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 Thursday?
It got done, that's what happened. It was all about PAU Gasol. Say it with me, "PAU!". Hoo boy, whatever the Hawks didn't offer him, they should've, though he said it was all about the operas and what not. Cultural bias, if you ask me. Show me places like Daddy D's and The Varsity and then come talk to me. Where was I? Oh yes, last night. Dang. Now I'm hungry.
Anyway, the horses came through, though the Golden State Boys weren't making it easy on the ol' ticker. Combine the fact that it was the other Warriors (Green, Bogut) doing a lot of damage and the fact that the Sixers made their tanking exercise an art form in Dallas, and I came up 10 points short on the tourney, but easily made bank on the 50/50.
Bottom line is we're 11 up and 21 down in the money, down $5.20 overall for a bankroll of $44.80. Progress!
Going Broke Pace: New Year's Day!
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):
Targeting the Lakers cost us the other night in Memphis....but they are just so dang bad on defense I have to do it again! Totally taking my risks in that the Spurs have a game tomorrow night and Parker, Leonard and Duncan could all get Popped and leave the game early if it isn't close. C'mon Kobe, you know what you have to do!
Denver and Minnesota are also terrible defensively so far and I have to ride the KAAAHHHHHL train for one more night against the Heat at home, amiright? Anyone?
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!