Building your FanDuel teams by picking your favorite players is usually a sucker beLearn how you can take your game to the next level by learning how to play according to the scoring system instead of your personal favorites – you might event find some new favorite players.
I’ve been playing fantasy sports including baseball, basketball and football for years and I’ve seen it happen time and time again. When the time comes to draft teams, guys in my league or opponents in a head to head game succumb to their “fandom” when picking their team. Instead of making picks based on cold analysis of the stats that carry the highest reward in the game, we’re playing, they pick their favorite players. There is a word for these guys – in most cases, they are called “losers” and we all look forward to our matchups with them.
This is bad enough in full season fantasy sports where you can lose a limited amount of money for the full season. If you are playing FanDuel instant fantasy sports, with daily games or multiple games a day, this can be financially disastrous. Here are some tips on how to avoid this pitfall and increase your chances of winning some nice bucks playing FanDuel (and any other fantasy game you might play.)
1. Know the scoring system of the game you’re playing. You need to know which stats play into scoring and pick your teams accordingly. If pitching scoring heavily rewards strikeouts – make sure your pitchers are above average in that category. The same goes for hitters. (FanDuel’s scoring is laid out in detail at http://www.fanduel.com/public/pp_help#rules) One thing to note is that FanDuel gives 2 points for stolen bases – this means that hitters who hit singles, take walks and steal bases can be a great pick if a power hitter doesn’t have good matchups that day.
2. Know the game conditions – if your favorite power hitters are playing in a “pitcher’s park” against a pitcher that forces a lot of ground balls, it might be a great day to start someone else. If your favorite pitcher is playing in a small park against a line up of big time power hitters – you should let him ride the pine as well.
3. Play the match ups – there are some teams out there (Mariners, Padre’s, Pirates) that are extremely anemic offensively. Find out what these teams are and watch for them in the pitching match ups when you are selecting your line up. More often than not, it will pay off to start pitchers who are facing them.
4. In all decisions, let the stats decide your course of action. While it might sound like fun to attach your success to your favorite team or player, it’s a lot more fun to win real money because you made your decision based on the numbers – after all, your opponent likely is.
FanDuel is easy to play, offers a great chance to win some money playing fantasy sports and most of all… it’s fun. Try a free game today or jump on in and challenge one of your friends or take on one of our existing players at www.fanduel.com