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:
|HOU-Minute Maid Park||2863|
|PHI-Citizens Bank Park||2600|
|CIN-Great American Ballpark||2509|
For those interested, here are the 2013 results:
|HOU-Minute Maid Park||3113|
|PHI-Citizens Bank Park||3057|
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)