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):
Here are Fridayâ€™s aces worth their weight in gold:
Cole Hamels vs. Boston
Justin Verlander (who has a minor blister issue but assures he will pitch today) vs. Pittsburgh
James Shields vs. Atlanta
Jered Weaver @ San Diego
Some cheaper options with decent matchups include:
Ricky Romero vs. New York Mets
Neftali Feliz @ Houston
Lance Lynn @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Barry Zito vs. Oakland
Checking the injury report:
Carlos Beltran has been held out of four straight games with a knee issue, making him a question mark for Friday.
A knee contusion may keep Placido Polanco out of Fridayâ€™s action.
Jack Hannahan has missed a few games with lingering back issue, making him very iffy for Friday.
Suspension Alert: Remember Brett Lawrie will not be playing on Friday.
A hand issue has been hampering Travis Hafner of late, but he expects to play on Friday.
Ryan Doumit will be questionable for Friday as he continues to deal with an injured calf.
Chris Getz may not play on Friday after suffering a rib contusion in Wednesdayâ€™s game.
Austin Jackson, who is off to a fantastic start, may sit again (as he did on Thursday) with a mild abdominal strain.
Denard Span has missed the last few games with a nagging hamstring injury, thus making him questionable for Friday.
Although not injured, Eric Hosmer is likely to sit on Friday as the Royals try to work around his massive slump.
In case you missed it, the following players have been recently placed on the 15-day DL: Allen Craig, Jason Bartlett, Brandon Inge, Chris Nelson, Wilson Ramos (done for the year), Jon Jay, Matt Kemp, and Desmond Jennings.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
Andrew McCutchen is making up for a slow start and is 11-20 in his last six games with three home runs, five RBIâ€™s, five runs and two stolen bases.
Omar Infante continues to tear it up and is 10-30 in his last seven games with four RBIâ€™s and three stolen bases.
Mike Trout is making good on his immense potential and is 9-26 with two home runs, four RBIâ€™s, six runs and two stolen bases in his last seven games.
There is no denying of David Wright from getting on base of late as he is 13 for his last 23. Wright currently leads the majors with a Barry Bondâ€™s-esque .513 OBP.
Rafael Furcal has been keeping up his torrid pace of late and is 10-32 in his last seven games.
No shock here, but Miguel Cabrera is scorching-hot once again and is now 12-31 with a home run and eight RBIâ€™s in his last seven games.
Looking for an under-the-radar shortstop? Well no look no further than Alcides Escobar, who is 11 for his last 25.
Adam LaRoche continues to defy logic this year as he is blistering hot once again, going 10-27 in his last seven games with a home run while driving in nine runs.
Michael Bourn keeps raking, as he is now 14-33 in his last seven games while scoring seven runs in the process.
Mark Trumbo canâ€™t be stopped of late and is riding an eight-game hitting streak, while batting 17-28 (including two home runs and five doubles) in the process.
Angel Pagan, who has hit safely in 28 of the last 29 games, is red hot and is now 13 for his last 27.
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but Albert Pujols is finally starting to heat up and is riding a six game hitting streak in which he is 8-24 with two home runs while driving in seven runs.
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 are no makeup games in these contests.
Fridayâ€™s games in imminent danger of getting rained out (above 50% chance of rain) as per weather.com include:
None this week as itâ€™s clear skies all around.
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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