The idea of building a solid fantasy lineup involves more than just the player. The lineup needs to be made up of players who can perform well but balance out across the entire stat sheet. The other part of building a solid fantasy team is knowing how the MLB stadiums are playing affect for those players.
Now this plays more into the daily fantasy player but can also be used while setting your lineup. Many fantasy newbies or beginners just look at the players and maybe how they are doing over the course of seven days. They don’t even start to consider how the ball park plays in to affect.
For instance if you have Jayson Werth playing at home in Nationals Park verses Nick Markakis playing on the road at Yankee Stadium. The right move might look like drafting Werth as he has more power based on pure knowledge or statistics. If you start to look at how the stadiums might affect the outcome you would see that Nationals Park is allowing the fewest home runs per game at 1.2 verses Yankees stadium that is allowing 2.71 home runs per game.
Top Five Most Home Runs Per Game Stadiums in 2014:
Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) – 2.96
Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees) – 2.71
Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays) – 2.70
Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds) – 2.46
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks) – 2.29
Top Five Fewest Home Runs Per Game Stadiums in 2014:
Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals) – 1.19
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals) – 1.20
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals) – 1.30
Glove Life Park in Arlington (Texas Rangers) – 1.38
Citi Field (New York Mets) – 1.47
The other key tool is using one of the many websites that feature rankings of stadiums based on Park Factors. These numbers will show you if a stadium plays more of affect for the hitter or pitcher for runs, home runs, hits and some sites feature for left handed hitters and right handed hitters. For any one that might be new to these charts anything below a 1.00 benefits the pitcher with any number over 1.00 going in the favor of the hitter.
Top Stadiums That Benefit Hitters For Hits:
Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) – 1.191
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) – 1.087
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals) – 1.062
Top Stadiums That Benefit Pitchers For Hits:
Citi Field (New York Mets) – .895
Petco Park (San Diego Padres) – .915
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox) – .946
These are just a few of the key stats to consider when building your daily roster for your fantasy team. This is also a key tool to look at next year to see what stadiums to select hitters from and the stadiums to select pitchers.