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!
UPDATE: We're done! This is the last game, so let's see how I did....
What Happened Recently?
I roller-coastered all over the place, trying to go big one more time before the season ended, alas, it was not meant to be.
I ended up with $151.75 at the end, before baseball hit. That's over $100 more than when I started. Thanks, FanDuel!
Going Broke Pace: I didn't! Ha! Take that, whoever I'm screaming at!
I am completely out, but encourage everyone to link back here next season when, hopefully, we'll do this again.
It's a big slate tonight, but with so little to play for, there is going to be a lot of second teamers out there which means there will be an overflow of value in the bottom salaries so you can cram all the high end Thunder (Russell Westbrook), Pelicans (Anthony Davis) and Nets (Lopez) you want to cram into the lineups tonight.
Check the lineups at places like RotoGrinders and pay attention to Twitter so you know who is in and out, but you can bet those key playoff teams (Thunder, Pelicans, Nets) are going to have all the starters in and trying to make the playoffs.
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. UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: THIS WAS A HUGE SUCCESS -- EMPLOYING IT IN BASEBALL NOW. END YELLING.
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!