Brian Healy provides an overview of all the various MLB DFS contests throughout the industry!
The long-awaited return of Major League Baseball is just around the corner. Let’s begin to review the variety of contest types the sites offer so we can game plan for which fits best into your bankroll.
MLB DFS Contest Types
Head to Head
- Beat your opponent one vs. one and you double your entry (minus site rake).
- Very early in the season, these games are much softer, as there will be several casual players diving into the MLB streets with the lack of overall sports.
50/50 Double Ups
- Finish in the top 50% of the field and you double your money.
- Focus on the single entry double up contests, as the cash line on a nightly basis is historically lower.
Tournaments, Satellites, Qualifiers:
GPPs (Guaranteed Prize Pool)
- Large field tournaments that allow contestants to enter up to 150 entries.
- Typically look to play these if your bankroll allows you to max enter. If you’re playing these contests with an ‘optimal’ lineup build, you will lose money over time.
- Single Entry:
- Tournament size varies by price point, but each contestant can only enter one lineup.
- Best tournament for those building 1-3 lineups a night.
- 3 Max Entry:
- Similar to single entry, but each contestant can enter up to three entries.
- These contests are perfect for those who build three lineups a night. It allows you to differentiate across lineups, especially if you’re on the fence between two starting pitchers.
- One of the most underrated contests, in my opinion, are multipliers. This includes triple-ups, five-man winner take all and other contests that pay up to 10-100x your entry fee.
- The payline for a triple up will often be the same as the cash line of a GPP. The difference in payout is 3x your buy in vs, 1.5 (GPPs). The win is capped at 3x so the upside is limited, but if you enter 1-3 lineups a night, I’d highly consider adding some multipliers into your selection.
- Viable way for lower stake players to get tickets to higher stake tournaments.
- Target these when they do not fill (overlay).
- Typically, we see overlay on express or late slates.
- Live Final Qualifiers: If these run this upcoming season, I’d recommend either not playing these at all or allocating a portion of bankroll to go over them.
Your bankroll and risk tolerance will help determine what contest types best suit you. Playing 100% GPPs will likely lead to massive swings, both up and down, while cash games will lead to less big swings but your overall ceiling is much lower. Once the season starts and all contest types are in the lobby I’d be happy to review with you the contest you’re playing on a daily basis.
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