The Daily Spin – GPP Strategies Part II – 2016 Update
Last week, in our first installment on GPP strategy, I began to outline some of the ideas that Jeff and I have covered extensively over the last year, but never really concentrated on all at one time. We heard so much noise and debate last spring and summer about lineup construction and the merits of cash game lineups versus GPP lineups and if there was truly a discernible difference between the two.
For the last two seasons, we have started to track the data to see what types of lineups tend to win GPP events of various sizes. Our belief from the outset has always been that there is an art to lineup construction that is underappreciated and only understood by a handful of players throughout the industry. Our instincts were pretty clear on the matter. In cash games, you want to try to minimize risk. There is no extra value gained between being at the top of the field or just barely cashing so it does not make a whole lot of sense to think outside the box in owning those players that are only owned by 0-3% of the field for a given week. When you are right, it is simply another player through the cut, but when you are wrong, you are punished much to a much greater degree as only you, and a small handful of others are hurt. That is the biggest reason why using the chalk plays is less of a risk. If 40% of players are on a golfer that misses the cut, then it does not necessarily wipe out your chances of winning for a given week.
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