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DFS-MLBAuthor: Scott Jack

Daily fantasy baseball is the second most popular sport in the DFS industry – trailing DFS football contests only.

However, players have a much better chance at grinding a good profit out of DFS MLB rather than DFS NFL. There are a limited number of weeks to play DFS NFL, but with daily fantasy baseball, players can play in big contests daily for most of the year.

Every season players can compete in a variety of real money daily fantasy baseball contests – ranging from small heads-up or double-up contests to contests with over 100,000 entries and a prize pool exceeding a million dollars.

There are not many ways to get rich overnight in this world, but DFS baseball is now one way to change your fortune.

Best real money daily fantasy baseball sites

  • DraftKings: DK hosts multiple guaranteed MLB contests series with prize pools exceeding $1M+ every season.
  • FanDuel: FD is home to the World Fantasy Baseball Championship every year – in 2015 the prize pool is $4M+.
  • StarsDraft: Still relatively new, offers smaller tournaments, but a unique experience compared to the big two DFS sites.

I enjoy playing at all three of these real money daily fantasy MLB sites – they all have positives and negatives to consider — so be sure to read our detailed reviews of each site. In this article we’re going to analyze DFS MLB rules, scoring, strategies and tips.

DFS MLB rules and scoring

Scoring and roster requirements can be considerably different at each of the individual real money DFS sites.

I’m going to analyze the scoring and roster requirements at DraftKings and FanDuel in this article. The salary cap and line-ups may be different, but the salaries of players are also way different, so it all works out to be very similar in the end.

The salary cap when you play real money daily fantasy baseball contests at DK and FD are as followed:

  • DraftKings: $50,000
  • FanDuel: $35,000

The line-up requirements at the two sites are as followed:

  • DraftKings: P, P, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF & OF (Ten Players)
  • FanDuel: P, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF & OF (Nine Players)

The average cost you get to spend on players is $5000 at DK and $3888 at FD.

I find with the scoring that FanDuel is a more simplified version of DraftKings, which is ideal for new players, but I found I grew out of the FD format fairly quickly and I much prefer the DK format, which allows for more strategy.

First off, DK has two pitcher spots and the scoring for pitchers is much more advanced than FD.

Let’s check out the complete scoring at the two real money baseball fantasy websites.

DraftKings scoring

Hitters:

DraftKings-MLB

  • 1B (Single) = 3 Points
  • 2B (Double) = 5 Points
  • 3B (Triple) = 8 Points
  • Home Run = 10 Points
  • RBI (Run Batted In) = 2 Points
  • Run = 2 Points
  • Walk = 2 Points
  • Hit By Pitch = 2 Points
  • Stolen Base = 5 Points
  • Caught Stealing = -2 Points

Pitchers:

  • Innings Pitched = 2.25 Points (0.75 Points Per Out)
  • Strikeout = 2 Points
  • Win = 4 Points
  • Earned Run = -2 Points
  • Hit Against = -0.6 Points
  • Walk = -0.6 Points
  • Hit Batsman = -0.6 Points
  • Complete Game = 2.5 Points
  • Complete Game Shutout = 2.5 Points
  • No Hitter = 5 Points

FanDuel scoring

Hitters:

FanDuel-MLB

  • 1B (Single) = 1 Point
  • 2B (Double) = 2 Points
  • 3B (Triple) = 3 Points
  • Home Run = 4 Points
  • RBI (Run Batted In) = 1 Point
  • Run = 1 Point
  • Walk = 1 Point
  • Stolen Base = 2 Points
  • Hit By Pitch = 1 Point
  • Out = -0.25 Points

Pitchers:

  • Win = 4 Points
  • Earned Run = -1 Point
  • Strikeout = 1 Point
  • Innings Pitched = 1 Point (0.33 Points Per Out)

As you can tell – the scoring at the two major DFS sites differ greatly from each other. It may take a little while to adjust to both sites, but once you become familiar with the scoring and some basic strategy – you’ll be able to succeed on both platforms.

Before we get into the strategy section – let’s take a look at how the DraftKings baseball contest page looks like.

DraftKings-MLB-Contest

DFS MLB strategy and tips

Because of the scoring – the target scores at DK and FD differ greatly. At FanDuel the target score in a tournament is just 60 points, while the target score at DraftKings in order to win an average tournament is 150 points.

The target scores are lower in head-to-head and double-up contests, but you should still attempt to hit this target.

First off, you should select your pitcher/s and get that out of the way. At FD there’s no messing around – pick the best pitcher no matter what the price. At DK – there are several options because you need to pick two pitchers to form a line-up.

You can opt to spend on two quality pitchers, spend on one and save on one or take two cheap punt plays. I advise against taking two cheap pitchers 99% of the time, unless you’re just trying to really differentiate a line-up in a big guaranteed prize pool contest.

Finding a pitcher that’ll win is imperative, but you also want to target a pitcher with big strikeout potential.

There’s so many ways to choose batters for your line-up and you’ll have to start learning advanced metrics. Looking at who has the most HR’s and RBI’s isn’t going to get it done – you need to know if Stanton hits right or left handed pitching better.

You need to consider park factors, weather, slumps, injuries, players sitting out and so much more.

On a basic level – you always want to have hitters capable of hitting a home run in a game, as one HR will allow any player to exceed value. However, once you start running out of salary, it’ll become difficult to target a batter with HR potential.

Don’t be afraid to target speed in your line-up – guys like Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon. These guys alone can make a line-up, as they can hit, steal bases, drive in runs. Some speed guys like Altuve and Blackmon even hit for power.

Scoring points for stolen bases is huge at both of the major sites, especially when mixed with power.

“Stacking” has always been popular, but you must follow the rules. At DraftKings for example – players can stack — but they also have to choose hitters from at least three teams. Stacking is when you take multiple players from the same team.

Often players will target the top of the order for a team they expect to score a lot of runs. I’m not against stacking, as it often ends up working in MLB, especially on short slates, but don’t stack just for the purpose of stacking.

Many times stacking doesn’t work out and when it doesn’t work out – you’re not going to win anything. When a stack doesn’t work out there’s rarely a middle ground. I actually advise against stacking too much when in a H2H or double-up contest.

Start playing real money daily fantasy baseball today and find out what it’s like to win money daily from your fantasy knowledge.