Note: This post has been updated to reflect the 2017 season changes.
With Major League Baseball just a couple weeks from starting, it’s time to start to dust off the cobwebs and get excited for another year of daily fantasy baseball.
With preseason daily fantasy baseball not available, the first pitch on April 3rd will be the start of the action on FanDuel.
There have been some fairly significant changes for the 2016 Major League Baseball season at FanDuel, so make sure you are familiar with the new scoring and rules before setting your lineups.
If you are looking for DraftKings daily fantasy baseball scoring, check our writeup on the basics of getting started there.
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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Rules
The goal of FanDuel’s daily fantasy baseball contests is to draft the best team you can while staying under a fictional salary cap. On FanDuel, you have $35,000 to work with to draft a nine-man roster that consists of the following positions: pitcher, catcher, 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, 3rd baseman, shortstop, and three out field positions.
The teams who score the most points according to the league or contests prize pool will win cash prizes.
The types of contests you can enter for FanDuel DFS baseball contests run the gamut. If you are looking for larger contests, take a look at guaranteed prize pool tournaments and leagues. The buy-in amounts, the number of entrants and the structure of the prize pools will vary, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the structure before entering. FanDuel also offers players head to head, 50/50 and multiplier contests.
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Scoring
The scoring has been adjusted since last season, with many of the points in some categories increasing by a factor of 3x. This will mean players will need to readjust their strategies a bit if you played last year. Pitchers are more evenly distributed in value compared to hitters at any other DFS sites.
The players that you draft for your team will earn points during the 2016 season according to the following points schedule:
Single: 3 Points
Double: 6 Points
Triple: 9 Points
Home Run: 12 Points
Run Batted In: 3.5 Points
Run Scored: 3.2 Points
Bases on Balls: 3 Points
Stolen Base: 6 Points
Hit By Pitch: 3 Points
Win: 6 Points (changed for the 2017 season)
Quality Start: 4 Points (added for the 2017 season)
Earned Run: -3 Points
Strike Out: 3 Points
Inning Pitched: 3 Point (with fractional scoring per out)