MLB - What You Need to Know

In my previous article we discussed a basic level overview for those of you who have yet to experience the DFS version of MLB. This article will cover a little more with regards to scoring, roster structure, stacking, and strategy.

Scoring:

Those of you who have played on Starstreet in the past will notice that they have changed the scoring pretty dramatically. In the past they lined up closer to DraftDay and now I would look for scores to be in the DraftKings range. Fanduel continues to reward 4pts for a win which is a very significant point to know when building teams on that site.

Hitters Fanduel DraftStreet DraftKings StarStreet DraftDay
1B 1pt 1pt 3pts 3pts 5pts
2B 2pts 2pts 5pts 6pts 10pts
3B 3pts 3pts 8pts 8pts 15pts
HR 4pts 4pts 10pts 10pts 20pts
RBI 1pt 1.5pts 2pts 3pts 5pts
Run 1pt 1.5pts 2pts 3pts 5pts
BB/HBP 1pt .75pts 2pts 2pts 5pts
SB 2pts 2pts 5pts 6pts 5pts
SAC - .75pts - - -
Out -.25pts - - -1pt -1pt
K - -.75pts - - -
GDP - -.75pts - - -
CS - -1pt -2pts - -
Pitchers Fanduel DraftStreet DraftKings StarStreet DraftDay
Win 4pts 2pts 4pts 6pts 10pts
Loss - -1pt - - -
ER -1pt -1pt -2pts -2pts -3pts
IP 1pt 1pt 2.25pts 3pts 3pts
K 1pt 1pt 2pts 2pts 3pts
Hit - -.25pts -.6pts -1pt -1pt
BB/HBP - -.25pts -.6pts -1pt -1pt
Save - 3pts - - -
BS - -1pts - - -
CG - 2pts 2.5pts - 5pts

Note: DraftKings offers an additional bonus of 2.5 for a Shut Out and 5 for a No Hitter
Note: DraftDay offers an additional bonus of 5pts for a Shutout, No Hitter, and a Perfect Game

Roster Structure:

As far as I can see there have not been many changes to the roster structure on most of the sites. DraftDay has left the DH spot off of the roster this year. Fanduel is the lone site with one pitching slot making it more critical to nail that position.

Fanduel P C 1B 2B 3B SS OF OF OF
DraftStreet P P P C 1B 2B 3B SS OF OF OF U U
DraftKings P P C 1B 2B 3B SS OF OF OF
StarStreet P P C 1B 2B 3B SS OF OF OF U
DraftDay P P C 1B 2B 3B SS OF OF OF

Stacking:

If you have not been a part of RotoGrinders for very long then you are probably not familiar with the many forum threads discussing stacking. A lot of the sites have taken steps to make it less prevalent. This year DraftKings joins the group making you select hitters from at least 3 teams and StarStreet has also made a change with a 5 hitter maximum per team.

Fanduel Must pick players from at least 3 teams AND no more than 4 from same team
DraftStreet 4 hitter max from same team
DraftKings Hitters from at least 3 games
StarStreet No more than 5 hitters from one team
DraftDay No more than 4 players from the same team

Strategy:

Pricing – Recently I have read a lot of stuff from around the industry regarding pitching. There seems to be a divide in whether it is necessary to pay up or not. On Fanduel more than any other site it is my belief that you need to pay up. Of course there are exceptions to the rule namely under priced pitchers who have proven to be effective. Given the fact that you only get one shot at pitching and it will be a good chunk of your final score, it is wise to go with the sure thing rather than risk it. On sites where you have two or more pitcher slots you can mix in the fringe pitchers who might not put up a huge number but will bring home a solid score for a modest price. When looking at pricing on the hitters side there are times when you feel certain players are priced out even in an incredible match up. A common strategy is to punt one or two positions to allow you to get the studs in the lineup. For the most part it is easier to punt catcher and shortstop because there are many more options in the lower priced tier.

Strikeouts – When selecting your pitchers there are a lot of items to look at. A good source for points come in the form of strikeouts. While researching you will want to look for pitchers facing a lineup with K happy players. Just understand that while your pitcher might be facing a team that goes down swinging more than most, if he isn’t a K machine to begin with don’t expect him to develop that over night.

