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Starting Your Daily Fantasy Baseball Account

The majority of people who are new to daily fantasy baseball have at some point attempted season-long fantasy baseball leagues and moved on. It’s possible that the amount of dedication was excessive. Or their star pitcher was hurt, ruining their entire season.

Daily fantasy sports, however, are not affected by these issues.

Daily competitions offer the chance to choose a completely different roster each and every week without requiring the significant season-long commitment. This is the reason why so many individuals are returning to the pastime and participating in online competitions.

Playing daily fantasy sports online is simple to get started, and learning about the games is made even simpler with some helpful pointers. On this website, we offer just that. We go over everything you need to know to participate.

How Scoring Is Calculated

Without understanding how the scoring works, you cannot make wise or considerate decisions regarding your starting lineup or any other part of daily fantasy baseball. Fortunately, scoring in the daily game of the sport mimics scoring over the entire season. Additionally, just as different daily fantasy sites have varied scoring systems, so do various season-long leagues.

But they all have some characteristics. Here are some fundamentals that are applicable to almost all websites.

  • The score is based on how well the player performs.
  • For getting hits and/or scoring runs, they receive points.
  • Points are also awarded for RBIs and base steals.
  • Pitchers frequently score the most points.
  • Pitchers receive points for all of the subsequent:
  • hurling blows.
  • how many innings were thrown.
  • Shutouts.
  • Nobody hit.
  • finish the game.

Depending on how each site is set up, the points that each of the aforementioned activities earns varies. One website, for instance, recognizes hits in the manner shown below.

  • For a single, three points
  • A double earns five points.
  • A triple gets 8 points.
  • A homerun is worth 10 points.
  • Another website rates hitters based on the following criteria.
  • one point for each
  • A double earns two points.
  • A triple gets three points.
  • A home run is worth 4 points.
  • Why the distinction?
  • Their lineup policies are one factor in this.
  • The Players, Salary Caps, and Value of the Lineups

All daily fantasy baseball teams are constrained by a salary cap, which represents the “money” you invest in building your club. Consider the salary cap as virtual currency, a la Monopoly. The contest’s entry fee has no bearing on the salary maximum, which is $50,000; you receive the same salary cap whether you enter the contest for $10 or $100.

The lineup policies vary between places. You may be able to select two pitchers at some websites, for instance. You only get one pitcher at some places. We previously indicated that the varying lineups at different venues are one of the reasons why the scoring systems vary; having two pitchers instead of one is a significant difference.

The website has assigned a wage to each player who is available. This wage is calculated using an algorithm that considers both the player’s past and anticipated performance.

Super Tip

In daily fantasy baseball, the ultimate objective is to identify players who offer a lot of value in comparison to their salary. You have a very good chance of winning certain competitions and generating some money if you can master the art of finding value.

By dividing the projected number of points the player is worth, one can determine value. If a player costs $1,000 to draft and you predict that he would score ten points, for instance, you will receive one point for every $100 invested on the draft.

Every decision made in this hobby is based on value. If your budget is $50,000 and you can score one point for every $500 of your salary ceiling, you can score 100 points every competition. If the wage cap for your opponent is $1000, she will only be able to earn 50 points per match.

Keeping up with the sport is one approach to identify value. You’ll have a better sense of how much value a player delivers at a given pay the more you understand the various teams and their players. Just pay closer attention to the game, and you should be able to enhance your daily fantasy baseball performance without too much trouble.

Examining how the Vegas bookmakers set their odds is another approach to discover value. No one in the world has a more complex method for predicting success in professional sports. For instance, it’s probably not a good idea to choose the pitcher from the team that is the clear underdog against another team according to the Vegas bookmakers’ line.

You don’t need to be overly meticulous or careful about how you track your projections when you first start.

We estimate everything using a spreadsheet, but at initially you won’t need to be as proficient as we are.

As your interest in the pastime grows, it’s a good idea to keep track of everything. You can gauge how accurate your projections are, how much value you’re getting from your lineups, and whether or not you’re improving as you have more historical results to study.

