Everyone knows that the most hitter friendly ballpark in the Major Leagues is Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies. We all love us some Rockies on our fantasy rosters, but we also enjoy when our non-Rockies players visit the Mile-High City. Mile-High, Colorado… Not even gonna go there. So many possibilities. I’m sure most have been done already.

So… how do the fantasy points stack up? Does Coors Field live up to its reputation when it comes to the points? It sure does! Last year there were 4,269 fantasy points scored there by batters. That is more than double the 2,063 points scored at Petco Park in San Diego, which came in dead last. Exactly as many would have predicted, Coors with the most, Petco with the least. But what about in between. What other ballparks were fantasy points friendly in 2014?

The average across all stadiums was 2,793 points. There were only four other stadiums in which more than 3,000 points were scored. These were Target Field in Minnesota (3,446), Comerica Park in Detroit (3,242), Rogers Centre in Toronto (3,171) and Rangers Ballpark in Texas (3,116). Despite coming in 3rd in home runs with 185, Yankee Stadium ranked 17th in points with 2,745. Here’s a look at the full list for 2014:

Stadium Fantasy Points
COL-Coors Field 4269
MIN-Target Field 3446
DET-Comerica Park 3242
TOR-Rogers Center 3171
TEX-Rangers Ballpark 3116
BOS-Fenway Park 2996
ARI-Chase Field 2969
CHW-US Cellular 2961
PIT-PNC Park 2897
KCR-Kauffman Stadium 2867
HOU-Minute Maid Park 2863
OAK-O.co Coliseum 2863
MIL-Miller Park 2804
STL-Busch Stadium 2789
MIA-Marlins Park 2786
BAL-Camden Yards 2763
NYY-Yankee Stadium 2745
CLE-Progressive Field 2704
LAA-Angel Stadium 2658
LAD-Dodger Stadium 2605
PHI-Citizens Bank Park 2600
TBR-Tropicana Field 2575
WSN-Nationals Park 2561
CIN-Great American Ballpark 2509
NYM-Citi Field 2487
SFG-AT&T Park 2473
CHC-Wrigley Field 2467
ATL-Turner Field 2381
SEA-Safeco Field 2173
SDP-PetCo Park 2063

For those interested, here are the 2013 results:

Stadium FPTS
COL-Coors Field 3723
TOR-Rogers Center 3453
DET-Comerica Park 3337
BAL-Camden Yards 3321
BOS-Fenway Park 3225
MIL-Miller Park 3188
LAA-Angel Stadium 3182
HOU-Minute Maid Park 3113
MIN-Target Field 3084
CHC-Wrigley Field 3081
PHI-Citizens Bank Park 3057
ARI-Chase Field 3043
TEX-Rangers Ballpark 3001
NYY-Yankee Stadium 2961
KCR-Kauffman Stadium 2949
OAK-O.co Coliseum 2894
CHW-US Cellular 2845
TBR-Tropicana Field 2816
CLE-Progressive Field 2815
SEA-Safeco Field 2798
WSN-Nationals Park 2788
SFG-AT&T Park 2787
STL-Busch Stadium 2704
CIN-GreatAmer BP 2668
SDP-PetCo Park 2541
NYM-Citi Field 2507
MIA-Marlins Park 2504
ATL-Turner Field 2488
LAD-Dodger Stadium 2462
PIT-PNC Park 2405

Some take aways. Tap the Rockies! No seriously. The most fantasy points the last two seasons (probably since its 1995) is Coors Field. So you’re saying to I should draft Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon? Yeah, pretty much. What about DJ LeMahieu? Not unless you’re hosting a party and need someone to spin some records. But wasn’t all of that pretty obvious? I hope so. What else? Well after Coors, both Comerica Park and Rogers Centre finished in the top four in each of the last two seasons, so you might want to look into drafting some Blue Jays and Tigers. Perhaps Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson who have just moved into these points friendly parks. And while you’re at it, Fenway Park and Target Field both find themselves in the top 10, so you might want to consider some of the players that call those ballparks home. Oswaldo Arcia, Hanley Ramirez or Mookie Betts anyone? And lastly, when you are setting your weekly lineup, this data might help you make the final decision between who to start and who to sit based on where they will be playing their games that week.

The scoring system I am using for the basis of this post is as follows:
RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+2), 3B (+3), HR (+4), BB (+1), KO (-1), HBP (+1), SB (+1), CS (-1), SF (+1)

 
  1. the swinging says:
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    Wow Coors field last season that’s cray

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @the swinging: The numbers don’t lie…

  2. Grant says:
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    Draft AL Central, thats the takeaway. 4 of the 5 teams parks make it into the top 10, thats 40% of the top 10.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Grant: Bingo!

