The 2016 MLB Daily Fantasy Season is Underway


Major League players have headed north after nearly two months in spring training. Sunday marks the beginning of another baseball season and for daily fantasy sports players, that means another year of MLB daily fantasy.

The contests are posted, guaranteed prize pools are ready to go and players can now enter these contests. So what can DFS players expect for the 2016 season at the two major sites?

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MLB Daily Fantasy Rule Changes

Don’t assume that you can pick right up where you left off last season. It has been six months since the playoffs and there have been some major changes made, most notably how points are earned at FanDuel. Read on to make sure you are aware of the new changes before setting your lineups this season.

DraftKings: The scoring and roster rules for DraftKings’ MLB daily fantasy contests are largely unchanged from last year. There is only one minor change for scoring and the this change should have little to no effect on your lineup.

Last year, players received -2 points for a caught steal. That stat category is wisely being thrown out this year, likely given that this stat was hard to predict and handicap. For a full DraftKings MLB scoring and rules refresher, check out our scoring guide.

FanDuel: Scoring for FanDuel contests have drastically been adjusted for the 2016 season. Many of the stat categories have seen points increase by 3x. This may have been done to increase the overall number of points in the contests to improve the fun-factor of the games, but it has also made hitters and pitchers more evenly distributed than other DFS sites.

If you play daily fantasy baseball on FanDuel, you will definitely want to check out the FanDuel MLB scoring guide to make sure your rosters are built with the new changes in mind.

Types of Contest Types

DFS sites are aiming to impress at the start of the MLB season to prove that they are the site to play DFS this year. We’re seeing some large guaranteed tournaments already from both sites.

DraftKings: The $400k Curveball is the largest MLB contest running on Opening Day, equaled by the $400k Opener and followed closely by the $300k Moonshot. There are also another three guaranteed tournaments over $100k with lock times on Sunday or Monday. The next week, DraftKings steps things up with the $1 Million Sweet Spot on April 12th.

Regular leagues (non-guaranteed prize pools), head to head, 50/50s, double-ups, multiplers as well as satellites and qualifiers are also among the contest types offered at DraftKings

FanDuel: FanDuel is also making a strong showing with over $1 million in guaranteed prizes on opening day. All of their contests have slates that begin on Monday with the $250k Grand Slam being the flagship event. There are also two $200k events and a $100k being run that day.

In addition to its popular guaranteed contests, FanDuel will also be running its large selection of league, head to head, 50/50s, multiplier as well as satellite and qualifier contests.