If you are just starting to play DFS baseball, I feel Fanduel’s “keep it simple stupid” approach is the best way to start.
There are a lot of sites competing for your business and you need to find what works best for you.
But if you are just starting and learning who the players are, Fanduel makes it easy for a couple of reasons.
Reason Number One – Only 1 Pitcher
The first reason they make it simple is because you only select one pitcher.
Fanduel (I’m pretty sure) is the only major site that does this. The majority of sites require you to select two pitchers and there are a few that require three.
When you only have one pitcher to select, it makes your job pretty easy.
Get the best one on the board!
Reason Number Two – Simple Scoring System
The other reason Fanduel is great for a beginner is because their scoring system is the simplest. One point for a strike out and inning pitched, and you lose a point for an earned run.
Also, if your pitcher gets credit for the win, he receives an additional four points. Fanduel is the only site you can look at the pitching line and calculate the fantasy points in your head very easily.
Scoring On Other Sites Is More Complex
As I said before, the other sites require multiple pitchers and their scoring system is far more complex.
Other sites dock points from pitchers for hits, walks, and hitting a batter. This makes a pitchers WHIP a lot more important compared to FanDuel.
Also, a win on the other sites is equivalent to two or less strike outs as opposed to four.
Start With FanDuel But Branch Out After You Learn
Now once you’ve become familiar with the game and the MLB players, you may find that having multiple pitchers works better for you.
Mainly because you can apply different strategies, and it requires you to be more knowledgeable.
For example, Draftstreet requires you to play two starting pitchers with the option of playing a third starter or a relief pitcher.
If you are just starting it would be pretty hard finding who to roster as your relief pitcher. You have to predict a game being close, which team will be in front, and if you get that far you need your closer to pitch well.
So it might be wise to choose three (middle to low priced) starters instead.
It’s also cool because you can choose a pitcher that you are willing to take a chance on and it’s less risky because he’s not the only pitcher on the team.
Reason Number Three – The Least Number of Roster Spots
The other thing that makes Fanduel the easiest to play is it has the least amount of roster spots.
Most of the other sites have one or two (and some have three) utility positions forcing you to choose up to 12 players a team.
Fanduel simulates a real baseball game where you have nine roster spots. You don’t have to worry about how a player gets out because every out is recorded the same.
This helps because you aren’t penalized more for players who strike out or ground into double plays.
Start With FanDuel If You Are Starting Out
While I do enjoy the other sites that have more options, I would highly recommend Fanduel for beginners for all the reasons I stated above.