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So you think you can take down a fantasy wizard? Well, now’s your chance to prove it.

Our resident expert Paul Sporer is taking on five (un)lucky newcomers on InGame Fantasy this weekend. If you can outscore him in a 3-inning game, you’ll pocket $5 in free play. And whoever (if anyone) beats him the worst will score an additional $5 bonus.

How do you sign up? Glad you asked.

  1. Download InGame Fantasy for iOS or Android here.
  2. Use promo code Sporer at signup.
  3. Five winners will be selected at random and announced Friday.

Want some strategy tips before you hit the batter’s box? Go here for a good InGame primer.

By Dave Loughran, Special to InGame Fantasy

Anytime real money is awarded to the victor in any form of competitive affair, strategy is going to be involved. The two go hand in hand, and why wouldn’t they? We play to win, and in order to win, we must be better than the competition. Gaining a competitive edge over your opponent isn’t difficult, but more so a matter of commitment. Learning, understanding and mastering these strategies is the first step to becoming a successful daily fantasy sports player.

*NOTE: To get you started, InGame Fantasy is offering an instant, no-drip 50 percent deposit bonus up to $100 for all new depositors. Tonight’s featured contest is a $3 Triple Up. The top 6 scorers out of 20 will get paid. Download it for iOS or Android at InGameFantasy.com and drafting now!

InGame Fantasy isn’t your typical daily fantasy sports app, and with its uniqueness comes an entirely different set of strategic methods. Here are my top five strategy tips to becoming a force at InGame Fantasy and crushing the competition:

Watch or follow the games as they are being played

Let’s not be unrealistic; InGame Fantasy is an appealing fantasy sports game partially because we don’t need to be as vigilant with our research or attention to games. However, you’re going to win a lot more by putting in the additional work, and that work involves following games as they’re being played. Now, this isn’t to say you need to watch every pitch of every game, but it’s important to get a feel for how pitchers look on a given night, and how tight or friendly an umpire’s strike zone looks. Every base counts, including walks, so utilize all the tools you’ve been provided. Even following along on the MLB At Bat app is useful, as we can semi-accurately gauge whether a pitcher is simply off his game, or if he’s getting squeezed by the ump. Identifying and targeting struggling pitchers is one of the easiest ways to rack up some easy bases.

Ride the Rally!

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Get out your rally caps!

In regular daily fantasy baseball formats, stacking a team (playing four or more hitters from the same team) is generally not a recommended strategy outside of tournaments formats, but on InGame Fantasy, there’s no downside to hitching your cart to an offensive rally. If, for example, the Red Sox string together some hits and are knocking around a pitcher, don’t hesitate to select multiple hitters as they come to the on deck circle. Just as stacking teams works in standard daily fantasy baseball, the same thing applies on InGame Fantasy. Even if we’re dealing with a sub-elite batter during an inning where a team is racking up the hits, he still has plenty of value. This isn’t to say that selecting a poor hitter is always the right move in this situation, but more so suggesting that we shouldn’t always avoid them based solely on their career or season stats. Many of my best results on InGame Fantasy have come when I latch onto a team that explodes for several runs in an inning.

Patience is Perfect

One of the easiest ways to have disappointing results playing at InGame Fantasy is to rush your picks. Each night we have plenty of games, plenty of innings and plenty different pitchers to pick on, so don’t load up on all of your hitter selections early in the night just because you want to get some excitement. Middle relief pitchers are generally the weakest arms on any team, and many of weakest bullpen arms take the mound in games that get out of hand (blowouts). This isn’t to say that we don’t want to load up on opposing hitters if Adam Morgan starts for the Phillies, but slow playing InGame Fantasy contests definitely has its advantages. Keep in mind, however, that targeting closing pitchers is not an advisable strategy. Contrary to middle relief pitchers, closing pitchers are typically the best one-inning bullpen arms on their respective teams.

