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Monday 25th Sep 2017

The chances to win a seat at FanDuel's Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship are dwindling. All you have to do is win tonight's qualifier and you'll be one of 45 lucky individuals to win a trip to Las Vegas and have a chance to compete for the $200K top prize.

As you're likely aware, daily games are really booming. I've been writing for a new site, DFSEdge that specializes in daily strategy. One of the things I have learned from talking to some folks playing daily games is in order to win one of the larger contests you need to enter multiple squads with at least one embracing volatility.

By embracing volatility, one adds some high risk, high reward players to their lineup -- boom or bust if you will. Those of us weaned on traditional fantasy baseball may have a difficuly time pulling this off as playing it safe had been drummed into our skulls for over a decade. I actually find this to be a personal shortcoming in my appraoch to traditional fantasy.

Below are three lineups I am entering into tonight's DFBC. I'm going with three different pitchers - sort of a low, medium and high approach.

To enter a squad (or three) of your own, just click on the logo below.

Good luck to all those playing. 

P Matt Harvey WAS@NYM $8,800
C Michael Zunino CHC@SEA $2,200
1B David Ortiz TOR @BOS $5,000
2B Neil Walker MIL@PIT $3,000
3B Nolan Arenado SFG@COL $2,900
SS Josh Rutledge SFG@COL $2,900
OF Michael Cuddyer SFG@COL $4,700
OF Dayan Viciedo CLE@CWS $2,300
OF Marlon Byrd WAS@NYM $3,200

P Hisashi Iwakuma CHC@SEA $7,900
C Wilin Rosario SFG@COL $3,400
1B Garrett Jones MIL@PIT $2,600
2B Neil Walker MIL@PIT $3,000
3B Pedro Alvarez MIL@PIT $4,500
SS Hanley Ramirez PHI@LOS $4,200
OF Travis Snider MIL@PIT $2,500
OF Alex Rios CLE@CWS $3,500
OF Eric Young WAS@NYM $3,400

P Ricky Nolasco SDP@MIA $6,500
C Wilin Rosario SFG@COL $3,400
1B Chris Davis NYY@BAL $5,500
2B Neil Walker MIL@PIT $3,000
3B Miguel Cabrera DET@TAM $5,900
SS Stephen Drew TOR@BOS $2,500
OF Nate McLouth NYY@BAL $3,300
OF Dayan Viciedo CLE@CWS $2,300
OF Chris Heisey CIN@TEX $2,600


And second, and third...

If I don't really like Las Vegas all that much, why do I continue to try to have FanDuel pay my way there? I may not like Las Vegas very much but I can think of a couple of things to do with a $200K payday for taking home the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship.

I'm going to try something a little different this time and go with a wild card at pitcher. There are several aces on the mound but I decided to eschew the top tier and look for a cheaper option. To that end, I visited a site where I contribute, DFSEdge where colleague Kyle Soppe authored MLB Strong Plays: June 21. He pimps Tyler Chatwood as a sleeper strong play and I concur so he's the guy for me tonight as I try for one of the few remaining seats in the DFBC. Here's the squad:

P Tyler Chatwood COL@WAS $5,600 - As Kyle points out, Chatwood has been outstanding on the road and Washington struggles versus right-handers

C Matt Wieters BAL@TOR $3,000 - If I'm going against the grain, I'm going all out. I'm breaking another cardinal rule by using a bunch of road hitters, specifically stacking against R.A. Dickey at home.

1B Chris Davis BAL@TOR $5,300 - At this point, I'll use Davis against any right-hander. The fact Dickey has a penchant for a allowing homers is a bonus.

2B Robinson Cano TAM@NYY $4,400 - Short porch plus Roberto Hernandez on the mound equals a good combo.

3B David Freese TEX@STL $3,300 - Holland's numbers are a little off in that his K/BB is excellent but he also allows a goodly number of hits. I'll hope for the latter.

SS Jimmy Rollins NYM@PHI $2,800 - Rollins fits my standard criteria and he's at a price that reflects his inconsistency. This is an example of embracing volatility - something necessary when going for the big ticket.

OF Matt Joyce TAM@NYY $4,300 - I like Joyce against righties almost as much as Davis -- almost.

OF Melky Cabrera BAL@TOR $3,000 - I don't love this pick but the money works and Melky is hitting at the top of the order and is beginning to click.

OF Nick Markakis BAL@TOR $3,300 - Markakis closes out the pig-pile on Dickey

Click on the logo below to enter your squad.


