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  • txdave41

    It is one of the most baffling and even more infuriating aspects of my MLB playing. Almost every night, my lineups play out the same way. I start out strong usually with a HR and get ahead in the cash. Then drop drop drop. Until I am one freaking point away from being out of the cash. By the end of the night, I am booted out of the cash by that one point. Last night, I scored 174 and got nothing. People who scored 175 cashed.

    If I’m going to lose, I want to lose big. DFS loses complete fun for me when I come so close and still lose money. It’s like I put in all this effort and research, actually get most players right, beat the majority of the field and still can’t win a dime at this. That leaves for a very frustrating anger inducing experience for me. I just don’t get it. With as many different scores that I could end up with, why is it that my score that is right outside the cash line? Is anyone else having the cash line bubble experience?

  • lloydjv1

    Strangely enough MLB is probably my second least favorite DFS sport, and I do best at it. I usually will sacrifice my hitter’s salaries for the best home pitcher and stack the best hitters I can afford against the ‘weaker’ pitcher. It usually works out and I cash 3 out 5 LU’s, although far from taking down a GPP.

    I only play a few lineups per night and usually the turbo slates. I think MLB is a bigger crap shoot than any other sport outside NHL. I know some hitters traditionally do better against certain pitchers, but scoring can be very inconsistent, therefore unless a home team really sucks, I will be more apt to stack home hitters against visiting pitching.

  • kaetorade

    • 2013 DraftStreet DSBBC Finalist

    Being just inside/outside the cash bubble is variance that will correct itself over time. Fwiw, I understand your frustration. Being bubbled out is the worst way to lose and doing so despite a fast start is like salt on the wound.

  • Ibleedblue1

    I understand match ups differ day by day, but why do you love home hitting so much? I prefer stacking a visiting team. Baring any weather concerns they are guaranteed for 9 at bats not just 8.

  • depalma13

    Based on what you said, it seems to me, you aren’t using enough late night players and are just following the heard and picking players you know are starting.

  • vandymark

    So you want a participation trophy?

  • Njsum1

    There are few things more frustrating then being on the wrong side of the bubble, and I’ve been there, so I empathize. As mentioned above it could just be variance and may likely correct itself.

    Ask yourself this question….is it either min cash or just outside the bubble most nights, or have you had some deep cashes as well? The reason I ask is this….if it’s only min type cashes or nada, your process is probably off and you should reevaluate your strategy. If you’ve had a good amount of bigger cashes or an amount you consider acceptable, and only on nights when ur close to the cash line you fall on the wrong side, then your process is likely fine and that will correct itself over time.

  • SirGiant

    • Blogger of the Month

    If you’re constantly beating the “majority of the field” and bubbling in tournaments, then theoretically you’d be crushing 50/50’s.

    Maybe it’s time to rethink you’re approach. If you’re building safe chalky lineups that keep missing tournament cut lines, enter that lineup into 50/50s. Still sprinkle in around 5-10% tournament entries, but try going for that steady bankroll growth and see what happens.

  • Roma315

    @SirGiant said...

    If you’re constantly beating the “majority of the field” and bubbling in tournaments, then theoretically you’d be crushing 50/50’s.

    Maybe it’s time to rethink you’re approach. If you’re building safe chalky lineups that keep missing tournament cut lines, enter that lineup into 50/50s. Still sprinkle in around 5-10% tournament entries, but try going for that steady bankroll growth and see what happens.

    This isn’t always true. I tried this approach with NBA as I was always on the cut line in GPPs. The 50/50 and double up lines were the same, sometimes higher than the GPPs.

  • txdave41

    @SirGiant said...

    If you’re constantly beating the “majority of the field” and bubbling in tournaments, then theoretically you’d be crushing 50/50’s.

    Maybe it’s time to rethink you’re approach. If you’re building safe chalky lineups that keep missing tournament cut lines, enter that lineup into 50/50s. Still sprinkle in around 5-10% tournament entries, but try going for that steady bankroll growth and see what happens.

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice. I’ve tried doing the all cash approach, and I win some and lose some. By the end of the night, my entry fees are higher than the winnings so it only just slows the death of a bankroll. My problem is I can’t limit myself to just one lineup. With so many things that can go wrong, I feel like I have to have at least exposure to different stacks and pitchers. Since I only play $10 a night, I don’t need to cash high in a GPP to get ahead, but the rake always gets me.
    I tried this approach yesterday:

    $1 Bunt
    $1 Sac Fly
    $3 Squeeze
    $2 Quintuple
    $2 Double Up
    $1 10 Man League
    $1 H2H

    I cashed the H2H for $1.80
    I cashed the Squeeze for $6
    I cashed the double up for $4

    Bombed in the league game
    Bombed in the Bunt and Sac Fly
    Bombed in the Quintuple

    If I could have just cashed the Quin alone, that would have made most of my money back. Instead, I walk away with 80 lousy cents. I can’t make enough in cash to get ahead.

  • Ericpaul

    I personally like the 100 man leagues on FD. A lineup that gets you in the neighborhood of $4 or $5 in the bunt or sac fly, can sometimes win a $1 100 man for $25. I’ve had decent success on them.

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