The world that you live in is now over.  Oh God, what have we done?!?  I knew we should’ve recycled more!  Hrm, maybe that was too dramatic of an intro for the regular reader.  But I do agree, you should recycle more.  Lots of states give you 5 cents back on those beer bottles, it’s totally worth it.  Except those Bud bottles; yes, I’m blatantly judging you.  But more to the point, the fantasy sports industry is a’changin’ and Razzball has been in on this shift in landscape since 2013 when JB first offered people a million crappy sandwiches.  Believe me, the prizes have improved since then, I swear!  For real, though, we’ve been talking Daily Fantasy Sports for the last couple of years and if you haven’t joined the fray, I’m gonna give you as many reasons why to below.  But not just any DFS site, of course.  That’s like saying you potty trained your kid and now your bathroom looks like Jackson Pollock was only given yellow to paint with.  Nah, we gonna hone in that target by sending you to DraftKings.  If you’ve never played, that link is where you start.  By signing up through us for DK, you get a free ticket into what’s called a Moonshot.  That’s a tourney.  Don’t worry if you’re already getting lost, we’ll get you ready to go before the season starts so stick with us.  This tourney has a $100K prize pool and top prize is $10K.  Just think how much leeway with your wife and your obsession over fantasy that could buy.  But of course, we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves.  You wanna hear a bit more about this game before you dive in and dive in we shall.  So here’s how your bankroll gonna get swole by playing Daily Fantasy on DraftKings for 2015 Fantasy Baseball…

What Is Daily Fantasy?

This is as good a place to start as any.  In many ways, you already get some of the concepts of DFS in that you’ve played in an RCL before.  Oh you haven’t?  Well sign up for one!  Through all your roster churning and burning, you’re in essence getting the gist of daily fantasy.  You’re the guy/girl/hideous creature who sees Colby Lewis’ wOBA splits at home vs LHH and decide to roll with Cody Asche.  You see, Daily Fantasy allows you to draft a new team every day based on a salary cap and it means every player is available to everyone.  So those micro trends that are your friends you now get to exploit big time.  Plus there’s just the sheer fun of going ‘I’ve never owned Mike Trout in a redraft league but I’ve now used him 5 straight nights over on DK’.  OK, so maybe that’s not you.  Maybe you have always loved fantasy baseball but just don’t have the time to deal with the daily six month grind of a regular, season long league.  Well here’s your perfect fit.  Draft a team on the days you wanna play, don’t draft one when you don’t have time.  The world is really your oyster over DK; shuck it however you want.

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 DraftKings.  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 Want To Play For Money

Ah, I understand.  This whole fantasy game to you is a leisure thing and you don’t throw down any bones on your season long leagues so why would you do so on teams you draft once a day?  It’s alright, I won’t call you a cheapskate or anything…though I bet your wife was a little disappointed with the used Roomba.  Craiglist is a great place to shop, but not for your wife’s birthday.  Well the cool thing is you can play on DK for free.  You wanna prove you’re a better player than JFOH?  Well, send him a free, private H2H challenge and make sure to insult him while you’re at it.  Tell him it was from me.  That’s how he knows you’re legit.  Just wanna play for fun without playing anyone in general?  Well, each day there’s a free tourney where the top 5 winners get a free ticket to a $2 game.  Take a gander at the first one of the year here.

Why DraftKings?

Because you read and believe everything I say *Stopwatch sways back and forth*.  Now bark like a dog…damn, didn’t work.  Guess I’ll have to use charm!  DK is one of the leading sites in DFS with some of the biggest prize pools you’ll find anywhere.  They have a late swap feature and were one of the first to use such technology.  You see it on another site?  Well that’s cute, DK ain’t being a Hipster when it says it was the first on the scene there.  So if Alex Rodriguez can’t pull the needle out of his bum in time for the late game, you can swap in a player for him as long as they’re priced at or lower than him.  Ya dig?  Not to mention DK also boasts one of the smoothest iPhone Apps in the game, not to mention an Android App as well.  Let’s face facts, you’re constantly checking your phone.  You know you’re not that important.  At least now you’ll have a reason!

I’m Scared Of New Things So How Will Razzball Assuage My Fears?

