The SB Nation mothership has renewed its partnership from last year with FanDuel, the largest company in the daily fantasy sports sector. The appeal of this is you are not stuck in it for the long haul: you can have a truly wretched day, in which all your players spontaneously combust or whatever, and tomorrow, you can start afresh and pick a fresh team. So it's a quick fix. They have both free and pay-to-play games, with prizes running all the way up to the very large.
And when I say "very large," the overall winner of their 2014 Fantasy Football championship got $2 million. But with regard to baseball - and, in particular, the SnakePit - SB Nation is hosting a $6,000 one-day Fantasy Baseball league for MLB Opening Day on FanDuel. It's $5 to join and first place wins $1,000 and four tickets to a game. You have nine slots, one for each position. Your hitters get a point for each base they hit, e.g. two for a double, plus one for a walk, RBI, run and two for a stolen-base. Pitchers get a point per inning and strikeout, four for a win, and lose a point for each earned run. Person with the most points at the end of the day, wins.
So, it's hardly rocket science, but there's a video below which should help, if the three lines above were too much for you. Oh, and the company is largely based out of Scotland, so you should go support them. :)
The important stuff
- Here's the video I promised you:
- These are the official rules. They do include the line, "If you are a resident of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana or Washington, you cannot play FanDuel for real money." I'm trying to figure out what those five states have in common. Or whether I can use the start-up deposit Fanduel gave me to try out the game, without Sheriff Joe and his tank busting through the door and hauling me off to Tent City.
- Still, if you're not a resident of those states, are interested in playing just for fun, or are just a wild and crazy person who laughs in the face of arbitrary state laws that serve no particular purpose, here's the Fanduel link.