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  • lightninglarry

    How much time do people spend with their research and lineup building process? Im a very low stakes player who works overnight so most of my prepping is done the previous night. Listening to the morning grind and reading notos early look i pinpoint the pitchers i need and who ill target. Mainly cash player so i fill out semi dummy lineups. Wake up pretty much as lineups roll out and tinker forever….usually as im walking in the door to work at 7 pm. All in all id say id put 2 hours a day….night on any slate i play. Dont tell my boss ☺. What process or time do u guys spend?

  • foxymongrel

    Student so opposite schedule, spend 2-3 hours throughout the day. Morning grind is a big help

  • srcripps

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    I’m an Excel fiend, so I’m constantly going through projections and updating my spreadsheet throughout the day. All of the research tools are full of helpful information. I’m the same as you….don’t tell my boss. But a few hours a day/night would seem to be reasonable for any given slate.

  • Roma315

    1-3 hours at most after 3 years. Don’t overthink GPP. I use 2-4 sites, collect all the information I can, find the basic medium and see which players are projected to do the best. Then you need to choose if you want to go Chalk or fade.
    Perfect example I had Col stacked which gave me 3 HRs (Blackmon, Gonzo, Arenado), Ray gave me a decent score for P, Duda at 1b but lost big last night. My other players did crap DJ gave me 0 at 2b and Martin 0 for catcher. In other lines Bautista and Stanton didn’t do great for OF. So you need to use the best available information and hope it comes through.

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  • Jvanspro

    I built a spreadsheet the assigns a value based on the matchup for every player. So I’ve been able to get my research down to about an hour while building extremely good lineups.

  • small1dawg

    about 2 hrs the night before. but i’m old school I write everything down by hand. don’t use projections. I just go through the #s of pitchers to use and pitchers to target and make a small list at each position of what bats I want to use.

  • thedkexperience

    By the looks of the last week … not enough.

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    @thedkexperience said...

    By the looks of the last week … not enough.

    I’m in the same boat as you dk, variance has hit me hard this week! Can’t seem to cash for the life of me, and I’d like to think that I’m a decent DFS player.

  • kieff5280

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    It depends on what your background knowledge is on the player pool. If you know the player pool really well, then 1-2 hrs is sufficient. If you do not know the player pool well, then more hours learning the players. I play in a Deep season-long league (15 teams, 30 picks), so I had been researching players hours and hours a week since January… Now that the season has started, 2 hours is sufficient for me

  • draped

    I have a spreadsheet to help automate most of my research. I still like doing some of the analysis by hand that way I don’t miss anything. it takes me about 1-2 hours depending on the slate size to make a cash lineup. I then spend probably 30min-1hr making changes before lock based on starting lineups/weather.

  • kieff5280

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    I will say if you subscribe to something like incentives, it cuts a lot down on your research. I just think the fun of his hobby is to do the research on my own….

  • Olhausen

    @small1dawg said...

    about 2 hrs the night before. but i’m old school I write everything down by hand. don’t use projections. I just go through the #s of pitchers to use and pitchers to target and make a small list at each position of what bats I want to use.

    I’m exactly the same way. I love doing the research almost as much as watching my lineup’s at night. I write down a ton of research each day!

  • ohhale

    Spreadsheet guy here as well. Most everything is automated (have to cut and paste Vegas and fd data daily). It still takes me 1-2 hours to look at different things. Find a process that works for you and it will get quicker as it becomes second nature.

    I look at Vegas as im cutting and pasting and then look at pitchers to see who I may like to pitch and who I may want to target. At that point I start looking at splits, batted ball data, etc. And narrow down my pitchers to 2-3 in each category. At this point I sorta know what teams I may want to stack so I write those teams down and then start looking at the bats. I filter out people not playing (I have it automated to color code guys confirmed as starting and where they’re batting) and then filter out guys hitting 7,8,9th and then guys with low projected o/u. Then i start looking at their splits. I want to try and narrow that player pool of 200+ players down to like 3-5 players at each position with of 9-10.

  • kdub

    I guess I need to spend a shitload of time trying to learn how to use excel so I can make a spreadsheet, that should only take me like 2 or 3 baseball seasons

  • CUTiger81

    I look at a pitching profile for every pitcher on whatever slate I’m playing. Just want to make sure I’m not missing anything. Spend a couple hrs but it’s spread out throughout the day while I’m doing other things at work.

  • krazyju84

    If i make three lineups, first lineup usually takes 2 hours then the 2nd and 3rd lineups take about 5 minutes total. my 2hr lineup usually doesn’t do well but I enjoy the process and also the 1/10 days that it does do well, i like how it makes me feel like a genius and it was all worth the effort.

  • lightninglarry

    Great insight guys. Great comments so far…anything specific a MUST when doing your research?

  • Kjwhalen77

    Probably 1-2 hours. I just run a single bullet across a Quint/league/SE GPP/Biggest ME GPP. Go thru every pitcher to see who to target / who to roster, then compare weather/park factors with that. After that I’ll roll thru the batters to see who’s been hot, who’s inexpensive in a good lineup spot, any favorable L/R splits, anyone who’s been making hard contact but has just been getting unlucky, and go from there. No pre-set amount of players to stack, just go with the gut.

    First week of the season I tried using the Grind Down/Fantasy Labs breakdown articles, and I’d get steered towards taking certain players and they’d end up bombing. Went 0’fer for the week. Went back to just doing my own thing w/o reading any forums or articles, just my own stat ideas, and have hit the last 3 of 4 slates nicely.

    I’d say do your own thing, don’t follow the crowd.

  • madmanjayWV

    @Kjwhalen77 said...

    Probably 1-2 hours. I just run a single bullet across a Quint/league/SE GPP/Biggest ME GPP. Go thru every pitcher to see who to target / who to roster, then compare weather/park factors with that. After that I’ll roll thru the batters to see who’s been hot, who’s inexpensive in a good lineup spot, any favorable L/R splits, anyone who’s been making hard contact but has just been getting unlucky, and go from there. No pre-set amount of players to stack, just go with the gut.

    First week of the season I tried using the Grind Down/Fantasy Labs breakdown articles, and I’d get steered towards taking certain players and they’d end up bombing. Went 0’fer for the week. Went back to just doing my own thing w/o reading any forums or articles, just my own stat ideas, and have hit the last 3 of 4 slates nicely.

    I’d say do your own thing, don’t follow the crowd.

    EXACTLY^^^

    Go with your gut and pray to the MLB gods….

    Being a lifelong baseball fan, I just read lines, look at splits, scour boxes, know team’s lineup tendencies, read updates and info as much as I can..I suppose I “put” a lot more time in than I realize, but it’s just part of an MLB season daily routine for me.

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  • Wvd365

    I used to spend 2-3 hours on my lineups.This is my third year playing mlb dfs so now it takes me around 30 minutes with good results.

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