FanDuel Implements MLB Scoring Changes for 2017 Season

FanDuel MLB Scoring Changes for 2017

The weather is warming and the fresh smell of green grass will begin to fill northern baseball parks. On April 2nd, the 2017 Major League Baseball season will begin and be the start of seven months of daily fantasy baseball for fans to enjoy.

As you start to get your projections together for the season, you should be aware of minor changes to FanDuel MLB scoring this year. Fortunately, the updates will not drastically affect lineups but you will definitely need to account for the changes.

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The 2017 FanDuel MLB Scoring Schedule

For the most part, FanDuel MLB scoring remains the same from last year with two big exceptions. For 2017, FanDuel is lowering the number of points for a pitcher win. In its place, FanDuel is adding four points for a quality start, which is earned whenever a pitcher pitches at least six complete innings and gives up three or fewer runs.

Hitter stats will be unchanged from last year:

FanDuel MLB Scoring For 2017
StatPointsChange from 2016
Quality Start4+4
Earned Run-3No Change
Strike Out3No Change
Inning Pitched3No Change
Single3No Change
Double 6No Change
Triple9No Change
Home Run12No Change
Run Batted In3.5No Change
Run Scored3.2No Change
Walks3No Change
Stolen Base6No Change
Hit by Pitch3No Change

Besides the stat changes for pitches, all other FanDuel MLB rules from last year appear to be staying in place. We will keep you updated on if anything changes.

Reaction to the Changes

Reaction to FanDuel’s new baseball rules generally appear to be positive. Many had previously complained about the value of pitches in relation to hitters. Relatively speaking, a win can often be a lucky occurrence, especially in the case of wins from relief pitchers or when both the game is high scoring.

Adding a quality start to the mix will award the good (but unlucky) performances that are frustrating to many daily fantasy baseball fans.

To give players an idea of the impact that this will have on pitchers, Seth Yates broke down on Rotogrinders how these changes would affect the “luckiest” and “unluckiest” players last season.