The Oracle Takes on DraftKings
The Oracle, Ray Flowers, takes the leap into playing daily fantasy baseball with DraftKings.com. Check out his thoughts on July 4th action.
Fantasy Alarm.com has partnered with DraftKings.com so that's the spot that I’m going to focus on that partnership every Friday here at BaseballGuys. So get ready to begin the journey with a DFS rookie. To find my overview of Daily Fantasy Baseball check this link to The Basics. Note that I consider this article to be a MUST read. It not only lays out the basics of how to put a daily fantasy squad together but it also has links to all the TOOLS we have to offer at FantasyAlarm... and I bet you that you haven't used them all yet. So get on it. There's a wealth of information to be had on our site.
Let's get on to the rules and the league I'll be playing in, and inviting you to partake in, Friday July 4th You can still sign up even on the national holiday. At least you won't have to sneak signing up when you boss isn't looking this week.
As I noted at the start, we're playing on DraftKings. We've got a way for you to earn up top $600 in bonuses with DK, so make sure you keep reading. Before we get to that, what are the rules for DK?
Unlike some of the other daily sites, DK is pretty straight forward. Here's the starting lineup.
C, 1B/DH, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF
You have $50,000 to set up your 10 person team.
Pretty simple stuff.
For the full scoring rules you can check out the SALARY CAP RULES page.
Hitters will accumulate points as follows:
Single = +3 PTs
Double = +5 PTs
Triple = +8 PTs
Home Run = +10 PTs
Run Batted In = +2 PTs
Run = +2 PTs
Base on Balls = +2 PTs
Hit By Pitch = +2 PTs
Stolen Base = +5 PTs
Caught Stealing = -2 PTs
Pitchers will accumulate points as follows:
Inning Pitched = +2.25 PTs
Strike Out = +2 PTs
Win = +4 PTs
Earned Run Allowed = -2 PTs
Hit Against = -0.6 PTs
Base on Balls Against = -0.6 PTs
Hit Batsman = -0.6 PTs
Complete Game = +2.5 PTs
Complete Game Shut Out = +2.5 PTs
No Hitter = +5 PTs
*NOTE: Hitting statistics for Pitchers will not be counted, and Pitching statistics for Hitters will not be counted.
HOW TO PLAY
You can sign up to take me on directly. All you need to do is the following.
1 – Create an account at DraftKings if you don't have one. Otherwise just sign-in to your DraftKings.com account.
2 – Find the league information listed above and sign up. USE THE PROMO CODE ALARM.
3 – Draft your team.
Entry fee $3
Prize Pool $432.00 (50% of those that enter win $5.40 – how about them odds!)
Up to 160 entries
That's it, simple, easy and straightforward. However, there's one more exciting opportunity for FIRST TIME DEPOSITORS.
If you've never deposited with DraftKings before you are eligible for a deposit bonus up to $600. That means every dollar you deposit up to $600 DK will match if you're a first time depositor. Put in $25 and you will end up with $50. Toss in $100 and you get $200. Add in $300 and you get $600. You get it.
(Note the bonus money is awarded out as you play. It won't all show up in your account on day one).
For those of you that know the daily game space already I'll be an easy mark. For those of you just starting out like me, let's enjoy the ride together. What do you say?
So how did I do last week? Poorly. In the Beginner MLB $200 Moon Shot contest I finished 28th out of 115 entries. OK, that's not too bad actually for a guy who has no idea what he's doing in the daily game, but certainly it's not very Oracle-like. I'll endeavor to do much better this week. Hey, it's a learning process, and I'm not afraid to admit that I'm barely learning to ride my bike without training wheels. Sooner or later I'll be popping wheelies, but for now I'm just trying to ride in a straight line without falling off my bike.
Each week I'll tell you who I'm playing. Likely not very smart, but I'm in this for all of us to have success. If you can do so by gleaning something from what I'm doing, then so be it. I got no problem helping you to make some cash so you can take your significant other out to dinner or to buy your kids the latest summer toy for outdoor use (just don't buy them a video game – get your kids out of the house, get em' exercising). My squad:
Sign up --- you've got a 50 percent chance to nearly double your money if you join this league on July 4th. Happy Independence Day America.
Make sure you tune in to the Fantasy Alarm's Daily Game Show at 6 PM EDT, Monday through Friday on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius210, XM87) as Jeff Mans and Ted Schuster will help you to set your daily lineups.