With pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training in less than 3 weeks, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with MLB! This will be helpful if you have never played fantasy baseball or just need a refresher for the casual fan or player.
This will be useful for both Season-Long (SL) and DFS.
American League (AL) & National League (NL)
Knowing which teams belong in the AL or NL will be extremely useful and should probably be etched into your memory (for now. There are talks of the DH being introduced in the NL but my guess is that it wouldn't be implemented for the 2016 season). AL teams have the DH (designated hitter) while NL teams don't. AL teams who play in NL ballparks can't use their DH and their pitcher will need to bat in the batting order.
Why is this important? Take David Ortiz for example, DH for the Boston Red Sox. He can be in the lineup as a DH in AL home games but will need to play the field (first base) if he is to have regular at-bats in the lineup. Many DHs don't regularly play the field so drafting one for your SL team will take a little more strategy during the season.
Ballparks and Ballpark Factor
Not all ballparks are built the same. There are hitters' parks, pitchers parks', parks with domes, parks with retractable roofs. If you familiarize yourself with the different ballparks, it will help your lineup construction and roster changes much easier.
PGA DFS has definitely been a challenge for me. I know nothing about golf but I am determined to learn about it so I can be competitive.
For the CareerBuilder Challenge, I didn't go too in depth with research on the courses since there were 3 of them. My main goal was to narrow down the golfers who I thought would be most consistent while taking price into consideration.
My DraftKings lineup did fine, but I wanted to focus on my Fantasy Aces lineups for this tournament. I made one "Classic" lineup and one "SalaryPro" lineup. If you aren't familiar with SalaryPro, click here for further explanation under Contest Formats.
My Classic lineup and results:
A few weeks ago, an article was published by The New York Times, that left the Daily Fantasy Sports industry in a not so favorable light, to say the least. The next day, there was a Q&A in regards to the article with its author doing the answering.
If I had to guess, the chat felt like it was filled with people who have never participated in DFS based on the types of comments I was reading. I put it out there that I thought it was a player's personal responsibility to become knowledgeable and informed. Others would respond by saying sites should have more transparency, let players know about scripting and other player disadvantages, etc. Let's be real, no company is as transparent as consumers would like for them to be. Companies have their own set of responsibilities, but individuals need to be responsible too.
Above is a response I had to a string of posts.
How is the status of a new/beginner player decided? Length of time played, winning percentage, net winnings?
Why I still feel "new":
If sites like DraftKings and Fantasy Aces offer beginner contests, I will play in them. But honestly, I can't say for sure if it makes a significant difference for beginners. I will post my DFS PGA results in another blog in a day or two, which relates to this. Never do I ever feel like I need to be given an advantage. I know what it's like to work from the bottom up and the hard work that goes with it. Same goes for my DFS experiences. Throw me in a contest (that I can afford) with the best and I'll put together a lineup and play. My lineup might be terrible but there is so much to be learned from defeat. You can look at and analyze other lineups and see what made them successful. Life isn't easy and DFS winnings won't be either. If you're looking for easy money, this isn't for. Pay your dues and you'll get yours, or not.