3 Quick (Awesome) Tips For FanDuel Games

Jun 04

3 Quick (Awesome) Tips For FanDuel Games

This week has been super exciting, as I’ve signed a deal with FanDuel to write about Daily Fantasy Baseball and Daily Fantasy Football dealing. In that spirit, I thought I’d share a few quick tips for FanDuel games that I think my readers would find helpful! Obviously, these tips for FanDuel games are for Daily Fantasy Baseball, considering we’re in the beginning of June, and we have over three months until we get ready to fill our football lineups! As you probably know, FanDuel’s lineups are a little different than some of the other DFS games out there, as they have just one starting pitcher’s slot and no designated hitter’s spot. That means pitching is a premium here, and I’m currently sitting on a gem by Chris Sale – while watching the lineup I chose turn in some turd efforts. 3 Tips For FanDuel Games These three tips should be easy to remember and immediately help you in 50/50 games. Don’t Go Cheap on Pitching I know this is one you always hear, but seriously, don’t skimp on pitching on this site. The way their lineups are set is one thing, but consider that they also award four points for wins, and you know that you have to get a winning pitcher in your lineup if you plan to end up north of the DFS prize equator. Other sites do not reward wins as much in comparison to the other scoring factors. Play a $1 “All Day” Game When you sign up for an “All Day” game, you’ll see the ownership percentages of all the players that day – and night. So you’ll see who all of the other DFS players think will have good games on any given...

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To wOBA or Not To wOBA? That is the DFS Question!

Jun 03

To wOBA or Not To wOBA? That is the DFS Question!

A recent discussion with my new peeps at FanDuel prompted a discussion about wOBA in Daily Fantasy Baseball. The question, essentially, is – should wOBA be considered one of the top DFS stats to consider while choosing hitters and pitchers for your FanDuel lineups? The argument comes from the fact that wOBA generally brings in BABIP, which is generally a review of a player’s luck at the plate (or a pitcher’s luck pitching to hitters at the plate). My former colleague over at DFSEdge.com explained his viewpoint – and I’m normally not one to doubt Zola or his methods. Great mind, excellent Fantasy player. But I just disagree that wOBA isn’t useful from a DFS perspective. Using wOBA For DFS Hitters Here are my thoughts on how you can use this stat to help you going forward in Daily Fantasy play. wOBA vs. RHP/LHP Unlike traditional Rotisserie play, you’ll get points for every base a hitter takes, so a double means more to you than a single. “Weighted On-Base Averages” is a measurement of all the different aspects of hitting and run production – specifically, the stats you care about for FanDuel’s scoring. As long as you understand that wOBA doesn’t consider a player’s home ballpark, then this stat is useful. For instance, Lucas Duda’s .379 wOBA versus RHP is more impressive than Joey Votto’s .378 because of their ballparks. This is not to be mistaken for a “wooby,” which is the childhood blanket Emack rubs on his face when he gets nervous. Using wOBA For DFS Pitchers As far as pitchers go, wOBA is actually used to see what they’re allowing in the past to right- and left-handed pitchers. Opp. wOBA vs. RHP/LHP The pitcher’s “opponents’ wOBA” is already baked into their price, usually, but you can look at the team he’s facing to get an even better idea of his expected success. You can sort versus right- or left-handed pitchers on FanGraphs.com. For instance, the Blue Jays lead all teams (by a wide margin) in wOBA vs. left-handed pitchers, but here’s a list of the worst teams against LHP: Brewers: .195 wOBA White Sox: .216 Red Sox: .220 Athletics: .222 Braves: .222 If you’d like to read...

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Team DFS stats for FanDuel Starting Pitchers Through May

