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:
Yu Darvish vs. Houston
Kyle Lohse vs. Kansas City
The matchup of Chris Sale and the White Sox going up against Â Los Angeles and Clayton Kershaw just maybe too hard to handicap.
Other decent alternatives include:
Gio Gonzalez vs. New York Yankees
James McDonald @Cleveland
Tommy Hanson vs. Baltimore
Dan Haren vs. Arizona
Checking the injury report:
Logan Forsythe missed Thursdayâ€™s game with an abdominal injury and will be considered day-to-day.
After missing eight straight games because of an oblique injury, Drew Stubbs will be a risky play for Friday.
After being hospitalized with a stomach issue on Wednesday, Carlos Beltran missed Thursdayâ€™s game and thus making him questionable for Friday.
Aubrey Huff looks like heâ€™s headed back to the DL with a strained knee.
While filling in for Stubbs, Chris Heisey had to be pulled from Thursdayâ€™s game with a mild groin strain. As such, Heisey will be questionable for Friday.
Kevin Youkilis is battling a rib injury and could sit out another game or two.
Daniel Nava has missed four straight games with a hand injury, so there is a good chance Friday will make it five.
A nagging hamstring injury has been hindering Yoenis Cespedes of late and heâ€™ll be a big question mark for Friday.
Freddie Freeman will continue to be day-to-day with a thumb injury.
Adam LaRoche fouled off a ball on his foot and missed Wednesdayâ€™s game as a result, but reports say he should be fine for Friday.
Roger Bernadina also has a strained hamstring and could be out for Friday.
In case you missed it, the following players have been recently placed (or about to) on the 15-day DL: Â Luke Scott, Endy Chavez, Mike Carp and Freddy Galvis.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
Fear Trevor Plouffe! Seriously! The Twinsâ€™ shortstop is mashing the ball and has homered in five out of his last six games and is 17-44 in June with seven home runs, 14 RBIâ€™s and 12 runs scored.
Carlos Gonzalez is 8-23 in his last five games with two home runs and three RBIâ€™s.
Jose Altuve is swinging a hot bat once again and is 8-24 in his last six games while going deep once, driving in three runs and scoring five runs in the process.
Chris Davis is riding a seven-game hitting streak and in that time has crushed three home runs and driven in eight runs.
In his last six games, Marco Scutaro has gone 12-27 with two of his four home runs this year hit in this span.
Matt Wieters is 10-26 in his last six games while driving in seven runs along the way.
Adam Dunn is slugging with the best of them and is 7-20 in his last six games while bopping four home runs along the way.
Joey Votto has gotten a hit in 18 of his last 19 games and is 16-36 in his last ten games with three home runs, five doubles, 12 RBIâ€™s and seven runs scored.
Alejandro De Aza is heating up this month and has hit in 10 of 11 June games, going 19-49 in the process.
The ever-so-streaky Alfonso Soriano is at it again going 11 for his last 28 with three home runs, seven RBIâ€™s and seven runs scored.
In his last ten games, Michael Saunders is 15-37 while going deep twice and driving in four runs as well.
Jose Bautista is busting out the lumber of late, as he has four home runs in his last seven games and going 7-23 in the last week.
Miguel Montero is starting to sizzle, as he is 6-17 in his last five games while leaving the yard three times and driving in eight runs as well.
Bryce Harper is brushing off the hype with grace and aplomb. He is now 10 for his last 21 with two home runs and five RBIâ€™s.
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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