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Get into the action of daily fantasy sports with the leader in daily fantasy sports games, FanDuel.

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As you can tell, 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.

Think you are an insane Atlanta Hawks fan? (And honestly, aren't we all?), imagine doubling down on your fanhood by having Al Horford rostered in a daily game while the good guys are trying to knock off a team like the Pistons. I have double the heart medication on standby at all times!

I will take our readers through a season of NBA games from the daily fantasy point of view, complete with tracking my every day wins and losses. Will I be broke before Christmas? Before Thanksgiving? Come back and find out!

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: One of the NBA games they have for pay is a $5 entry, 100 first place 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!

For tonight's slate of games, here is who I am rostering and the games I entered:

I am starting with $50 actual dollars so I am playing three different contests for a dollar a piece. I never like going over 10% of my account balance (bankroll in industry jargon) on any given night.

I entered two types of contests:

  • A tournament contest, which scales winnings over a certain percentage of top finishers.
  • A 50/50 contest, which pays the top half of the entries a "double-up" which is roughly 80% of your entry fee (ex. $1 wins $1.80).
For one of the tournaments and the 50/50 I entered this lineup tonight:

PG: Jeremy Lin, Lakers vs. Rockets ($5,500)
PG: Patrick Beverley, Rockets vs. Lakers ($4,900)
SG: James Harden, Rockets vs. Lakers ($9.900)
SG: Marco Belinelli, Spurs vs. Mavericks ($4,200)
SF: Trevor Ariza, Rockets vs. Lakers ($6,100)
SF: Chandler Parsons, Mavericks vs. Spurs ($6,800)
PF: Tim Duncan, Spurs vs. Mavericks ($7,900)
PF: Boris Diaw, Spurs vs. Mavericks ($4,200)
C: Dwight Howard, Rockets vs. Lakers ($9,500)

To mix it up and take advantage of some other matchups I couldn't fit in above, and spread the risk, I entered an alternate lineup for my other tournament entry:

PG: Jrue Holiday, Pelicans vs. Magic ($7,400)
PG: Jeremy Lin, Lakers vs. Rockets ($5,500)
SG: James Harden, Rockets vs. Lakers ($9.900)
SG: Tyreke Evans, Pelicans vs. Magic ($7,400)
SF: Trevor Ariza, Rockets vs. Lakers ($6,100)
SF: Tobias Harris, Magic vs. Pelicans ($6,400)
PF: Tim Duncan, Spurs vs. Mavericks ($7,900)
PF: Boris Diaw, Spurs vs. Mavericks ($4,200)
C: Omer Asik, Pelicans vs. Magic ($4,900)

We'll see how I do when we meet again tomorrow. I'll post my results and current bankroll -- WARNING: This could be ugly. You may have to avert your eyes.


Additionally, I am also 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!

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!

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.