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 Tuesday?
I think this tweet sums up my feelings on the night.
H8 U, Grizzlies. Signed - fantasy basketball.— Jason Walker (@JasonWalkerRoto) November 12, 2014
It wasn't all bad, but Zach Randolph not coming across as anticipated was a major buzzkill. Also, Darren Collison's hasty scratch before the game sent the lineup into re-work mode.
Originally, I had simply plugged Reggie Jackson in there to replace Collison. Hooray! But then I got cute and decided to bump up the value and go with Collison's replacement, Registered Hawk Hater Ramon Sessions. Boo!
But I took the value and went up and rostered....wait for it....Kobe Bryant! Yay!
Still, I left a lot of value out there in players I liked, but didn't roster, which happens only about 100% of the time in #DFS. Sorry, Klay Thompson, Channing Frye -- I still heart you very much. It's not you, it's most certainly me.
So, we cashed on the 50/50 and missed the tourney pay-out by less than a point. Harumph to Memphis -- you owe me some dry rub ribs!
Bottom line is we're 9 up and 20 down in the money, down $7.20 overall for a bankroll of $42.80.
Going Broke Pace: Christmas, after the turkey has been consumed!
We are into one tourney tonight and one $2 50/50 game:
Here is my lineup for tonight's games:
Still attacking the Lakers and other poor defenses to date, like the Celtics (with Reggie) and Nuggets (with Aldridge). Also, I'm running a stack and a stars/scrubs roster out there, generally better for use in tourney plays, but should be a base of points big enough to cash in 50/50 as well.
I really wanted to roster Channing Frye against the Knicks...so much to like about that matchup. Also, with DeMarre Carroll and Mike Scott missing the game tonight against the Jazz, hello Thabo! A perfect punt play while we're stacking out against the Lakers.
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: 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!
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!