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, then 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 read this column before, you know how much I value stud pitching. So, if you go that route and spend your dollars on aces here are the best to consider for Friday:
Stephen Strasburg vs. Atlanta
CC Sabathia @ Detroit
David Price vs. Baltimore
Johan Santana vs. St. Louis
Madison Bumgarner vs. Chicago
Other decent alternatives include:
Jake Peavy vs. Seattle
Chris Capuano @ Colorado
And, finally a deep sleeper for Friday-if youâ€™re the gambling type-is taking a chance on Felipe Paulino (Royals) pitching at home against the Aâ€™s.
Checking the injury report:
Ryan Braun sat out Thursdayâ€™s game with a tight Achilles. There is a good chance that he plays through it and just got a normal rest on Thursday, but donâ€™t say you werenâ€™t warned.
After missing two games with an Achilles injury of his own, Andy Dirks will be questionable for Friday.
In Thursdayâ€™s game against the Red Sox, Alex Avila took a ball to the head and the Tigers could potentially play it safe and sit him a game or two.
A hamstring issue has sidelined Jesus Flores for three straight games and Friday could make it four.
Cameron Maybin has been dealing with a nagging wrist injury (missing the previous four games) and his status for Friday is very much up in the air.
Dustin Pedroia has a jammed thumb and all indications are is that he will not swing a bat until next week.
A sore right knee had Carlos Beltran miss Wednesdayâ€™s game. That being said, he will make his return to the Mets on Friday and heâ€™ll probably be amped to play in this one.
Alejandro De Aza got hit in the knee on Wednesday and had to be taken out of the game. There is a chance he may miss another game on Friday.
Although he hit a pinch-hit home run in Wednesdayâ€™s game vs. the Mets, Carlos Ruiz has sat the last three games with a sore hamstring.
Both Allen Craig and Josh Thole should be back for Fridayâ€™s Cardinals/Mets matchup.
In case you missed it, the following players have been recently placed (or are about to be) on the 15-day DL: Matt Kemp, Troy Tulowitzki, Nick Markakis, Skip Schumaker, Ronny Cedeno, Travis Hafner, Justin Turner, Jonathan Lucroy, Jack Hannahan and Travis Ishikawa. Carlos Santana is also on the 7-day DL with a concussion.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out whoâ€™s tearing it up.
Justin Smoak is, well, smoking hot going 9-24 in his last six games with four home runs and 12 runs batted in.
There is just no containing Dayan Viciedo right now, as he is 16-29 in his last seven games with four home runs, 10 runs and 13 RBIâ€™s.
If you want a hot-hitting power catcher than take a look at Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who is batting .375 in his last 15 games with six home runs.
Quintin Berry is doing a fine job filling in for Austin Jackson and is an excellent cheap option considering he is 11-31 with seven runs scored and five stolen bases in his last seven games.
Dexter Fowler has it going on right now and is 11 for his last 18 with three home runs, seven RBIâ€™s and two stolen bases.
As good as Fowler has been, it has been his teammate Carlos Gonzalez who may be the hottest hitter in baseball right now, as he is 14-30 in his last seven games while mashing six home runs and driving in 10 runs in the process.
A.J. Pierzynskiâ€™s underrated season continues and he is now 8-25 in his last seven games while going deep twice and knocking in six runs as well.
Albert Pujols is making his dismal start a thing of the past and is now 12 for his last 28 with four home runs, eight RBIâ€™s and seven runs.
Alex Rios keeps on raking and is 11-29 with two home runs and eight RBIâ€™s in his last seven games.
Robinson Cano has gone deep five times in his last 12 games and is seven for his last 27.
Perhaps the best all-around catcher in the league, Yadier Molina is once again hot as he is 18-41 in his last ten games while also slugging three home runs and driving in 12 runs in this torrid stretch.
Mark Trumbo is on a four-game streak in which he has hit a home run and is sizzling hot right now, going 13 for his last 25.
Angel Paganâ€™s resurgent season just keeps on getting better, as he is riding an eight-game hitting streak in which he has gone 13-31.
While itâ€™s a small sample size, Kyle Seager is 7-11 in his last two games with five runs scored and two runs batted in.
Ditto for Carlos Quentin. Ever since coming off the DL on Monday, Quentin is 7-12 while going deep three times and driving in six runs.
Although he has only gone yard once in his last 11 games, Prince Fielder is still slugging away, as he is 16-31 in his last nine games with three doubles and one triple.
Paul Goldschmidt is tapping into his raw potential and is currently on a nine-game hitting streak. In that time, Goldschmidt is 13-31 with two home runs and five doubles.
All Edwin Encarnacion does these days is hit it out of the park. Encarnacion has four home runs in his last seven games and is 10-30 in the process.
Derek Jeter is once again red hot, as he is 10-31 in his last seven games while also swiping two bags.
Jeff Francoeur is on one of his notorious hot streaks and is 11-27 with two home runs in his last seven games.
One of the more underrated players in baseball for the last couple of years has been Melky Cabrera and he has been absolutely scorching hot of late, amassing a whopping 51 hits in May.
Jose Reyes is starting to live up to his lofty contract, as he has gone 16-47 during a 11-game hitting streak in which he has also accumulated five stolen bases.
Looking for a cheap catching option? Then take a look at Wilin Rosario, who is 7-23 in his last seven games. Six of his seven home runs hit this year have come in May.
Chris Davis is also on one of his binges, as he is 9-22 in his last six games with three home runs 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:
Atlanta @ Washington (70 % chance of rain)
Miami @ Philadelphia (80 % chance of rain)
St. Louis @ New York Mets (80 % chance of rain)
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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