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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.

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 what percentage of plate appearances 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 Scott Kazmir
502
31.3%
6.614
1.842
C
Jonathan Lucroy Chris Rusin
490
22.5%
6.995
1.811
C
Buster Posey Brett Anderson
649
28.6%
7.562
1.637
C
Salvador Perez Wade Miley
482
26.3%
6.271
1.486
C
Robinson Chirinos Jose Quintana
173
29.2%
5.708
1.071
2B
Jose Altuve J.A. Happ
674
26.8%
5.586
1.437
2B
Elian Herrera Chris Rusin
138
29.4%
4.837
1.200
2B
Joe Panik Brett Anderson
150
26.1%
5.667
1.015
3B
Aramis Ramirez Chris Rusin
522
22.2%
7.725
1.933
3B
David Freese Scott Kazmir
527
23.7%
6.594
1.498
3B
Elian Herrera Chris Rusin
138
29.4%
4.837
1.200
SS
Jordy Mercer Gio Gonzalez
270
22.6%
6.157
2.455
OF
Starling Marte Gio Gonzalez
298
19.0%
7.341
2.164
OF
Andrew McCutchen Gio Gonzalez
608
20.6%
8.446
1.900
OF
Ryan Braun Chris Rusin
593
24.7%
8.440
1.548

Extreme Platoon Advantages for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Alex Avila Masahiro Tanaka
1423
75.1%
6.117
2.383
C
Nick Hundley Matt Garza
1023
74.9%
5.012
2.300
C
Jarrod Saltalamacchia Andrew Cashner
1391
76.6%
5.988
1.816
C
Miguel Montero Kyle Gibson
1792
76.2%
5.903
1.688
C
Travis d’Arnaud Julio Teheran
471
77.2%
5.159
1.364
C
Yasmani Grandal Tim Lincecum
743
76.3%
6.043
1.119
C
Brayan Pena David Phelps
870
68.6%
4.000
1.148
1B
Ike Davis Garrett Richards
1313
79.1%
6.325
3.587
1B
Justin Morneau Matt Garza
1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
1B
Lucas Duda Julio Teheran
1548
74.9%
6.565
2.272
1B
Adam LaRoche Yovani Gallardo
1664
74.0%
6.412
2.133
1B
Freddie Freeman Matt Harvey
1934
67.3%
7.051
1.871
1B
Ryan Howard Michael Wacha
1528
71.1%
6.383
1.539
1B
Adrian Gonzalez Tim Lincecum
2059
69.0%
7.054
1.463
1B
James Loney Cody Anderson
1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
1B
Logan Morrison Vincent Velasquez
1345
73.5%
5.491
1.219
1B
Chris Davis Scott Copeland
1612
71.9%
7.078
1.107
2B
Robinson Cano Vincent Velasquez
1930
64.2%
7.250
2.013
2B
Jason Kipnis Alex Colome
1531
65.3%
6.074
1.773
2B
Stephen Drew Anibal Sanchez
1231
71.8%
5.191
1.575
2B
Daniel Murphy Julio Teheran
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
2B
Chris Owings Andrew Cashner
487
77.2%
4.399
1.587
2B
Chase Utley Michael Wacha
1540
68.3%
5.877
1.279
2B
Dee Gordon Michael Lorenzen
1200
74.1%
4.279
0.868
3B
Conor Gillaspie Yovani Gallardo
958
83.6%
5.073
2.520
3B
Pablo Sandoval Chris Young
1694
71.5%
6.331
2.490
3B
Daniel Murphy Julio Teheran
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
3B
Justin Turner Tim Lincecum
911
66.0%
5.853
1.486
3B
Kyle Seager Vincent Velasquez
1639
66.2%
5.775
1.101
SS
Didi Gregorius Anibal Sanchez
717
75.8%
4.895
2.548
SS
Brad Miller Vincent Velasquez
715
73.5%
5.325
2.253
SS
Wilmer Flores Julio Teheran
477
76.9%
4.879
1.698
SS
Jimmy Rollins Tim Lincecum
2093
72.9%
5.176
1.289
SS
Alexi Amarista Jeremy Hellickson
1144
81.5%
3.934
1.059
OF
David Peralta Andrew Cashner
430
79.3%
6.198
3.899
OF
David DeJesus Cody Anderson
1655
83.8%
5.556
3.118
OF
Andre Ethier Tim Lincecum
1694
73.0%
6.343
2.892
OF
Anthony Gose Masahiro Tanaka
681
81.3%
4.391
2.448
OF
Kevin Kiermaier Cody Anderson
464
78.6%
5.453
2.576
OF
Carlos Gonzalez Matt Garza
1409
67.3%
7.693
2.424
OF
Corey Dickerson Matt Garza
657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Chris Coghlan Kyle Gibson
1014
79.8%
4.988
2.060
OF
Seth Smith Vincent Velasquez
1767
83.5%
5.867
1.753
OF
David Murphy Alex Colome
1639
80.1%
5.496
1.856
OF
Josh Reddick Garrett Richards
1452
70.7%
6.272
1.668
OF
Bryce Harper Charlie Morton
1217
68.8%
7.108
1.382
OF
Ender Inciarte Andrew Cashner
497
69.6%
4.673
1.516
OF
Grady Sizemore Michael Wacha
589
75.5%
4.533
1.287
OF
Denard Span Charlie Morton
1745
71.8%
5.043
1.227
OF
Brandon Moss Alex Colome
1292
78.7%
6.979
1.213
OF
Nick Markakis Matt Harvey
2016
69.6%
5.286
1.179
OF
Alejandro De Aza Chris Young
1668
79.1%
5.346
1.212
OF
Michael Brantley Alex Colome
1753
66.2%
5.860
1.164
OF
Jacoby Ellsbury Anibal Sanchez
1675
67.1%
6.137
1.122
OF
Christian Yelich Michael Lorenzen
830
72.6%
5.268
1.096

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