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 ...

How important are batter/pitcher matchups? (Part 1)

How important are batter/pitcher matchups? (Part 1)
This past month, I examined one of the most common myths of evaluating fantasy players on a daily basis: streaks. I found that, for the most part, streaks have little-to-no predictive value. Over the next two weeks, I’m going to tackle another myth: batter/pitcher matchups. It’s common practice for daily league players and even television ...

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 ...

Introducing a New Head-to-Head Game

Introducing a New Head-to-Head Game
For those of you who spend your time looking through every nook and cranny on FanDuel, then this announcement is no surprise to you. But for the rest of you, strap yourselves in. FanDuel is now giving you the chance to win $500 in public head-to-head games. It’s $270 to enter, so the rake is ...

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 ...

Are pitchers riskier than hitters? A roto versus daily comparison.

Are pitchers riskier than hitters? A roto versus daily comparison.
This week, I thought I’d deviate from talking about context adjustments and talk a little bit more theoretically and discuss some strategy. For those who have been reading my column this season, you know that this is my first year participating in daily leagues. My first love was traditional rotisserie leagues, which I’ve been pretty ...

Context Adjustments: The Effect of Umpires on Fantasy Baseball (part 2)

Context Adjustments: The Effect of Umpires on Fantasy Baseball (part 2)
Last week, I resumed my discussion on the importance of context adjustments when evaluating players. Everyone knows that ballparks can have an important effect on how a player performs, but there are several other things out of the player’s control that can impact his stats. One such effect is that of the umpire. The umpire ...