braun 4400
OF Cabrera 2400 Markakis 2500 Cabrera 2400 Gomez 4200
OF Guyer 2300 Beltran 2800 Smith 2300 Davis 2500
Total 35000 Total 35000 Total 35000 Total 34900

 

Pos Player $ Player $ Player $ Player $
P Greinke 9900 Cole 9400 Cole 9400 Alvarez 6300
C Perez 2500 Hundley 3000 Castillo 2200 McCann 2800
1B Davis 3100 Belt 3900 Abreu 3500 Rizzo 4400
2B Paredes 3300 Cano 2900 Cano 2900 Kipnis 4600
3B Machado 3600 Seager 2900 Seager 2900 Bryant 4000
SS Escobar 2600 Tulowitzki 4500 Miller 2800 Castro 3000
OF Jones 3400 Gonzalez 3300 Braun 4400 Brantley 4700
OF Gordon 3200 Markakis 2500 Gomez 4200 Soler 2800
OF Cain 3100 Davis 2500 Davis 2500 Murphy 2300
Total 34700 Total 34900 Total 34800 Total 34900

I have a lot of Mariners in Toronto against Marco Estrada. I expect they’ll be heavily owned, but it was hard to pass up all those cheap lefties hitting high in the lineup against a pitcher who gives up a lot of home runs. If he deals today, I could easily lose my entire investment. The other team I bankrolled was the Brewers, facing a left-handed Eric Stultz (I won’t repeat the Fast Times at Ridgemont High/Pulp Fiction joke, but know that I’m thinking it.) I actually preferred the original starter, Alex Wood, who was scratched due to an illness, because I expect that stack to be much more heavily used now.

 

DFS Amateur Hour – Friday Night

I was running low on time, so the Double Ups had to go. I usually like having 2-3 of them to increase my chances of a win, and tonight would have been a good time for them given I like Kershaw, but I’m aiming for a bigger score. So it’s just the RotoWire and Tout Wars tournaments, for which I submitted the same lineups and which don’t count toward my bankroll, five $3 large-field tournament entries and one $5 because the $3 one filled up before I could get my last lineup in, and I got superstitious that it would be “the one” ¬†if I didn’t play it.

Here are the lineups:

RotoWire/Tout Wars:

Pos Player $
P Kershaw 11,000
C Posey 3800
1B Belt 2700
2B Panik 2600
3B Beltre 3100
SS Andrus 2600
OF Cabrera 2500
OF Holliday 3800
OF Granderson 2900
Total 35,000

$3 Tournament

Pos Player $ Player $ Player $
P Kershaw 11,000 Kershaw 11,000 Kershaw 11,000
C Molina 2300 Molina 2300 Soto 2400
1B Lind 3100 Lind 3100 Davis 3600
2B Gennett 2200 Gennett 2200 Paredes 3500
3B Beltre 3100 Beltre 3100 Machado 3700
SS Peralta 2900 Andrus 2600 Ramirez 2600
OF Gomez 4100 Gomez 4100 De Aza 2500
OF Braun 3900 Braun 3900 Garcia 3000
OF Bourjos 2300 Blanks 2700 Cabrera 2500
Total 34,900 Total 35,000 Total 34,800

 

Pos Player $ Player $ Player $*
P Phelps 6,900 Phelps 6,900 Rodon 5,800
C Gattis 3200 Gattis 3200 Martin 3600
1B Carter 2800 Carter 2800 Encarnacion 4200
2B Altuve 4300 Altuve 4300 Cano 3400
3B Seager 3100 Seager 3100 Donaldson 3800
SS Miller 2600 Miller 2600 Andrus 2600
OF Springer 3900 Springer 3900 Bautista 4500
OF Trout 5200 Trout 5200 Stanton 4600
OF Granderson 2900 Garcia 3000 Cabrera 2500
Total 34,900 Total 35,000 Total 35,000

 

*$5 Tournament Entry.

My strategy was pretty simple: Kershaw everywhere, a cheap David Phelps in a couple places and one Carlos Rodon even though he’s likely to be heavily owned. And then just stack against pitchers that could blow up, but who people won’t necessarily attack. In the Rodon one, for example, I stacked right-handed Blue Jays in the event of a big Dallas Keuchel correction. I also stacked Brewers (a terrible offensive team thus far) against Bartolo Colon, again, on the chance he has a correction to his monster start.

More conventional stacks include the Astros against R.A. Dickey, the Rangers against Bruce Chen and the Cardinals against Shane Greene.