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:
Zack Greinke vs. Pittsburgh
Clayton Kershaw vs. San Diego
Madison Bumgarner vs. Houston
Other decent alternatives include:
C.J. Wilson at New York
Mat Latos vs. St. Louis
Jordan Zimmerman @ Miami
Josh Johnson vs. Washington
Tim Hudson vs. New York
James McDonald @ Milwaukee
Cliff Lee @ Colorado
Checking the injury report:
After battling a concussion, Jesus Montero is being listed as probable to play in this weekendâ€™s series.
David Freese should also be good to go after sitting out last Sundayâ€™s game with a leg contusion.
Avoiding the DL after missing seven straight games, Will Middlebrooks will still be an extremely risky play.
Adrian Gonzalez suffered an illness on Sunday, but by now he should be good to go.
A sore thumb could sideline Yoenis Cespedes for Friday, as he is being listed as day-to-day.
Hanley Ramirez left Sundayâ€™s game with a right finger laceration and the feeling is the time off should have been enough time for him to heal.
Casey McGehee was pulled from Sundayâ€™s game with a groin strain and will be iffy for Friday.
Back tightness prevented Brett Lawrie from playing on Sunday. Lawrie will likely give it a go on Friday.
Andres Torres will remain questionable for Friday with his back issue.
Alex Presley has been on the 7-day DL with a concussion but he could be back for Fridayâ€™s game.
And coming back from the DL this week will be the heralded return of Matt Kemp.
Emilio Bonifacio is slated to come off the DL on Friday as well.
In case you missed it, the following players were placed on the DL this week: Dustin Pedroia, Andrelton Simmons and Giancarlo Stanton.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
Austin Jackson is currently enjoying a 15-game hitting streak. During this streak, Jackson is 26-55 with two home runs, two doubles, three triples, eight RBIâ€™s and 18 runs scored.
Alex Riosâ€™ resurgent season is in full swing, as he opens the second half 12 for his last 27 with two home runs, eight RBIâ€™s and seven runs scored.
The month of July has been just as good to Paul Goldschmidt as the end of June was. Goldschmidt is batting .370 with one home run, four doubles and seven RBIâ€™s in July.
Delmon Young is carrying a streak in which he has hit at least one home run in his last four games. Young has been scorching hot in the last week, going 7-18 in his last five games while also driving in six runs.
Brian McCann is also carrying a four-game streak of hitting at least one home run and is also 8 for his last 16 with 11 runs driven in.
Trevor Plouffe is still bucking the odds and is red hot as weâ€™re about to open the second half. Plouffe is riding a 10-game hitting streak and in that stretch he has gone deep four times while also driving in nine runs.
The amazing rookie campaign of Mike Trout continues, as he is now 8-22 in his last six games with three home runs, seven RBIâ€™s, six runs and four stolen bases.
Shin-Soo Choo has been blistering hot and in his last 10 games he is 19-43 with three home runs, nine RBIâ€™s and 11 runs scored.
Riding a 12-game hitting streak, Neil Walker is making up for a slow start, as he is batting .436 in those 12 games with two home runs and 11 RBIâ€™s.
Prince Fielder is on an 8-game hitting streak in which has hit three home runs and driven in 11 runs.
Andrew McCutchenâ€™s MVP-type season is in full bloom as we open the second half. McCutchen is 15-29 in his last seven games with three home runs, nine RBIâ€™s and 11 runs scored.
In the last few weeks Tyler Colvin has made himself a popular name off the waiver wire. Colvin is 10-35 with five home runs, 11 RBIâ€™s and seven runs scored in his last ten 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:
New York Mets @ Atlanta (60 %)
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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