Major League Baseball is just nine days away. I’m expecting both DraftKings and FanDuel to have some killer contests this season. MLB DFS contest selection is the topic of the day. As of now, we have two GPP contests available for Opening Day (7/23) and two more for the following slate (7/24). Let’s take a closer look at the available contests and how you should approach these first few days of the season.
MLB DFS Contest Selection
Qualifiers & Satellites
Satellites are not out as of yet, so obviously the specifics are tough. In terms of Qualifiers, I am under the impression/have been led to believe that MLB DFS season will start without a planned WFBBC (Live Final). I‘m sure the minute they get the ok, DraftKings and FanDuel will quickly arrange an awesome Live Final but until then Qualifiers should not be running (at least to a live final). I’m sure they’ll do something similar to the King of the Diamond, and considering it’s going to be a 60-game regular season, the prize pools should be somewhat similar. With that said, Satellites to these big GPP tournaments are typically live from the start of the season and we got some big GPP tournaments right away.
Right off the bat, I’m seeing a $333.00 Opening Day (20K to 1st) GPP, which is pretty standard but that’s only as low as it is because they want the “Million Dollar Season Opener” to fill (also it’s a two-game slate). On day two of MLB DFS (7/24), the high dollar GPP rises to a $555.00 entry fee, paying out 250,000 to 1st. This GPP has 2,002 spots and the max amount of entries is 60. In the Aforementioned $333.00 GPP on Opening Day, the maximum amount of entries is ten with 337 spots available. Just to be clear, if you’re not at least tossing two lineups in these GPP tournaments (one main, one hedge) you’re wasting your time. It is crucial to have your hedges. I say this a lot but most of my biggest wins were hedge lineups.
Advice for the start of the season…
Okay, this is important. Do you know who succeeds in DFS in the early parts of the season? The people who did their research. The people who see talent, not past performances. Talents/skills get fantasy points, not resumes. Get what I mean? Let me explain. Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols are HOF easily, but will I roster them in the early goings over a youngster like Lindor or Fletcher…No. Give me an eager and skilled youngster (under 25 years old) in ”April”, over decorated vets like Pujols or Miggy any day. It’s almost like you need to forget all prior seasons, awards, etc. All preconceived notions are bad for early season MLB DFS. The hottest batters, in the most advantageous positions (RBI opportunities) who have the most skill/talent are what gets you the green come July 23rd.
I hope this helped and good luck as always. Remember to follow me on Twitter @JaguarDFS
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