Vlad's Values: Week 1 Preview

I’ve been buried in baseball prep since December. I’ll be managing eight teams this season including NFBC’s Main Event (live Vegas draft; 1.6k entry 125k prize), partnering with Main Event winner Rob Silver in Jonah Keri’s League of Leagues, and I am honored to be invited to participate in one of fantasy baseball’s oldest and most prominent experts’ leagues, Tout Wars (the auction format). Needless to say, I’ll be knee-deep in season-long management, but over the last couple of years I’ve noticed that being so in tune with the season-long game has been very helpful for my DFS prep. Luckily, we’ve got some of the most successful players in the industry as owners and on staff. Not to mention the souped-up optimizer, powered by FantasyCruncher and layered by the algorithmic wizardry of Rob Penn’s (@MLBModel) algorithm.

Simply put, you guys will be in good hands this season. MLB DFS is a slow burn. You won’t win every day, but if you keep up with MLB lineups, pitching matchups, splits, Vegas lines/totals, employ bankroll management and stick to correct game selection and your process, you may be surprised at your end-of-season ROI (not to mention some GPP sweats, or perhaps, big hits). If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out Ryan Hodge’s (@RyanHodge) Daily Fantasy Baseball 101 article which cuts out all the B.S. and tells you what is important to pay attention to in MLB DFS.

As I get ready for my big drafts over the next 10 days, I wanted to get some thoughts out before the season starts as well as bring your attention to some cheap Week 1 value guys you can take advantage of.

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