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Optimizer Instructions

So, you've got access to a lineup optimizer, but now what? Well, first we should talk about what it is and isn't. As I'm sure you're aware, whether you're playing Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) on FanDuel or Draftings, you're tasked with creating the best lineup you can within a given cost constraint. And as you can imagine, when you start digging into the lineups, you're faced with a ton of tough choices. Who is going to be good tonight? Are the players I'm targeting in good matchups? Are they worth the price?

These are the types of questions that generate decision paralysis, or worse bad outcomes. As people who have above-average knowledge about basketball, tools like lineup optimizers are excellent ways to leverage our intuitions and truly find value on FanDuel and DraftKings.

But what an optimizer isn't is a silver bullet. You'll need to do your research, enter each contest with a strategy, and ultimately take risks when necessary - this isn't gambling, it's investing.

How It Works

The lineup optimizer takes three inputs - position, projected performance, and cost - to generate lineups. When you divide projected performance by cost, you have an understanding of a player's given value. Daily Fantasy is all about identifying value. And the optimizer does this for you, at every position. However as we said, this is all about managing risk. When you choose lineups, keep in mind that projected performance is a function of a player's past performance and certain game day conditions. But past performance is no guarantee of future success. As such, do your research - don't be afraid to fade a player or two. Or better yet, take advantage of some of our functionality discussed below.

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Step 1

Let's say you choose the FanDuel Optimizer link at the top of our page (it's a great site to start with). You'll then be launched to a separate site with the Optimizer app. You'll first want to click on "Selections" where you'll see two buttons: "Game Selections" and "Player Selections." Click "Game Selections" first so that you can make sure that the players in your lineups will be from the correct games. Note: “Selections” also displays the total number of players in your player pool.

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Step 2

After selecting the right games, you'll find players from each team. The app's default setting is to include all players from the teams selected. But you can individually exclude a player by clicking the blue checkbox. 

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Step 3

Or better yet, you can use our WSK Filter to narrow the player pool. The WSK Filter is based on our proprietary WSK Score. This score considers a number of factors and ranks players based on who we are most confident will meet their projections.

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Step 4

Once you feel confident the players in your pool are those you feel will play well tonight, hit the "Generate Lineups" button and voila!

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Step 5

Once the lineups are generated, you can use our "Lineup Settings" features to toggle the number of results from which to choose lineups.

As a matter of strategy, we recommend varying the number of centers you play on a given day. Centers tend to be anchor lineups and it's important that you hedge. You can do this by changing how many lineups you want to see with the same Center via the "Max per Center" field. Further, if you want to limit the same players from showing up in your lineups, use the "Max per Player" field.