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  • Babelito84

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    I have been using this strategy of late as a cheap way to try to get 8-10 pts on smaller slates where there is just no pitching upside and risk of a -7 killing me. Guys like Miller on CLE, Devenski on HOU are real assets and if you get extra lucky you can sneak a win . A clean inning with 2 Ks gets close to 6 pts.

    Has anyone tried this as a way to load up on Bats and risk getting a 0 if your guy doesn’t play

  • bigez952

    MLB is my main DFS sport and that sounds like a terrible strategy to take a pitcher with a ceiling of less than 10 points. Sure you risk a -7 with a low priced starter but there is always a low priced starter or two that will reach 20+ points. You might have a higher risk with cheap starting pitchers but at least they provide the potential upside to make up for your bats not coming through since even paying up for the top bats can result in 0 point days.

  • jackflak55

    I have tried this. The only time it makes sense is if you know that the reliever you want hasn’t pitched in 3-4 days and is likely to appear in the game, AND his team is favored to win. On most slates, there are very few such relievers worth choosing.
    While on its face, this sounds like a terrible strategy that requires a lot of luck, the entire game requires a lot of luck. Choosing pitchers is the most important part of building a lineup, and there is so much luck involved, that strategy really doesn’t matter all that much. Most pitchers are just as likely to score 8 points as they are -8 points.

  • celtics2448

    I’ve experimented this and won min cash on a few occasions, but I’ve failed doing this as well. As jackflak55 just said, you need to check the gap between appearances, the starter for the game must be a spot starter or just really awful and i’m stacking Coors Field/Astros/Nationals. You shouldn’t be using this strategy any more than on a rare occasion though

  • joonbae

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    This is a terrible thing to do. No one should ever do this.

  • WidumBoise

    @joonbae said...

    This is a terrible thing to do. No one should ever do this.

  • walkoff9

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    If your considering it, it probably means you should skip the slate and go watch a movie or something.

  • jokerswild22

    This has worked for me plenty of times.. I reserve it for smaller Coors slates.

    Worked for me several times so far with Kluber & Cody Allen.

    Never won a tournament doing it but not incredibly crazy in the right spot.

  • Stangs13

    I’d say 99% of the time it’s a terrible idea. With that said the only time I tried it was last postseason I played Miller 1 time he pitched 3 innings and was the 2nd highest pitcher on the slate if I recall correctly

  • KindGuy

    I should’ve done it tonight with Gallardo instead of playing this bum Gaviglio!

  • Babelito84

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    I’m only talking about small slates where all the pitching options stink. I did this a few weeks back when Peacock on Houston had a pitch count of 60 and I knew devenski would get an inning or two. It was a small slate and I started devenski, he went 2 scoreless innings with 4 k and the money saved allowed me to stack an extra stud everyone else didn’t have. I think it can work in the right spot. Tomorrow’s early slate being another example

  • fathalpert

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    I’ve min cashed with a $0 pitcher on FanDuel once. It’s not something I’d recommend but I was bored so I wanted to try it.

  • joerapjr

    @walkoff9 said...

    If your considering it, it probably means you should skip the slate and go watch a movie or something.

    I think this answer sums it up perfectly! Some slates are just not worth it.

  • richierich

    @joonbae said...

    This is a terrible thing to do. No one should ever do this.

  • superstars92

    I thought I was the only one who tried this.

    I’ve tried it twice this year (but I don’t play MLB every day so might have tried it more if there were more slates I played). I’ll share my experience.

    The first time I almost won a GPP (not joking) for a 2 game slate. I think the GPP had like only 1000 people or so (so not big) and I got like 25th or so (I don’t remember the exact details). I remember I would have won if I paid down for a few positions, but the reason I didn’t do that is because I obviously paid up for positions by choosing a reliever. It was either a 3/4 dollar GPP because the 33 dollar one would not have that many people for a 2 game slate. I had Andrew Miller as my reliever and he did 1 IP with 3 Ks, which is like what some SPs get. The only reason I did this is because I wanted to stack the Cubs (I think it was the Cubs) in the opposite game and I couldn’t fit their stack in without playing Miller for 4K. I can try to find this game when I get back on my computer, but this is a true story. I mean I won like 12-20 dollars off of 3/4 dollars, but it’s still something (to me the amount is insignificant, but the way I did it is why I even remember some details).

    The other time I tried it was the other night when the high-end pitchers were Kershaw and Kluber and the Rockies-Reds were also playing with a super high O/U. It was also only a 5 game slate. Since I create multiple lineups, the ones in which I had Rockies and Reds players in, I could not fit Kershaw/scrub pitcher (like Corbin or Newcomb who were pitching) or Kluber/scrub. I mean I could have partial stacks with Kershaw/scrub, but not bigger stacks for that game. Thus, I went with either Kershaw or Kluber with Devinsky (also I think Gregorson too) on the Astros. I didn’t choose Miller of Cleveland because I thought he wouldn’t he needed vs San Diego that night. Needless to say, I never bothered to check how those teams did (or if Devinsky or Gregorson even pitched) because the Rockies-Reds game was a disaster. But hey still worth the try if that game with the super high O/U did go off. Newcomb was so bad that even if I chose a useless RP, he would have done better so at least that’s worth something (but like there were better secondary pitchers like Price or Corbin with Springer and Beinitendi).

    That’s my story. Not trolling about the near GPP win. Do I recommend usually? Nope, but if you really want your stack, it’s a strategy.

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