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, 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.
Here are some tips to consider for this Fridayâ€™s DFBC qualifier.
Aceâ€™s up (pitching roundup):
As I have hammered home this point time and time again; you canâ€™t go wrong with selecting stud pitching despite the hefty price tag, as you know what youâ€™re going to get on most occasions. Here are some sure-fire studs to target for Friday:
Where do I begin?
Friday features a smorgasbord of elite pitchers taking the mound including:
Jered Weaver @ Cleveland
Roy Halladay vs. Chicago
Justin Verlander @ New York Yankees
James Shields @ Texas
Yovani Gallardo @ St. Louis
Clayton Kershaw vs. Washington
Ricky Romero vs. Seattle
Tommy Hanson vs. Pittsburgh
A couple of stealth pitching options could include Jake Arrieta pitching at home vs. the Aâ€™s and Carl Pavano at home pitching against the Royals.
Checking the injury report:
Ryan Zimmerman continues to be held out due to shoulder inflammation. The good news is itâ€™s not serious, but the bad news heâ€™s too questionable to trust in daily leagues.
After taking a pitch to his head, Chris Parmelee is taking it like the rest of us: Day to day.
Cody Ross, who was off to a great start, did not play in Thursdayâ€™s game against the White Sox with a sore knee and he will remain questionable for Friday.
A hamstring injury continues to persist for Shin-Soo Choo and his availability for Friday is up in the air.
Coco Crisp (flu-like symptoms) has not played since Monday and should not be counted on.
Mat Gamel is day-to-day as well with shoulder irritation after a collision at the plate in a game played on Monday.
Jon Jay recently suffered a partially separated shoulder and could be held out once again.
In case you missed it, Jason Bay was placed on the DL on Wednesday with fractured ribs.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s scorching the ball
Jason Kubel is 9-26 with two home runs and five RBIâ€™s in his last seven games.
Paul Konerko is swinging a hot bat again and is 10-24 with three home runs and five RBIâ€™s in his last six games.
There is no stopping Jose Altuve of late. The diminutive Astrosâ€™ second baseman is 12 for his last 28 with three stolen bases and seven runs scored.
Do I have to tell you exactly how hot Matt Kemp is? Didnâ€™t think so.
Dan Uggla is starting to heat up and is now 10-27 in his last seven games with two home runs, five RBIâ€™s and five runs scored.
Freddie Freeman continues to hit and is 11-28 in his last seven games while going deep twice and driving in 11 runs in the process.
Derek Jeter has found the fountain of youth and is sizzling, batting .500 in his last six games.
Mike Aviles is absolutely scorching hot and is 13 for his last 29 with two home runs, eight RBIâ€™s, eight runs scored and three stolen bases in his last seven games.
Bryan LaHair is doing his best to keep Anthony Rizzo in the minors by going 7-19 in his last seven games with two home runs and five RBIâ€™s.
Alex Rios is also en fuego and is 16-37 in his last ten games while also slugging five extra-base hits and driving in six runs.
Howâ€™s the weather out there?
I learned the hard way last week that you should always check the weather report before submitting lineups in daily contests (last week I was snubbed of playing Josh Hamilton, whose game at Detroit was postponed), 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:
Boston @ Chicago (70 percent chance of rain)
Kansas City @ Minnesota (60 percent of ran)
Fridayâ€™s game between Milwaukee and St. Louis also has chance for thunderstorms (40%) as well.
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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