The 2012 baseball season is underway with the Athletics and Mariners playing baseball in Japan (a terrible decision in the opinion of this scribe), but the “real” start of the major league season comes next week when the Cardinals take on the Marlins on April 4th. However, that’s still a mere appetizer for the first full day of games in major league baseball for the 2012 season, and that’s April 5th. Let me tell you why that date should be important to you – and it’s not just because you’ll have a chance to play hookie all day watching baseball.
BaseballGuys.com and DailyJoust.com have partnered for the 2012 baseball season. What is DailyJoust? “Daily Joust is a fantasy sports web site that lets you pick a fantasy team any time you want and win real money [based] on its performance.”
If you’re a traditionalist maybe you like the grind of 162 games in 180 days. However, the trend these days it to more immediate gratification. You can get a feel for that in H2H leagues as you get your weekly results (a winner and loser each week), but DailyJoust takes things a step further – you can select a new team every day. You don’t have to worry about your fantasy season being sunk if Albert Pujols blows out his knee or Cliff Lee needs Tommy John surgery. The reason is that you can choose a new team every single day if you want to with DailyJoust. DailyJoust allows you to set a roster of players for a single day using a salary cap game (players are giving set values, and you construct your roster with players until your allotted dollar amount runs out). Don’t like how your team did the first time around? Well go ahead and switch out the whole roster if you want the next time you play. No longer are you merely tied to whether or not you made the right choices on draft day.
The best part? You can win money playing the game. Show your skills at putting together the best fantasy sports squad, and DailyJoust will reward you with cash prizes. How do you win cash? Again, you do it by putting together the best daily fantasy baseball team in a league with the following scoring system (it’s a points league for those of you who really love that setup).
Scoring for hitting (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, LF, CF, RF)
Total Bases (TB) = 1 pt for each base (Single = 1, Double = 2, Triple = 3, Home Run = 4)
Hit (H) = 1 pts
Run Scored (R) = 2 pts
Run Batted In (RBI) = 2 pts
Stolen Base (SB) = 2 pts
Walk (BB) = 1 pt
Hit By Pitch (HBP) = 1 pt
Sacrifice (SAC) = 1 pt
Strike Out (SO) = -1 pt
Grounded Into Double Play (GIDP) = -1 pt
Scoring for pitching (SP or P)
Inning Pitched (IP) = 1 pt for every 1/3 Inning Pitched (e.g. per out)
Strike Out (SO) = 1 pt
Earned Runs (ER) = -2 pts
Hit (H) = -1 pt
Walk (BB) = -1 pt
Hit Batsman (HBP) = -1 pt
Win (W) = 7 pts
I’d also like to draw special attention to the $250 Bonus Bucks Freeroll that is set to run on April 5th (located on the right hand side of the page underneat the BaseballGuys logo), that first day on the schedule with more than one game being played. Here is the payout breakdown for that Freeroll.
1 – $50.00 BB
2 – $35.00 BB
3 – $30.00 BB
Don’t worry if you don’t finish in the top-3, the $250 Bonus Bucks Freeroll pays out all the way down to 16th spot, so you have plenty of chances to rack up some dough.
Obviously I’d suggest going to DailyJoust.com to get the ball rolling for 2012 for your Salary Cap experience. Get your Fantasy Baseball season off to a winning start.