Understanding The FantasyAces SalaryPro Format

As a player that’s been playing on Fantasy Aces for a while now, I was super excited to get the news of them working with RotoGrinders. I’m going to do the best I can to break down their SalaryPro format game. There’s a huge edge in this game style, and I really love this style of fantasy game. If you haven’t checked out the site, I highly recommend giving them a shot. This Friday, RotoGrinders is running a Beat The Pro Freeroll. You get 100% up to $500 on your first deposit, plus a lot of other awesome bonuses (listed in the forum post above).

So the first example I’m going to break down is chasing the extra points. Bumgarner and Stroman were 2 of the top pitchers on this day, and Stroman came at a really good discount for his matchup. On the other side of things, I chased a lot of value plays in not so good matchups. Kiermaier was batting 9th, Suarez was batting 9th, and Gosewisch was batting 8th. In this instance, the value plays weren’t worth the 10 points. You’ll see this a lot in the SalaryPro format, and you can really take advantage of playing against bad lineups. It’s always good to find value plays to get the extra points, but don’t overdue it and ruin a good lineup. Use a mix of good value, and hitters in plus matchups.

The first example was to show what not to do. This time I’m going to show you how to gain an edge, and I want everybody to beat Notorious. So here is how I build my lineup on Aces, I start with 2 solid pitchers and work from there. On this day, Schoop, Gentry, and Gomes all had plus platoon matchups. I look for these platoon players a lot for value, and with them not playing everyday their price rises very slow. Davis and Donaldson had been slumping and had prices under 5k in plus matchups. I was able to take my regular cap lineup, and switch in some value plays. By doing this, I was able to lock in 4.7 points and still have a very solid lineup.

For our last example, I’m going to show you guys the flip side of the SalaryPro edge. I’ve actually never seen someone win when starting behind. With this format it gives you the option to go over the salary cap, and lose .20 points for every $50 over the cap. In this game the player targeted some really high dollar hitters, and a very high priced Kershaw. He was chasing the recent big games from Santana, but it wasn’t worth the -6.20 points. I don’t every recommend starting from behind in a contest on purpose, and don’t think any combo is worth starting with a negative in points.

When building the SalaryPro lineups, don’t try to do too much with the lineup to get the extra points. Use the right amount of plus matchups, and value plays in good spots. From my experience, I’ve seen this method fail vs my opponents much more often then succeed. The best thing about FantasyAces is the roster structure, and if you have 2 value plays at 1 position you’re able to play both players. If you have 2 first baseman’s you really like, you can play both of them! I’m willing to answer any questions about the site, and I’ll be checking the comment section. Don’t forget to check out the forums for the free game to test this format out!

About the Author

  • Stephen Young (stevietpfl)

  • The long-time host of the popular Morning Grind, Stephen Young, aka stevietpfl is also one of the top NASCAR analysts in the industry. The RotoGrinders lead NASCAR analyst is a multiple time finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writer Association Racing Writer of the Year. Stevie is also a top baseball mind who excels in multiple sports in DFS. He has qualified for multiple live finals including a 3rd place finish at the 2015 FantasyAces Basketball Championship.

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Comments

  • fadein34

    Nice work Stevie.

    I’ll typically use my Classic lineup in the SalaryPro games. It’s probably more mental than anything else. If I’m playing SalaryPro only I’ll look to gain a couple of points but I’m not against spending my full cap.

    When I am looking to gain a few points I will compare the players, see how many points I gain and make the determination. For example, if I like player Y & Z and I gain 2.5 points I’ll compare those 2 guys to player A & B where I spend all my cap. Then ask the question, is YZ worth the 2.5 or should I go with the “better” players (AB) because I think they can make up the difference?

    A lot of ways to go with it.

  • FantasyAces

    Great article Stevie!

  • stevietpfl

    Morning Grind co-host, Lead NASCAR Analyst

    • 187

      RG Overall Ranking

    • Ranked #27

      RG Tiered Ranking

    • 2015 FanDuel MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    • 2015 FAWBC Finalist

    I tend to use my actual lineup in SalaryPro games, and then if there’s a guy I’m on the fence about, I’ll look for a value play to replace him and gain the few extra points.

  • collinjc775

    • 2014 StarStreet NBA Playboy Mansion Finalist

    • Blogger of the Month

    Great info, I played a good deal of MLB at FA last year but haven’t played much MLB any where this year. I know they added a second pitcher this year which I thought was a great move. It did change the strategy some this year I noticed when I did play.

    I’m a huge fan of Sal Pro and excited that NFL is right around the corner. I’m curious what your take is on NFL Sal Pro? Last year I found NFL to be the complete opposite of MLB. I was willing to take the point hit for going over the cap to get the extra stud in a plus matchup.

  • stevietpfl

    Morning Grind co-host, Lead NASCAR Analyst

    • 187

      RG Overall Ranking

    • Ranked #27

      RG Tiered Ranking

    • 2015 FanDuel MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    • 2015 FAWBC Finalist

    They’re re working the SalaryPro for NFL, and it all depends on what they come up with. QBs are so huge over there, I did it a few times last year as well.

  • eniedfeldt

    • 2014 StarStreet MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    Great stuff Stevie. Excited about the growth I am seeing on Aces.

  • Ross

    Well done Stevie!

  • tgowen

    • Blogger of the Month

    Good stuff Stevie. Looking at the scores above it looks like a pretty wide range of possibilities. I know it varies from day to day, but what would be a target range for scores on FantasyAces to be successful?

  • stevietpfl

    Morning Grind co-host, Lead NASCAR Analyst

    • 187

      RG Overall Ranking

    • Ranked #27

      RG Tiered Ranking

    • 2015 FanDuel MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    • 2015 FAWBC Finalist

    for cash games I try to target 55-65 depending on the slate, and 65 is usually going to cash you everything. For SalaryPro it’s a little different, and it all depends on the value you that day. I took advantage of 3 min priced guys with the cheap pitching yesterday and had 9.60 SalaryPro points. Ended up scoring 68 and cashed everything, while my regular lineup scored 45 and still was profitable.

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