  3. mvsean says:
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    Is there a control or standard applied to allow for the home team’s offensive prowess? 9 of top 11 are American league parks, the bottom 10 are all NL parks. The DH can probably account for a good amount of this disparity. While Coors is an outlier, some of these parks score higher simply because the home team is an offensive beast. Points per stadium done this way seems to be an over simplification and provides marginal proof of advantage or disadvantage.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @mvsean: Home team’s offensive prowess not considered. These are the raw numbers. Are the top teams really all offensive beasts? Baltimore who led the league in homers and total bases falls in the middle. And how about teams like Texas and Minnesota being near the top considering they were not offensive powerhouses. The purpose of this was to give you a tiny bit of extra data for your information machine.

      • McNulty says:
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        @malamoney:

        how does this line up with park factors?

  4. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Wonder what the numbers looked like pre-Ballpark in Arlington renovations. We opened up the concourses to allow more air flow which hampered the jet stream effect we used to have

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Good question. If I ever get the change I will try and run the numbers. These were a bit of a pain to compile…

  5. David says:
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    I see a methodology error here. Park effects are determined based on home AND away results, not just points scored in a given park.

    These numbers are obviously off when it comes to Target Field. Per all of the prior research, the park is neutral. The reason for the points in the chart is that Twins pitchers were terrible, 29th or 30th, in 2013 and 2014. Kevin Correia is going to give up points in every park. He is just a bad pitcher. Bad pitching doesn’t make his team’s hitters better.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @David: This is not an official park effect stat. This is a list of all of the offensive fantasy points compiled at each park by both home and away teams. Perhaps there is a better way to calculate these stats, but I was looking for the raw numbers.

      The strength of the home teams’ pitching staff was not taken into account, but I hear you on the Twins. However, ESPN’s park factor has Target Field at #3. While Twins pitching was bad, Twins pitching is only responsible for half of the offensive opportunities. Here is the split of points scored at Target Field: Twins: 1573, Opponents: 1873

      Thanks for the feedback.

    • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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      @David: exactly, it doesn’t appear these numbers posted above are meant to be park factors, just raw total pts scored.

  6. Lville Jim says:
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    I can see the Braves challenging for the cellar this season.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Lville Jim: They have a much better shot at the basement than the top of the league. I think they will do better than the Phillies, however…

  7. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    Since the AL Central seems to be more point friendly would you give a small nod to a guy like Stephen Strasburg over Corey Kluber?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @centerfield_ballhawk: Not to mention the fact that Strasburg pitches for a better team in the NL. Personally I give him the slight advantage in H2H points leagues.

      • ChefBoyRG54 says:
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        @malamoney: glad im keeping both!

        cool write up. another way to view things is always more fun since at heart us fantasy baseballers(greys moms term) are really just number junkies:)

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @ChefBoyRG54: Thanks. I realize this isn’t the most useful set of numbers, but as you said, it’s another set of numbers for us number junkies…

  8. Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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    just use park factors, like from Baseball Prospectus, in those they take out the bias of a team’s crappy own players/divsion mates and take what a “neutral” hitter would do in a given park. Anybody looking at these numbers here might think PHI isn’t a hitters park, but it is. Using just a one year total pts number just shows the bias of how awful PHI hitting was, and likely how terrible MIA/NYM/ATL’s hitting was when they played there (since they too, were awful hitting teams and play a lot of road games at PHI). What we want to know is whether or not an average hitting team does well or badly in a given stadium.

    • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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      @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: CIN is an actually better version of my above point, that’s another hitters park, but CIN’s last year offense makes it seem (if all you do is look at a last year total for pts) that the park is the cause, when it’s really just a way of showing how awful CIN’s last year offense was, in that it’s ranked that low in pts yet in a hitter’s park.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: Perhaps these numbers would have been better showing a 5 to 10 year span and the averages over that span.

  9. Schlurricane

    schlurricane says:
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    My keeper points league is skewed in a number of ways. SPs score 150+ pts/yr by roto ranking to hitters, closers are at an absolute premium and hitters are favored for avg + run production over power or speed. In your opinion is it better to juse keep top scorers or those who perform better than their position class?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @schlurricane: In a lot of H2H points leagues pitchers outscore hitters. I have a post coming out early next week which breaks down the projected points for 2015 for all players.

      As to your question, it depends on the position. Are you referring to specific players/positions?

  10. Andre says:
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    What’s up Malamoney?!

    Question for you….I’m in a 5×5…H2H category, keeper league. No time limit on Keepers. Offensive stats are H,HR,Avg,RBI, Stolen Base

    I was offered Soler for Car-Go (Colorado) and a lower tier P. What are your thoughts? I’m bullish on Soler but for where my draft position was Cargo and Pence are my key pieces in the OF.

    Thanks!

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