Getting started in MLB DFS
I have never been a fan of Baseball….I know great way to start a MLB DFS blog. I played baseball as a kid to have something to do between football and basketball season. I didn’t mind going to the ballpark to catch a game live but to sit at home and watch on TV was death by a thousand cuts. Baseball was soooo slow, hardly any good action and nobody danced after making a big play. Then I grew up…sort of grew up (immature man). I began playing my favorite DFS games (Football, Basketball) faithfully every year with little to no success but winning wasn’t a big deal to me because I was addicted to watching anyway. DFS just added to the enjoyment of watching my favorite sports but there was always a lull for three months of the year June through August when all we had to watch on TV was “Americas game”. In 2016 I read a story about the arrest of the countries biggest sports handicapper Billy Walters, inside the story I read told the tale of a man who made millions every year analyzing data and using analytics to predict winners and losers in all sports. I began to research some of the models Billy Walters used to predict games and even scores of games, I started to learn more about things called a covariance matrix and data correlation. I began to try my own models that I created and even though it worded in basketball with minimal success the excitement it added to my DFS experience was unmatched by anything else I’ve ever done (excluding activities with women). Then basketball season ended and there I was sitting on the couch early in the morning like I always do, ESPN is on and I have a bowl of oats in my hand but there are no football highlights to watch or any basketball games to look forward to…. what will I do with my life for the next three months?! The great marketing minds at DraftKings and Fan Duel must have implanted a microchip in my head while I was asleep to know what I was thinking because a few moments later I received free rolls and come play for free ads in my email for MLB. What else will I do this summer, what the heck….I’ll try it out. Even though I don’t know half of the MLB players, I’m not familiar with their stats and I don’t know where to began when building a lineup. So what do you do when you are clueless about something and ashamed to ask someone for help??? Search the internet for answers!!! I must have watched every DFS youtube video ever made over the course of a few days and really learned a lot, especially about the guys who do very well and take DFS very seriously like Saahil Sud and Condia. I began translating my football and basketball models to play baseball and what do you know…I found myself playing everyday with some success and having fun watching baseball games while learning a ton about the players and analytics of the game. Now I am tuned into the MLB channel everyday and staying ontop of MLB news online, I have started to force my friends to play MLB DFS because that’s all I talk about anymore and it makes for another excuse to go to the local sports bar for an adult beverage or two. I look forward to connecting with the other daily fantasy players here and hope to learn more about baseball while preparing for the upcoming football season. Until then, happy gaming!