Fanduel's New Mixup Game
Fanduel has been been throwing out some interesting gimmick slates for a little while now, but this one is pretty interesting. You get to pick three batters and two pitchers with the salaries of all of the players adjusted to make sense in a more compact format.
After tinkering with the format for a little bit, It has become clear that that the pricing is pretty loose here.
(Please build your own lineups. These are just examples below)
Carlos Gonzalez, Anthony Rendon, and Daniel Murphy locked in utility leaves you an average of $9,700 per slot for pitching.
Bryce Harper, Charlie Blackmon, and random $3,000 punt locked in utility leaves leaves you an average of $9,600 per slot for pitching
Both of these Coors target lineups leaves you plenty of salary to work with on this slate. Dylan Bundy ($8,200) + Jon Lester ($10,500) for example is a very solid tournament combo this evening. This is also basically using some most expensive bats available on this slate, so you can do better at pitching if you dig a little deeper.
A Chase field target lineup of Jake Lamb ($5,000), David Peralta ($4,300), and Ryan Schimpf ($3,500) leaves you enough salary to take basically the top two pitching options in Noah Syndergaard (scratched from start) and Johnny Cueto and have $500 salary left on the table.
Basically I was able to heavily target two of the games with the highest projected run totals on this slate and take the best pitching options with them. With a little mixing and matching from other games on this slate, I don’t believe anyone will have a problem building an extremely solid five player lineup tonight. This turbo lineup format though should even up the playing field for novices which I suppose is not a horrible thing. Most of the formats and games we have available to us now are becoming increasing tough to win at. There is tons of content available, and the optimization software out there is becoming increasingly proficient. This is an easy format that can keep the casual player happy and entertained. Many of us forget that this thing is supposed to be fun. Hopefully more of this type of innovation will continue to happen in the industry, so we can keep the casual player from feeling like they are being overwhelmed by professionals. I would definitely not recommend this format for the bankroll grinders out there, but if you only have time for very little bit of research and want to have a solid lineup to sweat, then this could be the game for you.
Hitting Targets Outside of Coors and Chase Field
The salary has come down tremendously this season for the aging slugger, but its not like his power has completely vanished or something. He has a career .412 wOBA against left-handed pitching and Manaea allowed 17 home runs to righties last year. Pujols is on a five game hitting streak, and its only a matter of time before ole Al knocks one out of the park. Manaea has been very solid this season, but I think there is some serious upside here that should come at low ownership in this format in GPP’s.
Like Pujols above, Cruz has been mashing southpaws for a long time now with a career .395 wOBA against left-handed pitching. He is on a six game hitting streak, two game home run streak, and has one career home run against today’s left-handed starter Norris in four plate appearances. This game features a relatively high total and two teams that went on an offensive barrage last night. This is a great bat to target in cash games on this slate.
Glasnow has had a rough go of it to begin his career in the majors, and unfortunately for him he has to face off against the Cubs again tonight. The Cubs always have the potential to blow up in a good way on any given night with talent up and down their lineup, and they had no problem posting six runs on Glasnow a few weeks ago. Most of the top bats on the team are priced up, but Zobrist remains relatively cheap. He is batting .200 on the season, but he continues to get placed batting clean up which keeps me very much interested. It’s not the best hitting environment in Pittsburgh, but Zobrist should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs tonight, so I like him as cheap bat in any format.
Good luck in this new format tonight Grinders!