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 on Monday?
As always, one player submarined the entire night. I mean, you can point an aching finger at Joe Johnson, who underperformed but, just as I wrote on RotoAdvice, as soon as I believed in Kelly Olynyk, who has been very consistent so far this season, he flopped worse than a European footballer. Olynyk was underpriced, but ended up scoring 1 more fantasy point than I did Monday night. (SPOILER ALERT: That's not good.)
Was still close to cashing on the 50/50 tourney if Olynyk had even been bad or Joe played up to form. This is because our other plays, including LeBron James, did just fine and made value. Alas, we fell short...again.
Bottom line is we're 11 up and 25 down in the money, down $17.56 overall for a bankroll of $32.44. As Tom Petty once sang, we're free......free fallin'!
Going Broke Pace: Back to Thanksgiving -- the tears....they sting!
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):
The Lakers, as always, are a tasty target and, as such we have Thabo and Kyle locked and loaded. I know Korver burrrrned us bad last time, but you have to have the memory of an NFL cornerback out here. Korver has been soooo good and the Lakers don't defend the three very well (third worst overall), the situation demands him to be rostered.
Really wanted to find a way to roster both Davis and Boogie Cousins, but settled on Davis and Favors, with a solid backcourt of Jackson and Knight. Small forward is a stink pond tonight, so Carmelo is too expensive and we settle on Hayward, who is playing vs. OKC tonight. Also, remember how Jeremy Lamb started our run of guys who completely tanked in a game and killed our evening. Look, he's back! I'm like Joe Haden out here!
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!