This article is part of our DFS Baseball 101 series.The last few months I have covered most of the basic and intermediate strategies for DFS baseball along with some monthly hitting, pitching and bullpen reports. I have also covered stacking, tournaments, cash games and contest selection.
One of the few remaining topics I thought about was how to handle the $2,000 hitters on FanDuel or what some refer to as "Min Sal" = Minimum Salary. The minimum salary hitters are tough because most are priced that way for a reason. They are not very good or they lack playing time like a prospect or bench player. But there are some opportunities that you can exploit to open up salary relief for building a better lineup.
The other issue with a $2,000 hitter is that once he has a good game or two, his salary will increase, putting him outside of the "Min Sal" hitter category. There have been some instances, though, in which FanDuel has failed to increase a players' salary in spite of his positive performance. Often, owners make a lineup and have $2,100 left and just take a random $2,000 player and give up the position. I don't think you need to do that, so hopefully I can shed some light on this for you.
Let's look at the numbers on $2,000-priced hitters for FanDuel.
Data is from April to June 2017.
This first chart shows the batting order, average points per game, count and percentage of total. As expected the majority of the $2,000 hitters come from the eighth and ninth spot. You want to look at hitters in the one through six position, but that only accounts for about 20 percent. What that means, is you just need to play this strategy tight. If you can find a hitter in the 1-6 position it warrants consideration, especially in the top two spots.
|BATTING ORDER||AVG PPG||COUNT||% OF TOTAL|
This second chart looks at $2,000 hitters by position. Of course, since you start three outfielders, you will have more options at that position. The two corner positions offer a total of eight percent, so you won't find those very often. The next highest percentage is catcher at 28 percent. The problem with catcher is that at 6.4 PPG it is less than the average of 7.3 PPG. Shortstop is the other position you can look at with 17 percent of the total and slighty higher than the average (7.6 vs. 7.3).
|POSITION||AVG PPG||COUNT||% OF TOTAL|
The next series of charts will correlate the position with the lineup spot.
There is a small sample of first baseman who have been $2,000 and the lineup spot has not made much of a difference. If you want to punt the position, it does provide value. However, keep in mind that first basemen are the highest scoring position, so punting here does limit your upside.
Second base has been one of the worst positions to find $2,000 hitters as a whole, but when you look at individual players there have been some huge values.
Third base is much like first base in that while the overall PPG is high, the opportunity is low. When looking at the list of notable players, it is hard to really get value at 3B with a $2,000 hitter.
The catcher position provides some value if you can get hitters in the fifth/sixth/seventh lineup spot.
The problem with the catcher position is that usually you only get one game of a decent hitter at $2,000.
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