Ummm, have you SEEN Rudy’s toolbox?  Pick a tool, any tool.  Razzball features some of the best info on the web when it comes to how to play your daily or season long league and they’re all useful here.  The Stream-O-Nator, the Hitter-Tron, the Ombotsman…they can all be helpful.  The shining crown jewel in all of this, though, is the DFSBot.  Can’t tell if a guy is overpriced or underpriced for the day?  Cool thing is, you don’t have to.  Just ride the DFSBot projections to cash money success.  On top of such things, we’ll also be posting an article daily about how to play the slate care of our Razzball DraftKings crew.

What Else Should We Know?

Each day we’ll try and put out at least a 10 team mini-tourny league for any and all of our readers to join.  Keep in mind if the league doesn’t fill, we can’t play so try and do your best to get your friends and family and whoever else you’ve always wanted to whip at fantasy baseball in the DK fold through Razzball.  We also plan on trying to get you more content this off-season about DK as we lead up to the year but if this is the last piece you read, take away the best part of it: sign up for DraftKings on us and win some scratch!

 
  1. Nico says:
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    PUMPED!

  2. mauledbypandas says:
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    Ask Truss about DFS, that crazy lucky mofo! He actually inspired me to try some this year!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You can ask him yourself this season on Tuesdays when his posts go live :)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I’m chuck f**king whoolery

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Make your own luck baby! I busted my butt last year for that score! But yea, I’ll be helping others line their pockets this year, every Tuesday. I’m psyched! Join me pandas, I know you’ve got the skill to cash at this game too.

  3. Filet O'Fish says:
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    5×5, 10 teamer

    Jay Bruce for Carlos Santana

    Both under contract this year and next. Santana has C eligibility (this year).

    Which side do you want?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Carlos there. Like the move to 1B for him

  4. Bobby says:
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    Would you trade Sale and Abreu for Kershaw?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      100% no

  5. Ryan says:
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    Sky-

    16 team Dynasty. I have a trade offer on the table.
    Goldy/Yelich for Rizzo/Fielder/Holland

    What side are you on?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I don’t believe in Fielder and Holland is just ok; I’d want the Goldy side.

  6. Jeff P says:
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    Soooo, in my slow draft, top 28 closers are gone by end of round 13?!? It’s a keeper league,
    and I am keeping Uehara (for what I thought was a ridiculously high 9th rounder) but now it seems he was a bargain.
    What do I do? Do I pick Nathan (ugh)/Hawkins (double ugh) with my next picks or do I punt saves or do I go chasing MRs, while everyone loads up?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Reference points needed here:

      1) What type of league is this? Roto? Points? 5×5?

      2) what’s the size?

      If it’s a typical 12 team 5×5 roto, just punt.

      • Jeff P says:
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        @Sky:
        Roto, 5×5 OBP, 12 teamer, 13/9 h/p

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sounds like your leaguemates are nuts. Just take handcuffs that are likely to pan out and avoid the craze.

          • Jeff P says:
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            @Sky: Where though? I am thinking
            20+, but I am afraid that they are going to start picking Miller/Boxberger/Clippard et al before too long.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Take advantage of the windfall that is left and when you feel the need, pull the trigger. It’s 12 teams and nothing you’ve told me indicates there’s a reason for such a bum rush on relief arms other than your league mates don’t know how to value their draft picks. You can pick up saves in the free agent pool…SAGNOF!

  7. Fungazi says:
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    Fun stuff right here, hope I can remember my password

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, well hope you do so we can play a few!

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Sky: I will play a few.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Cool, it should be fun.

  8. The Great Knoche says:
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    How far has your NFBC made it?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      We’re in round 42 right now. Have two very egregious time offenders or we’d probably be done. Same guy on back to back days waiting until about 5 to 15 minutes on the clock of the 8 hour window to make his pick. Just glad we’re keeping the pace to make it not all fall apart.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Sky: we’re a few ahead of you in 44. Hasn’t been horrible pace, but yeah I was hoping to be done before March Madness

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah my only issue with the pace is if there weren’t 10 owners who showed they cared, this person would prob have an admin setting him to auto pick. He’s just become worse and worse.

