The season is a couple weeks old now, and we’re all starting to get into our grooves of daily research, add/drops, scouting and team massaging. But the Daily Fantasy Baseball sites want to let you know they think Friday, April 19, is a big frickin’ day!
Several Daily Fantasy Sports sites have BIG promotions and tournaments hitting on that day.
These are cheap tournaments with either great prizes at the end, or a great cause — including the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing from Monday. More on that later.
Here’s a quick rundown of the ones I’m familiar with.
This one I’m especially fond of because it involves my favorite subject – ME!
Friday night, for $1, you can join a qualifying tournament that will give one person entry into a single-elimination bracket tournament against 14 Fantasy Baseball writers for $1,000 in prizes.
In other words, win the qualifier, gain a seat in the Fantasy MLB Expert Challenge ($60 value), which happens on Tuesday, April 23.
Once you get into the tournament, it works like the Sweet 16 in a NCAA Tournament bracket. You’ll face one expert, and if you beat him, you move on to the Elite 8 to face another expert. Then you move on to the Final Four (in the money!) and you are just two more wins away from being the Top Dawg!
Best part: Even if you don’t win first place in this Daily Fantasy Baseball tournament – you’ll get your $1 back if you land in the top 100! A dolla make me holla!
You’ll be going up with the following writers from some great Fantasy Baseball websites:
- Kay Adams, SiriusXM Fantasy, NBC Sports
- Jake Ciely, RotoExperts.com
- Eric Mack, SI.com
- Will Carroll, Bleacher Report
- Jason Collette, RotoWire.com, BaseballProspectus.com
- David Gonos, SI.com, DavidGonos.com
- Dr. Roto (Mark Bloom), RotoExperts.com
- Chet Gresham, TheFakeBaseball.com , Bleacher Report
- Anita Marks, NBC Sports Radio
- Nick Minnix, KFFL.com
- Eno Sarris, FanGraphs.com
- Nick Raducanu, FantasyTrade411.com
- Ray Flowers, SiriusXM Fantasy, BaseballGuys.com
- Michael Beller, SI.com
This one you’ll have to hunt down.
But I got an email from DraftStreet.com challenging me to beat Fantasy expert Matthew Berry in a Head-to-Head challenge, and they’ll throw in some bonus cash.
If I pony up $5, and beat Berry, I’ll get $9 in return – PLUS – a $5 bonus from Draft Street.
So I deposited $100 into my account there, and got a 20-percent deposit bonus ($20), and I then I filled out my “MLB Pick ‘em” lineup. Basically, you pick eight players from eight varying tiers of talent.
My roster looks like this: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton, Andrew McCutchen, Joey Votto, Paul Konerko, Shin-Soo Choo, Ryan Howard and Starling Marte.
Good luck to everyone – except Matthew Berry!
Finally, I saved this one for last because it’s important and a little heavier than the ones above.
Three people were killed, and over 170 people injured Monday when two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Based within a mile of that location, CEO Jason Robins and the Draft Kings team saw the opportunity to do something good in the face of something bad.
“Like everybody else in the country, we watched in horror as the casualties mounted,” Draft Kings CEO Jason Robins wrote in an email Wednesday. “Like the rest of Boston, we waited for words from our friends and families who were participating in the marathon.”
They’re asking us to join a special tournament Friday night, in which 100-percent of the funds raised will be matched and sent to reputable charities to help the bombing victims, with the help of TUGG.org.
It’s a $5 donation to enter this contest, and you can enter multiple times if you’d like to donate more. Support this tournament, and support our friends from Boston.
So with these three Daily Fantasy Baseball tournaments going on Friday, I know I’ll be busy filling out some lineups! Hope to see you there, preferably one spot behind me, but still!
David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.