How Does Daily Fantasy Baseball Work?
In its most traditional form, Daily Fantasy Baseball closely resembles traditional season-long fantasy, albeit with some twists.
For traditional fantasy, players draft a team at the beginning of the season. This will be the team they roll with all year, but they can make moves throughout the year to attempt to improve their roster, such as via trades or free agent additions.
Games can be played in a rotating head-to-head format or via total points which are added up as games are completed. In both cases, the top teams advance to the playoff round with the winner of the league christened from that bracket.
In DFS, games take place over the course of a single day. Users select their lineup from the available player pool, which consists of players slated to play in that day’s games. Each player has a salary attached to them and users must build their lineups while staying underneath the cap.
For traditional MLB DFS, the initial roster requirements were as follows: P, C, 1B, 25, 3B, SS. OF, OF, OF.
Through the years, that has evolved based on the site. In certain places, users select two pitchers. Some sites use a flex position in addition to the traditional positions, while others have used a concept of multi-position eligibility for players.
Once the games begin, users will receive points based on how the players they have selected perform in real time. Just like in traditional fantasy MLB, events such as strikeouts for pitchers and home runs for hitters are among the ways to accumulate points.
After all of the games have wrapped up for the day, the user with the best score wins. In DFS MLB, there are a number of different ways to play. Here are a few of the more popular styles of games.
- GPPs: These are guaranteed prize pool tournaments, some of which offer absolutely massive top prizes. The biggest of these tournaments can attract tens of thousands of users for a single slate of games.
- 50/50s or DoubleUps: In these type of games, entrants only need to have a better score than up to half of the field to win or cash. These games have proven to be popular with those who like to shoot for somewhat predictable returns.
- Head to Heads: Just like in traditional fantasy, this is user versus user with the higher scoring lineup being deemed the winner.
Depending on the site you play on, there will be a number of other different ways to play such as Showdowns (single-game DFS), Pick’Ems, or leagues. In general, each of the different game types are offered at various buy-in points, ranging from the very small stakes all the way up to high roller ranges.