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Friday 26th May 2017

As I am sure you are aware, we have a new promotional partner this season as FanDuel and Mastersball have teamed up to make this your best fantasy baseball season ever. If you have not yet taken advantage of this deal and are a first-time FanDuel user, you can still get a free Platinum subscription by opening an account at FanDuel and depositing $25 using the promotional code "masters". Not only will you get free access to our Platinum content (a $34.95 value), FanDuel will add an additional $7.50 to your account. All totaled, you will get $67.45 worth of value for your $25 deposit. Click HERE to sign up and get your free Platinum subscription.

FanDuel has set up a one-day contest exclusively for Mastersball. For $10, you can vie for your share of the $2000 being awarded. First place gets $450, second wins $300 while third takes home $200. A total of 26 places will be paid. Below is the team I have entered into the contest. Do you think you can beat me? Prove it and enter a squad and let's settle it on the diamond. Click on the FanDuel link below to enter the exclusive Mastersball contest for this evening, Friday April 12.

I'll talk more about the strategy of daily games in future columns, but in a nutshell, here is what you need to know.


  • Hitter versus pitcher history regardless of sample size
  • Perceived hot and cold streaks
  • Admittedly, these are non-intuitive and there are exceptions but the exceptions are only for extreme cases.


  • Lefty hitters facing righty pitchers and righty pitchers versus lefty pitchers
  • Hitters at home in favorable parks
  • Hitters facing lesser quality pitchers
  • That's it - nothing more, nothing less.

    For those unaware of the FanDuel format, it's a salary cap game where you fill in a standard nine man lineup (no DH or relief pitcher) by keeping the cumulative salaries under a set amount. The powers that be at FanDuel set the salaries in accordance with player quality, but based on match-ups, injuries, etc., you can find spots to (hopefully) gain an edge. The salaries are set up so that you will have primarily very good players, but you will need to skimp on a couple of spots and look for the most bang for the buck. The site does the math for you as well as providing the scheduled opposition pitcher for each hitter that night so you can set your entire lineup without ever leaving the site. Everything you need is there. Setting your squad can take as little as five minutes - it's that easy.

    OK, here's my squad:

    P Tommy Hanson HOU@LAA $6,600 - When I choose a pitcher, I lean heavily to using a home starter in a pitcher's park against a weak team. Check, check and check. Long-term, I am very concerned about Hanson. But for one night, against the Astros? Sign me up.

    C Salvador Perez TOR@KAN $2,900 - Perez is a lefty swinger facing the southpaw J.A. Happ so that fulfills almost all of the criteria except Kaufmann Stadium is a pitcher's venue. I'll trade that for the rest.

    1B Adam LaRoche ATL@WAS $3,100 - Lefty LaRoche will hit against righty rookie Julio Teheran. Again, the park is the only negative in this selection. Walks score points and I like the chance for Teheran to be a little wild and LaRoche is patient so I could get some cheap points from walk and runs scored.

    2B Robinson Cano BAL@NYY $4,500 - Lefty Cano versus righty Miguel Gonzalez in Yankee Stadium, this is as close to a no-brainer as there is on the board.

    3B Pedro Alvarez CIN@PIT $2,700 - I said to ignore cold streaks and this is practicing what I preach. Lefty Alvarez struggles versus southpaws but his opponent will be righty Mike Leake, not the most imposing competition. This is a perfect time for Alvarez to break out the power stick.

    SS Asdrubal Cabrera CWS@CLE $3,500 - Lefty Cabrera against righty Jose Quintana is another enticing match-up despite Progressive Field favoring pitchers. Quintana is not a strikeout guy so Asdrubal should be able to put the ball in play and have some success.

    OF Drew Stubbs CWS@CLE $2,700 - Stubbs is another example of ignoring recent performance and focusing on match-ups. The left-handed Stubbs can score fantasy points with speed or power and since you don't lose points if the batter whiffs, he doesn't hurt you in FanDuel like in some other games. I'll take my chance against the hittable Quintana.

