With the advent of Fanduel.com, daily contests have grown exponentially in popularity with many people abandoning traditional yearly leagues for more instant gratification with games at Fanduel, such as the FP911 Challenge.
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Well, there is no better way to make some money fast than by taking the challenge and testing your fantasy skills against a vast array of diehards who are all trying to earn a quick buck.
What you do is field a traditional lineup-which consists of a C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, three outfielders and one starting pitcher-all within a budget of 35,000 imaginary dollars while competing against hundreds of other players.
The scoring is as follows:
Hitters: 1B = 1pt, 2B = 2pts, 3B = 3pts, HR = 4pts, RBI = 1pt, R = 1pt, BB = 1pt, SB = 2pts,
HBP = 1, Out (calculated as at bats â€“ hits) = -.25pt
Pitchers: W = 5pts, ER = -1pt, SO = 1pt, IP = 1pt*
* Fractional scoring per out.
If your lineup outscores everyone, then you win. What you have to do is figure out who has the best matchups and thus who is due for a big day. Sounds easy donâ€™t it?
Well if it were that easy, everyone would be raking in the cash.
Here are some tips to consider for this Fridayâ€™s DFBC qualifier.
Aceâ€™s up (pitching roundup):
You canâ€™t go wrong by placing a premium on quality pitching in daily contests as you likely know what youâ€™re going to get from aces. With that said, here are Fridayâ€™s best bets for dominance:
Justin Verlander @ Tampa Bay
David Price vs. Detroit
Matt Harrison vs. Oakland
R.A. Dickey @ Los Angeles
Matt Cain vs. Cincinnati
Other decent alternatives include:
Josh Johnson vs. Philadelphia
Cliff Lee @ Miami
Adam Wainwright vs. Pittsburgh
Aaron Harang vs. New York
Checking the injury report:
If youâ€™re looking for a cheap outfield option you may want to avoid Franklin Gutierrez, as he got beaned in the head on an errand pickoff throw and had to leave Thursdayâ€™s game.
Russell Martin has only played in one game this week with back issues, and thus he makes for a risky play for Friday.
The Dodgers are hoping to avoid putting Andre Ethier on the DL with an oblique issue, but his status for Friday is very doubtful.
Carlos Santana sat out yesterdayâ€™s game to give him some extra rest after being pulled from Wednesdayâ€™s game with back tightness, but he may be back for Friday.
After accidentally being kicked in the head in Wednesdayâ€™s game, the Reds decided to scratch Brandon Phillips from Thursdayâ€™s game and who knows how long the Reds will keep him out of the lineup.
Missing four straight games with a hamstring injury, Jose Altuve is almost a certainty to be kept out of Fridayâ€™s lineup.
Considering he has missed his last three games with a knee contusion and with the way Michael McKenry has been playing, I think itâ€™s safe to say to avoid Rod Barajas this week.
Ryan Braun missed Wednesdayâ€™s game with elbow soreness after being hit with a pitch earlier in the week and this will likely be a day-to-day affair.
In case you missed it, the following players were placed on the DL this week: Nick Johnson, Justin Maxwell and Xavier Nady.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
Ike Davis is making up for lost time and has five home runs and 20 RBIâ€™s in his last 17 games.
Andrew McCutchen keeps scorching the cover off the ball and is now 9 for his last 29 with two home runs and six RBIâ€™s.
Carlos Ruiz continues his hot-hitting ways and is 11-22 in his last seven games with two home runs and five RBIâ€™s.
There may be no hotter hitter in baseball right now than Robinson Cano. Cano is 15-40 in his last 11 games with seven home runs and 12 RBIâ€™s.
David Wright is surging again too and has at least one hit in 17 out of his last 18 games. Wright is 15-38 in his last 10 games with one home run, four doubles and 12 RBIâ€™s.
Yadier Molinaâ€™s fine season keeps on getting finer, as Molina is now 6-20 in his last five games with three home runs and seven RBIâ€™s.
Jason Heyward is putting together a nice stretch and is 12-27 in his last seven games with two home runs, four RBIâ€™s and eight runs scored.
Aaron Hill is still raking and is now 10 for his last 30 with one home run and five RBIâ€™s.
Jose Bautista is blistering hot and now has seven home runs in his last 10 games.
Looking for cheap shortstop? Then you may want to take a look at Alcides Escobar, who is now 12-20 in his last six games with one home run, one RBI and five runs scored.
If there is a player who is hotter than Cano, then it might just be Mike Trout. Trout is riding a 10-game hitting streak and in this stretch he is a remarkable 19-45 with two home runs, four doubles, six RBIâ€™s, 13 runs and five stolen bases.
Jimmy Rollins has been picking it up of late and is 14-39 in his last ten games with four home runs, eight RBIâ€™s, 10 runs and two stolen bases.
Adrian Beltre has been hitting up a storm and is now 13 for his last 26 with one home run, six RBIâ€™s and six runs scored in his last seven games.
Howâ€™s the weather out there?
I learned the hard way that you should always check the weather report before submitting lineups in daily contests, as there is no makeup game in these contests.
Fridayâ€™s games in imminent danger of getting rained out (at least 50% chance of rain) as per weather.com include:
None, as it should be a hot, sunny day all across the country.
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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