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 Wednesday?
Not too shabby - the New Orleans connection and Reggie Jackson helped me to the finish line, taking down the 50/50 and coming up just short on the tournament play. I did make one change late that put Jeremy Lamb in the lineup (missed the note about our man, Anthony Morrow, playing 30 minutes. Dang.) but made up for that by getting KAHHHHHL KORRRRVERRRRR in the lineup. If only I'd played Mil(l)sap, too. Alas.
This brings up an excellent tip -- if you are going to play #DFS build your Tweetdeck out to have a newsy list that will make things like, oh I don't know, Scott Brooks saying he was going to play Morrow for 30+ minutes leap right into your face. Critical late information like that is soooo valuable when constructing a daily lineup.
Bottom line is we're 10 up and 21 down in the money, down $6.20 overall for a bankroll of $43.80. Progress!
Going Broke Pace: New Year's Eve!
We are into one tourney tonight and one $2 50/50 game again:
Here is my lineup for tonight's games (check the comments for any late changes):
Rostering Curry, Thompson and Barnes as the high scoring game of the night and hoping to get enough out of Dirk and Chandler to make it work. One roster config that may happen later is if Michael-Carter Williams does NOT play in Dallas tonight. If that happens, I would look to find a way to get Tony Wroten in the lineup.
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!