Jun 02

Team DFS stats for FanDuel Starting Pitchers Through May

As I mentioned Monday, I joined the FanDuel.com content staff and will be providing them with a couple Daily Fantasy columns each week. (My first column on interesting DFS stats goes up over there today after noon, so keep an eye out!) So in my research for my columns, I’ll be coming across some interesting tidbits that I think would be interesting for my readers over here, with the understanding that the Fantasy players over here are for both traditional leagues and for Daily Fantasy players. Specifically, I decided to see which MLB teams were churning out the best starting pitchers on the whole for Daily Fantasy play. DFS Stats for FanDuel Starting Pitchers by Team I posted the table below, which shows the average Daily Fantasy points (per FanDuel’s scoring) for each MLB team’s starting rotations. I totaled up the DFS points given for wins, innings pitched, earned runs allowed and strikeouts for each team, then divided them by the team’s total games to get the DFS points per game for each team.I thought the Pirates being on top of this list was pretty interesting, obviously on the backs of Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano, and the Cardinals and Mets weren’t really a big surprise to me either. RKTEAMGPWIPERSOFD Ptsper gm 1Pittsburgh502230210828256411.28 2Cleveland5020290.1145331556.111.12 3St. Louis5021300.1100265549.110.98 4NY Mets512331612927355210.83 5Chicago Cubs4814293.1115285519.110.81 6LA Dodgers491929511326652410.69 7San Diego5217309.2138302541.210.41 8Tampa Bay5118286.2104269523.210.26 9LA Angels511931512424551210.04 10Seattle5018298.2125251496.29.92 11Washington5020289.1124250495.19.9 12Oakland53163161122545229.85 13Chicago Sox49142971422624739.65 14San Francisco52233091322274969.54 15NY Yankees51182941402484749.20 16Atlanta5017292.2125226461.29.22 17Houston5119309.1143223465.19.12 18Detroit5219315.1151230470.19.04 19Cincinnati4913296.2137216427.28.71 20Minnesota4922283.2127179423.28.63 21Baltimore49142811342174208.57 22Kansas City4819267.1132189400.18.34 23Philadelphia5215299.1147219431.18.29 24Boston5115290.2163232419.28.21 25Texas51172791301974148.12 26Arizona4914278.1137200397.18.1 27Milwaukee5192911652514138.1 28Toronto5217304.2167201406.27.81 29Miami51122851321873887.61 30Colorado4813253.1136166335.16.98 But to see the Indians at No. 2 was pretty shocking, although it makes sense considering last year’s Cy Young winner, Corey Kluber, is on the staff, along with Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. All three are pluses in the strikeouts category, and no other starting staff is even within 10 percent of them. On the other end of the spectrum, it makes sense that Colorado would be on the bottom, coupling their bad pitcher’s park with a struggling pitching staff. But look at the second-worst team, Miami!?! With that pitcher’s park, it’s weird to see them parked right next to Colorado on the “bad” list. David Phelps, Tom Koehler and Dan Haren are the staff...

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Joining FanDuel.com: Gonos and Emack Together Again! … Oh, No.

Jun 01

Joining FanDuel.com: Gonos and Emack Together Again! … Oh, No.

In case you haven’t heard, we announced Monday that myself and Eric Mack, who I worked with at CBSSports.com and at SI.com, have joined the content staff at FanDuel.com. We’re not the only ones, of course, as my friend Joe Pisapia, of the FantasyBlackBook.com will also be joining the team. And this team is headed up by Will Carroll, one of the most respected names in the Fantasy Baseball industry. While it goes without saying that I’m excited to join this staff, which also includes people like Matt HEvia and Brandon Schottey, who were already with the Insider content crew, and Brandon Marianne Lee. You might know her and her sisters from HerFantasyFootball.com. I met Brandon in March at a Tout Wars event – and she’s awesome. What Does Joining FanDuel.com Mean to Me? I was talking with someone over the weekend about how when I joined CBSSports.com back in 2003, they were the leader in Fantasy Sports online. Like, it wasn’t even a contest between them and ESPN. Yahoo! actually caught up quickly, but they were a free Fantasy site, whereas the REAL Fantasy players chose to spend their money at CBSSports.com, so it was prestigious to be joining that company. The writing staff at CBSSports.com when I joined consisted of Scott Engel (now at ESPN), Tristan Cockcroft (ESPN), Michael Fabiano (NFL.com) and Daniel Dobish (RotoExperts.com). That’s three future Fantasy Hall of Famers, and Dobish has already won several FSWA awards for his Fantasy coverage. That’s a stellar team! Then, after a few of them left, Eric Mack left the newsroom to join the content staff, along with Dave Richard and Sergio Gonzalez, and Jamey Eisenberg came a couple years later, with Michael Hurcomb. Joining FanDuel’s content staff reminds me of when I joined CBS because FanDuel.com is the leader in Daily Fantasy Sports, and they have been since the company launched in 2009. I’m very excited to see this company and the hobby itself grow every single day – and I’m absolutely ecstatic to be a part of...

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6 Tips on How to Win on the Fanamana Daily Fantasy App

May 11

6 Tips on How to Win on the Fanamana Daily Fantasy App

A couple weeks ago, I was introduced to the Fanamana Daily Fantasy app by a friend, and I found it very interesting. This friend, Jason Garcia, used to work with me at OPENSports.com back in the late ‘00s, and we hosted a game there called Fantasy Live. Basically, you played in a Fantasy Football tournament against other players while NFL games were going on. It really was an intense game and a lot of fun, but you could only play it in like 20-minute increments, as you moved players in and out of your lineups while watching the Red Zone channel. Now, here we are five years later, and he introduces Fanamana to me, which is a Daily Fantasy app you can download on your iPhones or Android phones for free. You enter tournaments against other players that last from Monday through Sunday. And you move players in and out of your lineup as they come up to the on-deck circle in their real MLB games. You’re playing Daily Fantasy Baseball live, as the games are happening. This game blows away Fantasy Live because it’s not a 20-minute sprint – it’s a one-week marathon. You open up the app when baseball games are going on, and you can see which players are in the on-deck circle to choose from for your lineup. If they get a single in the real game, they get a single in your game. Then, whoever you chose to hit next comes up to bat, and it could be a player from the same game or a completely different MLB game. If that player gets a hit, then it moves over your other player to second base. A base hit from a player will help score the runner from second base (even if the real runner in the real MLB game never even gets to second base in his game). After six innings, whichever team in the tournament has scored the most runs, wins the tournament. (You can play head-to-head or 50/50s, too.) My Fanamana Daily Fantasy App Strategy The guys at Fanamana set up the writers at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com with a “Beat the So-Called Fantasy Experts” tournament last week. If anyone joined (for free) and...

