Category: Rules and Tips

By Dave Loughran, Special to InGame Fantasy

Some days we don’t have time to research players and submit a lineup before the contests lock. On days like this we don’t have the luxury of waiting around by our computers while obsessively clicking “refresh” on our most trusted MLB lineup providers. Life moves fast, but we don’t have to chase it. At InGame Fantasy, there’s no rush picking your teams, and no need to stress over a lineup not being released until 30 minutes before first pitch. Their unique style of game play makes it possible for you to play whenever and wherever you want, with no pressure to finish a game the same night you started. Here’s what separates InGame Fantasy from the other daily fantasy games:

Play in a Relaxed Environment

Hours of research leading up to a night of baseball isn’t necessary on InGame Fantasy. Research on the fly if you’d like by looking into a relief pitcher you aren’t familiar with, or by seeing how the Blue Jays do against left-handed pitchers before you start selecting their hitters. There’s no need to analyze every pitcher from every slate, worry about checking weather, or make sure a specific player isn’t hitting towards the bottom of his respective lineup. Playing in a relaxed environment doesn’t mean skill isn’t involved, though. Be sure to check out Basic Strategies for Playing InGame Fantasy for more on the subject.

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It’s hitters only on InGame Fantasy!

No Pitcher Implosions

Unlike other DFS sites, you won’t run the risk of having your night be over before it started when a starting pitcher coughs up five runs in the first inning. InGame Fantasy is a hitter-only fantasy baseball app, where you need not worry about pitch counts, bad umpires or early inning implosions with your pitchers. There is no negative scoring or points for earning a win that may or may not have been deserved. Simply pick the hitters you think are in the best spots to produce and let them do the work!

Level Playing Field

Prize pools are only growing these days, but those Goliath and elusive payouts don’t come without downside. In order to offer such massive prizes, sites must allow multi-entry, which means users are allowed to enter upwards of hundreds of lineups in a single contest. For the high stakes player, multi-entry is an advantage, but low stakes players, also known as “micro grinders”, are severely disadvantaged right out of the gate. At InGame Fantasy, there is no multi-entry, which means the playing field is leveled for all players regardless of experience. You are, however, able to re-enter a contest after your first game/lineup is completed (to complete a game on InGame Fantasy you must record three outs in each inning).

Luck is Limited

There’s no worse feeling than seeing a player who you don’t own go 0-for-3 off the opposing starting pitcher only to hit a homerun off of a relief pitcher late in the game. Your research, analysis and gut feeling were accurate. Everyone else was wrong. But now you’re the one taking a loss because of an unpredictable home run against a no-name bullpen arm. Fret not, my friends; at InGame Fantasy, those unlucky breaks are few and far between. You control your own fate, you never lose games because you didn’t roster a player who had a career game and was heavily owned across all contests.

By Dave Loughran, Special to InGame Fantasy

Anytime real money is awarded to the victor in any form of competitive affair, strategy is going to be involved. The two go hand in hand, and why wouldn’t they? We play to win, and in order to win, we must be better than the competition. Gaining a competitive edge over your opponent isn’t difficult, but more so a matter of commitment. Learning, understanding and mastering these strategies is the first step to becoming a successful daily fantasy sports player.

*NOTE: To get you started, InGame Fantasy is offering an instant, no-drip 50 percent deposit bonus up to $100 for all new depositors. Tonight’s featured contest is a $3 Triple Up. The top 6 scorers out of 20 will get paid. Download it for iOS or Android at InGameFantasy.com and drafting now!

