MLB DFS: Comparing DraftKings, FanDuel & Yahoo! Scoring

It’s time for another installment in our multi-part guide to playing MLB DFS. You can find our primary MLB DFS strategy guide here, but I’ve broken down some specific concepts in greater depth as well. We’ll be talking about the differences in MLB DFS scoring between DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo! today, which, because I don’t make the rules, are always subject to change. Make sure to double-check the site you’re playing at hasn’t made any major modifications before starting your MLB DFS journey. It’s also worth noting that our MLB DFS Sims tool can do the hard work and analysis for you, and I strongly encourage you to check it out. Without further ado, let’s begin comparing the MLB DFS scoring systems at DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo!

MLB DFS: Comparing DraftKings, FanDuel & Yahoo! Scoring

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MLB DFS: Comparing DraftKings, FanDuel & Yahoo! Scoring

MLB DFS scoring comparison as of June 21, 2024.

MLB DFS Hitter Scoring


MLB DFS Pitcher Scoring

*Scoring is fractional by out

Comparing MLB DFS Scoring Differences: Consequences & Strategy Tips

While most sports have similar strategies between fantasy sites, the MLB DFS scoring systems require different strategies to be successful. On DraftKings and Yahoo!, the value of stacking isn’t as high as on FanDuel, because RBIs and runs are relatively less valuable relative to bases.

The marginal value of each additional base is higher on FanDuel because each additional hit with base runners tends to correspond with a run scored. High-scoring performances tend to have a larger proportion of their fantasy points from runs/RBIs than low-scoring teams. This all means batter correlations on FanDuel are significantly more valuable, and you can weigh them more heavily than projection and ownership compared to DraftKings and Yahoo!.

FanDuel’s quality start bonus also creates an incentive to pick pitchers who throw more pitches. To earn a quality start, a pitcher must complete six innings and allow three or fewer earned runs. With a league-average WHIP of around 1.3, six innings on average takes about 26 pitchers. Very few pitchers average that much volume, and the odds of a quality start drop precipitously when a pitcher averages only 80 to 90 pitches compared to 100.

Additionally, giving up bases isn’t penalized, only earned runs. This all means pitchers who go deep in games are relatively more valuable on FanDuel than DraftKings and Yahoo. On DraftKings and Yahoo, you can rely more on the volatility of how many base runners a pitcher gives up to give you the upside you need to win a GPP.

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Alex is better known to fantasy players by his handle "Awesemo" from seeing him in every big tournament in the industry. Playing poker professionally from 2009-2015, he heard that daily fantasy was the next big game picking up steam, and he quickly saw the potential of the relatively new game. Growing his bankroll from 2015-2016, he made a big step in 2017 by claiming the #1 overall ranking on RotoGrinders for the year. After completing his primary objective, he was looking for what's next. Attending dozens of fantasy events, Alex realized that everyone was repeating the same story: wanting to be a great DFS player while holding down a full-time job. He realized that the resources available to fantasy players while great weren't enough to help hobbyists get to the level of competing with the top pros. Having met Tom Kennedy during the FanDuel Scottish Open, the two decided to take on the realm of fantasy content along with co-founder Eddie Lai. Alex creates his own projections for each sport he plays, publishing rankings derived directly from them updated for each major slate. He also writes strategy content for how to become a better DFS player in his Game Plan series. You can contact Alex by emailing [email protected].

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