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cat computerLike you, when I sign up for a free, one-day fantasy baseball contest to be played among friends and contemporaries, and I want to win. And when there is $300 in prize money on the line, I want to win even more. (Full details on the contest here. If you haven’t signed up already, you’ve got less than 24 hours to get in.)

So, like you, I’ve been tinkering with my roster for the contest this week, trying to get it just right – and just under my $100,000 budget – for tomorrow’s games.

I don’t want to give up the entirety of my roster, but, like any good Cubs fan, I had been giving serious consideration to having Jeff Samardzija be my ace. The problem? Last night’s rainout pushed his start to Saturday, so he’s no longer pitching on the day of the contest. In his stead, I’m now giving serious consideration to Matt Cain, who will be startingĀ againstĀ the Cubs.

Here’s the way I see it: if Cain dominates the Cubs, I’ll be pissed about another (probably) Cubs loss, but at least I’ll be happy that Cain scored me a ton of points. On the other hand, if the Cubs blast Cain, even if it sinks my fantasy roster, I’ll be plenty happy. Win/win. Er, is that win/loss?

Even without Samardzija, for now, I’m still a total homer and have Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo on my roster. I know, I know – I just told you my Cain strategy. So, yeah, I’m rethinking the Rizzo/Castro duo. Hence the mid-game tinkering.

This is the fun, folks. Just saying. Sign up. Start tinkering.

  • http://twitter.com/mbeemsterboer Matt Beemsterboer

    I picked Cain… We have the second lowest BA and OBP in the majors at the moment. When potential dough is on the line, I make decisions with my head, not my heart.

  • LoneStarCub

    I’ve got 16K free after dropping shark…. Who do i replace him with? I can afford everyone but Darvish….

  • Jp3

    How about Kershaw? That dude is monster, or who is pitching against us Friday in this weather?

    • LoneStarCub

      Think I am going to go with Cain…

  • LoneStarCub

    Already have him

  • cubchymyst

    Put my team together today, excited to see how I stack up.

  • Jp3

    Sacrilegious but how do you not take Matt Cain against us.

  • MikeW

    Sweet video on Pierce Johnson – great post by that guy.

    http://www.shadowsofwrigley.com/2013/04/11/an-early-review-of-pierce-johnson/

    • http://www.shadowsofwrigley.com TC

      Hey, I’m that guy! Thank you Mike W, glad you enjoyed it!

  • chrisfchi

    Yu darvish. Nuff said.

  • arealpoy

    i’m excited with my roster. one day dealies are all about the matchups and i think i’ve got a good chance.

    or my guys will act like my yahoo teams and tank.

  • http://bleachernation allen

    Every time I fill out the part that says step 1 it says I need a username and password and state but nowhere to do that at. What am I doing wrong?

  • http://bleachernation allen

    Well I’ve tried about 100 times. I guess ill have to sit this one out

  • MightyBear

    You know, it’s not that the Cubs lose baseball games, it’s the WAY they lose baseball games.

    • LoneStarCub

      Well said…. Its going to be a long season

  • CityCub

    Can Brett or someone else fill me in on how the scoring system and such works for this 1 day fantasy team?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It’s here on the scoring rules page: http://www.draftstreet.com/rules.aspx

      • CityCub

        Thanks Brett, and i just have to say it…..I’m Gonna win this so everyone else better like coming in 2nd+, because 1st place is going to be taken by me.

        • CityCub

          Lol* forgot that haha……after i read it, it sounded kind of angry

  • gocubbies

    I have to say I’m pretty pumped for this. Haven’t played fantasy baseball in years. This may be the gateway drug I’ve been waiting for.

  • MichiganGoat

    Next contest I think there should be a pay out to the last place team.

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