Everyone wants to play tournaments and everyone wants to win tournaments. The feeling you get when you win a tournament is incredible because you need everything to break your way. It can come down to one hit or strikeout.
Well, in DFS baseball you need a few things to win a tournament, but the most important thing on the hitting side is home runs, especially on FanDuel.
The way the scoring works on FanDuel, there are no premiums on any outcome (some sites reward more points for runs and RBI), so everything on the hitting side is worth one point. Now even though a home run is technically worth four points, remember that does not include the run and at least one RBI. So a home run is really worth at least six points, and potentially up to nine.
If you have read my articles
this season, you know that I’m a huge fan of digging into the data and finding the edge for hitting and pitching splits. So we'll do that here, but also focus on who are the hitters that crush pitching from either hand and who are the pitchers that allow the most home runs to all hitters.
Data is from Fangraphs.com
Top 20 HR/FB differential vs. RHP - 2013-2015 (through Aug. 1, 2015)
Looking at this data, and even considering last year, how did we miss that Yasmani Grandal
was primed for a huge breakout?
Top 20 HR/FB differential vs. LHP - 2013-2015 (through Aug. 1, 2015)
The player who sticks out for me here is Aaron Hicks
, who I have always been high on but has not done anything until recently. He is starting to look like a huge star primed for a breakout in 2016.
Highest Overall HR/FB Hitters
If you are playing in tournaments on FanDuel, you need to have a few of these hitters in your lineups. Use the strategy of paying up for power, and finding that mid-tier starting pitcher with an optimal matchup.
Top 20 HR/FB Rate Starting Pitchers vs. RHB
A lot of the McCarthy damage was in Arizona, so we can probably discount that. Shane Greene
is on his way to becoming the No. 1 pitcher on this list, which is not a good thing.
Top 20 HR/FB Rate vs. LHB
Highest Overall HR/FB vs. LHB and RHB
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