InGame Fantasy isn’t your typical daily fantasy sports app, and with its uniqueness comes an entirely different set of strategic methods. Here are my top five strategy tips to becoming a force at InGame Fantasy and crushing the competition:

Watch or follow the games as they are being played

Let’s not be unrealistic; InGame Fantasy is an appealing fantasy sports game partially because we don’t need to be as vigilant with our research or attention to games. However, you’re going to win a lot more by putting in the additional work, and that work involves following games as they’re being played. Now, this isn’t to say you need to watch every pitch of every game, but it’s important to get a feel for how pitchers look on a given night, and how tight or friendly an umpire’s strike zone looks. Every base counts, including walks, so utilize all the tools you’ve been provided. Even following along on the MLB At Bat app is useful, as we can semi-accurately gauge whether a pitcher is simply off his game, or if he’s getting squeezed by the ump. Identifying and targeting struggling pitchers is one of the easiest ways to rack up some easy bases.

Ride the Rally!

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Get out your rally caps!

In regular daily fantasy baseball formats, stacking a team (playing four or more hitters from the same team) is generally not a recommended strategy outside of tournaments formats, but on InGame Fantasy, there’s no downside to hitching your cart to an offensive rally. If, for example, the Red Sox string together some hits and are knocking around a pitcher, don’t hesitate to select multiple hitters as they come to the on deck circle. Just as stacking teams works in standard daily fantasy baseball, the same thing applies on InGame Fantasy. Even if we’re dealing with a sub-elite batter during an inning where a team is racking up the hits, he still has plenty of value. This isn’t to say that selecting a poor hitter is always the right move in this situation, but more so suggesting that we shouldn’t always avoid them based solely on their career or season stats. Many of my best results on InGame Fantasy have come when I latch onto a team that explodes for several runs in an inning.

Patience is Perfect

One of the easiest ways to have disappointing results playing at InGame Fantasy is to rush your picks. Each night we have plenty of games, plenty of innings and plenty different pitchers to pick on, so don’t load up on all of your hitter selections early in the night just because you want to get some excitement. Middle relief pitchers are generally the weakest arms on any team, and many of weakest bullpen arms take the mound in games that get out of hand (blowouts). This isn’t to say that we don’t want to load up on opposing hitters if Adam Morgan starts for the Phillies, but slow playing InGame Fantasy contests definitely has its advantages. Keep in mind, however, that targeting closing pitchers is not an advisable strategy. Contrary to middle relief pitchers, closing pitchers are typically the best one-inning bullpen arms on their respective teams.

Target the Platoon

If you’re new to baseball terminology, a hitter having the “platoon advantage” means he has different handedness than the pitcher he’s facing. Bryce Harper (LHB) has the platoon advantage over Matt Harvey (RHP) and Nelson Cruz (RHB) has the platoon advantage over Wade Miley (LHP). There are a few things to consider here, though: first, elite hitters don’t need the platoon advantage to be quality options. However, even uber-talented left-handed hitters will have a tougher time hitting left-handed pitchers than the opposite situation (RHB vs. RHP) because there are less southpaws in baseball, therefore left-handed hitters will face them less often than a righty faces a righty. With less skilled hitters, it’s important to look for matchups against pitchers with opposite handedness as themselves, as we’re trying to find any advantage possible in order to succeed. On InGame Fantasy you aren’t forced to roster cheap under-talented hitters, but it’s a viable approach in quality matchups, especially when they have the platoon.

Contact is Key

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Nelson Cruz has 13 homers in just 183 at-bats vs. lefties this season.

Some pitchers are capable of blowing hitters away with 100 MPH fastballs or sliders with filthy break. Some pitchers aren’t capable of generating swings and misses if their lives depended on it. The latter type of pitcher is who we’re looking to target for InGame Fantasy contests. The concept is simple: put the ball in play and good things will happen — not always, but there’s a zero percent chance of earning a hit on a strikeout. Selecting hitters against contact pitchers provides us with a higher probability of recording a hit, even if it’s a bloop single to shallow left field. Flyball pitchers are also more susceptible to allowing home runs and extra base hits, so they make for excellent pitchers to pick on, too. “BABIP” stands for “Batting Average on Balls in Play,” and it’s a statistic that doesn’t measure a pitcher’s true talent level, but more so his level of luck or misfortune. What that suggests, however, is that pitchers, despite how well they pitch, will always risk unfortunate bounces and lucky hits, because, well because that’s baseball. As a result, we  want to target hitters against the pitchers who are consistently allowing the most contact.

