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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 Draftkings?

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!

From Around The Web

  1. frankgrimes says:
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    I purchased a sonos playbar with my football Draftkings winnings.
    Hope they slick up the iPad app tho.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, holy hell, nice work! iPad app isn’t really real. It’s just the phone one on it. Glitchy as all get out.

  2. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Sky: Pretty soon, one will not have to play the game at all. The machines will do it all for you and win..

    Where is an artist’s joy in that? A world gone mad. I guess, Razzball is a perfect host for it – meaning; Madness

    YIKES!!!!!!!!!!

    The LidLess Eye got beat to the press on RB about Japhet Amador – by yours truly a couple days ago….

    That feels even better after this shameless commercial snag and drag regarding techno brain implants for the FBB masses.

    I’m getting too old for this. I think, I’ll drive out to Eternal Acres Cemetery again today and take a look at plot #15 again. The one with the line of sight view of the microwave repeating tower…

    That may turn out to be important thing. The way things are going in FBB, you are probably going to need an I-pod (that is what they call those gadgets, I think) when you’re 6 foot under.

    Hells bells, one can even plan on keeping on at playing in RazzBall Leagues into eternity and Win!!! now. As long as, you have one of those perpetual fantasy sports server plans they’re selling up at the mortuary office there.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Fantasy Baseball vampirism in many ways…much like love, FBB is eternal.

      I saw that about Amador. Congrats. I still think he’s a little old to be prospecting on but we’ll see how spring training rolls. Sounds like he’s very Chris Carter-like, without the track record. .220 with 30 HRs possible if he gets rolling/FT work.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: they already had those, they were called poker bots and they were invented in England, i believe. (“i believe” part said in annoying British accent (as if there was another kind (said in jack nickolson accent)))

  3. Cram It says:
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    The individual roster swaps is not an odd selling point. I played FanDuel ONCE only to realize the whole roster locked when the first game started. I emailed them about it. They said “It makes it fair for every one. In case some people can’t be at their computer at each game time.” Well, then don’t play if your ain’t gonna be on top of this shizz!

    *This message serves as evidence that I read your post*

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I meant odd as in the other sites can’t get their $hit together.

      You get an ‘A’ for participation in discussion. We will hold a quiz over the rest later, however, which makes up 75% of your Draftkings reading comprehension grade.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: I have like 48 cents left over in my account from last season. How about you just give me 42 more cents when I pass. It’s just a slippery slope for me…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Cram It: Or 52 cents. Whatever the hell would give a dollar!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Welp, you just failed the math section. At least that was only 8% of your grade, though.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Sky: at least it only took him less than 1 minute to figure out he was wrong with it.

  4. Pacochu says:
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    I love DraftKings. Thanks to the exclusive contests last year, I was able to outfit my garage with a 39″ LED TV, Surround Sound Receiver and speakers. They really do make it quick and easy to get your money when you win. Their customer service is top notch as well.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Day’um…maybe I should be reading off of your notes!

      I agree, haven’t had any problems in the customer service department. Great crew all around.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Pacochu: i’m gonna get health insurance with my winnings, maybe; then hopefully get anything i may be worried about checked out, then drop that stuff.

  5. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Sky: What do Garry Kasparov and Chess have to do with fantasy baseball, A lot.

    In the 90s when Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov the game was all but destroyed. I believe, the online FFB games are quickly headed this way as program apps and services all but managing the teams for some owners. And they are better at it than 99.99 % of the players ever could be themselves.

    Sure, fantasy sports has always had it problems – even in the old days. When cheaters would bring their brainless buddies into leagues to trade with only them to win – or the charlatans and gamble-aholics who made off with or stiffed the pot. All old time players lived through this.

    Then came daily play offered by stat services. And next, the mega online games like this site is connected to. At first, they were great – sure they had their holes and faults – but, they were mostly honest without the cheats (have had players drafting multiple teams thrown out of leagues on Yahoo for highly questionable trading between their own teams – morons – classic stuff that).

    Daily play and lax free agent pick up rules are beginning to be targeted by computer driven apps more and more. The streaming by daily play – allowed by the lax FA rules – is being targeted too.

