20 Must-Have Links for Daily Fantasy Baseball
There is no doubting that Daily Fantasy Sports has greatly changed the way we play Fantasy. While Fantasy Football is still much the same game whether you play daily or season-long, Fantasy Baseball is a completely different beast if you've added the daily game to your Fantasy repertoire.
In traditional season-long leagues, it's all about the end result. It takes some patience, but good owners know that over 162 games, statistics tend to regress to the mean. While there are always breakouts and busts, you play the odds that after all the peaks and valleys, a player's value will end up where you projected it.
Not so in Daily Fantasy Baseball. The daily game is about putting the odds in your favor every day. Each day is a new game and each MLB player is in a completely different situation. Take for instance a starting pitcher like Ian Kennedy. He might start at home in Petco one day, and then his very next start could be in Coors Field. Or how about Adam Lind. On Friday he might face a mediocre right-handed pitcher where he's got a definite advantage, and then on Saturday he's matched up against Dallas Keuchel, who's limited left-handed hitters to a .193 average. In Daily Fantasy Baseball, each day represents a new situation and each player's value has to be evaluated anew.
All this change means Daily Fantasy Baseball requires more and different research. Season-long Fantasy owners paid little attention to platoon splits or home/road performances. If Daily owners expect to succeed they have to pay attention to these things. That typically means a minimum of an hour everyday that you want to play. That can make it tough for you to play as much as you'd like if you have any semblance of a real life.
Luckily for you I have no semblance of a real life, and I've done much of the leg work for you. What follows are all the links for Daily Fantasy Baseball that you'll need to succeed. You'll still have to do the digging, but I've at least given you a nice shovel. If you use that shovel well, over time you'll start grinding out some green and end up ahead.
Must-Have Links for Daily Fantasy Baseball
Links for MLB Weather
Lose a game to rain in season-long leagues and you'll get it back. In DFS you might have just lost 10-20 percent of your scoring for that day.
- Weather Dashboard at dailybaseballdata.com
- MLB Weather at Weather Underground
- RotoWire's MLB Weather Report
Links for MLB Injuries
Good luck chancing a day-to-day player in Daily Fantasy Baseball. That player's gimpy hamstring could be hurting you before the night is over.
Links for MLB Lines in Vegas
It's not so much about who they say is the favorite. It's more about how many runs they think will be scored. Vegas has to know their stuff.
Links for Projected MLB Starters
Links for Batter vs. Pitcher Data
I'm not much of a believer in Batter vs. Pitcher numbers. You can read why here. Still, a lot of people use this data, so here are the two that are most useful in my opinion.
Links for Platoon Splits
Player values at the gaming sites are largely based on overall stats, so you can find value in players who produce better against pitchers who throw with a given hand.
Here are two more tools that use data from the last five years to calculate platoon differential adjusted for FanDuel's scoring system. These players have the moste extreme value shifts depending on the pitcher they face.
Links for Daily Lineups
Go ahead and use a player who ends up on the bench that day. Let me know how you do.
All these links may seem like a lot of work. But honestly, until it comes to actually building your lineups, it's just a lot of quick scanning to make sure there are no weather or injury issues you don't know about.
When it comes to building your lineups, well, I've given you all of the links for Daily Fantasy Baseball you could need. This is supposed to be the fun part. If you don't like this, then maybe DFS baseball is not your game.
P.S. I promised you 20 links for Daily Fantasy Baseball and I only delivered 19. Here's the 20th. Follow me on Twitter. I'm not as prolific as some others, but if I Tweet, it is most definitely useful.
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