  9. eli_person says:
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    DFSBot killed it for me last year. The high point, won a $1 game for $100. Looking forward to another year. Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nice, keep raking!

      • eli_person says:
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        @Sky: I also crushed my season long league because I started playing DraftKings. I learned who to stream off waivers really well. I made more money there, but I wouldn’t have if I didn’t start playing daily. Of course, now there’s a move limit in the league, but when ever Scott Van Slyke, Drew Stubbs, Steve Pearce, Derek Norris or Jordy Mercer are facing a left, they’re getting streamed in!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yup, DK is a great way for season long guys to pick up on the subtle nuances of the game they might’ve been missing all those years. I was aware of some of these splits guys prior but I started going even further into pitcher splits/park factors. It’s a trip and definitely great if you’re 1) trying to improve your season long game or 2) already doing those things and want to make some scratch off of it.

  10. Rambleon says:
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    We are short one team, league drafts tomorrow night at 8:30 pm ET
    League #17

  11. Regan says:
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    Such BS can’t play cause i live in Washington. Come on aholes..pot and gay marriage are legal but i can’t play fantasy baseball for money.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Regan: Haha, great rant!

  12. Regan says:
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    Oh and i just found out FanDuel does..crazy!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Regan: Wait, what? That’s crazy! You know DK is better, though. Just move to Oregon.

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    shill.
    How much does razzball get for this advertisement for draftkings? How much for each person that signs up? Disappointing column. I get you guys are earning a living, but having a profile pick of you walking around with a sandwich board saying “eat at joes”, would diminish the integrity of the site less.
    Maybe in the future indicate which articles are going to be advertisements, so i can avoid, because the insight on this site is usually great.
    Shame on you.

    • Chuckle Tiddlesworth says:
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      Agree with this. In a slightly less harsh tone.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I’ll refer you to what I said to Tyler, minus ‘unneeded vitriol’.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @tyler: There’s a lot that could be said to this comment, Tyler, but I think the key thing to take away from it is that you got to post your unneeded vitriol for free on a site you can read for free. If you’d like to support the site that you get to put these type of comments on for free and plan to play daily fantasy for the first time this year, please sign up through Razzball!

      • tyler says:
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        @Sky: I will accept unneeded vitriol if, by vitriol you mean harsh criticism, and if by unneeded you mean you already recognize the balance between the art of your craft and its commercial element, and as such dont need your readers to help you maintain the balance with some criticism.

        It was not intended to be overly harsh, but clearly came off that way, so i retract the tone, but stand by the sentiment.

        I appreciate the site a great deal, and the time and effort you guys make for your readers and commenters. so my disappointment comes from a fan.

        • Sky

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          Again, article and 99% of the site is free. As a fan of such a site, your disappointment is misguided. If you are disinterested in DraftKings content, it was free and you could’ve chosen not to engage with it but you made the choice to do so. It’s like saying you like a band only when they aren’t making money from their craft and as soon as they do, you call them shills. That’s not the voice of a fan, it’s the voice of someone who really has no respect for what they had in the first place. One free article about a subject you sound like you don’t even have interest in, Tyler, has created this stance for you. That’s absurd for a ‘fan’.

          • tyler says:
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            @Sky: Whoa…. “Absurd” “poorly given argument” pile of drivel”…easy there big fellah…

            Not sure what you find drivel or poorly worded.

            But here are facts:
            most razzball article’s content does not promote products that pay them to do so.
            You have chosen to write an advertisement article .
            I called you into account for it.
            You didn’t deny it, only stated it to be an inevitability of the industry. Then when mantis said that you misrepresented certain elements of the product you were (and judging by next weeks article, will continue to) pitch, you made it a bit more personal…with words like drivel…no need
            it wasn’t supposed to be personal.
            Sorry to have hit a nerve, we all sell out some time.

            “you make like to gamble, you may like to dance
            ….but you are gonna have to serve somebody”

            • Sky

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              For what it’s worth, you probably shouldn’t link yourself to Mantis’ stance. If you had actually read it, he agrees with me: Title was there and it was clear you weren’t interested so 1) why did you click and 2) why are you still here commenting? The fact that you’re now blurring that line and trying to fuse onto his further proves your reason to be on here is confusing at best.

