As a math tutor, people have always asked me: how is calculus used in real life? There are many examples of calculus in the real world, and statistics in the real world too. These applications appear in all kinds of industries, and overlapping with other sciences. However, there is one field that has always interested me most: sports.
I have always been fascinated by people using statistics and math to predict the outcome of sporting events. Or even to evaluate the performance of players, their impact on the outcome of the game, and their value to their team. However, I do not work in the sports world. I do not need to inform decisions about what players Billy Bean wanted to sign. I have no input on how big of a contract the Atlanta Braves should offer their 1st baseman with a career .859 OPS and a .234 strike out rate.
But what I can do is play fantasy sports. I can investigate how to construct the best possible lineup in a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) slate on FanDuel, and actually use the knowledge I gain from that investigation. So that’s what I have decided to do.
We will build the best FanDuel MLB lineup optimizer. Since we will be building it from scratch, we should have the best free DFS lineup optimizer on the internet by the time we’re done with this. I invite you to join me on this journey, and we’ll see what we can learn together. Let’s get started!
Keep in mind, I will be showing you investigative techniques that you could apply to DraftKings as well. Due to slight scoring or lineup differences between FanDuel and DraftKings, you may need to adjust our model a bit. However, the overall ideas should be the same.
My goal with this series of posts is simple. These posts will inspire college algebra and calculus students to learn the basics taught in their required coursework, so that they can build on it with interesting, real-world applications like the ones discussed in this series.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this article, or any other content on this site or my YouTube channel should be interpreted as financial or gambling advise. This content is all created for educational and entertainment purposes. We will be investigating how to evaluate DFS MLB lineups mathematically in order to maximize the chances of winning a large tournament on FanDuel. If you decide to use these methods to create your own lineups and enter them in paid contests, please be smart, be safe, and only play with money you can afford to lose. There are no guarantees here.
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