$1,000 Sheridan Hoops Fantasy Contest
Just one more week. Our one-day contest for Sheridan Hoops readers will be the kickoff to several FanDuel special events throughout the season. There’s a $2 entry fee for this tournament, and 61 cash prizes from the $1,000 pool, including $200 for first place, $125 for second and $100 for finishing third.
Just click the logo to join, and we’ll see you there. You can enter multiple times (up to five) to increase your chances of winning and you can edit your lineup(s) right up until 7:00 pm Eastern on October 31.
FanDuel has large leagues (like our contest, with 500+ teams) every day. There are also 2-team H2H leagues — just you and one opponent — and many sizes (3, 5, 20, 100) in between. The payoffs (in cash, through PayPal) aren’t as big in those leagues, but obviously, you’ll win far more often. They even run 50-50 leagues, where all you have to do is finish in the top half of the league for a cash prize. In a 20-team 50-50 league, first through tenth pays out exactly the same amount. If you’re better than average that night, you win.
Take FanDuel for a test drive yourself — there’s no cost to join and there are free leagues to get used to the game — and I’m sure you’ll catch on quickly. The format is simple but quite challenging; there are so many possible lineups that picking the “best” one is both art and science. As with a traditional draft, knowing to avoid Channing Frye is essential and the type of daily information you get here in the Spin is quite useful.
Jeff Nichols, who did a great job in this space yesterday, asked for strategy tips. My plan is trial-and-error, in public, so feedback from experienced daily-leaguers is indeed welcome. So far in Week 1, I’m in three leagues on October 30, and two others beside the Sheridan Hoops event on the 31st. Sticking to the $1 and $2 level with my $100 bankroll, the total investment is $9 and I have a shot at $9,400 in prizes.
I’m fully prepared to go 0-6 and will do the same thing every day. This approach guarantees losing streaks. As with any fantasy league, skill is required, but a little luck never hurts. I’m also going to experiment with two teams or even three in leagues that allow it. On those nights when the ball bounces your way, three similar lineups could all be prizewinners. We shall see.
Follow us on Twitter — @SheridanFantasy — where we try to answer questions. It’s possible, if you ask about Glen Davis, that you will get a very different response from Jeff (no) than me (why not?) — Bruce (@WrigleyHoops) may declare a split decision on “our” advice in those cases.