As you recall, SBNation has partnered with FanDuel this season to give our readers a chance to see what is the latest breaking trend in the fantasy basketball industry, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).
Even though this is a sponsored post with affiliate links, all of the opinions in this post are my own. And as an FYI, FanDuel gave me some cash to play its daily fantasy games.
The excellent thing about daily fantasy sports, and especially fantasy basketball, is that it's a new game every day. No worries about injuries, deadbeat owners in your league, etc. It's just day after day of heart pounding, game following excitement.
I am taking you guys through a season of NBA games from the daily fantasy point of view, complete with tracking my every day wins and losses. When will I bust out and lose it all? Come back and find out!
What Happened Recently?
Up and back, holding steady with $59.05 -- up $9.05 since the start. I thought I'd be dead meat by now. Would be nice to catch one of these GPPs just right.
Going Broke Pace: Playoffs, baby!
I am entering the $2 Slam and the $1 Swat and the $1 Dribble tonight, along with a $2 Double-up. Here's my lineup so you can pick against it and win while I inevitably slide back toward bankruptcy.
There is tons of value in the backcourt tonight, where you may see Ray McCallum, Jerryd Bayless and John Lucas III gets significant minutes at point guard at minimum or near bottom prices.
This will allow the rostering of some high dollar plays tonight. We're scooting past James Harden due to depth of position tonight and likely past DeMarcus Cousins due to depth of position and the fact that we just don't know how George Karl is going to do things, minutes wise, with Boogie. Stephen Curry looks tasty and is a great tourney play, but he's going against the Spurs which isn't ideal, unless it was last night.
So that leaves LeBron against the Wizards, Pau in Detroit and the suddenly very alone Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix as the top plays on the high end tonight.
I mentioned center and while Boogie is certainly a good play, always, due to the uncertainty he's bringing tonight as well as his high price tag, you'll see folks diving into a lot of Rudy Gobert against the Blazers now that Enes Kanter is gone and other may pivot to Hassan Whiteside, who should feast in New York City tonight against the Knicks.
The Hawks look like they'll be generally forgotten, which makes them tremendous plays since they are at home and predictions are a 100+ point game against the Raptors. My Hawk pick tonight is Jeff Teague at $7,700 -- tremendous play in tournaments as people are likely to shoot high to Curry at 10K or swing down to McCallum, Bayless and the like near the bottom.
As always, I am very interested in hearing from others in the comments area about what they are doing in DFS and if you have any questions, feel free to chime in! If you have a success story, get in there and shout about it!
Jason Walker is the Managing Editor for Peachtree Hoops and is an avid fantasy sports player in both seasonal and daily sports leagues. You can read other fantasy related items at his site dedicated to such things, RotoAdvice.com and hit him up on Twitter @JasonWalkerRoto.
How to Play and The Rules of Engagement:
The way that FanDuel works is as follows:
1. Head over to FanDuel today, register and check out the NBA games they have running.
For example: You can compete against friends, family and total strangers by entering the $2 NBA Shot contest! Click this LINK TO JOIN THE CONTEST and get into the tourney!
2. Once you enter, you set a lineup based on a salary cap of $60K and enter 2 PG, 2 SG, 2 SF, 2 PF and a Center (yes, Horford is considered a center).
3. Once your cap-friendly lineup is complete, click Enter and BOOM!, the fun begins!
Now, a bit of bad news. Here are specific rules. They include this: "In order to deposit money to play paid entry games you must be able to represent and warrant that you are not a resident of any of the following states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana or Washington."
But there are still free games on the site, in which you can take part if you are from those states, and I know most of our readers don't fall into this category, but if you do, you can still have some fun!