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May 4, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Baseball: How to Play FP911 Challenge (Week 5 tips)

2012 Fantasy Baseball: How to Play FP911 Challenge (Week 5 tips)
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Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies, OF

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.

Click here to play fp911challenge.com

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 – 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 don’t it?

Well if it were that easy, everyone would be raking in the cash.

 

Here are some tips to consider for this Friday’s DFBC qualifier.

Ace’s up (pitching roundup):

As I have hammered home this point time and time again; you can’t go wrong with selecting stud pitching despite the hefty price tag, as you know what you’re going to get on most occasions. Here are some sure-fire studs to target for Friday:

CC Sabathia @Kansas City

Stephen Strasburg vs. Philadelphia

Jon Lester vs. Baltimore

David Price vs. Oakland

Both Zack Greinke @ San Francisco and Tim Lincecum

There are several other pitching candidates who may be viable, cheaper alternatives to the aforementioned studs and they include:

Jake Peavy @ Detroit

Johnny Cueto @ Pittsburgh

Colby Lewis @ Cleveland

Kyle Lohse @ Houston

Josh Johnson @ San Diego

 

Checking the injury report:

Adam LaRoche is doubtful to play on Friday with an oblique injury. Chad Tracy may make for an inexpensive replacement.

Andrew McCutchen may sit out with a lingering illness (stomach bug). If he misses the game, Nate McLouth may get a shot.

After hitting a game-tying grand slam in Wednesday’s game vs. Philadelphia, Brian McCann was greeted at home by an overzealous Michael Bourn with Bourn inadvertently poking McCann’s eye. Even though he has a swollen eye, the Braves list McCann as probable, so take that into account before finalizing your lineup. David Ross would replace McCann if he misses Friday’s game.

Kurt Suzuki was beaned with a pitch on his hand earlier this week and as a result is day-to-day.

In the case you missed department, Pablo Sandoval fractured his wrist and will be lost for four to six weeks. Also going on the DL this week were Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman.

Yuniesky Betancourt was also placed on the 15-day DL with an ankle injury.

B.J. Upton is questionable for Friday’s game with a quadriceps injury.

After sitting out Wednesday’s game with back stiffness, Danny Valencia is day-to-day.

Be careful before placing Jemile Weeks on your squad as he is doubtful for Friday’s game with a groin issue.

Justin Morneau is questionable with a wrist injury. Chris Parmelee would benefit from Morneau’s absence.

The Yankees just keep on getting more and more bad news on the injury front (just don’t expect me to shed a tear for Pat DiCaprio) and Nick Swisher is one of the latest. Swisher is doubtful for Friday’s game with a hamstring injury.

Take precaution before selecting Ryan Braun for any Friday contest, as he still remains questionable with a sore right Achilles.

Jordan Schafer will remain questionable with a back injury.

Nolan Reimold continues to battle a bulging disk in his neck and could possibly sit out another game.

A gimpy leg has been hampering Adrian Beltre for a while now, and there is a good chance he continues to sit.

Lucas Duda has not started in three straight games due to flu-like symptoms, but with another off day yesterday, he should be able to play on Friday.

Josh Hamilton is still not all the way back from a back injury and he still remains iffy for Friday.

Kevin Youkilis also just recently went on the 15-day DL. His replacement, prospect Will Middlebrooks can be considered a viable alternative.

 

Who’s hot?

Before making any last minute decisions, check out who’s tearing it up.

Jon Jay is 12 for his last 22 and is a decent cheap OF option to go with.

Mike Moustakas is starting to hit the ball real well (9-20 with two home runs and seven RBI’s in his last six games), but he has a tough matchup on Friday against Sabathia.

Pedro Alvarez is bringing the lumber of late and has five home runs and 10 RBI’s in his last 10 games.

Watch out, but Giancarlo Stanton is finally starting to break out of his slump, as he is 8-22 in his last six games with three home runs and six RBI’s.

There may be no hotter player in baseball than Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion is 11-27 with five home runs and 11 RBI’s in his last eight games.

Carlos Beltran is 7-22 in his last seven games with two home runs and nine RBI’s.

There is just no stopping Derek Jeter these days, as the ageless wonder is still batting over .400 and is 10 for his last 21.

Want an underrated catcher who shouldn’t cost all that much? Take a gander at Carlos Ruiz, who is 11-24 in his last six games with two home runs and 13 RBI’s.

Torii Hunter is not showing any signs of decline and is 9-25 in his last seven games with four home runs and eight RBI’s.

Austin Jackson is ripping it up again and is 11 for his last 24 with six runs scored and three stolen bases.

While not one for power, Elvis Andrus is still filling up the box score in other ways and is 12-28 in his last seven games with six RBI’s and three stolen bases.

Jason Kipnis is really grooving right now and is 12-27 in his last seven games with one home run and six RBI’s.

After teasing fantasy owners for years, Chris Davis is finally putting it all together and is 9-22 with three home runs and eight RBI’s in his last seven games.

Carlos Gonzalez is downright scorching hot and is 11-27 with five home runs, 14 RBI’s, nine runs scored and two stolen bases in his last seven games.

 

How’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.

Friday’s games in imminent danger of getting rained out (above 50% chance of rain) include:

Arizona @NYM (50 % chance of rain)

Baltimore @Boston (60 % chance of rain)

 

So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.

 

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My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at FantasyPros911.com, BleacherReport.com, Mets360.com, GiantsFootballBlog.com and WeAreDePaul.com. I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.
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