By Dave Loughran, Special to InGame Fantasy

I’ve recently added a whole new way to play daily fantasy to my repertoire — a mobile app called InGame Fantasy — and now they’ve asked me to help spread the word. Here are five reasons why you need to download it now for iOS or Android at InGameFantasy.com and start playing. 

*NOTE: To get you started, the folks at InGame Fantasy are offering an instant, no-drip 50 percent deposit bonus up to $100 for all new depositors. Tonight’s featured contest is a $3 Triple Up. The top 6 scorers out of 20 will get paid. 

1. It’s a real-time fantasy game4.7-inch (iPhone 6) - Screenshot 1

At InGame Fantasy, there’s no need to worry about checking lineups, batting order, or inclement weather reports; you play who you want, when you want. The objective is simple: pick a player who is on deck, in any game, at any point throughout the game, and let him go to work. Just like a real baseball game, the goal is to push runs across home plate by putting runners on the bases. For example, if you pick Jose Altuve and he singles, you now have a runner on first. Draft Kris Bryant next, and if he goes deep, that’s a two-run jack! You’re afforded the standard three outs per inning, and games last three, six or nine innings, depending on the contest.

2. Winning is easier at InGame Fantasy

Daily fantasy sports site offer some massive prize payouts, but they are met with players who are able to enter 150-plus lineups into the same contest. At InGame Fantasy, opponents can play only one lineup at a time per contest, and cannot gain an advantage by scripting lineups or using advanced algorithms. Plus, the playing field is leveled some since decision making is done on the fly. You can, however, enter the same contest multiple times, but not until you use up all of your outs the first time around.  

3. Play at your own pace

Staying glued to your phone isn’t necessary with InGame Fantasy. You’re free to make picks at your own pace, at your own leisure, and don’t need to spend countless hours researching players to build your lineups. Going out to dinner with the wife or girlfriend? Load a few batters into your queue while she’s getting ready, and put it away until you’re home. There’s no penalty for taking breaks and playing when you have the time. Because InGame Fantasy is an individually matchup-based game, you can put your knowledge to the test at any point throughout any contests. You can also wait for the right matchups. If the Tigers are up to bat against James Shields, but the bottom of their order is due up, you can wait for Miguel Cabrera to step into the box before selecting a batter. Not only is the ability to play at your own pace a luxury, but can also be used as a strategy.

4. Deposit bonuses are instantly playable

4.7-inch (iPhone 6) - Screenshot 2Unlike other sites, where deposit bonuses slowly drip into your account as you play, InGame Fantasy offers instantly playable bonuses upon depositing. This week, they’re offering 50 percent up to $100 for new depositors. For example, a one hundred dollar deposit is met with a fifty dollar bonus that becomes immediately available for you to play. Feel free to check the competition, but you won’t find a deposit bonus as juicy as the one you’ll receive at InGame Fantasy.

5. All games are guaranteed

Each and every one of InGame Fantasy’s contests are guaranteed to run. Because they don’t lock at a specific time like other daily fantasy sports formats, you’re free to join contests at any point throughout the day or night, so long as at least one baseball game is in progress. With InGame Fantasy contests, you can enter and play before an opponent has entered him or herself. Your batters, outs, and innings are not directly tied to your opponents, so you won’t have to worry about the lobby being particularly active in order to get your game on each and every night. The contests will always fill, and as a result, they will always be guaranteed.

Let’s play some ball!

Fanamana is a whole new way to play fantasy baseball since it’s the only game where you pick batters as actual MLB games are in progress. Rather than shooting for points, the name of the game is scoring runs. If you pick Jose Reyes to lead off and he triples, you have a runner at third with three outs to get him home just like in real baseball. Fail to push him across, and you’ll have to start fresh in the next inning. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when you are filling out your lineup card.

