DFS Baseball 101: Lineup Construction
DFS Baseball 101: Lineup Construction

This article is part of our DFS MLB series.

It is great to be back writing DFS baseball again this year. Those who have read my articles know I usually focus on one particular strategy. But this year, I am going to look at the week in review and give you some tips based off my observations.

Lineup Construction - Hitting

Batting Order

Among the 30 major league teams, we have already seen 64 leadoff hitters in just the first week of the season. There have been seven hitters who have stayed in the leadoff role every game – Charlie Blackmon, George Springer, Whit Merrifield, Max Kepler, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Carpenter and Adam Eaton. The Blue Jays, Mets, Marlins, Angels, White Sox, Cubs and Diamondbacks have used at least three leadoff hitters.

When a player who normally does not lead off is bumped up, he becomes a huge value play, especially in cash games where you are trying to maximize the number of at-bats in your lineup. This is not factored into the players' salary, which gives you an edge.

There are a few reasons why teams would change leadoff hitters. One is the leadoff hitter is in a slump and the manager tries another hitter. Or it could be that the leadoff hitter is getting a day off or is injured. Another is the manager moves right-handed batters atop the order against a left-handed pitcher or vice versa and moves left-handed bats up against a right-handed pitcher. An example of this was

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Michael Rathburn
Known as “Rath” in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) community, he has helped run operations for two prominent daily fantasy sports startups. Michael has taken his insider knowledge and expertise in daily fantasy sports to the content side. Rath won the 2016 FSWA "Baseball Article of the Year, Online" award and was a finalist for the FSWA Best Baseball Series in 2011.
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