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  • flightmac

    In my experience playing this season on DK, lots of winning lineups are under the salary cap, sometimes by $1000+.

    Obviously the goal is to pick the best players to perform that week, and as we all know each week will have handful of cheap guys that will go off for 30+ pts.

    My strategy is too almost ignore the salary cap and just pick the players I think may go off. For example Charcandrick West and Matt Jones went HAM last week, along with a few other low $ players and lots of the high priced guys didn’t live up to expectations

    Anyone have thoughts on this?

  • BobGrinder

    Points scored wins, salary spent, not so much.

  • DermDerm

    • 2014 FanDuel NFL Playboy Mansion Finalist

    Pulled from another thread—-

    A lineup on DraftKings that only used 71.8% of the salary cap would have a 44 point lead in the Millionaire Maker this week

    Kirk Cousins 31.96 $5,200
    Jeremy Langford 40.20 $4,800
    Charcandrick West 31.10 $4,800
    Michael Floyd 33.30 $3,800
    Martavis Bryant 31.80 $5,500
    Doug Baldwin 29.40 $3,400
    Zach Miller 30.70 $2,500
    Matt Jones 30.70 $3,300
    Chiefs 19.00 $2,600
    278.16 $35,900

    A similar lineup on FanDuel that would have a 40 point lead in the Sunday Million uses 83.7% of the salary cap

    Kirk Cousins 29.0 $6,500
    Jeremy Langford 33.7 $6,200
    Charcandrick West 29.6 $6,400
    Michael Floyd 26.8 $5,900
    Martavis Bryant 24.8 $6,500
    Doug Baldwin 22.9 $5,400
    Zach Miller 25.2 $4,500
    Cairo Santos 21.0 $4,500
    Chiefs 19.0 $4,300
    231.96 $50,200

    Personally I do what you do and ignore the cap just figuring out who my must plays are (I’m primarily a cash game one lineup guy) and then work from there. If I like a kicker at 4500 but have 300 in salary left over I won’t make myself bump up just to spend the salary. With that being said though I’m very consistent in picking a lineup that falls within $500 from the cap.

  • mchin1027

    I think it’s better not to be results oriented, in order to maintain positive EV with your lineups.

    If the Chiefs played the Broncos again this week in Denver, would you pick Charcandrick West? Him and Jones both scored 70+ yard TDs. Same with Langford.

    If Landry Jones doesn’t get hurt, does AB have the same game?

    There’s a reason very few people were on those guys. Seeing a guy win a big pot with a 7 2 offsuit doesn’t mean you should play it everytime.

  • dakimbell

    kickers and defenses have really killed a lot of great lineups for me this year.

  • w3stcoastoff3ns3

    Same here. I’m trying to figure out a way to be more accurate on my DEF and K picks.

  • tyrant1014

    For Kicker its simple, pick a guy playing in denver lol

  • tvsfrink

    Except for the Denver kicker. :(

  • JonBales

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    • x3

      2015 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    I think using all of the cap (or very close to it) is smart, particularly in cash games. If you leave even $1,000 on the table, you’re making a lot of assumptions (namely that you couldn’t upgrade a single position across the dozens of possibilities that are available). Looking at past “perfect lineups” doesn’t really tell us much about what the best strategy is moving forward; there are millions/billions of lineup iterations that leave money on the table, and you still need to pick the one that’s going to win.

  • JonBales

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    • x3

      2015 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    I think there can be merit to it in GPPs, especially short slates. I don’t think it’s that difficult to differentiate your lineup using the entire cap in NFL, but there are times I leave a lot of cap on the table in four-game MLB tournaments, for example.

  • tvsfrink

    @Jon Bales said...

    I think using all of the cap (or very close to it) is smart, particularly in cash games. If you leave even $1,000 on the table, you’re making a lot of assumptions (namely that you couldn’t upgrade a single position across the dozens of possibilities that are available).

    Yes, that’s generally what I do when I have cap space available. Look at each position and see if that extra $500 gives an upgrade. But if it doesn’t, I don’t worry about leaving it unspent.

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