'Luxor Las Vegas' photo (c) 2011, Carlton Holls - license: Are you a fantasy baseball fan? Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have a few bucks laying around that you could potentially turn into a life changing experience...? If so, this is the post for you.

Who wants a chance part of the $24,000 prize package on Friday from Fanduel.com? Better yet, who wants to also get a shot to win $200,000 with an all expense paid trip to Vegas as well? All you need is $10 bucks and some fantasy baseball knowledge. I thought that might get your attention.

$1 Million Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship on FanDuel

Each weekly winner will then be flown to Vegas, all expenses paid by FanDuel.com, and given a shot at the $200,000 grand prize. That’s right. Win two weekly matchups and you’ve got $200,000 coming your way. And don’t think that you have to enter hundreds of times to win. And don’t think that you have to enter hundreds of times to win. Jordy Nelson last year entered once, one time, and he ended up in the Finals in Vegas cause he won his weekly matchup. He then proceeded to win that year’s grand prize of $100,000. All from one $10 entry.

So what do you do? You go to FanDuel.com and sign up for today’s contest that also gives you a chance to win part of the $24,000 in prizes for Friday’s event.

You then put together your salary cap team (the rules are very simple and can be found at the top of the page if you follow the link). If you win, it’s Vegas here you come. If you don’t, there are still plenty of cash prizes that you can pocket in the tournament for your mere $10 entry fee (there are 250 cash prizes handed out).

Here are some of my best plays for Friday.

CATCHERS 1. A.J. Pierzynski 2. Miguel Montero

Pierzynski has eight hits in 20 at-bats (.400) vs. Mark Buehrle.

Montero is finally, f i n a l l y, hitting. He faces Eric Stults who has pitched well of late though he's given up a .308-1-5 line to Montero in 13 at-bats.

FIRST BASE 1. Nick Swisher 2. Adam Lind

Swisher has handled Gio Gonzalez well hitting .400 with a homer and six RBIs in 15 at-bats.

Lind is hitting everyone right now. He's batting like .900 the past week, or something like that, and is hitting .462 against the Rangers. He's also 3-for-5 against Yu Darvish.

SECOND BASE 1. Alexi Amarista 2. Ryan Raburn

Amarista has five hits, including a homer and three RBIs, in nine at-bats versus Trevor Cahill.

Raburn has been really hit or miss this season. He might be a hit Friday versus Gio Gonzalez who he has six hits, two homers, in 11 at-bats.

THIRD BASE 1. Miguel Cabrera 2. Josh Donaldson

Starting Miggy is never wrong. It's oh so right Friday as he takes on the weak Scott Diamond who he's gotten 10 hits against in 19 at-bats (a .526 average and six RBIs).

Donaldson, aka little Miggy, has launched seven hits in 14 at-bats against the soft tossing Joe Saunders.

SHORTSTOP 1. Mike Aviles 2. Alcides Escobar

Aviles has hit .308 vs. Gio Gonzalez in 13 at-bats, and he's also stolen four bases.

Escobar vs. the struggling Matt Moore is 3-for-3 with a rare homer.

Pass on J.J. Hardy vs Ryan Dempster (2-for-28).

OUTFIELD 1. Jeff Baker 2. Josh Willingham

Baker is killing everyone he faces this season, and he's long had success against Mark Buehrle (6-for-14 with a homer and .429 average).

Willingham crushes Rick Porcello. Blasts him off the bump. Willingham has seven hits, including two homers, in 13 at-bats. He's also driven in seven runs while walking four times on his way to a 1.821 OPS.

STARTING PITCHERS 1. Bronson Arroyo 2. Kris Medlen 3. Gio Gonzalez 4. Kyle Lohse

Arroyo has held current Brewers batters to a .229 average and .706 OPS over 297 at-bats.

Medlen has had two starts in June and he hasn't allowed a run yet. He hurls at home versus the Giants and he has a 2.31 ERA in six home starts this year.

Dominates. That's what Gio Gonzalez does the Indians as he's 5-0 with 0.72 ERA in his career, though yes, there are a ton of new fellas on the squad.

Lohse has handled the Reds in his career with a .228 batting average, .637 OPS and just one homer allowed in 123 at-bats.

@MLBDailyLineups – lists all the lineups in one spot so you can make sure you don't have someone in your lineup that is sitting on the bench that day.

To see how others are evaluating players don’t forget to go to Fleaflicker.com where you can check out the owned percentages of all your favorite players.

By Ray Flowers


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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.

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