Here’s an illustration:

On the basis of a $50,000 salary cap, you predict that a lineup will win 100 points.

However, the team only scores 80 points.

You predict that the lineup after that will score 100 points.

Once more, the squad only receives 80 points.

You alter how you project scores for your next lineup.

You receive 90 points as opposed to 80.

You may be assured that your results are getting better each week even if you experience a lost week.

Additionally, you can monitor your value at multiple jobs and work to get better at each one. For instance, if you can reduce the cost of your pitchers from $250 per point to $200 per point, you’ll have made progress. Even though you may not be outperforming your competitors just now, if you keep honing your value-finding skills, you’ll soon start coming out on top.

How to Begin with Freerolls

Utilizing the numerous freeroll possibilities provided by the majority of fantasy sites is one of the greatest ways to get started in daily fantasy baseball competitions. The largest websites run a number of free-to-enter contests each week with cash prizes. These circumstances clearly have positive expected values because entry is free. Do not disregard them.

These provide a fantastic opportunity for new users to become comfortable with the site’s user interface. There are only positives—any errors won’t cost you any money. Advance to the contests with real money once you feel comfortable using the websites and their interfaces. Until you begin to feel secure in your skills, we advise beginning out with the smallest stakes possible.

On the other side, if you’re a casual player who merely wants to play, sign up for a contest with the highest buy-in you can stand. Nothing is certain. In your first or second contest, you might strike it rich.

Types of daily fantasy baseball competitions

Daily fantasy baseball tournaments can be broadly classified into two groups. These are listed below.

  • Casino games
  • Tournaments
  • Money games

Head-to-head (H2H) and 50/50 games are the two main categories of cash games. These competitions have a small range. If both you and your opponent are skilled, you should be anticipated to win 50% of the time if you buy in for a certain amount.

Examples of H2H Competitions

  • 2 participants (H2Hs always have just two entrants).
  • Cost to enter is $100.
  • $200 in entrance fees (2 x $100).
  • The prize is $180.
  • The website charges a $20 commission (10%).

There will be several competitors in a 50/50 competition, but to win, your score only needs to be in the top 50% of the field. No matter where you finish, the prize money is the same.

  • A 50/50 contest example
  • Ten competitors.
  • Cost to enter is $100.
  • Ten $100 entry fees equal $1,000 in total.
  • This is how the participants fared.
  • First place: 200 points
  • Second: 180 points
  • Third: 160 points
  • Fourth place: 140 points
  • 5th place: 120 points
  • 6th place: 100 points
  • 7th place: 80 points
  • 8th place: 80 points
  • 9th place: 70 points
  • 10th place: 60 points
  • Top five places each win $180.
  • Site takes $100 commission (10%).

Notice that the player who wins first place has 200 points and the player in fifth place has 120 points. Even though there’s an 80 point difference, the players get the same payout in a 50/50 contest.


Tournaments, on the other hand, offer a progressive prize pool based on how well you place.

Example of a Tournament

  • 100 entrants.
  • Entry fee is $25.
  • Total entry fees of $2,500 (100 x $25).
  • Site takes $250 commission (10%).
  • Total prize pool of $2250 ($2500 – $250).
  • Payouts as follows:
  • 1st place: $625
  • 2nd place: $375
  • 3rd place: $250
  • 4th place: $200
  • 5th place: $150
  • 6th place: $125
  • 7th – 9th place: $100 each
  • 10 – 12th place: $75 each

Some tournaments offer a guaranteed prize pool, or GPP. These tournaments have a minimum prize pool regardless of how many people register and play. In the example above, if the tournament were designated as a GPP with $2250 in prizes, it would pay out as listed above even if only 60 or 70 players registered and played. Without the guarantee, if too few players sign up, the contest is cancelled and your entry fee is refunded.