    How far off is it, for a computer app from actually drafting and managing team as well or better than most people can themselves. The winners soon will be the ones who are not in front of a screen 24/7 and are doing nothing to win other than paying a reasonable fee. Believe me, there are 100,000s of yokel mouth breathers would be champions out there, who would be more than happy to pay to play and win this way. They would proudly puff out their chests for having won a victory by just paying a frigging fee. YIKES!!!!

    I could see a game manager service’s programs generating dozens of trade offers daily soon to all teams. Making roster changes automatically without consulting the owner (assume this is already done) and again even drafting for owners.

    The permutations in a FBB draft are not more complicated than those in a chess match are. The online swinging gate drafts are linear in progression, as is daily play too, The best information is easily correlatable and instantly updateable by any service provider.

    Online games are becoming a techno joke.

    The average online player does not even look at his team after the first 2 or 3 months. Many never do.

    Sadly, there too many who would be willing just to pay to be a winner and we are quickly reaching that point. It is the rules that are making this easy to occur.

    My next comment will be on some needed rule changes that should be made now to make these fun and worthy games at least playable by those who love the game, the exercise and choose to do it the old way – the human way – not the pay a contraption to be your brain for you.

    Rant half over.

    • Sky

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      @Ghost of the Disappeared: The thing is, every ‘machine’ out there has its flaws which still makes the game fun to play. The fundamental flaw is they were all made by humans themselves, which are fallible. There’s no monopoly on fantasy advice or information. You’re talking to me on a site someone who’s played for 10+ years may not even know about and it has useful tools to help/assist people on drafting. The machines were created by Rudy who is, to my knowledge, a human who can be right and wrong.

      In the end, you’re giving the world too much credit. There’s always info out there readily available on every subject known to man. It hasn’t made people use it.

      • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        @Sky:

        SKY: Poppycock and Balderdash!!!

        Let’s agree to disagree here. – for now

        There are many many advantages to a service operated management team. They go 24/7 and they can focus on individual important aspects of the game – most human owners cannot. EG weather (don’t snort), Lefty-Righty match ups, lineups and so much more.

        We have really seen the provider sites impacts, where it has been applied in the “closer pickups” apps applied to the the rules of shallow daily play Mass-play rules online FBB games in recent years. The “closer” changes have become almost instantaneous now in these leagues. Why? = APPS impact. A bad, wrong and artificial advantage.

        Anyway, now that you have accepted your reply above to me was just plain wrong – let’s move along to the rules changes needed to help insure computer apps don’t have a chance ruin FFB or at least limit their ability to do so.

        Daily Play: I have accepted, I will never be able to move the droves of hogs (The masses of instant gratification zombies ) away from the fast food trough that is Daily Play FBB. It really is an abomination to the sacred rules of Rotisserie FBB (OK! OK! I’ll stop) .

        If we accept, Daily Play and the rules surrounding it are the problem and that we have must keep Daily Play, what rules should be changed to lessen the impacts of these computer manager/management App. advantages?

        There are a couple/few easy rules changes and fair ones that would “level the playing field of the game” IMO. And they would act as brakes on APP management.

        FAA Rule ( Free Agent Acquisition):

        Free Agents:

        ” First come first served” Free Agency must be done away with and a waivers clock must be applied to the addition of all FA players to rosters in season (traded players excepted). A waivers 24 hour clock should be implemented in the selection of FA. Once a player is claimed by a team that player goes onto a 24 hr clock – During this time other teams are allowed to put in claims on that player – Waiver position wins the Claim. These FA players who are in the 24 hr. waiver period will be easy to track by placing Claimed Flags next to their names. If all claims are withdrawn on a player, the clock would start again on the player once the player is selected again.

