We’ve added a new diversification slider to our Multi-Lineup Builder for all sports, and we believe that it will help you build better daily fantasy lineups.
To access the Multi-Lineup Builder within Player Models, select “Build Lineups/Stacks” (on the right) and then “Generate Multiple Lineups.”
After the Multi-Lineup Builder screen pops up, you will see the new diversification slider at the top:
The diversification slider allows you to choose how diversified you want your lineups to be: “0” — all the way to the left — is the setting for true optimization, whereas “10” — all the way to the right — produces (probabilistic) randomization, i.e. players higher in your model have a higher probability of showing up in more lineups, but it’s otherwise randomized.
The Multi-Lineup Builder will diversify your lineups based on this slider and three options: Rating, Projected Points, and Projected Ceiling.
Where do you want your slider to be when creating multiple lineups? That depends on the size of your your player pool and how strict your exposures are within your personal model. For example, if you create 100 lineups with “0” diversification, you will get the 100 most optimal lineups based on your settings. That will lead to very high exposures to select players, which will increase your risk in tournaments:
If you aren’t limiting your player pool or setting individual exposures on players, we recommend setting diversification to “1” or “2,” as this will allow you to create mostly optimal lineups with some diversification to lower your risk. (“2” is the default).
When would you want more diversification? If you have a core of players around which you would like to randomize your lineups, then you’d want to move your slider to the right.
For more information on how to create a pool of players and groups, watch this video.
Here’s an example. Let’s say we create a core of Cam Newton, David Johnson, Quincy Enunwa, and Greg Olsen and want to build lineups around that core:
Now we can drag the diversification slider as far to the right as we want — let’s push it all the way to “10” and generate 25 lineups — and the Multi-Lineup Builder will probabilistically randomize players around that core:
As shown above, no one player or position has exposure higher than 36 percent outside the core group.
One important note: While the “10” setting provides lineups that are the most randomized, they are not totally randomized. If you’ve chosen to build lineups based on “Rating” and Julio Jones is rated highly in your model (and isn’t in your core), he will have a greater chance being in your lineups than another wide receiver with a lower rating. Of course, you can always set his exact exposure if you want:
For more information on our new diversification slider, watch Jonathan Bales discuss it in the video below.