Introducing PlateIQ Premium Ratings
No matter if you are new to MLB DFS or a grizzled veteran, the volume of data and analytics in baseball can be daunting.
How do you decide which numbers to put stock in on a day to day basis? How do you stay consistent with the numbers you decide to value? This can be a big challenge for players of all skill levels. Evaluating the matchups via MLB analytics can be a time-consuming problem that not everyone is willing or able to solve.
PlateIQ Premium ratings are here to help with this challenge.
WHAT IS IT? PlateIQ Rating is a dynamic matchup score. PlateIQ Rating compares over 1,000 important statistics and data points for today’s games and condenses the situation into a single number. PlateIQ Rating updates as lineups release to ensure new information is considered leading up to lock.
WHAT IS IT FOR? PlateIQ score is your companion for narrowing a player pool, and reducing research time.
WHAT IS IT NOT FOR? PlateIQ score is not a projection. It is not intended to be a replacement for projection models. We certainly see a correlation, and may in the future optimize the system for use in the LineupHQ builder. For now – the matchup score is best used as an intelligent guide to narrowing your player pool.
WHERE CAN I FIND IT? PlateIQ Premium Ratings are located in both PlateIQ and LineupHQ for premium members.
WHAT ELSE IS COMING? PlateIQ Score is Phase I of the PlateIQ Premium Tools platform. Phase II is a new dashboard featuring “Premium Batter Reports” as well as a category by category summary of what is happening under the hood.
The idea is that you’ll have the option to play MLB DFS armed with the power of data no matter your skill level. If you are somebody who isn’t interested in the numbers, you can leverage the premium rating as a strong representation of the data. If you want to dig deeper and understand “why”, you’ll be able to do that with the Phase II elements. Look for Phase II to be released in the coming weeks. For now, the PlateIQ Dashboard is here to help break down the numbers for those that desire. We’ll update this article with new information when Phase II is ready.
How to Read the Output
Overall Score: The PlateIQ premium scoring is designed so that a matchup rating if 50 should be close to an average matchup. The farther away from 50 a score is on the high side, the better you should consider the overall matchup for a player. The lower the score is below 50, the more negative you should perceive the matchup for a player. Generally, scores tend to reside between 25 and 75.
Subscores: There are six total PlateIQ categories that get evaluated on a daily basis and a 7th category just for pitchers to better account for DFS viability. Here are the categories that are a part of PlateIQ Premium Matchup Ratings.
— Contact Quality
— Plate Discipline
— Contextual Factors
— Recent Performance
— Pitch Types
— K Matchup
We’ve added conditional formats to the ratings to help you understand them. Higher numbers are superior for the player in question.
What is Being Evaluated?
PlateIQ reviews, compares, and rates over 1,000 different data points. Sounds fancy – but it’s mostly splits and different time frames of some really basic and common evaluators.
- Contact Quality: Batted ball trajectory stats. Batted ball quality stats. Examples: GB%, Hard%, Speed-Angle combination stats.
- Production: Statistics that describe the outcomes displayed by a player. Examples: wOBA, BB%, Indicators.
- Plate Discipline: Skills displayed by batters and pitchers controlling the PA. Examples: Contact%, SwStrk%, OSwing%, Batter Ahead%
- Contextual Factors: Elements outside the realm of evaluation in a single pitch. Examples: Batting Order, Weather, Park, Umpire
- Recent Performance: A Review and rating of more recent behavior across categories. Example: EV Differential, Pitcher Velocity Change, 60 Day K%
- Pitch Types: An evaluation across categories to measure and rate performance on or vs. a pitch type. Example: GB% vs. FT. Whiff% vs. SL. Contact % vs. CUKC.
- K Matchup: An increase in weight to the K% matchup for starting pitchers only. This is designed to help account for the value of strikeouts in DFS.
How Should You Use It?
Shorten your research process by identifying key matchups: Use PlateIQ and (coming soon) PlateIQ Premium Matchup reports to further drill down to the “why” once you identify “who” to spend your invaluable time evaluating.
Narrow your player pool using the integrated PlateIQ score in LineupHQ: Easily visualize strong matchups and make decisions on player pool using your own skill and judgment.
Understand new situations quickly: PlateIQ Premium Score updates as new lineups release. You’ll be able to quickly visualize the matchup with the help of PlateIQ score, and reduce the stress that may be caused by a late-breaking lineup change.
Tips, Tricks, and Limitations
— Generally speaking, a higher score is better. However, a higher score will not always mean a better play in DFS. You’ll still need to exercise your own skill and good judgment in understanding and evaluating the PlateIQ Premium Rating.
— We noticed a few situations that we want to find new and better ways to adjust for automatically. Particularly how we handle new players, players with rapidly changing skill profiles (usually pitchers), and some other uncommon scenarios. We’ll from time to time make note of an adjustment in PlateIQ (as shown at right via comment balloon).
— This solution will update automatically as lineups release and contextual factors adjust. We’re excited by this and hope you’ll find value in watching the score adjust as the situation changes.
Premium Matchup Reports
Coming Soon! Look for more info here in this article when the Phase II solution is ready for battle.