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 – 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 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):
You can’t go wrong by placing a premium on quality pitching in daily contests as you likely know what you’re going to get from aces. With that said, here are Friday’s best bets for dominance:
Stephen Strasburg vs. Colorado
Johan Santana vs. Chicago
Clayton Kershaw @ Arizona
C.J. Wilson vs. Baltimore
Other decent alternatives include:
Justin Masterson vs. Tampa Bay
Jake Peavy vs. Toronto
Checking the injury report:
The Orioles’ Chris Davis was scratched from Thursday’s game with back problems. He could sit out another game.
You may want to avoid Rod Barajas as a cheap catching option, as he was also scratched from Thursday’s game with a knee issue.
Andres Torres may also be questionable for Friday with back problems.
An ankle injury may sideline Juan Uribe, who has already missed three straight games with the ailment.
A hamstring injury has sidelined Hideki Matsui for a few games, and he is far from a sure thing.
Back spasms have caused Scott Rolen to miss four straight games. As such, he will be very iffy for Friday.
Todd Helton, who is battling a slump, sat out Thursday’s game with a sore hip. You should probably go another route here.
Giancarlo Stanton has been battling a knee injury for most of the week and there is a good chance he could miss another game on Friday.
Jesus Montero suffered a mild concussion on Wednesday. Between that and a prolonged slump, this is a catcher to avoid in daily lineups.
A thumb injury has once again caused Dustin Pedroia to miss his last game. This injury could linger like the last one he suffered from.
After missing three straight starts with a hamstring injury, Will Middlebrooks will be a risky play for Friday.
In case you missed it, the following players were placed on the DL this week: Dee Gordon, Alex Presley, Andre Ethier, Brian Roberts, Franklin Gutierrez, Ian Stewart and Lonnie Chisenhall.
Before making any last minute decisions, check out who’s tearing it up.
After a rash of nagging injuries, Joe Mauer has been tearing it up of late and is 11-29 in his last seven games with two home runs, four RBI’s and eight runs scored.
Trevor Plouffe is still streaking and is now on a seven-game hitting streak in which he is 9-27 with four home runs, eight RBI’s and seven runs scored.
Carlos Ruiz’ all-star season continues as he is seven for his last 20 with two dingers and three RBI’s.
After a long layoff, Michael Morse is finding his rhythm. Morse is now 11-30 in his last seven games, while hitting three home runs and driving in seven RBI’s in the process.
Andrew McCutchen’s breakout season is in full effect and is now 14 for his last 24 with one home run, six RBI’s and 11 runs scored.
Alex Rios is surging once again, riding a 10-game hit streak in which he is 20-42 with three home runs, nine RBI’s, 11 runs scored and three stolen bases.
Austin Jackson is now in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak. In that span Jackson is 21-51 with two home runs, three triples, two doubles and 16 runs scored.
Robinson Cano has not slowed down one bit and is carrying streaks in which he has hit in 11 straight as well as knocking in an RBI in eight straight games. In his last 11 games, Cano is 20-45 with five home runs and 15 RBI’s.
All Yasmani Grandal has been doing since being recalled on June 30 has been hitting home runs. Since June 30, Grandal is 7-23 with four home runs and six RBI’s.
Ryan Zimmerman is finally turning things around and is 9-33 in his last seven games with two home runs, 10 RBI’s and seven runs scored.
Wilin Rosario is knocking around the ball with authority lately, as he is 7-23 in his last six games with three home runs and four RBI’s.
Norichika Aoki has been blazing hot of late while carrying a 12-game hit streak. In that span, Aoki is 19-46 with one home run, three doubles and five stolen bases.
While Garrett Jones is 12 for his last 27 with three home runs and nine RBI’s, most of that damage has come against righties. On Friday, Jones and the Pirates will square off against lefty Barry Zito.
After a dreadful ending to June, Brandon Moss has reemerged as a quality cheap option; as he is 8-15 in his last five games with three home runs and six RBI’s.
Brett Lawrie is making up for lost time and is 9-27 in his last six games with one home run, three RBI’s and six runs scored.
Josh Willingham is six for 21 in his last six games with three home runs and nine RBI’s.
Matt Holliday has been scorching hot in the last few weeks and is 17-37 in his last 10 games with two home runs, four doubles and nine RBI’s.
Chipper Jones is on an 11-game hitting streak in which he has gone 18-41 with one home run, seven doubles and nine RBI’s.
Ever since coming off the DL, Salvador Perez has been tearing the cover off the ball. Since being activated on June 22, Perez has hit safely in 11 straight games while hitting three home runs, three doubles and driving in seven runs.
After toiling in the minors for most of the season, Anthony Rizzo has made good on his promotion, as he has hit .315 with three home runs and six RBI’s in the nine games he has played in.
Looking for a cheap shortstop? Then you may want to try on Ruben Tejada for size, as he is 13 for his last 29.
Daniel Murphy has turned up his game in the last week or so, as he is 16-36 in his last nine games with three home runs, one triple, five doubles and 15 RBI’s.
Alexei Ramirez is heating up again and is 10-24 in his last six games with one home run, three doubles and seven RBI’s.
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 (at least 50% chance of rain) as per weather.com include:
None, as it should be a hot, sunny day all across the country.
So, good luck on putting together a winning team while also raking in the cash.
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