FanDuel wants to fly you to Las Vegas to compete with 44 others for a chance as 200K. All you need to do is enter the $10 Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship (DFBC) Finals linked under the logo below.

  • Friday night, May 31
  • $10 to enter
  • 250 prizes paid
  • Odd week this time around as there are a number of excellent pitchers starting on the road which is a double whammy - not only does this make it harder to find a pitcher working at home, but also limits hitters since most are squaring off against a decent starter. Here's my initial team. I'm feeling a little frisky so I'm going to enter a couple more later. I'll post them in the comments between 6 and 7 PM ET.

    P Corey Kluber TAM@CLE $5,600 - Check out the peripherals, Kluber has walked just one while fanning 23 the previous three games.

    C Victor Martinez DET@BAL $2,600 - V-Mart is on the road but he's hard to pass up at this rock bottom price. I'll take my chances against Miguel Gonzalez.

    1B Adrian Gonzalez LOS@COL $4,200 - Another road hitter, but when the road is in Colorado, I don't sweat it. Gonzalez needs more help from his friends but against Jon Garland, he doesn't need much help.

    2B Freddy Galvis MIL@PHI $2,200 - Strictly a salary fit so I can really load up the outfield.

    3B Chase Headley TOR@SDP $2,900 - Extremely low price for a home hitter facing rookie Chad Jenkins. Yummy.

    SS Everth Cabrera TOR@SDP $4,200 - This isn't the type of pick I usually favor as the price reflects how well Cabrera is playing now and not his true level, but I wanted a chance to go on record as saying I am beginning to believe the power surge is real.

    OF Mike Trout HOU@LAA $5,700 - Dallas Keuchel - 'nuff said.

    OF Coco Crisp CWS@OAK $4,200 - When healthy, Covelli is one of the best fantasy players in the game.

    OF Torii Hunter DET@BAL $3,400 - My only same handedness match-up, this is the best fit for the money.


    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unless you win $200,000 in which case you're allowed to take a little of it home with you. How are you going to win $200K? Winning FanDuel's Daily National Fantasy Baseball Championship, that's how.

    But the only way to do that is to win a qualifier. Fortunately, your friends at Mastersball can help you with that by clicking on the link below.

    WEATHER ALERT! It is going to be wet on the East Coast. The tilts in Washington, New York and Boston will all be threatened with rain so it is best to focus elsewhere. Fortunately, there is a full slate of games so a multitude of nice choices remain. Here's how I intend on booking my trip to Sin City.

    P James Shields HOU@KAN $7,900 - There is a bunch of top starters toeing the rubber tonight. What I did was fill in my hitters first, adding as many bargains as I could and then see which pitchers could fit within the cap. I actually had $8,400 after the first run thus was able to make adjustments elsewhere. I left such stalwarts as Matt Harvey, Cliff Lee, Adam Wainwright, Gio Gonzalez, Chris Sale and Justin Verlander on the table. I would have shunned Harvey and Gonzalez for weather reasons but the rest were all in play. My desire to find a spot for CarGo kept me away from the very top guys. I had the ability to slide in Hyun-Jin Ryu for exactly $8,400 but opted for Shields and the extra $500 to upgrade elsewhere. Innings are valuable in FanDuel and I like Shields to go deep into tonight's game.

    C Victor Martinez CLE@DET $2,800 - Ubaldo Jimenez has found himself again, but on the road against the vaunted Tigers' attack, I'll roll with a reasonably priced V-Mart.

    1B Prince Fielder CLE@DET $4,400 - Even though I was looking to squeeze enough budget to afford one of the elite pitchers, I knew Shields was there as a fall-back and you can't go completely cheap with the bats as in order to win, you need a couple to have multiple point evenings, along with your pitchers with 15+ points. Prince is capable of the double digit production I need.

    2B Jedd Gyorko SDP@COL $3,300 - Using Gyorko on the road breaks one of my tenets but when the road is a mile high, I'll make an exception. Jorge De La Rosa's surface stats are good, but his peripherals are mundane so I'll take a shot the rook gets a hold of one.

    3B Nolan Arenado SDP@COL $2,200 - Arenado has been scuffling since his early success but at this price, I'll take a shot his recent resurgence has boosted his confidence. Edinson Volquez is not the same guy away from PETCO Park.

    SS Didi Gregorius SFG@ARI $2,900 - I don't love this pick, but it is a salary-saver and fits the criteria, even though the left-handed hitting Gregorius will be facing solid righty Matt Cain. I still believe Cain is one of the best, but he has been dealing with a case of gopheritis.

