Lineup optimizers are a tool used by daily fantasy sports players to assist them in choosing lineups. These tools sort through all the players available to be chosen, it looks at their projected points, salary and other site constraints and then gives the users a lineup to use. However, do lineup optimizers work?
The answer is yes and no.
While that may sound confusing, let me explain. A lineup optimizer will produce lineups for the user to use in their daily fantasy games, however these lineups may not always win. It all comes down to the projections and your constraints. Lineup optimizers do a great job of looking at the salary and projections and giving lineups. However, if the projections are bad, then the lineups will be too.
Basically, a Lineup Optimizer is just a tool which processes data and gives an output. It’s the same as a person reading about all the players and then coming up with their lineups on paper. It just works way faster!
Lineup Optimizers work best when you combine your outside research with the tool. You can then take that knowledge and adjust projections and lock or exclude players. You can also set certain teams to stack or cetain games to avoid.
Optimizers are only as good as the input put into it.
Many of the top lineup optimizers do have very good projections. RotoQl is a very good one and so is Daily Fantasy Nerd (See a review of their site here)
However, you can’t just take a lineup optimizer, press run and take those lineups blindly to use. Sure some will win, but in the long run it won’t be effective. To truly have this tool work for you, yu do need to combine outside research with setting your contraints and the site’s projections to truly get the most out of this tool.
And many people have done just this as there are plenty of people who take these tools and use them to create many lineups in a very short time with all their research built into it.
So yes, Lineup Optimizers do work, but you need to put in a little of your own time to truly make them worth it!