Streakiness, Volatility and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Streakiness, Volatility and Daily Fantasy Baseball
The word follows some high-profile players around: Streaky. Most often, sabermetrically-inclined analysts poo-poo the idea that streakiness exists. You can’t use a player’s past week to predict their next day, they say. Yes, but. That’s not the whole story. There are volatile players. These players do go into poor periods. Look at any player’s monthly ...

The Impact of Switching Leagues For Pitchers

The Impact of Switching Leagues For Pitchers
This past weekend was the MLB Trading Deadline, and boy was it a busy one. Players were changing hands left and right with a total of 18 semi-major deals going down before all was said and done. While a change of team and environment can have a significant impact on a player’s value, his FanDuel ...

The Impact of Switching Leagues (For Hitters)

The Impact of Switching Leagues (For Hitters)
It’s the week of the MLB Trading Deadline, and yesterday we witnessed a flurry of moves involving the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. Leading up to this Sunday’s deadline, we’re likely to see quite a few more trades going down. While a change of team and environment can have a ...

Land Mines: Navigating the Battlefield in April

Land Mines: Navigating the Battlefield in April
In roto leagues, fantasy owners needn’t worry about the daily ups and downs of a player. Three-hit and goose-egg days are indiscernible at the end of the year when all the statistics throughout the season are added up. In head-to-head leagues, and especially in FanDuel challenges like the $25K MLB Grand Slam on April 1, ...

Context Adjustments: Park Factors

Context Adjustments: Park Factors
The concept of “park factors” is thrown around frequently by fantasy writers and players, but rarely is it discussed intelligently or utilized properly. More often than not, talk will take the form of generalities, such as “Coors is a good park for hitters” or “PETCO is where home runs go to die.” Sometimes you’ll see ...