              Overall, I’m proud I wrote this article. The reason I’m proud is it allows so many things you seem to love. It allows you to come on here and call me a shill in the comments for free. It allows you to give a backhand apology for doing so for free. It allows you to say I made things personal for free. It allows you to view the other articles the site has to provide for free. But the biggest thing – and it’s the part I hope you’ll love – is that it allows you to sign up for DraftKings via Razzball to show that you love and support the work it does. If you would prefer not to play on DraftKings or already have an account, there are plenty of other articles you can read and enjoy on the site that aren’t about DK and the best part is – because of this article you so vehemently hate – you get to do it for free. Have a good day, Tyler.

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @tyler: this guy really ain’t gonna like when he hears about how all the bots cost money this year. all in for $50 gets you everything. one less thing to be able to make fun of espn about (still have accuracy of course)

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Mantis Toboggan MD: those aren’t articles. Was simply making it clear he could’ve avoided reading it all together if he had the wherewithal to read the title and realize it wasn’t for him.

        • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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          @Sky: yeah, but the title alone is the only thing that really appears to be an advertisement (which he clearly wants to avoid).the rest is you explaining how there will be daily posts concerning strategy (or at least there was last year)

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I just said the title alone told him not to read it if that was his opinion. He complained about a free article on a free site that he didn’t have to read; an article about a company that helps the site stay free for readers, including him. Not sure what the disconnect here is for you.

            • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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              @Sky: i agree that since the title appears to be only part that even resembles an ad i don’t know why he would read the rest, if he’s averse to reading ads. Of course, this talk of “staying free” is encompassing less and less compared to before, at least “shortly”, when the cape comes off.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Things that won’t be free: 5 pages of tools

                Things that are free: everything else

                I understand that people may not like that these useful tools cost money but let’s again put things in context when I was saying the site is still ‘free’, especially when considering why you started this conversation in the first place (Tyler’s comment).

  14. J-FOH says:
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    that rant above about washington was great, makes me wonder if we will see the rise of the DFS bookie?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      More likely you’ll see the rise in ‘DfS Mutual Fund Managers’.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: I’m old school yo’s. I like bookie. Like a corner dealer for dfs.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          You can kick it old school, my friend. I’m just kicking reality school over here. Mutual Fund managers make more sense in a digital age. ‘I don’t know anything about the stock market so I will trust these guys with my money so I don’t miss out with a nominal amount of my winnings going to them over time’. It’ll happen.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Sky: i will always be that kid who had to listen to my grandparents reference their bookie on a regular basis everytime sports came on. Grandma really knew how to pick the ponies and grandpa was a whiz at football and baseball betting.

            • Sky

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              Nice. Yeah, just saying the mutual fund route is probably on its way. Would make a lot of sense. At the very least, guys just pooling their money as friends into one singular DK account is prob an eventuality.

  15. Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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    might want to mention that it’ll be $50 this year to get DFS-bot and all the other goodies/bots.

    • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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      @Mantis Tobaggan MD: that should be Mantis Toboggan MD

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Sky: i’m aware of that, but when you have a whole section mentioning the helping bots (which they are) and lines like “Cool thing is, you don’t have to. Just ride the DFSBot projections to cash money success.” on a (previously) free site, it’s gonna shake some folks up when they suddenly hear about how it’s $50 for this. When you typed this you knew it wasn’t free of course, is the assumption.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Mantis Toboggan MD: I have a whole section mentioning the help our site can provide which includes mentioning the DFSBot…you’re parsing the paragraph to prove a point.

          The site is still free. I think people need to contextualize their statements before saying three previously free tools not being so now all the sudden make an entire site a pay-per-view subscription.

          • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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            @Sky: i didn’t mean that the whole site is for pay, but when, on a free site, you mention previously free tools, and don’t mention a cost when there will certainly will be one… you don’t see something odd about that. It would’ve been easy to throw in a “starting this year these tools will cost etc”, i’m just quite surprised that wasn’t done. I may have made a contextual mistake, but if you knew before posting this that DFS bot etc would be upwards of $50, when they had been entirely free forever before, what context are we dealing with here bringing those up without mentioning that.
            brings to mind this episode
            SAMPLE LADY: Aloha!
            HOMER: Well Aloha!
            SAMPLE LADY: Would you like to try a free sample?
            HOMER: Well the price is right (takes cookie, eats it) Oooh, mackamadanian nuts (grabs lots of cookies)
            SAMPLE LADY: (While Homer is eating) If you’d like to buy some, they’re only a dollar each
            HOMER: Oh, so that’s your little game, get us addicted and jack up the price… well you win
            Differences being $1 cookie is quite cheap, and cookie lady only really waits a second or two to bring up the price. This whole post ends without ever mentioning it. As if Homer goes home after eating the free cookies, and attempts to return the next day, and only then finds out about cookies costing something. In this instance the cookies surely (to me) are worth the dollar but i don’t understand leaving out that part of it.

            • Sky

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              You’re readily glossing over how this conversation started: I explained a post goes live soon about the DFSBot pricing and I don’t control that content. Those who are interested have already noticed, those who are new to the site or to DraftKings wouldn’t know the difference. If this is a person’s first introduction to the DFSBot being by subscription who aren’t new to the site, they can comment ‘hey, this used to be free, what’s up?’. You started this discussion around Tyler’s misguided attempt to shame the site for trying to provide free content by supporting itself. Problem is, this article’s title starts with ‘DraftKings’ and the crux of why you decided to comment on this issue – Tyler’s comment – has absolutely zero to do with the direction of your argument. I didn’t say anything other than those tools are on the site because that’s not the purpose of this post. You’re tangential at best and trying to shoehorn it into a poorly given argument from Tyler’s point of view. They don’t mesh.

              • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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                @Sky: I’m not intentionally glossing over anything because i’m not worried about being right or following a path (so it’s not surprising about any tangentiallity), other than just why bots that were free are simply not mentioned as no longer being so, when they are brought up. If anybody is new they certainly should be made aware of things like that, and i do doubt that most of us that aren’t new were actually aware of these things being at a cost now/soon, i stumbled upon it quite accidentally (which is what happens when things aren’t told openly). I don’t know quite what to call it, but it seems very strange that something that was free for it’s entire existence till now wasn’t mentioned as such. I’m not trying to “win” anything here, but a very simple question is still left out there, why even bring up these bots without sliding in that they’ve gone from free to $50 a year? That’s the only part that’s interesting to me (not why they cost, but why somebody would not mention that they do when mentioning them, using “purposes” or whatnot). Also, i’m not trying to do anything from Tyler’s point of view here. I don’t think it’s “shameful” to charge money for useful things, nor trying to make money from useful skills/services. I’m sure the next thing is that somehow even bringing up costs that sprung up from zero to 50 in X seconds is “not to the point” or “peripheral” to this post; i’m curious as to the mindset of anybody that actually believes that.

                • Sky

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                  Alright, just saying you saddled up with his original comment. If you wanted a free and clear discussion about a particular subject, leaving that alone would’ve been the best course of action and not looping it back into his original pile of drivel.

                  As I mentioned prior, the point of this article was not to promote the DFSBot; the article speaking to its pricing and what that means comes out next week and I have zero control over that. Overall, DFSBot wasn’t the lead. In fact, it was close to near the bottom and this article is, in fact, for anyone who has not signed up for DraftKings. A person who read Razzball last year would notice this is a similar article in terms of content. So if someone were reading this article based on the title and the lead alone, it’s pretty clear they’re either new to the site and/or new to DK. What I’m trying to say is presenting it as ‘undisclosed information’ when I readily provide a link in an article in the second to last paragraph of an introduction to DraftKings isn’t really the place nor the time to be discussing a product of which the article is not about.

  16. heatster says:
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    Just an honest testimonial… I HATE Fanduel for baseball, only 1 pitcher, negative points for a hitter making any kind of out, etc. Sponsor or not, I concur that DK is where it’s at, preach on.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, Fantasy Baseball has enough variance on the day to day scope; adding in negatives for hitters and only one pitcher dampers the mood for me, too.

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