    OF Jay Bruce STL@CIN $3,600 - Those of you that follow the total body of my work are either laughing or asking WTF? This is likely the only night all season I will be rooting for Bruce as I infamously have him as a rest-of-season bust on the ESPN rankings. I never said he was going to strike out every time up, just a lot so tonight can he one of the nights he doesn't. It is Adam Wainwright 60 feet and 6 inches away, but I'll go with it anyway. Truth be told I hate this pick but the money works and the choices are limited with the potential  East Coast wash-outs.

    OF Scott Van Slyke ATL@LOS $2,500 - This is completely a salary play but the match-up works, especially since it is Paul Maholm on the bump.

    OF Carlos Gonzalez SDP@COL $5,400 - I realize the chance that lightning strikes twice in a week is slim, but in case it does, I want to be the one that gets hit.

    That's what I have, what about you? Click on the FanDuel logo to reserve a spot in the DNFB qualifier. You have until 7 PM ET on Friday to adjust your lineup.


    This week's promotional contest is another shot  at a seat in the Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship (DFBC) Finals. If you win the league, FanDuel will fly you to Vegas and you'll be one of 45 lucky individuals vying for the 200K top prize. A total of $2Million will be awarded.

  • Friday night, May 24
  • $10 to enter
  • 250 prizes paid
  • This is an interesting week as after my initial run-through, I found several players I liked - especially pitchers. There's a good chance I enter a few lineups tonight. When you're working with a limited bankroll, part of managing it properly is to pick and choose when to play. There are a couple of touchy weather situations this evening, but since I know I'll be at my PC from 6 PM to 7 PM ET, I know I'll be able to make adjustments (if necessary) though I plan on avoiding the most tenuous situations in Boston and Queens.

    Gratuitous plug time - I'll soon be contributing to a new site dedicated to daily games strategy, DFSEdge. One of the cool tools on the site is a listing of the game with the lineups once they are announced, but the weather situations are already up, including wind direction.

    Here's one of the lineups I'll be entering this evening.

    P Brandon McCarthy SDP@ARI $6,100 - There are some pricey options such as Jordan Zimmermann and Anibal Sanchez as well as a cheaper Bronson Arroyo (who was in my original line-up) but I switched to McCarthy who is gaining comfort in the desert and is facing the rather anemic Padres. He won't rack up the whiffs, but I'm hoping for some innings and perhaps a victory.

    C Alex Avila MIN@DET $2,600 - I'm willing to bet not many are joing me in playing Avila, who has been quite slow out of the gate and may sit against some lefties, as he has the past two nights. But I'll take my chance Avila snaps out of his funk against Samuel Deduno.

    1B Paul Goldschmidt SDP@ARI $5,000 - Goldschmidt has odd splits in that he fares better on the road even though Chase Field is a hitter's haven. Still, I like his prospects this evening as he faces Eric Stults.

    2B Jose Altuve OAK@HOU $3,300 - Tommy Milone is around the plate, Altuve makes frequent contact, a hit or two is a strong possibility. Add in a steal and run and Altuve is a nice option.

    3B Kyle Seager TEX@SEA $3,400 - Seager is back near the top of the order which is helpful. Hopefully this means he'll have an extra crack at Justin Grimm.

    SS Elvis Andrus TEX@SEA $3,500 - This is one of two instances of an away player cracking the lineup. The reason for this is I am leery to play Stephen Drew since the weather in Boston is shaky. Plus, I'll take a solid lead-off man against a ninth hitter.

    OF Shin-Soo Choo CHC@CIN $4,900 - Scott Feldman has really surprised, but I'll trust Choo to take care of business as he has done all season.

    OF Bryce Harper PHI@WAS $4,000 - Assuming Harper can avoid running into walls, I like this spot against Kyle Kendrick (though I am a fan of Kendrick and feel he's for real).

    OF Aaron Hicks MIN@DET $2,200 - I had $2,200 remaining and Hicks is a starter so I eschewed my lean to home players and will hope Hicks continues his recent success albeit facing the tough Anibal Sanchez.

    Good luck to all those entering their own squads.

    Please click on the FanDuel logo below to enter. Reserve your spot now and you can tweak your lineup right up until 7:00 PM ET.

    Todd will be not only entering the DFBC, but will also enter several other contests and will donate his winnings to this cause. Check back tomorrow and see how he plans on helping Madi get a D.A.D.



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