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  • MoMo662

    Always checking out top winners picks and I noticed some very unusual picks lately.
    Can someone explain why you would occupy a position players spot with someone not in the lineup?
    I can see using maybe a relief pitcher, but what are the odds of picking a guy and he actually pinch hits and gets into the game??
    ( I saw someone recently had Alex Verdugo on the Dodgers and the guy hits a pinch hit 3-run homer in the 8th inning) WTF?? how lucky can you get. And yes that hit put the guy in 1st place and won the tourney!!

    Also seen a back up catcher used – probably as a filler to complete the lineup and he hits 2 homers for like 40+ points and his owned % was in the 20’s?

    Just some weird stuff.

  • gvn2fly1421

    A guy won the Wonder Strike on FD for the last Champions League slate with 3 guys not even starting. THREE! There are only 8 positions total. Now, the case I bring up is a case of a guy not checking his lineup and getting lucky. Game of skill they tell me.

    There are certain cases in soccer where playing a bench guy may be the right move, mostly in single game slates though. Soccer subs are a little more predictable than baseball subs so at times, I can forgive this. I have to assume some of the stuff you are seeing is in showdown or single game slates?

  • wolfjb1

    With certain MLB teams you can make an informed decision about who is going to pinch hit, and when that might happen. The Dodgers frequently take guys out after a couple of at bats. That said, I have no idea why someone would play a backup catcher.

  • d735123

    Interesting. In horse racing, officials have always said past-posting (betting on the race after it starts) is simply and absolutely not possible with the software used, etc. Guess what? It happens. Not saying that was done here, but never say never.

  • RudyPujols

    Occasionally in a large, multi-entry GPP I get a build of pitchers and 7/8 position player slots that I love so much that I consider slotting a $2k-ish guy and embracing the zero and the uniqueness just to make it work. I mean, I took down a 22k entry four-seamer with a Pedro Alvarez goose egg a couple years ago, so you never know. I don’t ever specifically just set out to pinch-hit homer hunt, though.

  • DFSx42

    Yes to what Rudy said, like how when Chris Davis was min priced, he was arguably an autmatic play even when he wasn’t starting because so many batters are going to give you 0s every night so it’s not the end of the world to take a punt in order to get the one’s you really want. There are many winning lineups with someone like Mike Trout putting up a 0.

    But with 3, that’s clearly a case of setting a dummy lineup and getting lucky. It happens far more frequently than you would imagine. At least once per month someone will take a h2h of mine and not even set their lineup.

  • sirrobert6

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    I don’t play MLB, so grain of salt.
    But, it seems scoring is up around all professional sports atm. More specifically, scoring that directly translates to DFS scoring. Ceiling is now more important, and balanced lineups will leave you behind. It also seems like DFS is getting smarter and more uniform in decisions, so being stupid (a unique, non-duplicated cards) seems like the only way to be different anymore.

  • tprokopenko

    @sirrobert6 said...

    I don’t play MLB, so grain of salt.
    But, it seems scoring is up around all professional sports atm. More specifically, scoring that directly translates to DFS scoring. Ceiling is now more important, and balanced lineups will leave you behind. It also seems like DFS is getting smarter and more uniform in decisions, so being stupid (a unique, non-duplicated cards) seems like the only way to be different anymore.

    MLB is on an all time record HR pace this season. Orioles pitchers alone have given up 70+ homeruns already and the all time season record for a team is 254. They are going to obliterate that.

  • sirrobert6

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    @tprokopenko said...

    MLB is on an all time record HR pace this season. Orioles pitchers alone have given up 70+ homeruns already and the all time season record for a team is 254. They are going to obliterate that.

    see, I don’t know how everyone else feels about this, but it ruins DFS for me.
    There’s no longer a logical challenge. Rationality is thrown out the door because there will be so much positive scoring variance to go around, anyone who didn’t have a HR loses, and literally any idiot can form a winning card. It’s not fun, and even less of an interesting challenge.

  • Njsum1

    @sirrobert6 said...

    see, I don’t know how everyone else feels about this, but it ruins DFS for me.
    There’s no longer a logical challenge. Rationality is thrown out the door because there will be so much positive scoring variance to go around, anyone who didn’t have a HR loses, and literally any idiot can form a winning card. It’s not fun, and even less of an interesting challenge.

    GPP’s for MLB DFS has always been that way on the offensive side. A game of predict/guess the homer. That and getting some stolen bases. Any idiot can always win, that’s the beauty of DFS. No different now than in years past. When the game changes, you adjust your strategy, or move on. All sports have increased scoring.

    Mlb has also ALWAYS been a game of massive variance. Nothing’s changed except more homers. Yet it’s all relative. To me it’s the same as it’s always been with some more scoring. 🤷‍♂️

  • wolfjb1

    Agreed. I’m definitely an idiot and a fish. I don’t win. My highly un-anlaytical analysis of the winners – in which I see who finished first in the low dollar entry GPPs that I’m in – seems to indicate that the same sharps and pros are winning year after year.

  • AlexSonty

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    @sirrobert6 said...

    see, I don’t know how everyone else feels about this, but it ruins DFS for me.
    There’s no longer a logical challenge. Rationality is thrown out the door because there will be so much positive scoring variance to go around, anyone who didn’t have a HR loses, and literally any idiot can form a winning card. It’s not fun, and even less of an interesting challenge.

    Doubles, steals, and RBI matter so much. So, so much.

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