Behavioral Biases in Daily Fantasy Baseball: The Case of the Hot Hand

Jeremy M. Losak, Andrew P. Weinbach, Rodney J. Paul

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Abstract

Despite mixed evidence, sport participants and fans heavily believe in the existence of the hot hand. Prior literature examining NBA and NFL betting markets found betters were biased towards hot teams. Using a unique market and data set, this study identifies if the hot hand is prevalent in daily fantasy baseball contests, if there is a profitable hot hand selection strategy, and if consumers believe in its existence. Results show that while there is no evidence of a hot hand effect, and no evidence of a profitable hot hand strategy, consumers believe in and incorporate it in their lineup decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Sports Economics
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - 2022

Keywords

  • baseball
  • behavioral bias
  • daily fantasy sports
  • hot hand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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