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Finding the Pitcher Stats that Matter in Daily Fantasy Baseball

Finding the Pitching Statistics that Matter in Daily Fantasy Baseball is a comprehensive breakdown of which numbers are significant when evaluating pitchers for daily fantasy baseball and which numbers are simply noise.

In this course, you’ll learn:

• Which metrics measure a pitcher’s true skill
• What kind of pitchers to target in cash games and tourneys
• The role strikeout rates play in a pitcher’s success and a batter’s struggles
• The importance of platoon splits for batters and pitchers
• Why ground-ball rates are critical in both batter and pitcher evaluation

9 lessons

  1. 1

    Introduction to Pitcher Stats in Daily Fantasy Baseball

    Pitcher selection is a foundation of daily fantasy baseball. This intro lesson examines some of the most important statistics to analyze when picking pitchers and sets up an in-depth nine-lesson course geared toward aiding you in improving your pitcher selection.

  2. 2

    What is Luck vs. Skill: Home Run to Fly-Ball Ratio and BABIP

    Fly balls turn into home runs, but the rate at which they do shifts based on a number of factors. By properly predicting this – along with BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) – you’ll be able to improve your pitcher selection.

  3. 3

    Strikeouts: The Most Important Pitching Stat

    Strikeouts are king for daily fantasy pitchers. Lesson Three shows you how to maximize strikeout probability.

  4. 4

    Walks: Predictable and an Underrated Key to Stacking

    While strikeouts reign supreme, walks are a very overlooked daily fantasy statistic for pitchers. This lesson explains why, as well as how to utilize walk rates to win both cash games and tournaments.

  5. 5

    Fly Balls: Finding Home Runs is Easier than You Think

    The number of home runs a pitcher allows can go a long way in determining how lucky or unlucky he has been. Learn to predict when home run rates will regress and you can make a lot of money in daily fantasy baseball.

  6. 6

    Do Ground Balls Matter?

    The type of batted balls a pitcher allows go a long way in determining how successful he’ll be. This lesson shows you exactly what to look for and when you should shift your approach based on the league in which you’re competing.

  7. 7

    The Stereotype of Lefty-Righty Splits: Mostly True

    Handedness splits matter a whole lot for both batters and pitchers. There are cases when other stats are more important or can override handedness data, however; this lesson will teach you which stats to use and when.

  8. 8

    Shortcuts: Team Totals, ERA Estimators, Swinging-Strike Rate

    Every daily fantasy player is looking for shortcuts. In this lesson, you’ll learn about some basic and advanced stats you can use to make your daily fantasy baseball research process more efficient.

  9. 9

    Cliff Notes: A Cheat Sheet to Success

    The final lesson of this course wraps up everything we’ve learned, giving you bottom-line advice to improve your daily fantasy baseball pitcher selection.


Finding the Pitcher Stats that Matter in Daily Fantasy Baseball

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Dave Potts

One of the preeminent baseball minds in all of fantasy, Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, has won contests at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS. He is a two-time winner of a million dollar first place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball live final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Millionare Maker Tournament in 2015. In addition, he’s won the Main Event championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and the NFBC Platinum League, which is the highest buy-in entry league. His consistent success in the NFBC tournaments recently earned him a prestigious spot in their Hall of Fame. Dave can also strum a mean guitar while carrying a tune and if you’re lucky, you’ll see him do so on one of his GrindersLive appearances. Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2.