This article is part of our DFS MLB series.
After taking a week off, it is good to be back and enjoying some baseball. This week I look at player ownership percentages in cash games versus tournaments and why it is important. This is one of the toughest things to tackle as a new player to daily fantasy baseball. Most new players are not aware that there are sites that project ownership or even what it means.
Knowing who the public is going to be on is important in cash games because you are looking to beat half of the field and taking the "chalk" is actually a good strategy, which I will get into. Chalk is defined as the "favorite" or the public opinion play.
It doesn't mean you want to take the chalk at every position, but on pitching it is very important. Pitching is much more predictable and constant versus hitting. So, if 75 percent of the crowd is on a pitcher and that pitcher does well, you benefit. Even if the pitcher does poorly, that is still 75 percent of the opponents who suffer, so you can overcome it as 50 percent of the field finishes in the money.
Now, in a tournament it is a completely different story. You need to balance taking the chalk versus finding lower-owned players to distinguish yourself from the rest of the field. If a chalk player does poorly, your standing will suffer and difficult to overcome. Again, pitching is much more predictable, so having the chalk on a