I’m thrilled to account a major upcoming feature on High Heat Stats: an all-new version of the immensely popular Stat Challenge I ran a couple of years ago.
I stopped the old stat challenge because the bookkeeping was too difficult. This is where FanDuel.com comes in to play–this new website is all set up for fantasy sports challenges, and each one lasts only a day. Click through for more info on how our Stat Challenge and FanDuel.com work.
Back on the old Baseball-Reference.com blog, I ran a weekly stat challenge that asked users to make guesses at weekly stats. I then went through the painstaking process of tabulating scores (often making errors) and maintaining overall rankings. A lot of people were unhappy when I decided to end the challenge because it was too much work.
FanDuel.com is a fantasy sports player’s dream. They have tons of leagues, but each baseball one lasts for just one day. That’s right–you don’t need to log on every day and mess with your roster, and then take a nosedive if you forget to check in. Each of their contests is one day, and it’s really simple. Each player has a fantasy salary, and you get a salary cap from which to draft your team for that day. Then your players accumulate points based on performance for that day, and the entry with the most points wins.
As the baseball season gears up, I’ll be posting more information. Once the season starts, I’m going to be running lots of Stat Challenges through FanDuel. Most will be completely free for you to enter and participate in, but there will also be chances to win some actual money. I have a feeling that some members of our stats-heavy community will have a great shot at performing really well.
More to come on this in the next couple of weeks!