Daily Fantasy MLB: Head-to-Head vs. GPP (09/17/13)

I’m working with RotoGrinders on my own regular column for RG which focuses on strategies when setting lineups for 50/50s or Head-to-Heads versus Guaranteed Prize Pool (GPP) events. I’m currently working on an in-depth “general” strategy piece on the topic that should be live on the site soon. After that I will begin a regularly scheduled column, similar to, but more in-depth, than the one below.

The ongoing column will be for MLB and NFL and the piece will focus on picks that standout as the better for beating half of the field (50/50s, Head-to-Head, Double-up) and those picks that are better for beating 99% of the field (GPPs). Below is my first-take; An abbreviated version of what I hope you’ll see more of on RG in the future. Hope you enjoy!

Part 1: 50/50s, Double-Ups, Head-to-Head Picks

When playing 50-50’s/double-ups or head to head, you want guaranteed points. This is not where you roll the dice on all or nothing players. The idea is to simply produce a solid, well balanced team. It may not be explosive, but it doesn’t matter whether you finish in first place or not, you just need to cash. – Players I love tonight.


Pitcher: Anibal Sanchez, Zack Greinke

CatcherVictor Martinez, Carlos Ruiz

1st BaseJoey Votto, Prince Fielder

2nd BaseRobinson Cano, Matt Carpenter, Dustin Pedroia

3rd BaseMiguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria

ShortstopTroy Tulowitzki, Stephen Drew

OutfieldAndrew McCutchen, Shin-Soo Choo, Matt Holliday

Part 2: GPP’s

GPP’s are a whole new ball game. You need guys to have huge nights. GPP’s are all about upside. All-or-nothing players can be GPP gold. Below are some value players with a good chance to go off tonight:


CatcherYadier Molina, A.J. Pierzynski

1st BaseAdam Dunn, Brandon Moss

2nd BaseKelly Johnson, Jedd Gyorko

3rd BaseJosh Donaldson, Todd Frazier

ShortStopStarlin Castro, Jordy Mercer, Jean Segura

OutfieldGiancarlo Stanton, Alex Rios, Jay Bruce, Rajai Davis, Josh Willingham,
Carlos Beltran, Matt Joyce

If you have any suggestions for the title of this upcoming column, please put your thoughts in the the comments below. Enjoy the games!


About the Author

  • Chris Lowery (pepsi7)

  • Chris Lowery aka Pepsi7 has a long of history of proven success in fantasy sports getting his start in season long leagues where he won many high stakes expert leagues across baseball, football, and hockey. He made the jump to DFS in 2012 and dominated MLB in 2013 in a huge way by winning the FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship for a six-figure payday. The RotoGrinders Director of NHL content, Pepsi7 can frequently be found on RotoGrinders GrindersLive shows, videos, and written articles providing expert insight for hockey and baseball.


  • oxlodge42

    Never got what the whole GPP meant. LOL. I’m not thrifty with the acronym things.

  • TheTonyM

    RG NHL Daily Plays

    Great piece, Pepsi. Looking forward to the indepth article!


  • csuram88

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      RG Overall Ranking

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    • x7

      2014 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    • 2014 DraftKings FBWC Champion

    Great Article Pepsi! Excited for your future pieces.

  • munkebiz8

    I like your article. Going to plug some of these guys in-Thanks!

  • maxdout

    2013 DFBC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Welcome to the site pepsi7, I’m looking forward to seeing these articles coming up with picks for baseball and especially football. It’s very helpful to see the picks and strategy broken up by the different DFS/WFS game types.

    It’s great to see the DFBC 2013 champion now posting content on the Rotogrinders site, he is obviously an expert and knows what he is talking about.

  • agendaman


    nice stuff BUT re your 50-50 double-ups and h-h how will you fit these hi-priced under a salary cap

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    agendaman – My in depth article due out later this week will explain my strategies and give you a better idea of where to spend money and where to look for value.

    Going forward my picks will have both studs and value plays.

  • agendaman


    great pepsi

  • Conley24

    WOW – Just looked into Pepsi7 and he has only been playing since last May. What he has accomplished in just over a year is insane. Not only did he dominate the DFBC in his 2nd appearance but he also seemed to dominate the satellites on a nightly basis.

    I am happy to see him on here, can’t wait to see his picks and strategies. This is the kind of guy I will come back to read on here. When does the next one come out?

  • bubblegumga

    Great article. Look forward to hearing more.

  • Chelly86

    Talk about nailing it with a very first article! Wow! Your GPP picks were incredible! Can’t wait for more daily picks! Great job Pepsi7!!!

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