    OF Bryce Harper ATL @ WAS $4,900 - I'm not taking Harper because he is hot, I'm taking him because I love his match-up versus Teheran and sense Washington may score some runs.

    OF Giancarlo Stanton PHI@MIA $4,100 - Another hitter off to a slow start, but I'll take the slugger facing John Lannan. Even if he walks, he'll score points.

    My total was exactly $35,000 which is the limit. I admit I'm a little uneasy about Alvarez and Stubbs, but you need to save budget somewhere and I like the chances of these speculative choices.

    Remember, all you need to do to enter is click on the FanDuel banner below. Good luck to all those participating.


    That’s right; you can get our 2013 Platinum Package for free!


    All you need to do is create an account with our promotional partner FanDuel and deposit $25. You’ll then receive a 2013 Mastersball Platinum Package, a $34.95 value, at no additional cost!

    The Mastersball Platinum Package was trusted by four of the top five finishers in the 2012 National Fantasy Baseball Championship, including the $100,000 grand prize winner, Dave Potts, and the NFBC’s all-time money-winning leader, Steve Jupinka.

    In addition, FanDuel will deposit an additional $7.50 bonus into your account, so you will receive $67.45 worth of value for your $25!

    To gain access to the 2013 Mastersball Platinum Package, please register at FanDuel using the same e-mail used to register at Mastersball. We will then give you full access to our Platinum Package, good through November 30, 2013.

    Current subscribers to the 2013 Mastersball Platinum Package will instead receive the 2014 Platinum Package at no charge, starting on December 1, 2013.

    FanDuel is the industry leader in Daily Fantasy Leagues and Mastersball is proud to be a promotional partner. Simply assemble the best roster on a given day and win! In 2012, FanDuel paid out over $50 million in prizes, averaging $2 million a week. They have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and YAHOO! Sports.

    Click on the logo below to register at FanDuel and set up your account. Please remember to use the same information you used on your Mastersball account.


    If you ever thought you had the goods to take on the Fantasy “Experts”, now is the time to prove it.  This Friday, we’re running a promotion with DraftStreet where you compete against Matthew Berry in a league that has $500 in prizes PLUS an additional $5 to anyone who can beat Matthew Berry.  That’s right.  Even if you finish out of the money, all you have to do is beat Matthew Berry to win $5.

    The league only costs $5 to enter and is limited to 100 entries, so don’t wait too long to join!

    It will be Salary Cap draft style, which means you start with a budget of $100,000.  You must build a team of 14 players(C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 2 U, 3 OF, 2 SP, 1 RP, 1 P), while staying under the salary cap.  Rosters lock at 7:05 EST on Friday and the winners get paid right after all of the games end.

    CLICK HERE to sign up for DraftStreet and join the league

    Now that the the MLB regular season is coming to an end, that means NFL is right around the corner! To make things a little more interesting, our buddies at DraftStreet are giving us a FREE, fantasy football league for $300 in cash prizes. You draft a team for one week and get paid out when the Monday Night Football game ends.

    This free contest will be salary-cap style drafting where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of the available players. You will have a $100,000 budget to build a team of 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 2 FLEX, and 1 Defense. Each NFL player has been assigned a price based on their expected fantasy performance. For example, for week 1 Tom Brady costs $20,124 where as Mark Sanchez only costs $10,997.

    You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Sunday September 9th at 1:00 ET, at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available.

    CLICK HERE to sign up for free and join the Mastersball $300 NFL Freeroll on DraftStreet.com.

    If you missed it last time, there's a new way to play fantasy baseball that turns the season long grind into quick one night leagues. And the best part is that you can win cash every single day. You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night. DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving us a great promotion: a FREE one-day fantasy league with $350 in prizes exclusively for (site name) fans.

    This free contest will be Pick 'em style drafting. The way Pick 'Em leagues work is we create 8 tiers of players and each tier will have anywhere from 3 to 10 players in them. All you have to do is select 1 player from each tier.

    You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Friday July 27th at 7:05 ET at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available.

    CLICK HERE to sign up for free and register for the Mastersball $350 Freeroll on DraftStreet.com

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