I know what some of you are thinking. I can’t believe it’s not butter. And you people…you’re absolutely right. It’s part plastic and melted horse hooves combined with yellow dye #88 which causes diarrhea, loss of sight and limb loss in some consumers. It’s in the fine print, yo! But then there are others of you. Those ones are thinking something else. What is this ‘daily fantasy’ business? Fantasy baseball is already ‘daily’. How is this any different? You’re astute, people who speak in italics. It’s true, in many ways Daily Fantasy is nothing new with respect to the game you’re used to playing, per se. Just like Coors tries to trick you into thinking they have more than one crappy product by selling you the same swill in different cans and bottles – oooh, it turns blue when it’s cold? It’ll still taste like deer piss, people – daily fantasy isn’t that huge of a step away from the game you know, love and play. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. For now, I’m simply happy to announce we’re teaming back up with Draftkings this year for 2014 Fantasy Baseball for your daily fantasy pleasure. That link you just saw? That’s a portal to all the fun and it helps us out because its our referral. We’re not begging you to use it but if you plan on playing this year and this is the first time you’ve ever signed up, why not play and help a brotha out, ya know? Two birds, one stone, which is kind of a morbid analogy when you think about it so lets not. Bee Tee Dubs, this post is gonna cover some important news later on that we’re excited about so don’t y’all leave before the buzzer sounds. In other words, hold onto your potatoes Docta Jones cuz we’re gonna tell you all that we can about Draftkings and what it means for Razzball for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…
What Is Daily Fantasy?
I’m sure plenty of you are familiar with the concept so I’m not gonna spend too much time or detail here. Daily Fantasy is exactly what it sounds like – you can join a league and play any day of the week. Unlike a regular league where you draft your team in March and then make free agent moves and trades as you progress through the season, you are given a salary to fill a line up card for the day of play (well, actually you can sign up for a league the night before but whatevs). Basically, you get to draft a new team every night but because everyone can own the same players, you don’t have to waste time waiting for Jay Wrong to go get his 5th glass of Makers Mark – and it’s only the 3rd round – or for Tehol to finish his full body shea cocoa butter massage. Nope, you just stroll into the Draftkings lobby, find a contest that interests you, fill out your lineup, save and move on. Yur dun, son. So basically, if you don’t have the time for a full grinding season of fantasy baseball but still love to play it, here’s your sweet spot. You can come and go as you please. Set a lineup when you want, don’t when you don’t have time. And since we’re on the subject of ‘what is’ we might as well give you the ‘how to’ here as well. So here’s your standard info regarding Daily Fantasy Baseball over at Draftkings.
What Kinds Of Leagues Are Available?
Ooph, really, you might just want to enter the Draftkings Lobby to find that out. And if your mom told you not to play with random strangers over the internet – stranger danger, kids – you can set up your own private leagues with friends. But really, all the ways you enjoy fantasy baseball now are available via Draft Kings. Heck, there’s even a beginners section. So, if you’re not ready to wade out into the deep end of the pool, they even offering you water wings. Don’t forget your SPF-50! We’ll be going over a little strategy about the various types of leagues and how to approach them next week.
But I Don’t Wanna Play For Money
Well, you’re no fun. I’m kidding, of course. I don’t know you. You’re probably the life of the party…at Rumspringa. Get wild and show that ankle! But honestly, here’s the cool part: you don’t have to play for money. True truthiness, I used to play Fantasy Basketball like our boy JB Gilpin does now as the lead Basketball writer for Razzball but found I didn’t have time to keep up with a b-ball league to go with my Fantasy Football and Fantasy Baseball addictions. Did I say addictions? I can quit whenever I wanna, I swear! But now I get to play on a fairly regular basis with a friend of mine via H2H leagues we set up privately for ourselves for the fun of bragging rights. There are no costs associated unless you consider loss of pride a cost. But joke’s on my friend, I have none left so he can’t take it away from me. I mean, I’m married after all.
Why not? Ok, probably not the best selling technique. Well how about this: late line up swaps. For some reason, not the entire daily fantasy world got the memo that if a game hasn’t started, you should probably be able to move a player out of your lineup if they’re hurt or you have a better value in mind. So Prince Fielder strains a gut muscle – mmm, pulled pork – and you need to make a swap. Well, ya can. I know, odd selling point but its there, people. Also, how about you’re away from a computer but you wanna sign up for a league and create a roster for the day. Well then download the iPhone app. Yes, Daily Fantasy is slowly growing and Draftkings is one of the big boys and offers you this show on the road.
I’m Scared Of New Things So How Will Razzball Assuage My Fears?
Oh little, trepid one. This is Razzball, have we ever let you down before? Yes, yes Josh Rutledge…can we just move on from that now? K, thx. So, maybe you’re just new to fantasy baseball in general and not just dailies. For you, I’ll remind you of all the cool tools Razzball has to offer. First off, we got you the Stream-O-Nator. You’re stressed about which pitcher to roll with today? Chillax, go check what the tool has to say and see what deals you can find. Setting your lineup for tomorrow? Yup, covered there too. Secondly, we give you the randy Hitter-Tron. Again, today, tomorrow, ain’t no thang, it’s there. And though we really wanted to go live with it now, you’re just gonna have to wait while the mad scientist Rudy Gamble pulls these tools together to form the unholy beast that looks at the salary on draftkings and evaluates whether they’re over or under priced for the day. Oh yes, that will be happening. And, of course, some of you just don’t like to read. Let’s face it. It’s fine, we don’t hold anything against you. But if you’re a slave to the audio, our very own Nick Capozzi is gonna be whispering sweet nothings into your ear by giving you Hot Sheets on the Razzball Radio Podcasts. Don’t know what those are? Well, I’m not Nick so don’t ask me. Go listen and find out! So we have your ears and your mind filled up to the brim with all you need yet you still aren’t satisfied? You want a face and a name you can blame when your line up goes all to crap you say? Well HERE’S THE BIGGEST NEWS: Razzball is going daily with daily fantasy content. Yup, you read that right. Lunes through Domingo we’re gonna have a writer telling you who they think you should play and who you shouldn’t, compadres. And don’t ask me for more Spanish words cuz I just ran out, tus putas. We’ll be here for your daily fantasy needs seven days a week at 9 am PST, well in advance of daily fantasy games starting for the day.
What Else Should We Know?
Well, for those who did it last year, we’re bringing back Play With Rudy nights again and they should still be on Fridays so if you dug it last season, you can dig it again, ya dig? So if you enjoyed pretending that you were running your fingers through Rudy’s luscious afro last year like I did…wait, you don’t have to play Draftkings to do that. That’s free to the public. However, those Rudy leagues will be with cash throw in so keep that in mind if you’re interested. From time to time, I may invite everyone to a league for the night as well or perhaps we’ll do freebie challenges for fun throughout the week if our following gets as big as Joe Carroll’s did. Seriously, that show jumped the shark mid-way through season 1, how is it still going? But I digress, keep listening and reading throughout the season as I’m sure we’ll have plenty of chances to play along with our various writers in both gratis and non-gratis games. Peace out and see you next week for an even bigger glimpse into the Draftkings universe!