If you’d like to trace the history of Fantasy Sports it won’t take you long to go back to the 1950s and 60s to learn about early American enthusiasts such as Wilfred Winkenbach, William Gamson and Daniel Okrent. Baseball was the game Gamson and Okrent used to devise their early versions of this activity and it’s a sport which lends itself well because of the statistics involved.
Baseball is of course one of the United States’ most traditional sports and it could be described asa transatlantic version of rounders with the added complexity of cricket. A famous ex-player and manager once described it as “like church. Many attend, few understand.” We won’t get into the rules here but there are lots of very good guides available elsewhere online.
As with any sport with which you are unfamiliar though, it’s well worth getting to grips with the rules, the teams, form guides and players before embarking on a draft. Never forget – Wikipedia is your friend.
Scoring is actually not quite as complex as NFL and in general you will be asked to pick nine or ten players (there are nine in a real-life team) over various positions:
- Starting Pitcher
- First Base
- Second Base
- Third Base
- Outfield 1
- Outfield 2
- Outfield 3
Fantasy Baseball Scoring
Scoring is a combination of the obvious such as Home Runs and Strike Outs plus some rarer occurrences as you can see from the chart on the right. This is the scoring system Draftkings uses but it’s similar to other websites.
Baseball is a seasonal game which takes place between April and September with each club playing a massive 162 games. It’s not the most physically demanding game and teams can play ‘double headers’ where they will play in the afternoon and again in the evening. This is one of many factors to bear in mind when drafting your team.