1. Game plan like a manager would. Know which hitters are hot and cold, and know which pitching matchups you want to attack.

2. Play Moneyball. Go with high on-base players and stay away from the Ryan Howard- and Adam Dunn-types unless you’re desperate for a long ball in the late innings. Big poppers are also worth a gamble with runners on and less than two out.

3. Make in-game adjustments. Just as any manager would, you have to have a feel for the game. If a batter you really liked seems to be struggling at the plate, you may want to keep him on the bench. On the flip side, if you see a player going off, make sure you have him in your lineup next time he’s at the dish.

4. Follow the situations. If you see a team’s offense mounting a rally, that’s usually a good time to pounce. On the other hand, if a pitcher throwing up goose eggs, you’ll want to stay away and focus on other matchups.

5. Use your batting slots wisely. You can only choose three batters at a time so don’t fill them all up at the same time if you know a batter you’re targeting will be getting to the plate soon.

6. Be patient. Yes, Fanamana is so fun that you may not be able to put your phone down. Resist the urge of picking batters just for the sake of picking them. Stay patient and don’t feel like you have to pick a batter every time you look at your options.

7. Notifications. Fanamana lets you customize your push notifications within the app, allowing you to set alerts for various events. Use these to your advantage by staying dialed in with your team.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your manager’s cap, download Fanamana in your app store, and grab a few bats to start beating your opponents senseless!

For a full list of our baseball rules, click here. 

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Daily fantasy games have taken the fantasy sports industry by storm over the past few years. Their rise in popularity has been spearheaded by the ever-popular salary cap format, where users draft players with values corresponding to their real-life performance to fit under a predetermined cap number. Daily fantasy drafters spend countless hours charting player performance, hoping to cash in on their forecasting, but once they set their lineups, it’s all up the fantasy gods. Until now…

Fanamana is the latest innovation in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) space, the only game that is played while actual sporting events are in progress. Here’s the full rundown on how Fanamana is a whole new ballgame:

1. Fanamana is built for mobile. Our games are designed to go with you, allowing for…

2. Real-time player selection. In DFS, you assume the role of general manager, assembling the best possible lineup and then hoping for the best. With Fanamana, you call all the shots from the dugout as the manager. You make your picks while batters are on deck in their actual MLB games, allowing you to…

3. Make adjustments as the games are in progress. Is Justin Verlander having another off night? Load up on his opponents! And if the weather doesn’t cooperate or a player gets injured there is…

4. No need to worry about rainouts or injuries. In Fanamana, you only pick players that are actually playing. Every DFSer knows the pain of being burned by a rainout or an injury to one of their players. You spend the whole day crunching the numbers seeking out the best value play, only to watch it all go down the drain when your highest-priced player goes down early. With Fanamana, that is of no concern because there is…

5. No salary cap to bog you down. Don’t get us wrong, poring over stats is still important. But rather than trying to figure out a player’s value based on his assigned salary, you can really dig into the numbers to make your managerial decisions. Is Nelson Cruz feasting on lefties? Should I avoid any Yankees against David Price even though McCann has absolutely owned him in his career? You’ll always be on the edge of your seat because…

6. Fanamana replicates the drama of a real game. Have you ever had bases loaded with 2 outs a DFS? Well you will with Fanamana. The experience is addicting like Candy Crush, and although we want you to play a lot, we also don’t want you to abandon your loved ones. That’s why we allow you to…

7. Play at your own pace. You don’t have to glue your eyes to your phone during dinner. You can make a few picks, eat with your significant other, make a few more and come back before bedtime, or even tomorrow.

8. Oh yeah, one last thing. In Fanamana Baseball, runs are the name of the game, not fantasy points. If Mike Trout hits a double for you followed by a Miguel Cabrera home run, that’s two runs crossing the plate.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your manager’s cap, download Fanamana in your app store, and grab a few bats to start beating your opponents senseless!

