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:
Chris Sale vs. Milwaukee
Cliff Lee vs. Tampa Bay
Jason Hammel vs. Washington
Other decent alternatives include:
James Shields @ Philadelphia
Zack Greinke @ Chicago White Sox
Jon Lester vs. Atlanta
Homer Bailey vs. Minnesota
Anibal Sanchez vs. Toronto
Ricky Romero @ Miami
Dan Haren vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Jarrod Parker vs. San Francisco
Checking the injury report:
James Loney did not play in Thursdayâ€™s game vs. the Aâ€™s with an illness and thus heâ€™ll be questionable for Friday.
John Buck missed Thursdayâ€™s game with a hamstring injury. So you may want to avoid this cheap catching option for Friday.
Matt Joyce almost seems like a lock for the DL with a back injury.
After missing three straight games with a quadriceps injury, Joe Mauer will once again be very iffy for Friday.
After fouling a ball of his knee in Tuesdayâ€™s game, Justin Smoak missed Wednesdayâ€™s game and could miss Friday as well.
Knee stiffness knocked Brett Lawrie out of Wednesdayâ€™s game, but Manager John Farrell expects him to be ready for Friday.
Lucas Duda sat out Wednesdayâ€™s game as a precaution with a tight hamstring, but he should be a go for Friday.
Mark Teixeira should be fine for Friday as well after experiencing a heel injury.
A hamstring injury will likely keep Mitch Moreland out of Fridayâ€™s contest.
In case you missed it, the following players have been recently placed (or about to) on the 15-day DL: Â Ryan Sweeney and Drew Stubbs.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
Aramis Ramirez is once again getting hot with the corresponding temperatures, as he is 9-30 in his last seven games with four home runs and 10 RBIâ€™s.
While lean on power numbers, Zack Cozart is still blistering hot, going 12 for his last 33.
Justin Upton is finally piecing together a good streak, as he is 9-29 with one home run, five RBIâ€™s and six runs scored in his last seven games.
Since June, Miguel Montero is batting .302 with five home runs, 17 RBIâ€™s and 12 runs scored.
Edwin Encarnacion keeps on parking home runs as he has one in each of his last three games played, while also going 7 for his last 26.
In his last seven games, Jason Heyward has gone 10-25 with two home runs, three doubles, one triple and four RBIâ€™s.
Ryan Braun keeps plugging along and is now 12-30 in his last seven games with five home runs, 10 RBIâ€™s and nine runs scored.
Asdrubal Cabrera is red-hot in June and is 10 for his last 26 with three home runs, six RBIâ€™s and six runs scored.
Jason Kubel has got it going on and is 10-27 in his last seven games with two home runs, five RBIâ€™s and seven runs scored.
Robinson Cano has hit a home run in three out of his last four games and is 7-19 in his last six games.
Curtis Granderson is keeping up his MVP-type campaign and is 7-30 with three home runs and seven RBIâ€™s in his last seven games.
In his last five games Pedro Alvarez is starting to look like the prospect many envisioned him to be, as he is 9-17 with five home runs and 10 RBIâ€™s.
Andrew McCutchen is also red hot for the Bucs, as he is 13-28 with one home run, five RBIâ€™s and two stolen bases in his last seven games.
Colby Rasmus is on a tear of late and is 10 for his last 29 with three home runs, seven RBIâ€™s and five runs scored.
Cuban import Yoenis Cespedes is living up to the hype and is 10-21 in his last seven games with two home runs and eight RBIâ€™s.
Ho-hum, Mark Trumbo is hot again. Trumbo is now 9 for his last 28 with three home runs and nine runs driven in.
Aaron Hill is scorching hot. In his last seven games, Hill is 12-28 with four home runs, eight RBIâ€™s and eight runs scored.
Amidst riding a nine-game hitting streak, Brandon Belt is restoring some faith in fantasy players and he is 12-29 with three home runs and seven RBIâ€™s in the process.
Brandon Moss is making up for lost time and is now 8-25 in his last seven games with three home runs and six RBIâ€™s.
David Ortiz has brought out the whopping stick, as he is 9-23 in his last seven games with four home runs and 11 RBIâ€™s.
Brandon Phillips is catching fire of late as well, as he is 10 for his last 32 with two home runs and eight 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 (at least 50% chance of rain) as per weather.com include:
Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia
Washington @ Baltimore
Atlanta @ Boston
New York Yankees @ New York Mets
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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