When you find a situation with a guaranteed prize pool where too few players have entered to justify the prize pool, it’s called a “overlay”. This means that the site is contributing money to the prize pool, and your equity is greater than it would be otherwise. Unless you’re just a terrible player, overlay situations are almost always positive expectation situations.

Managing Your Bankroll

Bankroll management is one of the keys to being a profitable player. Here’s why.

Suppose you’re twice as good as the average player. You have $1,000. You enter a $1,000 entry fee heads up contest with an average player. Your chances of winning are about 65%, maybe even 75%. This means that 25% to 35% of the time, you’ll go broke after one contest. If you’re broke, you can’t enter more contests.

There are two possible outcomes—a 70% or so chance of having a bankroll of $1,800 after the contest, and a 30% or so chance of having a bankroll of $0 after the contest.

On the other hand, suppose you take that $1,000 and instead enter 50 contests, each of which has a $20 entry fee. Assuming a win rate of 65%, you’re much less likely to go broke. In fact, chances are, you’ll win maybe 35 of these contests and lose 15 of them. So your bankroll after the 50 contests should increase from $1,000 to $1,330.

A smart approach to bankroll management reduces or eliminates risk. When you have an edge over the other players, the only way to reduce that risk is to spread your bankroll around. The more contests entered, the more likely it is that your edge over the other players will close in on your expectation.

On the other hand, losing players will increase their chances of going broke with every contest they play. So bankroll management only matters if you’re a winning player. We don’t make any value judgment here, either—it’s perfectly okay to participate in the hobby even if you’re losing more than 50% of the time. In fact, every beginner starts off as a losing player. Like anything else involving skill, practice makes perfect.

Additional Information

For more information and advice on this subject, please see our strategy article on bankroll management for daily fantasy sports.

Additional Tips

Pay Attention to Your Pitchers

The most important player in your lineup is the pitcher. Most points come from this position, so most of your thinking about your lineup should focus on this position. Be willing to pay a premium for a premium pitcher, but keep in mind his opponents, too.

If your premium pitcher is facing a lineup of the best hitters in the league, he’s probably not worth the price. This is where looking at the Vegas sportsbook lines can come in handy.

On some sites, you’ll need 2 pitchers in your lineup instead of just one. The best strategy is to pick a superstar for one of the pitchers. Then go with someone less expensive who offers relatively good value for that 2nd pitcher spot.

When thinking about pitchers, pay attention to how many strikeouts they average. But also take into account how many walks they allow. You want a pitcher who’s going to throw a lot of strikes without allowing a lot of walks—points are deducted for walks, and it doesn’t take long to lose a lot of the points gained from strikeouts with a few walks.

Hitters Matter Too

The pitcher might be the most important player, but most of the time, you can’t win on pitching alone. You have to think about hitters, too.

One easy tip to remember when choosing hitters is to focus on hitters who come up early in the batting order. Since they’re coming up early, they’ll get more opportunities to score than the hitters who come later in the lineup.

Consider, too, how often a hitter gets on base. A hitter with a high on-base percentage is going to score more points in the long run. Avoid players who get busted trying to steal too many bases.

Don’t Waste Money on Catchers

In daily fantasy football, the defense and the kicker positions are cheap for a reason. The daily fantasy baseball equivalent of this is the catcher position. In fact, the catcher has the fewest opportunities to affect the score than any other position—so don’t waste a lot of money on this spot. Use the money for upgrading your pitcher(s), instead.

Look at Matchups

If a particular pitcher seems to be on a bad streak, don’t draft him. But it’s also a good idea to look at the hitters who are playing against that pitcher. You might be able to find a lot of value by exploiting these kinds of matchups.

This is another example of how the Vegas books’ lines can help.


Daily fantasy baseball can be a fun and profitable hobby.

Getting started is easy, too. With only a little bit of effort, you can be at least a break-even player without too much effort. If you’re willing to put in the time and work, you can even turn this hobby into a profitable venture for yourself. Don’t let fear of something new keep you away from this game. If daily fantasy baseball seems like fun, get started right away. The tips on this page will prevent you from making a fool of yourself.

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