The Oracle Takes on DraftKings
It's Friday, so it's time for Ray Flowers to challenge you to beat him in a daily fantasy baseball game over at DraftKings.com. Can you beat the Oracle and knock him off his high horse?
FantasyAlarm.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.
*** Today we have a special contest too. It's exclusive and 19 of you, only 19, get a shot to take me down. Read on for the link to the contest.
HOW TO PLAY
Sign up with DraftKings.com.
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 below and sign up. USE THE PROMO CODE ALARM.
3 – Draft your team (click on the link to the contest right after ID#)..
ID# - RAY FLOWERS EXCLUSIVE CONTEST
Entry fee $10
Prize Pool $200.00
Up to 20 entries
*** 20 Entries folks. Me and 19 of you. Not a thousand folks, not hundreds of folks, but nineteen of you and yours truly. Let's get it on!
We're playing on DraftKings. We've got a way for you to earn up to $600 in free cash bonuses with DraftKings, 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 you need to put together.
C, 1B/DH, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF
You have $50,000 to set up your 10 person team.
Pretty simple stuff. Here's the Scoring System.
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.
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).
*** Make sure you check your lineup. I've been caught setting it and forgetting about it. Sometimes players are pulled from the lineup due to injury, other times they are given a rest, while other situation arise where managers seemingly make poor decisions as to who should start. Double check your lineup. You don't want to lose cause you forgot to take 35 seconds to make sure all your players were starting.
I came in 10th out of 20 entries. Apparently, I'm not really getting the hang of this. Not to be overly hard on myself though, that's what I'm trying to do. On the pitching front Hisashi Iwakuma and Brett Oberholtzer tossed a combined 13 innings allowing only one walk and three runs. I only picked up one win for their efforts. It was more about the failures of my club offensively that sunk me. David Ortiz, Matt Carpenter and Jordy Mercer scored a goose egg, or to say it plainly, they didn't score at all. I'll rectify that issue, hopefully, but doing what any red blooded American would do in the same situation – I will overreact and build a potent offense for this week's contest.
I'm not gonna share my entire lineup this week, not with only 19 of you taking me on – especially since 50 percent of you took me down last week. The Oracle plays to win – the odds are too tight to give away the farm – and I need all the help I can get as you seasoned daily players have fun beating me down.
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