Pitcher Volatility and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher Volatility and Daily Fantasy Baseball
Intuitively, we know that some pitchers are more consistent than others. Think about Edwin Jackson‘s year for instance. On his ledger this year he has a complete game shutout and eight games in which he’s given up no more than one run. And yet he also has an eight-run monster, a seven-run twelve-hit disasterpiece, and ...

Littlebigfish walks away with $25,000 as the DFBC winner

Littlebigfish walks away with $25,000 as the DFBC winner
Last Friday was the final of the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship on FanDuel. After a rugged 17-week competition, the 20 finalists competed for nearly $70,000 in prizes. And a long time FanDuel regular – littlebigfish – also known as Jesse, walked away with the $25,000 first place prize. And wouldn’t you know it, he selected ...

Context Adjustments: Catchers and Stolen Bases (Part 2)

Context Adjustments: Catchers and Stolen Bases (Part 2)
Last week, I began my discussion about catchers and the importance they can have on the FanDuel format of fantasy gaming. After all, when trying to determine which speedster to take for your team, it’s important to find one who isn’t going to have a lot of opposition when he tries to steal a base. ...

Predictive Peripherals for Batters and What They Tell Us

Predictive Peripherals for Batters and What They Tell Us
When we talk about predicting future performance for pitchers, we know not to use ERA. From year to year, this year’s ERA is only lightly correlated with next year’s number in that stat. If we instead focus on strikeouts, walks, and ground balls — statistics which are better correlated with next year’s results — we ...

Josh Bonesteel wins the Ironman Challenge, gets a DFBC Finals seat

Josh Bonesteel wins the Ironman Challenge, gets a DFBC Finals seat
As some of you may know, the DFBC had a spot for the winner of the Ironman Challenge. The Ironman Challenge required players to play every day for three months, with the ability to take only seven days off. All who qualified then went into a freeroll contest to determine the winner. But we had ...

Context Adjustments: Catchers and Stolen Bases (Part 1)

Context Adjustments: Catchers and Stolen Bases (Part 1)
In FanDuel, a stolen base is worth 2 points. While the average starting hitter scores roughly 3 points per day in FanDuel, a player who gets on base via single, walk, or HBP and steals second will score 3 points right off the bat. As such, speedy players can have a lot of value in ...

The Peoples Champion – Will Whitlock – takes the last DFBC Finals seat

The Peoples Champion - Will Whitlock - takes the last DFBC Finals seat
Will Whitlock, known as the irrepressible whits23 on FanDuel, did something no one else has done on the site. He won a spot in last year’s Fantasy Football Championship and has now won a seat in the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship. The only person to do that. Naturally, you’d assume Will has a pretty set strategy ...

Stream Team: The Final Stream

Stream Team: The Final Stream
We’re looking for one more finalist in the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship. Will it be you? It’s possible, but first you have to build a team, starting with the most crucial position in our fake game: the pitcher. Will you choose one of the three highest priced players available in Justin Verlander, David Price or ...

Naapstermaan takes the extra Tournament Kings seat in the DFBC Final

Naapstermaan takes the extra Tournament Kings seat in the DFBC Final
As most of you probably know, there was more than one way to make the Final of the DFBC. You could also win a spot by winning the most tournament money from May 16th to August 23rd in the Tournament Kings Challenge like judson23 did. Or you could scrap for the second Tournament Kings DFBC ...

Stream Team: Drying Off

Stream Team: Drying Off
Did you survive the weekend? Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on baseball schedules but now we’re back to a regular schedule, and after a one-day layoff due to travel, the Stream Team is back. First up is a three-tournament Tuesday featuring $7,500 in prize money. And after Mike Scioscia completely mis-managed Jered Weaver this week (costing ...