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 Recently?
In a mini-slump after some signficant success, so I figured it was safe to come back and post a piece on progress. We've won a little bit before sliding back the last couple of days, and our total is $104.35, up over $54 from when we started.
Going Broke Pace: Playoffs, baby!
There's a five game slate tonight, and the matchups aren't all that intriguing. Since there is more overlap (players playing similar lineups due to less variance) tonight, I am dialing up multiple lineups with some same core players.
I like the Milwaukee at New Orleans game because it should be close and the fantasy goodness usually resides in a couple of players per team and the salaries are varied. Anthony Davis and Kris Middleton are base players throughout my lineups, with Giannis getting in some as well.
I am playing a few Knicks with my fingers crossed because San Antonio should wipe them out. But the prices are right on them, they should still get high 20s minutes and they may not get rostered as much because they are playing the Spurs. Somebody like Cole Aldrich I am hoping gets solid mid 20s minutes tonight to help roster some of the top end talent like Davis.
For the Spurs, rostering them in a game like this is risky, given Popovich's desire to rest his players constantly. Tony Parker has been a usage king, but has been playing a lot of minutes lately and while good, it makes him a quick hook target in a game like this. A quick pivot to Reggie Jackson, who has high usage without Greg Monroe on the floor (Monroe is out tonight), might be the nice alternative.
The Orlando/Houston game should be a high possession, many misses affair that means plenty of rebounds for both Magic and Rockets bigs. James Harden is a tough fade, but I like the Brow more tonight so Harden is in my secondary lineups, sometimes paired with the Magic's Vucevic.
Quick Note: I've decided to forego the large group Double-ups for a while because the multi-entry nature of that made it hard for a single lineup guy like myself to escape the lineup trains some of the pros were using in there and cash. Sometimes the threshold for cashing was the same as GPPs. No thanks. The smaller groups, like the 558-entry contest I am in, is limited to one lineup per user, raising my chances. There is typically a lower rake percentage there as well, if that's important to you. UPDATE: This has been working well and a reason for more success lately.
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. He is also providing strategy content for FantasyBasketball101 as well.
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: You can compete against friends, family and total strangers by entering the $2 NBA Shot contest! Click this LINK TO JOIN THE CONTEST and get into the 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!