This week, my DFS lineup construction article will focus on a FanDuel Classic NFL slate. The FanDuel NFL Classic contests are specifically designed for slates that have multiple football games. For those readers that are not aware, FanDuel provides additional contests for single game, called a Show Down slate.

I believe it is vital for all DFS contestants to understand those differences, so before I dive into my DFS strategy for the FanDuel NFL Classic contest let's take a brief look at the rules for a Classic NFL contest.

In FanDuel NFL Classic contests, contestants construct lineups from the player pool, which consists of nine skill players: 1 QB, 3 WRs, 2 RBs, 1 TE, 1 DST, and 1 FLEX (WR, RB or TE). 

The total points accumulated by each individual lineup entry will determine the winner of the contest.

Now that we have briefly reviewed the rules for the FanDuel NFL Classic contest, let's shift our attention to my first step in the DFS multiple lineup construction process by accessing the ASL optimizer.

For this week's article, I am going to set specific settings in the ASL optimizer to construct 100 lineups for a large field GPP (guaranteed prize pool) contest. Let's review the specific settings that I will utilize for my lineup construction.

My settings on the ASL optimizer will be as follows:

  • exclude opposing defenses (DST)
  • set auto team stacking with a depth of two
  • turn on the new cyclone mode that ASL provides
  • turn on stack attack mode with a stack depth of 2
  • set the global max exposure to 35%

The images below ASL's optimizer with the above settings.

This is the main page:


And this is the Pro-Options pop-up, which you open by clicking Set Pro-Options:

As you can see, there are a number of Pro Options settings available to you, including the global max exposure setting.

What is Cyclone Mode? The cyclone mode causes the multi-lineup generator to create an even number of lineups from each projection provider, while still optimizing the lineups as a whole.

What is Stack Attack Mode? When the optimizer is set for auto stacking with a stack depth of 2 in NFL, it will cause all lineups to have at least one WR or TE as the QB so you have a stack of 2 - a QB plus a TE or WR - in each lineup. We do this because there is a positive correlation between a QB and his receivers, but there is a negative correlation between receivers. In Stack Attack Mode, the multi-lineup generator creates an even number of stacks per team, which results in an even rotation of all starting QBs in the contest. Sure, we can predict a QB such as Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts or Patrick Mahomes to be a top QB in the contest, but other QBs take less salary leaving more salary for the other players in your lineup. We don't know which QB will play far above his expectation in any given week. The goal isn't fantasy points exactly, but value, the most fantasy points to salary ratio.  

Now that I have made the above settings, I run the ASL Optimizer and generate 100 lineups for a large field FanDuel 150 max nickel NFL Classic contest for the Sunday main slate.

As you can see, this contest fills with a total of 479,041 lineups and the top prize is $20,000.

Now, I have received my 100 lineups from the ASL Optimizer and entered them via CSV into the FanDuel site. We are all set!


I am back on Monday morning to tell you how my lineups performed. My highest two scoring lineups are depicted in the image below. I have noted an image below that illustrates that this contest had over 479,000 entries.

What does that mean to me? It means my top two lineups finished in the top 1.8% of the lineups entered and I turned $5.00 into $6.51, a 30.2% return in a single day. In Week 8, the Dak Prescott / Ceedee Lamb connection was a great stack 2, and Stack Attack Mode ensured I had some lineups with that combination, which gave me the lineups with the most points.

Even though I didn't win the $20,000, I kept my bankroll intact and grew it slightly, and that means I can keep playing and have more chances to get a big return.

Based on the facts just presented, Clearly, the ASL Optimizer is a very effective tool.

Until next week, continued good luck!