For a full list of our baseball rules, click here

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Overview  

Welcome to Fanamana. We have created a new fantasy game unlike anything else you have ever played. In traditional and daily fantasy, all the action happens beforehand, but with Fanamana you can participate while the game is taking place.

In our Baseball game, you are the manager of your team and select all of your batters as MLB games are happening. Your selections are then used to create a virtual game where you are matched against other players. It’s a skill based battle of baseball knowledge. The best part is that the goal is as simple as real baseball, score more runs than your opponents. Enjoy.

Rules

  • Each contest will have a set number of innings (typically 3, 6 or 9). Some contests may have a designated end time.  
  • A contest is over when all teams in a contest have completed all of their innings or end time is reached, whichever occurs first.
  • Just like real baseball
    • Each inning will have three outs
    • Teams are awarded one run for every player that advances around first, second and third base and returns safely to home plate
    • The objective is to score more runs than the opposition
  • A manager (that’s you) will select their batters as the game unfolds. The manager:
    • will have the choice of any player in the ‘on deck circle’ from an active MLB game
    • may select up to three batters at a time to wait on deck
    • must select the batter before the first pitch has been thrown to them
    • may drop the batter before the player enters the batter box
  • The outcome of selected batters ‘at-bat’ will be used in the mangers game in the order they are recorded by our data provider. If the batter:
    • Makes an out it is an out
    • Draws a walks or is HBP, it will results in a runner on 1st and will advance all forced base runners
    • Hits a single, it will result in aa runner on 1st and all base runners advancing 1 or 2 bases
    • Hits a double, it would result in a runner on 2nd and all base runners scoring
    • Hits a triple, it would result in a runner on 3rd and all base runners advancing 3 bases
    • Hits a home run, it would result in 1 run and all base runners scoring
    • Hits into a fielder’s choice, it will result in an out and no base runners will advance
    • Hits into a sacrifice fly, it will be treated as an out and no runs will score and no runners will advance
    • Reaches base by error, it will result in a runner on 1st base and all runners will advance one base
    • Want all the details? Really? OK there are 31 outcomes from an at-bat and 238 permutations based on base runners you can find all of the results by consulting this table.
  • Once 3 outs have been recorded in an inning, all base runners are cleared and the next inning is started
  • The contest winner is the person whose team scores the most runs
  • If you score the same number of runs the tiebreakers are
    • 1st tiebreaker – most hits
    • 2nd tiebreaker  – most total bases

Very soon you will be able to play Fanamana Baseball, the first mobile live action fantasy sports game ever. Until then, you can play a Rapid-Fire game based on last seasons’ results.  This version plays a little faster then the live game, since the batters’ results are known immediately.  It will still be available after the live version is up and running, in case you feel the need to get your Fanamana Baseball fix when there aren’t any games going on.

The Basic Rules:

    • Each game will last nine innings
    • The person that initiates the challenge will be the home team
    • The game starts with the visiting team picking a batter from a list based on a randomly selected date and time
    • The outcome of selected players will be used to create a virtual baseball game
    • Alternate turns after each half inning
    • The objective of the game is to score more runs then the opposing team

Batter Outcomes Rules:

    • Single, Double, Triple, Home Run, Walk and HBP = same event in the virtual game
    • Strikeout, Fly Out, Ground Out and Line Out = Out
    • Errors = Errors in the virtual game and will recorded in opposing teams box score
    • Grounded into DP = one out with no runners advancing
    • Fielders Choice = one out with no runners advancing
    • Sacrifice fly or Sacrifice Hit = one out with no runners advancing
    • Runner Caught Stealing = batter will be dropped and the player will need to select another batter

Base-Running Rules:

    • Single = runners on 1st base advance to second, runners on 2nd or 3rd score
    • Double = all base runners score
    • Error = all base runners advance one base

Hope you enjoy. Fanamana Baseball helped us get through the long off season.