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):
If you swear by the notion that pitching is worth the investment despite the high price tags attached to some aces, here are the best ones to consider for Friday:
Clayton Kershaw vs. Houston
Cliff Lee @ St. Louis
After that, it gets a little tricky.
I suppose Jon Lester at home vs. Tampa Bay (opposed by Alex Cobb) is a good option.
The matchup between Tim Lincecum and Josh Johnson is intriguing, but I would avoid Lincecum at all costs until he is past his early-season issues.
Other decent alternatives include:
Ryan Dempster @ Pittsburgh
Jason Hammel vs. Kansas City
Johnny Cueto vs. Colorado
Tim Hudson vs. Washington
Kyle Lohse, who is opposing Lee and the Phillies, could actually be the better value pick in this matchup.
The matchup between Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy is just too unpredictable-from both sides-to touch at this moment.
Checking the injury report:
Hanley Ramirez fouled a ball off his knee in Thursdayâ€™s game but played through the pain. He could sit Friday, but Manager Ozzie Guillen says he should be fine.
Ryan Doumit continues to sit with a calf injury, thus making him very iffy for Friday.
Flu-like symptoms have cost Brian McCann the last few games and heâ€™s day-to-day as a result.
Chipper Jones will be a major question mark once again as heâ€™s been dealing with a nagging calf injury.
Travis Hafner has a bruised shin and will be questionable for Friday.
A rolled ankle kept Dexter Fowler out of Wednesdayâ€™s game and his status for Friday is up in the air.
For 10 straight games, a sore back has kept Jack Hannahan out of commission and donâ€™t be surprise if Friday makes it 11 games.
Kelly Johnson has hamstring tightness, but reports are that he should be a go for Friday.
Jordan Schafer has a painful toe injury and may sit out Fridayâ€™s game.
The Diamondbacks have said they wonâ€™t put Miguel Montero on the DL with a sore groin, but he could be out a few days, thus making him a risky play for Friday.
Freddie Freeman has been experiencing some vision problems and while the Braves didnâ€™t say Freeman missed Thursdayâ€™s game because of the issue, the situation is worth monitoring.
In case you missed it, the following players have been recently placed on the 15-day DL: Austin Kearns, Emilio Bonifacio, Austin Jackson, Jonathan Herrera, Matt Carpenter, Chris Getz, Jeff Keppinger, Cody Ross and Vernon Wells. Ryan Sweeney is on the 7-day DL with a concussion.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
Justin Upton is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak in which he has gone 10-24 with two home runs, eight RBIâ€™s, nine runs and two stolen bases.
The brothers Upton got it going on as B.J. Upton is also swinging a hot bat. B.J. is also on a seven-game hit streak, as he is 13 for his last 29 with two home runs, four RBIâ€™s, six runs and five stolen bases.
Paul Konerko is scorching hot off late and is currently on a 10-game hitting streak in which he has gone 19-34 with four home runs while driving in nine runs.
Giancarlo Stanton has his power stroke in high gear and is 8-27 in his last seven games with two home runs and eight RBIâ€™s in the process.
With his concussion issues a thing of the past, Justin Morneau looks like a completely different payer of late, as he is on an absolute tear. In his last seven games, Morneau is 8-26 with four home runs, 12 RBIâ€™s and seven runs.
Buster Posey finds himself in quite a grove of late, as he is eight for his last 22 with two home runs and nine runs batted in.
Although he doesnâ€™t get the pub he deserves, Jonathan Lucroy has proven he can hit. In his last seven games, Lucroy is 10-25 with two home runs, 10 RBIâ€™s, six runs and two stolen bases.
Jose Bautista is on one of his patented hot streaks. Bautista has gone 11-29 in his last seven games while going deep three times and driving in nine runs.
Ian Desmond is powering up of late and is 8-25 in his last six games with three home runs and six RBIâ€™s. Desmond has also scored three runs in the last week while also swiping two bags too.
Looking for a cheap, hot catching option? Then take a look at the Dodgers A.J. Ellis, who is 10 for his last 27 with one home run, five RBIâ€™s and five runs scored.
Shane Victorino is amidst a hot streak, as he is 11-23 in his last six games with one home run and six RBIâ€™s.
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 (above 50% chance of rain) as per weather.com include:
None, as it should be clear skies across the nation.
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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