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The premise of this article is simple. Some hitters do much better against left-handed pitchers and some against right-handed pitchers. These hitters are said to have platoon advantages when they face those pitchers.

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Since Daily Fantasy Baseball gaming sites calculate their player salaries largely based on overall statistics, the players with the platoon advantage carry extra value on those days.

Each day I’ll list the players with the most extreme platoon advantages for that day’s games. This should give you a starting point in building your Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups.

If you understand the concept and want to skip further explanation, feel free to skip down to the lists.

How Do I Identify Players With Extreme Platoon Lists?

The pool of players I draw from to build these lists come from two resources I’ve created:

To be honest, I’m not sure how many hitters are on each list. It started out as 70 and 50, but they’ve changed as I updated the stats.

You can learn more about the process in the two links above, but what I basically did was compute the FanDuel points per 10 plate appearances against LHP and against RHP from the 2011 season through yesterday’s games. I only used players with at least 100 plate appearances or more against pitchers of each hand.

I then compared how many points hitters scored against RHP to those they scored against LHP. Hitters who scored better against lefties had a platoon advantage when they faced a left-handed pitcher and vice-versa.

In order to make the cut a player had to score at least one point more against a pitcher of a certain hand. One point over just 10 plate appearances is actually a pretty big deal.

How Important Are Platoon Advantages?

Exploiting platoon advantages should be one of your most important tools in selecting hitters for your DFS lineups. The gaming sites primarily use overall stats to create player salaries, so when a player has extremely different results when facing a pitcher of a given hand, that can provide us with extra value.

Are these players only useful when they have the platoon advantage? Definitely not. Players like Josh Donaldson and Paul Goldschmidt have more value against left-handed pitchers, but they’re also pretty nice options against lesser right-handed pitchers.

This list is not an end-all be-all. Instead it’s a starting point, that provides you with some names to take into consideration. I’ll try to post the platoon advantages every day, but on Sundays and days with just a few games that might not happen.

If you have a suggestion about how these could be more useful, please let me know in the comments. Likewise if you see a mistake (there are a lot of moving parts) please let me know as well.

About the Tables

Pos, Name, and Opposing Pitcher are hopefully self-explanatory. PA is the total plate appearances vs. lefties or righties from 2011 season to present. The % is the percentage of plate appearances each player that have come against pitchers of the given hand.  A higher number likely means more of their salary is based on that sample. FD/10PA is the number of FanDuel points that hitter has scored for every 10 plate appearances since the 2011 season. The +/-Diff is the numer of points more per 10 PA they scored against pitchers of the given hand.

Extreme Platoon Advantages for Batters Facing LHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Chris Iannetta Brett Oberholtzer
502
31.3%
6.614
1.842
C
Geovany Soto Tommy Milone
342
28.3%
5.899
1.333
C
Yan Gomes Kyle Ryan
358
34.1%
6.152
1.051
2B
Brian Dozier John Danks
528
26.8%
6.884
1.970
2B
Jose Altuve Hector Santiago
674
26.8%
5.586
1.437
3B
David Freese Brett Oberholtzer
527
23.7%
6.594
1.498
3B
Trevor Plouffe John Danks
611
28.3%
6.052
1.053
SS
Eduardo Escobar John Danks
293
29.7%
5.154
1.441
OF
Scott Van Slyke Tsuyoshi Wada
263
47.2%
6.663
1.357

Extreme Platoon Advantages for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Alex Avila Trevor Bauer
1423
75.1%
6.117
2.383
1B
Eric Hosmer Felix Hernandez
1808
67.9%
5.903
1.743
1B
Ryan Howard Michael Pineda
1528
71.1%
6.383
1.539
1B
James Loney Drew Hutchison
1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
1B
Logan Morrison Joe Blanton
1345
73.5%
5.491
1.219
2B
Robinson Cano Joe Blanton
1930
64.2%
7.250
2.013
2B
Stephen Drew Kevin Correia
1231
71.8%
5.191
1.575
2B
Chase Utley Michael Pineda
1540
68.3%
5.877
1.279
3B
Mike Moustakas Felix Hernandez
1663
73.6%
4.856
1.206
3B
Kyle Seager Joe Blanton
1639
66.2%
5.775
1.101
SS
Didi Gregorius Kevin Correia
717
75.8%
4.895
2.548
SS
Brad Miller Joe Blanton
715
73.5%
5.325
2.253
OF
David DeJesus Drew Hutchison
1655
83.8%
5.556
3.118
OF
Anthony Gose Trevor Bauer
681
81.3%
4.391
2.448
OF
Kevin Kiermaier Drew Hutchison
464
78.6%
5.453
2.576
OF
Seth Smith Joe Blanton
1767
83.5%
5.867
1.753
OF
Jacoby Ellsbury Kevin Correia
1675
67.1%
6.137
1.122

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