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  • pnance

    Hello. I am excited to join the RotoGrinders community.

    I recently started doing DraftKings NBA double ups for fun. I have had some success and have found I really enjoy it, so I subscribed to premium RotoGrinders to gain more skill and technique.

    I am overwhelmed with the amount of data available. I am hoping for some advice regarding synthesizing the data into making my cash game lineups daily for NBA. I was hoping someone would walk me through how they process the data and make their lineups each day. Listening to the podcasts, reading the expert surveys, using the lineup builder, etc.

    Eventually, I want to learn how to do tournaments, and how to be consistent with those. I’m a little confused with the exposure settings and so on in the lineup builder for tournaments.

    Does anyone have a few minutes to help me gain some skill?

    Thanks guys, and best of luck in your playing as well.

  • Riley

    RG Co-Founder

    Hi, pnance. Thanks for joining RG!

    Exposure settings on lineup builder are used to control the exposure percentages of players in multiple lineups. If, for example, you wanted to use lineup builder to create 100 different lineups, and you wanted to ensure that Kawhi Leonard was only in 20 of them, you would set Kawhi’s exposure to 20%.

    The lineup builder algorithm attempts to follow your exposure rules as closely as it can even considering situations where you violate what’s possible with your instructions. As a simple example, if you asked the lineup builder to have two different quarterbacks in 60% of your lineups each (a situation we know to be impossible), then the lineup builder would likely give you each quarterback in 50% of your lineups. As you can imagine, these situations can become quite complex when considering FLEX spots and salary caps!

    That’s the gist of your specific question, but feel free to ask the community any other questions you have.

  • pnance

    Thanks for clearing that up for me, Riley. I appreciate your time.

    In regards to building my daily lineup for double ups, do you recommend that I simply play with it until I get the highest projected total FPs? I can see how it would be smart to remove certain players from the field for certain reasons, etc. I’m just wanting to hear an experienced opinion.

    I am also curious in regards to doing different lineups in multiple entries. How do you feel about single entry vs multiple entry contests? Doing one single entry $25 contest, or 5 different lineups in $5 multi entry contests?

    Obviously I understand any advice is taken under the assumption that I am at my own risk.

  • Riley

    RG Co-Founder

    I personally only use Lineup Builder to build multiple lineups. There are lots of people that use it for single lineups, and they probably do exactly what you suggest—optimize for highest projected points.

    When I build a single cash game lineup, however, I am looking for safe, high-floor players, and there are usually one or two players I’ve researched as “must-haves” (Westbrook in a high-scoring game or Brandon Jennings on a night when Derrick Rose is ruled out), so I build by hand by locking those players in a lineup and seeing what safe players I can fit around them. From there, it’s just a matter of tweaking the players until I’m left with a core I feel really good about on the day’s slate, and it usually does not end up being the highest projected lineup—just one I feel has a very high likelihood of beating half the field because it’s so safe.

    As far as whether or not you should play a single $25 lineup or 5 $5 lineups, it all comes down to personal preference. Experiment with the type of research you like to do, what you have the most fun doing, and how it adds to your NBA-watching experience

  • pnance

    Thanks Riley. All great ideas.

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