When deciding your DraftKings baseball strategy, it’s important to analyze the DraftKings scoring system.
First we’ll take a look at batters. You need to know what makes a successful DraftKings hitter, before you can attempt to select one.
DraftKings Batter Scoring:
- Single = +3 PTs
- Double = +5 PTs
- Triple = +8 PTs
- Home Run = +10 PTs
- Run Batted In = +2 PTs
- Run = +2 PTs
- Base on Balls = +2 PTs
- Hit By Pitch = +2 PTs
- Stolen Base = +5 PTs
The first thing to notice is, unlike pitchers, hitters cannot lose DraftKings points. This means you don’t have to worry about your batting picks striking out or getting caught stealing.
The next thing to notice is how important big event play types are. Stolen bases and home runs are really important for high scores in DraftKings MLB. Typically you should be targeting players who have the ability to steal bases and/or hit home runs.
Once a player becomes a base runner, there are only two ways for him to score points. A base runner can score DraftKings points by scoring a run or stealing a base. While all players possess the ability to score runs, not all players will even attempt to steal bases. Players who have the ability to steal bases provide added upside to your DraftKings lineups.
When a player hits a home run you score at least 14 DraftKings points for a single at bat. For a solo home run you get 10 points for the home run, 2 points for a RBI, and 2 points for a run scored. Each additional player on base gives you an extra 2 points for an RBI. The ability to score that many points in a single at bat is very beneficial. A solo home run scores 366.7% more DraftKings points than a single. Look for players with the ability to go yard.
Here are other factors to consider for hitter DraftKings baseball strategy:
Next, we’ll look at DraftKings baseball strategy for pitchers.
DraftKings Pitcher Scoring
- Inning Pitched = +2.25 PTs
- Strike Out = +2 PTs
- Win = +4 PTs
- Earned Run Allowed = -2 PTs
- Hit Against = -0.6 PTs
- Base on Balls Against = -0.6 PTs
- Hit Batsman = -0.6 PTs
- Complete Game = +2.5 PTs
- Complete Game Shut Out = +2.5 PTs
- No Hitter = +5 PTs
Notice, as mentioned above, pitchers can gain and lose points. You have to factor in potential negative stats while analyzing a pick.
Complete games, shut outs, and no hitters give you bonuses, but these events are rare and difficult to predict. The positive DraftKings points to be most concerned about are Strikeouts, Innings Pitched, and Wins.
For every out a pitcher gets, he receives .75 DraftKings points, which means 2.25 points per inning. Because you get points the longer a pitcher plays, you should avoid pitchers who are likely to “blow up”. This also means you should always pick starting pitchers, not relievers, as projecting relievers on a game to game basis is nearly impossible. Vegas lines can also be used for determining the time a pitcher will play. A pitcher who is a heavy favorite and who is facing an opposing team with a low run total is more likely to pitch further into the game. If he’s more efficient in how many pitches he throws per inning, which Vegas lines in his favor predict, he’ll have more opportunities to get outs.
Not all outs are equal on DraftKings. When a pitcher gets a strikeout, he receives an additional 2 points. With strikeouts being worth so much more than other outs, it’s important to target pitchers with a high probability of racking up strikeouts. Look at a pitchers strikeout rate as well as the opposing batters’ strikeout rates to determine this.
Wins are a more predictable than other game bonuses (complete games, etc). While wins are not as important as Strikeouts, ideally you can target a pitcher with a high chance of strikeouts and a high chance to win. Again Vegas lines can be used to help predict win percentage in a given game.
Remember that all the positve factors that you look for in determining good batter selections, you want those factors to be negative when choosing a pitcher throwing against them. In addition to the links above, here’s our go to stats to help aid pitcher selection:
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