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 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 umpires indirectly affect outcomes in Major League Baseball games: A statistical analysis

How umpires indirectly affect outcomes in Major League Baseball games: A statistical analysis
During my first couple weeks writing for FanDuel, I discussed the most common contextual factor that fantasy players consider: park effects. As I discussed then, park effects are extremely important for fantasy players – daily fantasy players in particular – to consider when selecting their teams. They are not, however, the only contextual factor that’s worth ...

How a pitcher’s defense can affect his value on FanDuel

How a pitcher's defense can affect his value on FanDuel
This week wraps up a four week tour of how opponents and quality of defense affect hitters and pitchers. So far I’ve looked at how defense and pitchers affect batters, and last week I looked at how the quality of the opposing offense affects a pitcher. This week, I’ll be looking at how a pitcher ...

The Benefits of Facing a Poor Offense for Fantasy Pitchers

The Benefits of Facing a Poor Offense for Fantasy Pitchers
The past couple of weeks, I’ve written about how quality of defense and quality of opponent affects a hitter’s stats. This week and next, I’m going to do the same for pitchers. Today, I’ll be looking at how much a pitcher’s numbers change when facing different calibers of offense. The study To study the effects ...

NOPE, YUP and MAYBE: Batters vs. Stud Pitchers (Part 2 – Apr. 1)

NOPE, YUP and MAYBE: Batters vs. Stud Pitchers (Part 2 – Apr. 1)
By Antonio D’Arcangelis Nope, Yup and Maybe attempts to isolate the good selections, bad selections and possible breakouts versus stud pitchers based on previous batter-versus-pitcher data. On March 31 and April 1, some of the most feared pitchers in baseball take the mound for their respective teams, so it’ll be tough to avoid facing a ...

How do I use stats to help me become a better FanDuel player?

How do I use stats to help me become a better FanDuel player?
There are an awful lot of stats out there, and sometimes they can be overwhelming. But using them smartly can make you a much better player. Let’s say Ryan Howard is your favorite player. And you’re looking for a power hitter to round out your lineup. Howard might be a great choice or he might ...