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An introduction to the next step of daily fantasy baseball statistics

Daily fantasy baseball is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional season-long fantasy baseball. If you’ve played before, there is always room for improvement.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) on deck to bat during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at JetBlue Park.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

To become a better daily fantasy baseball player, you need to become acquainted with the myriad of statistics out there that will help guide you. On the surface, statistics can feel like a mass of numbers that you will drown in, but if you can delve into a handful of the more important stats, you should be good to go.

Like with any task you hope to perfect, to get better at DFS you need to build knowledge on top of knowledge. We looked at the rules and some basic tenets of daily fantasy baseball. Now we’ll move up from the Beginner section to the Intermediate section, where we will explore statistics in more depth.

wOBA

If you are still in the mindset that batting average is a useful statistic in judging hitters, then you need wOBA in your life.

ISO

Power is king in DFS and ISO is the king statistic when evaluating power hitting.

BABIP

Luck is something that you can use in daily fantasy baseball and BABIP is one of the best stats for judging luck in Major League Baseball.

Stolen Bases

Stolen bases are hard to find, but they are worth a premium in DFS.

Ball Park Factors

Ballpark dimensions and weather play a big role in how a ball travels in the air from park to park.

WHIP

If you are still in the mindset that earned run average is a useful statistic in judging pitchers, then you need WHIP in your life.

K/9

When you are searching for statistics that remain consistent for pitchers and have good upside in DFS, K/9 is the stat you are looking for.

HR/FB

BABIP helps show luck in balls put into play while HB/FB narrows that down to what happens with fly balls.