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):
If you read this column before, you know how much I value stud pitching. So, if you go that route and spend your dollars on aces here are the best to consider for Friday:
Stephen Strasburg @ Boston
Brandon Beachy vs. Toronto
Other decent alternatives include:
Johan Santana @ New York Yankees
Shaun Marcum vs. San Diego
C. J. Wilson @ Colorado
Daniel Hudson vs. Oakland
After these options, it becomes a real crapshoot.
Checking the injury report:
Adam Jones is still battling a sore wrist, making his return on Friday very questionable.
Rajai Davis was a late scratch in Thursdayâ€™s game with a jammed finger. He could sit out another game.
A sore hamstring knocked Melky Cabrera out of Thursdayâ€™s game but Bruce Bochy said Cabrera should be a go for Friday.
If you are looking for a really cheap shortstop, you may want to avoid the Metsâ€™ Omar Quintanilla since his chances of playing with an injured finger on Friday are slim.
Yoenis Cespedes will be day-to-day with a strained hamstring.
A sore back has been hampering Bryce Harper of late, but he thinks he should be able to play on Friday.
Itâ€™s unlikely that Freddie Freeman will play on Friday (he did miss Thursdayâ€™s contest) after badly injuring his index finger in Wednesdayâ€™s game.
An oblique injury has caused Drew Stubbs to miss two straight games. The Reds say a DL trip is unlikely, but his availability for Friday is in doubt.
Placido Polanco has a lacerated index finger and has missed the last two games as a result. His status for Friday is up in the air.
Hector Sanchez is day-to-day with a knee contusion.
An oblique injury has also hindered Will Venable of late, as he has missed the last three games.
Joe Mauer has missed his last two games with a thumb injury. There is no telling if heâ€™ll get another day to rest.
A sore hand has kept Edwin Encarnacion sidelined for the last three games, but Blue Jaysâ€™ Manager John Farrell expects him to play on Friday.
Although he got a pinch hit appearance in Thursdayâ€™s game, Aramis Ramirez has missed the last three games with a quadriceps injury. As such, he will be a risky play for Friday.
In case you missed it, the following players have been recently placed (or about to) on the 15-day DL: Freddy Galvis, Alex Avila, Carlos Lee, Mike Baxter and Andy Dirks.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
The Metsâ€™ Lucas Duda has found his power stroke and has five home runs in his last eight games.
Kendrys Morales is starting to heat up and is five for his last 12 with three home runs and five RBIâ€™s.
Mike Trout continues to deliver on his immense potential and is now 12 for his last 28 with eight runs driven in.
Jimmy Rollinsâ€™ bat is starting to heat up, as he is 10-30 in his last seven games with one home run and four RBIâ€™s.
Jose Altuve has been a hitting machine of late and is now 13-32 in his last seven games with seven runs scored.
Ho hum, Miguel Cabrera is hot again. Miggy is 11 for his last 29 while slugging four home runs in the process.
Michael Brantley is currently riding a 15-game hitting streak and is 20-56 in the process.
Angel Paganâ€™s hot hitting ways continue, as he is on a 15-game hitting streak too. In this stretch, Pagan is a remarkable 23-59.
Wilin Rosario continues to mash and is 8-27 in his last seven games with two home runs and eight RBIâ€™s.
There is no getting Mark Trumbo out these days. Trumbo is batting .415 in his last ten games while also crushing six home runs along the way.
Looking for a cheap second baseman/third baseman? Then take a look at the Dodgersâ€™ Jerry Hairston who is 8-23 ever since being activated off the DL.
Looking for another unheralded name to target? Well, Kyle Seager may be up your alley, as he is 12-32 with two home runs, 10 RBIâ€™s and eight runs scored in his last seven games.
Gerardo Parra is in a groove in the desert, going 11-18 in his last five games with two home runs and four RBIâ€™s.
A cheap first baseman to consider for Friday could be Ty Wigginton, who is 9-25 in his last seven games with two home runs and five RBIâ€™s.
Josh Willingham is on the right side of his streaky ways and is now riding a 10-game hitting streak in which he has gone 13-36 while going deep three times and driving in 12 runs.
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 (above 50% chance of rain) as per weather.com include:
None, as it should be clear skies for the most part on Friday.
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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