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Here’s how it works:
Pick your team: Draft a roster of 13 MLB players playing Wednesday night.
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To help you build a winning lineup here is some advice to help you succeed.
$1,000,000 Salary Cap / 13 positions / $76,923 avg. per position
Starting Lineup – C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL, P, P, P
The roster format is pretty standard for most daily fantasy baseball leagues, with the caveat of the TWO utility spots. This means you need to final value in at least two spots but it gives you the option of trying to get a power position in those utility holes also. Saving money at catcher and shortstop, can mean being able to have a nice first/third baseman and corner outfielder at utility.
Three starting pitchers also means that is where a good chunk of your salary needs to be distributed. With pitchers being more of a constant over the variable of hitters in the daily format, spending 25-35% of your budget is sound strategy.
If you allocate $300,000 of your budget towards pitching, that leaves you with $700,000 for hitting with 10 positions for an average of $70,000 per player.
If you allocate $350,000 of your budget towards pitching, that leaves you with $650,000 for hitting with 10 positions for an average of $65,000 per player.
- 1 point per total base on a hit (1=Single, 2=Double, 3=Triple, 4=Homerun)
- 1.5 point per run
- 2 points per RBI, Stolen Base
- 0.5 point per walk, hit by pitch
- -0.5 point per strike out, grounding into a double play
- -1 point per caught stealing
- 3 points per Win
- 1 point per Inning Pitched
- 0.5 point per strikeout
- -1 point per loss
- -0.75 per earned run allowed
- -0.25 per walk / hit allowed, hit by pitch
Selecting your Starting Pitchers
If we know that we are working with a baseline of $300,000-$350,000 for our three starting pitchers, let’s take a look at the landscape of potential salary baselines on Fantasy Feud. The highest starting pitchers usually cap out at $150,000 with the lowest on average about $50,000.
SP1 – $125,000-$150,000 range, @Home, 8.0 K/9 or higher, weak opposing lineup and starting pitcher
SP2 – $100,000-$125,000 range, @Home or Pitchers Park, 7.0 K/9 or higher, weak opposing lineup and starting pitcher
SP3 – $50,000-$100,000 range, @Home or Pitchers Park, 6.5 K/9 or higher, average/weak opposing lineup and starting pitcher
Your goal is to select three starting pitchers that all present optimal value for that particular day based on the matchups and their salaries. Remember the salaries are typical represent the body of work that player has achieved throughout the season with some emphasis on the most recent performance.
Another rule of thumb when picking your starting pitchers, is never take two pitchers from the same game, unless you are in a very large field tournament with multiple entries or there are only a handful of games that day to pick from.
Selecting your Hitters
Based on our starting pitcher strategy we know that we are working with a budget of about $650,000 – $700,000 for our hitting with an average spend of $65,000-$70,000 per player. I also like to break down each position to get a better assessment of how my dollars are best allocated. These dollar amounts are strictly a guideline to where you want to allocate your money. You might end up with $5,000-$10,000 above or below at each position, but overall you want to spend your money at the corner positions and at least one outfield spot.
When selecting your hitters, try to focus on hitters in these top ballpark scenarios especially if they are facing a middle or lower tier starting pitcher. I would not take any hitters in these parks that are facing aces because they won’t make enough contact to have the park factor come into play. On the other side, do not take any hitters from these worst parks unless they are going against a very poor pitcher and represent such extreme value that you cannot pass.
Top Left Handed Hitter Parks
Camden Yards (BAL)
Rogers Centre (TOR)
Minute Maid Park (HOU)
Citizens Bank Park (PHI)
Great American Ball Park (CIN)
Top Right Handed Hitter Parks
Rogers Centre (TOR)
Coors Field (COL)
Comerica Park (DET)
Fenway Park (BOS)
Angel Stadium (LAA)
Worst Left Handed Hitter Parks
Safeco Field (SEA)
Marlins Park (MIA)
O.co Coliseum (OAK)
Citi Field (NYM)
PNC Park ( PIT)
Worst Right Handed Hitter Parks
Busch Stadium (STL)
U.S. Cellular Field (CHW)
PNC Park (PIT)
Marlins Park (MIA)
Petco Park (SAN)
One of the biggest keys to winning daily fantasy baseball is finding value and optimal matchups for hitters. The most important way to do this is finding the hitters with the best splits matchups for the day. Here are the overall stats of each matchup depending on what hand the hitter / pitcher is. The best matchups are right handed hitters vs left handed pitchers, then left handed hitters vs. right handed pitchers.
|RHB VS LHP||0.745|
|LHB VS RHB||0.734|
|RHB VS RHP||0.694|
|LHB VS LHP||0.644|
Best LHB vs. RHP (Differential)
Adam Laroche, Adam Lind, Brandon Moss, Brian McCann, Bryce Harper, Chris Davis, David Ortiz, Eric Chavez, John Jaso, Juan Francisco, Justin Morneau, Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison, Matt Adams, Matt Joyce, Mike Carp, Neil Walker, Nick Hundley, Shin-Soo Choo, Stephen Drew
Best RHB vs LHP (Differential)
Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Barnes, Brian Dozier, Carlos Ruiz, Chris Denorfia, Cody Ross, Darin Ruf, Derek Norris, Devin Mesoraco, Dioner Navarro, Ed Lucas, Gaby Sanchez, Jeff Baker, Jordy Mercer, Justin Upton, Lucas Duda, Matt Tuiasosopo, Miguel Cabrera, Nate Freiman, Paul Konerko, Ryan Roberts, Sam Fuld, Scott Van Slyke, Starling Marte, Trevor Plouffe.
Final Thoughts – Also remember to do the following:
- Keep an eye on the weather report
- Check the starting lineups just before 630 pm EST
- Start your research the night before
Best of luck in your daily fantasy baseball contests tonight!
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