        **** This does not change the Dropped Player Waiver rule in any way. It just rolls along on its own. (Excepting in the below case)

        No Team may have more than 3 waiver claims total (to include previous withdrawn in that claims that “bleed over or show up” in that 24 period and the extended dropped player waiver claims) in a 24 hour Game Day period. This prevents the defensive barging of the 24 hr waiver process to a degree. *** See Game Day below

        Establish a Game Day: This period 12 midnight EST to 12 Midnight the next day EST. No exceptions ( including trades) Part of the game was always the miseries of being without players – it is a strange FBB simple joy for those of us who relish a little pain in our lives ( reading RazzBall daily is a good example of this “enjoying pain in our lives” fact). **** Yahoo does this to a degree and it is better for it than ESPN in this area.

        Lineups for the next game-day must be completed before the 12 Midnight EST. FA Players, who have not arrived before the deadline will not be on your roster for that game day as active players (this includes traded players and Dropped waiver claimed players)

        These little changes would make the difference. Surely now you must agree.

        People who play FBB have lives to live. We all have different amounts of time to play this game . These simple rule changes allow those want to live normal lives a chance to play to the game on a more equal footing.

        FBB online has become not about hard work and developing knowledge anymore – it has become about obsession, use of tools and horror of horrors, soon, those paying to have a machine run their team. Also, there now is a need to restrain those who are not willing to work or developing knowledge from buying an instant in game management advantage.

        Another peeve that is outside of the above. Also, I would like to see, as soon as the Total Maximum Played allowed numbers are reached in play, the Category is stopped (shutdown) right there – EG ESPN at 180 GS then becomes the real maximum – If you are at 179 GS going into a new game day, you will only be able to start one SP Only Pitcher that game-day. This is a hole in the rules that is easy to close and it should be closed

        Sky, open your mind around this. Take the long view to save the game of online FBB.

        Don’t be like the LidLess Eye in his view of himself and RazzBall. One that has him becoming the next Arianna Huffington of the online FBB world by selling this domain for 10 of millions – And O yeah, without saying, the of leaving of his longtime loyal contributing staff with no considerations within the deal at all, of course.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          ‘We have really seen the provider sites impacts, where it has been applied in the “closer pickups” apps applied to the the rules of shallow daily play Mass-play rules online FBB games in recent years. The “closer” changes have become almost instantaneous now in these leagues. Why? = APPS impact. A bad, wrong and artificial advantage.’ – I literally have no idea what you’re talking about here. I’m not familiar with a closer pickup app. And in the end, if there is an ‘app’ to pick up closers, a human being still has to be behind the machine that ‘knows’ who it is that is the backup closer…if I’m gettting your drift. How often has every site been 100% right on who the backup closer is? I’d venture to say very few. So the app is flawed because it’s still human logic as to who is/isn’t the closer in waiting. In the end, the Skynet Fantasy world you’ve envisioned still requires human beings to make those algorithms of who to pick up and who not to. And that means every one of them has to be right to attest to your stance. Human error still leaks through so even if your team is run by a machine, it’s still a human choosing who the best backup player would be for a given team. But of course, I have zero clue why we’re talking about this at this point because it’s not going to happen for the exact reasons I’ve said: no one fantasy ‘machine’ would be right 100% of the time because it’s still the opinion of a human pushing the info out. No one pays for someone to change their channel to the hottest show because people have – and like to have – opinions.

          The big thing is you can set up your leagues how you want to play them and play others who agree with you. That doesn’t require a game overhaul, that just requires getting a league you fit in with. RCLs aren’t for everyone. NFBC aren’t for everyone. The set up you want isn’t for everyone. I think rather than telling everyone exactly what their clay pot should look like, let them enjoy getting their own clay to mould for themselves would make better sense. That’s the advantage of the game in the online universe: more than one league setting and it’s quick and easy to set up with your preferences. Worrying about how some leagues are run vs others shouldn’t be a concern. Create and enjoy your own league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I miss you, T Moore.

            • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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              @goodfold2: “People who play FBB have lives to live. We all have different amounts of time to play this game . These simple rule changes allow those want to live normal lives a chance to play to the game on a more equal footing.” Wow, it appears, you the “normal person” with the “life to live” is jealous of the person who, due to not having these things, actually has something (time and inclination) to make him more successful than yourself, at least an edge in that department. Man that sucks. Maybe you are right. Maybe all the people who never have sex and/or don’t have jobs should have equal access to those things from those that do, huh. That sounds fair, right, fantasy baseball nerds with “no life” should be able to share the money made at jobs and the sex had with girlfriends/wives/whores (paid by the money of those with jobs). In fact those with wives/girlfriends should start a service, right in their own houses, for these people.
              “it has become about obsession, use of tools”. I’m sure the other catchers are probably jealous of how good Molina is as a catcher, and other hockey players are of Crosby. Those 2 pretty much spend most of their lives at their respective trades (baseball/hockey), and the obsession these 2 have makes it a real shame for those who have better “lives” and “time” and thus result in them being lesser players. get out the violins please… sweet jesus.

  6. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    I’ll get back to you in the morning need to actually do some studying for my draft now..

    My check bounced to my ESPN RazzBall League owners service app provider.

  7. Bigsmooth says:
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    Nice primer. What a load of crap that us Washingtonians can’t play on DraftKings…

    Draft Day is similar but I do love me some Draft Street.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Bigsmooth: Thanks! I’ve played DraftDay/Street. Think they all have their plusses and minuses. I like the freerolls via Draftkings, which don’t come along very often on the other sites. Already had a 2nd place finish in one of them for a small prize. They’re for peanuts but they keep people constantly engaged/playing even if they’re not spending money.

  8. Hey Ya’ll! I’m fixin’ to win me some money. I’m gonna have to tell my boys to get this DraftKings going. The $10,000 in Confederate currency my Great Grandpa left me aint buying me and family nothing these days.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Paula Deen: Just make sure it’s not money from Louisiana and you’re good!

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    oh, so Rudy is gonna do the conversions from Hitter T to DraftKings dollar values? Does he understand that he’ll be saving me and dozens of others (at least) so much time (doing our own basic math, but a LOT of it), that it’s pretty much like printing money for me. Maybe i make a go of it and play like 100 a day or something like that (spread out obv) and donate like 25% or more to Razzball (assuming i’m winning anything of course). Effectively this will be the daily baseball version of poker strategy guides, before there were good, useful poker books.

    • Sky

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      @goodfold2: Ha, if you donate 25% back, we’ll all be happy I’m sure. There should be a tool he’s working on that is basically the hittertron but takes into account the cost/valuation process. Should be fun.

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    also if Draftkings is STILL the only site that allows last minute roster changes, i have absolutely no idea how it’s simply not a monopoly in daily sites. Why would anybody play anywhere else if so?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @goodfold2: Other sites are just finally catching up to it. Don’t know what took them so long. Probably realized the popularity with DK. If you can’t beat’um…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: i think it’s clearly a bad decision (and worse game theory concepts) by whoever makes these decisions to not have done that the first time anybody thought it possible. It’s like not putting a sink into a restroom, until you notice nobody wants to use your’s anymore. (also assuming you are somehow making money off of the use of your restroom, PAY TO SHIT)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @goodfold2: Yeah, it’s just odd to me that other sites don’t have an understanding of DFS play. It’s daily, which means it should be something that can be affected the day of.

  11. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Sky :

    nothing to do with draftkings , so i apologize ,
    but seeking your opinion of Jonathon Gray … Rockies farm system .
    thanking you , in advance .

    • Sky

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      @costaricanchata: Ha, I play regular fantasy baseball so you’re fine.

      I haven’t done a huge amount of research on Gray, honestly, and namely because he’s a Rockies pitcher. You in a Dynasty? I’d like to see what he can do against at least AA before I get to hot and bothered over him but had a little tape watching session and…The K-rate looks like he could sit down 9 per at the major league level with his mid-90s stuff. The guy is huge and uses his frame well to drive the ball towards the plate. Very compact, doesn’t look like a guy who’s overthrowing to get that velocity. I’ll get intrigued about him in 2015 in redrafts and would take a flier on him late in the summer if I’m in a dynasty setup or a really deep keeper. Here’s Scott’s take as well. He knows his stuff:

      http://razzball.com/2014-minor-league-preview-colorado-rockies/

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