How Bad Would it be to Start a Relief Pitcher in FanDuel?

How Bad Would it be to Start a Relief Pitcher in FanDuel?
In fantasy baseball, I’m often one to try out unorthodox strategies in the name of gaining an edge on my competition. Some work out better than others, but when it’s possible to test them out beforehand, it’s always a good idea to do so. When FanDuel announced their scoring system changes at the All-Star break, ...

Analyzing FanDuel’s Scoring System Change

Analyzing FanDuel's Scoring System Change
As regular daily league players know, FanDuel has recently changed its scoring system. Effective this past Thursday—the day after the All-Star break—FanDuel has decreased the value of a win for pitchers from 7 points to 5 points and has added HBP for hitters at a point a piece. Anecdotally, it doesn’t seem as though the ...

How important are batter/pitcher matchups? (Part 2)

How important are batter/pitcher matchups? (Part 2)
Last week, I examined one of the most common myths of daily fantasy baseball: batter/pitcher matchups. To be more specific, last week I examined whether a batter’s history versus a particular pitcher was indicative of how he would perform the next time he faced that pitcher. My findings showed that they were not, which, when ...

Pitcher Matchups for June 28-July 1

Pitcher Matchups for June 28-July 1
My intention this week was to look at how predictive batter/pitcher matchups are, but I had some last minute problems with the data, so that will have to wait until next week.  Instead, I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a step back from the usual format of running a study and lighten things ...

How well do cold streaks predict the future performance of pitchers?

How well do cold streaks predict the future performance of pitchers?
Over the past three weeks, I’ve been looking at how predictive hot and cold streaks are for baseball players. Thus far, I’ve looked at hot and cold streaks for hitters and hot streaks for pitchers, finishing up this week with cold streaks for pitchers. The Study I’ll be using the same methodology I’ve been using ...

How well do hot streaks predict the future performance of pitchers?

How well do hot streaks predict the future performance of pitchers?
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve looked at how predictive hot and cold streaks are for hitters. Given that a hitter is on a hot or cold streak, how likely is it that the streak will continue in the next game? While I found nothing to indicate hot streaks have much predictive value, I did ...

How well do cold streaks predict the future performance of hitters?

How well do cold streaks predict the future performance of hitters?
Last week in this space, I looked at how well hot streaks predict the future performance for hitters. That is, given that a hitter is currently on a hot streak, how likely is it that he’ll continue that hot streak in the next game? Well, last week I found the answer to this question to ...

How important are hot streaks for hitters?

How important are hot streaks for hitters?
During my appearance on TribLIVE Radio’s fantasy show last week (you can hear the audio recording of it here), the topic of hot and cold players came up a few times. My general response was that I don’t put a whole lot of credence into hot and cold streaks because I don’t believe that a ...