What is Lightning Lineups?
In Lightning Lineups, you are presented with three lineups that consist of three players.
The goal is to pick the lineup that you think will score the most fantasy points. You have the option to spin for a new set of players as many times as you like until you find a lineup you want. Here is an example:
Lightning Lineups will now be available across the four major sports — MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL. Below is how the scoring will work for MLB:
It’s as easy as spin, pick and win! So, how exactly do we win?
Lightning Lineups Strategy
#1: I think that a big edge to start will be in avoiding the projections provided by OwnersBox. Not to say they are horrible projections, but the casual user will be using those numbers as gospel when selecting their set of players. We actually have our own set of projections for OwnersBox which can be found here — using these projections will be much more reliable when trying to make money.
#2: I also think there is an edge in the payouts for MLB. Right now, you can choose between three sets of players for a 2.25x payout or four sets of players for a 3x payout. For me, it’s a no brainer to take on that one extra set of players to increase your payout to 3x. I will almost exclusively be playing 3x payouts for MLB.
#3: Like in regular DFS, stacking is a big advantage. Stacking players from one team in a good spot increases the overall ceiling of your lineup without really hurting your floor. Given that we have the advantage of being able to refresh the player sets as much as we want, I will be targeting sets of players with two players from one of my top offensive teams for the night.
#4: Power is KING! It’s obvious that we want to target homeruns in fantasy baseball, but that is especially the case in this format. Homeruns are clearly the highest scoring potential, and for that reason, I won’t be interested in sets of players that don’t contain guys with above average power. Taking on some strikeout risk is fine, with the reward being those huge scoring games from a homerun.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)