I don’t know about you but for me having nothing else on TV besides baseball for 6 months isn’t exactly what I love about the summer, but then again with daily fantasy baseball I’m able to get through it all. I was first introduced to the world of fantasy sports through a fantasy baseball league that my father participated in and to be honest I would’ve never thought that years later i’d be offering advice to up and comers but here I am doing just that.
Today we’re going to cover a few big picture topics in regards to daily fantasy baseball strategy that should help you get started while you’re still pretty green. As with other sports, this is not an exhaustive list but implementing the following strategies will help you get going.
While Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera are going to be in the lineup just about every day barring an injury, that 3rd basemen who’s just been called up and is looking for a spot as a value pick on your roster may or may not play. For this reason it is imperative that before you put any money on the line with your lineup that you ensure that everyone you’ve taken is on the active roster that day. The best place to do this sort of thing is on Twitter and the teams websites, however DailyFantasySports.org will be implementing a daily lineup feature in the near future so you’ll be able to check the lineup cards right here!
With so many games to be played and so much weather to do with, you’ll want to make sure that you’re checking the weather reports before every single game. Rain, thunder and lightning get games cancelled all the time, and even when they decide to play on its often a long day for the guys that are on the field. The biggest mistake that I see new daily fantasy baseball players make is not look at the weather and then complain when their players received a 0 for their performance because they didn’t play that day. Do yourself a favor and have Weather.com bookmarked so that you can stay up to date on all of the mother nature happenings so that she can’t put a damper on your roster.
BvP and Split Stats
Once you’ve got a player thats in the lineup on a nice day you’ll want to check out his batter vs. pitcher splits as well as his slash stats in the given scenario (home/away, days rest, vs. team etc.). These are the sort of things that separate daily baseball guys from the seasonal ones. In a regular season game you’d never see Pujols for any reason (other than an injury) but in a daily game you won’t hesitate to sit him on a given day because he doesn’t have good numbers vs. the pitcher that he is facing that day. Typically this is where you’ll spend most of your research time, although we at DFS.org have some tools coming out to help reduce the amount of time that you spend researching so be sure to stay tuned for those.
Im going to keep this one short and sweet because its not something that many people talk about but I think its worth noting. In fantasy baseball being apart of a good lineup is very important as a player can only do so much on his own behalf. Sometimes he’ll need his teammates to hit him in, move him to 2nd, etc. It is best to ensure that when you’re assembling your team you do so by making sure that the players you put on your roster all have the opportunity to go for big days.
That is enough basic strategy to get you started, be sure to check back throughout the baseball season for daily pitcher and hitter articles to help you round out your squad as you look to take down the big bucks!