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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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. (And try to beat us while you’re at it!)
What you do is field a traditional lineup-which consists of a C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, three outfielders and one starting pitcher-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, than 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. Choosing who will go off or live up to standards isn’t an exact science, so don’t treat it as such.
Here are some tips to consider for this Fridayâ€™s DFBC qualifier.
With the theme of swearing by stud pitchers as a good way to get a head start on things, here are some sure-fire studs to target on Friday:
Cole Hamels @ San Diego
Thatâ€™s about it. Hamels should have no trouble mowing down the hapless Padresâ€™ lineup. Choosing Hamels does come with a little bit of risk, though, considering how anemic the Phillies offense has been thus far.
So, if Hamles is not your cup of tea, consider these second tier options:
Lance Lynn @ Pittsburgh
Jon Niese vs. San Francisco
Ubaldo Jimenez @ Oakland
Either Brandon Beachy (Atlanta) or Trevor Cahill (Arizona), who are facing each other, is also enticing.
A good sleeper to target could be Chris Sale who is pitching at Seattle.
Checking on the injury report:
Lance Berkmanâ€™s trip to the DL will open the for Matt Carpenter to make his presence felt. Carpenter has been swinging a hot bat and could be a very quality option facing off against the Piratesâ€™ Charlie Morton.
Jayson Werth is day-to-day with a hip injury. The Nationals may play it safe, and if so a guy like Xavier Nady is a good fallback option.
Coco Crisp has now missed two games in a row with the flu and will be questionable for Friday. I would avoid Crisp or any alternate in Oakland, as they are not hitting the ball all that well.
Chipper Jones has also missed two straight games. At his age, this injury could linger and as such you should stay away from him. Juan Francisco, (an imposing lefty) going up righty Trevor Cahill, may possibly fill in for Jones and could be an intriguing option.
Justin Upton is battling a thumb injury and has missed three straight game and if things donâ€™t get better, he may end up on the DL. Â With Upton and Chris Young suffering from injuries it could lead to more playing time forÂ Gerardo Parra.
Nolan Reimold was held out of Thursdayâ€™s game with neck spasms. Thatâ€™s too bad considering the start he has gotten off to.
Michael Cuddyer, who is also off to a good start, may also be sidelined with a bruised toe. In his absence, Tyler Colvin could pay off hugeÂ dividends.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s scorching the ball
Mike Napoli: 9-18 in his last four games with five home runs and 10 RBIâ€™s.
Chase Headley: 7-15 in his last four games with two home runs, four RBIâ€™s and one stolen base.
Josh Hamilton: 13-26 with three home runs, nine RBIâ€™s, eight runs in his last six games.
Ike Davis:Â 6-22 with three home runs and six RBIâ€™s in his last five games.
Justin Morneau: 5-11 in his last three games with three home runs, four RBIâ€™s and six runs.
David Wright: Has reached base safely at least twice in all nine games he has played and leads the NL with a .500 batting average.
Curtis Granderson: Coming off a game in which he hit three home runs, Granderson is now 9 for his last 21 with six RBIâ€™s and seven runs scored.
Derek Jeter:Â Currently on a 10-game hitting streak in which he has gone 19-46 with four home runs, 11 RBIâ€™s and nine runs scored.
Freddie Freeman: 7-13 in his last three games with three home runs and 10 RBIâ€™s.
Matt Kemp: 16-30 in his last eight games with five home runs, nine RBIâ€™s and nine runs scored.
Michael Young: 16-30 with two home runs and 10 RBIâ€™s in his last seven games.
Hanley Ramirez: 11-20 with three home runs, nine RBIâ€™s, six runs and two stolen bases in his last five games.
Michael Bourn: 12-29 in his last seven games with five stolen bases.
Luke Scott: 7-25 with three home runs and 11 RBIâ€™s in his last six games.
A.J. Pierzynski: 13-27 with four home runs and 13 RBIâ€™s in his last eight games.
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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