Target the Platoon

If you’re new to baseball terminology, a hitter having the “platoon advantage” means he has different handedness than the pitcher he’s facing. Bryce Harper (LHB) has the platoon advantage over Matt Harvey (RHP) and Nelson Cruz (RHB) has the platoon advantage over Wade Miley (LHP). There are a few things to consider here, though: first, elite hitters don’t need the platoon advantage to be quality options. However, even uber-talented left-handed hitters will have a tougher time hitting left-handed pitchers than the opposite situation (RHB vs. RHP) because there are less southpaws in baseball, therefore left-handed hitters will face them less often than a righty faces a righty. With less skilled hitters, it’s important to look for matchups against pitchers with opposite handedness as themselves, as we’re trying to find any advantage possible in order to succeed. On InGame Fantasy you aren’t forced to roster cheap under-talented hitters, but it’s a viable approach in quality matchups, especially when they have the platoon.

Contact is Key

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Nelson Cruz has 13 homers in just 183 at-bats vs. lefties this season.

Some pitchers are capable of blowing hitters away with 100 MPH fastballs or sliders with filthy break. Some pitchers aren’t capable of generating swings and misses if their lives depended on it. The latter type of pitcher is who we’re looking to target for InGame Fantasy contests. The concept is simple: put the ball in play and good things will happen — not always, but there’s a zero percent chance of earning a hit on a strikeout. Selecting hitters against contact pitchers provides us with a higher probability of recording a hit, even if it’s a bloop single to shallow left field. Flyball pitchers are also more susceptible to allowing home runs and extra base hits, so they make for excellent pitchers to pick on, too. “BABIP” stands for “Batting Average on Balls in Play,” and it’s a statistic that doesn’t measure a pitcher’s true talent level, but more so his level of luck or misfortune. What that suggests, however, is that pitchers, despite how well they pitch, will always risk unfortunate bounces and lucky hits, because, well because that’s baseball. As a result, we  want to target hitters against the pitchers who are consistently allowing the most contact.

Daily fantasy games have taken the fantasy sports industry by storm over the past few years. Their rise in popularity has been spearheaded by the ever-popular salary cap format, where users draft players with values corresponding to their real-life performance to fit under a predetermined cap number. Daily fantasy drafters spend countless hours charting player performance, hoping to cash in on their forecasting, but once they set their lineups, it’s all up the fantasy gods. Until now…

Fanamana is the latest innovation in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) space, the only game that is played while actual sporting events are in progress. Here’s the full rundown on how Fanamana is a whole new ballgame:

1. Fanamana is built for mobile. Our games are designed to go with you, allowing for…

2. Real-time player selection. In DFS, you assume the role of general manager, assembling the best possible lineup and then hoping for the best. With Fanamana, you call all the shots from the dugout as the manager. You make your picks while batters are on deck in their actual MLB games, allowing you to…

3. Make adjustments as the games are in progress. Is Justin Verlander having another off night? Load up on his opponents! And if the weather doesn’t cooperate or a player gets injured there is…

4. No need to worry about rainouts or injuries. In Fanamana, you only pick players that are actually playing. Every DFSer knows the pain of being burned by a rainout or an injury to one of their players. You spend the whole day crunching the numbers seeking out the best value play, only to watch it all go down the drain when your highest-priced player goes down early. With Fanamana, that is of no concern because there is…

5. No salary cap to bog you down. Don’t get us wrong, poring over stats is still important. But rather than trying to figure out a player’s value based on his assigned salary, you can really dig into the numbers to make your managerial decisions. Is Nelson Cruz feasting on lefties? Should I avoid any Yankees against David Price even though McCann has absolutely owned him in his career? You’ll always be on the edge of your seat because…

6. Fanamana replicates the drama of a real game. Have you ever had bases loaded with 2 outs a DFS? Well you will with Fanamana. The experience is addicting like Candy Crush, and although we want you to play a lot, we also don’t want you to abandon your loved ones. That’s why we allow you to…

7. Play at your own pace. You don’t have to glue your eyes to your phone during dinner. You can make a few picks, eat with your significant other, make a few more and come back before bedtime, or even tomorrow.

8. Oh yeah, one last thing. In Fanamana Baseball, runs are the name of the game, not fantasy points. If Mike Trout hits a double for you followed by a Miguel Cabrera home run, that’s two runs crossing the plate.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your manager’s cap, download Fanamana in your app store, and grab a few bats to start beating your opponents senseless!

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