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 Monday?
Oh boy. It's getting serious. If luck doesn't change soon, we'll be calling this column. "If we had money, this is what we'd do".
If you miss on a play and he puts up less than 15, you're sunk. Jamal Crawford surprised by returning after being labeled doubtful in the morning and J.J. Redick didn't get the minutes we anticipated as a result. Heck, he even missed a free throw late when the Jazz were fouling to keep the game alive. Hollis Thompson started strong then faded.
We called it right on Rondo, but should've gone with the gut and sat the Pelican boys against the hard nosed Grizzlies. Davis didn't come close to value and neither did Asik. I'm sure they'll do well against Charlotte tonight as I'm not likely to roster them. Maybe.
Bottom line is we're 2-14 in the money (btw, that's still, well, what's a word that's more awful than brutal, because that's what I am right now), and down $12.20 overall for a bankroll of $37.80.
Going Broke Pace: Veteran's Day.
We are into one tourney tonight, two 50/50 games and a head to head match with another user:
Here is my lineup for tonight for all games tonight:
Focusing on the projected higher scoring games and laying the cash out on LeBron in Portland tonight. Also banking on Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy taking advantage of the Magic in Chicago. And of course The Fabulous Laker Boys (Ed Davis and Jordan Hill) being my value plays in two of the big slots.
I'm spending the money on LeBron, Eric Bledsoe against the Lakers, and Kyle Lowry taking advantage of the loose defensive replacements on the Oklahoma City squad while in Toronto.
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! Congrats to GG, a regular poster, for winning $3.00 at FanDuel last night. We may have to have him write these if I bust out before the week is out.
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!