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How Vegas Helps Daily Fantasy Baseball Owners in 2015

Apr 23

How Vegas Helps Daily Fantasy Baseball Owners in 2015

Fantasy Baseball owners love to align themselves with winning MLB teams, by acquiring their top players. It only makes sense, really, when you think about it. And it’s not just because Fantasy Baseball players are fair-weather fans, rooting for the best teams only. The reasoning behind this is sound – good baseball teams give good hitters more at-bats to do more good things. And good baseball teams give good hitters more chances at wins and saves because their offense or bullpen supports their pitchers. Vegas Helps Daily Fantasy Baseball Owners We rely on Vegas to help Fantasy Baseball players in a variety of ways, including helping us set our Daily Fantasy Baseball lineups. Help with Your DFS Hitters By looking at the Vegas lines, you can tell several things, like which games are expected to have the most runs scored. Check the over/under lines, which is what Vegas’ handicappers believe would be the combined runs scored by both teams on that day with those pitchers. Usually, you’ll see over/under lines set at about 7 or 8, or sometimes 6.5 or 7.5. (Obviously, the handicappers aren’t envisioning a team scoring a half-run, but the money bet on both sides tells them that the number should be somewhere between 7 and 8. That pinpoints final runs scored for both teams at about three or four runs. On Monday, April 20, for instance, we saw an inordinate amount of high-scoring games on the docket, as four games have over/under lines of over 8.0. San Diego at Colorado (O/U 9.5) Baltimore at Boston (O/U 8.5) Y. Yankees at Detroit (O/U 9.0) Cleveland at Chicago White Sox (O/U 9.0) This means DFS owners should’ve looked to load up on hitters from both of these teams, especially the Padres-Rockies game at Coors Field. Making “stacks” of players from these lineups is a good way to compound a good rally, where three players getting hits will get you extra points on each run and RBI. If you come across over/under lines of under 7, like 6 or 6.5, then you’re looking at a quality pitcher’s duel, and you should avoid most of the hitters in those lineups. Like on Wednesday, April 22, when the LAD/SF over/under...

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Pretend MLB Opening Day is June 10

Apr 07

Pretend MLB Opening Day is June 10

There is probably no other day on the schedule that has more people checking in on their Fantasy teams more than on MLB Opening Day. There are always some out-of-nowhere performances by Fantasy free agents, and there are always some early round pitchers that get inexplicably hammered. So while you might be ready to over-manage your Fantasy Baseball team after just one day of games, think about this: Are you going to cut off one millimeter from your hair today because it grew too quickly since your haircut Monday? How much did your savings account increase from last night to today? How much weight did you lose when you walked from your bedroom to the fridge this morning? How much weight did you gain after eating three slices of pizza for breakfast? Anyone that has followed baseball for a few years knows that Opening Day always brings up the name Tuffy Rhodes — and for good reason. In 1994, Rhodes smacked three homers for the Cubs on Opening Day – becoming the first NL player to ever accomplish the feat. Imagine the rush to the waiver wire that day! Unfortunately, in all six seasons of his major league career, he only went on to hit 10 more home runs. Don’t value MLB Opening Day bigger than any other day in the majors. If you feel the urge to grab a player, which likely means giving up on another player you’ve researched all offseason, then think about June 10, 2007. On that day, Raul Casanova, Craig Counsell, Mike Fontenot, Mark Grudzielanek, Brendan Harris, Miguel Olivo, Tony Pena, Robb Quinlan and Marco Scutaro all homered on the same day in what I have termed, “The Day Light-Hitters Struck Back!” It was just another random day during a six-month MLB regular season. Just like Opening Day. 5 MLB Opening Day Performances to Be Skeptical About Seth Smith, Seattle: 3-for-3, 7 total bases, 2 RBI, 1 R Chris Tillman, Baltimore: 6.2 IP, 4 HA, 3 BB, ER, W Sam Fuld, Oakland: 2-for-4, triple, R, BB Adam Lind, Milwaukee: 3-for-4 Mike Moustakas, Kansas City: 2-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB I’m not saying these guys will never do anything as good again, but I...

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