Wins – This is a stat that I personally don’t like having as much weight as it does. Can we predict guys that will be in a good position to get a win? Sure we can, BUT how many times do you see a pitcher exit the game with his job done only to see another player let him down in relief. Simply put there is a lot more luck with this stat than any other in my opinion. OK enough ranting. On a really basic level you can get a good idea of who has a solid chance at the W by looking to our friends in Vegas.

L/R Splits – Understanding splits is something you need to get familiar with. If you take anything away from this article let this be it. Knowing what situations a player excels in is key to improving your game and posting more consistent lineups. Remember this applies to both hitters and pitchers. Don’t just assume that because a pitcher is left handed that he will dominate the left handed bats or vice versa.

vL 221AB wOBA .292 OPS .612
vR 491AB wOBA .438 OPS 1.011

In the above example we are looking at Shin-Soo Choo who was the lead off hitter for the Reds last season. Choo is the perfect example of a guy who was priced up last year, but if he was facing a left handed starter you were overpaying for him.

Numbers not just Names – I mentioned this one in my previous article, but I wanted to give an example to try and drive the point home.

Player A is $2,200 and in 827 PA over his career has an OPS of .875 and a wOBA of .375 vL
Player B is $4,200 and in 495 PA over his career has an OPS of .950 and a wOBA of .370 vL

Hypothetically let’s say they are facing the same bad LHP and will both see 4 AB on this day. You would probably select Player A the majority of the time if you are just looking at the numbers. Who are the players? Well they are both Marlins. Player A is Jeff Baker and Player B is Giancarlo Stanton . Suddenly that hypothetical scenario of them facing the same bad LHP and both seeing 4 AB isn’t out of the question. I am not saying Stanton would be a bad play here. What I am trying to point out is you would have started with the higher priced guy who gives you pretty similar numbers based on a name.

As always if you have any questions feel free to send me a PM here on RotoGrinders or over on the twitterverse @louiescards

About the Author

  • Andrew Cook (louiescards)

  • Andrew “LouiesCards” Cook is a DFS veteran who has been playing since 2009. You will see him grinding MLB, NBA, and NFL with a main focus on DraftKings. Over the years he has held several roles at RotoGrinders helping write articles and features, both in-front and behind-the-scenes. Andrew was able to throw the first pitch out at a St. Louis Cardinals game, courtesy of DraftKings. You can follow Andrew on twitter @louiescards

Comments

  • Kuperman

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      2014 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    • 2015 FanDuel MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    Good post! Keep em’ coming!

  • shortyb12

    2012 DFBC Finalist

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    great post . i was just wondering u mention at the begining of this is article that in ur previous post u discussed basic leve overview. do u happen to do know when that artice was posted . cause i must of missed it .
    wanted to know how i could find ur last article . thank u.

  • shortyb12

    2012 DFBC Finalist

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

  • shortyb12

    2012 DFBC Finalist

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    great post .

  • stew225

    Like shortyb12 I missed the first article and would appreciate knowing where I could find it! Thanks for doing this primer on MLB!!

  • infinite420

    lol louise, i was looking at taking both stanton and baker!!!

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    Sorry about that guys I meant to link the first article. Here it is

    /articles/view/242839

    Couple of days away!

  • nedjays

    thanks for your insight.

    2 more days.

  • elctrceye

    • Blogger of the Month

    Great post, thanks for the easy Points Chart for each site!

  • tgowen

    • Blogger of the Month

    Good stuff. I love all the MLB attention. One thing, I think the SS rule reads: You can’t have players all from one game, and are allowed a maximum of 5 hitters per team.

  • sethayates

    Under stacking you said “players from at least 3 games” for DraftKings. You meant players from 3 teams right?

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    @tgowen yeah SS changed the rules as I was typing this.

    @sethayates correct it is actually from 3 teams, my apologies.

    I will correct the errors.

  • cplcor

    awesome insight. is it worth looking at batter splits against a specific pitcher or vice versa, on top of just l/r splits for both hitters and batters.
    how would you use ball park factors in projecting what a hitter or pitcher will potentially do in a game?

  • beauvanlaanen

    nice post

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    @cplcor I only use BvP if there is a big enough sample size. Somewhere around 50AB within the past few years and I would feel comfortable with factoring it in. Park factors should be looked at without a doubt. Both for pitchers and hitters. How much you weigh it is really up to you.

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