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FanDuel NBA Lineup December 23, 2014

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When playing in daily fantasy basketball tournaments, my preference is to play in leagues where I can invest a little bit of money for the possibility of receiving a ton money back. Of course, I have been very unsuccessful this year and have not been able to land what I would call “real money” yet.

“jaylove2010,” on the other hand, hit it big last night and his or her 364.1 points landed him or her the first place prize money of $6,000 on a one dollar investment. To see if we can figure out how that was done, let’s take a look at the winning team and the player stats.

The $70K Tuesday NBA Swat Winning Lineup

The Winning Lineup of "jaylove2010"

Point Guard # 1: R. Westbrook – I will go on the record right now and say that this Russell Westbook guy is pretty good! And by “pretty good,” I mean amazing, just like the stat lines he manages to put up consistently night in and night out. Last night was just an example of how well he is playing as he scored 65 fantasy points! Those incredible numbers included 40 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 turn overs. Westbrook simply got very hot in the middle of the game and it seriously seemed like a grown man playing against a group of middle school kids. Of course, that eventually equalized and Portland ended up winning 115 to 111. I guess Westbrook is going to need some help after all as he truly cannot do it all himself – although it sometimes seems like he can.

Point Guard # 2: D. Lillard – When your fantasy team has a few members that score over 60 fantasy points, you know you are on your way to a very good night. Last night was no exception as D. Lillard was the second member of the winning team with those numbers, scoring 65.7 points. His stat line included 40 points (matching Westbrook’s, his opponent’s, scoring total exactly), 11 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 turn overs. Not only did Lillard out-edge Westbrook by 0.7 fantasy points, his team also got the victory so bragging rights go to him for the night.

Shooting Guard # 1: E. Bledsoe – E. Bledsoe is one of my favorite, reasonably priced shooting guards in the game. For $7,600, he will typically score you between 30 and 40 points, with a few out layers of much higher games (versus only a few lower games). Last night was one such out layer and, fortunately for the winning team, it was on the good side as he scored 47.5 points. That total would have been over 50 except that Bledsoe was guilty of 3 turnovers. Bledsoe did have a triple double which consisted of 11 assists, 16 points, and 10 rebounds. He also had 3 steals to bolster his totals even more.

Shooting Guard # 2: T. Evans – T. Evans is a player that is on and off my “never start” list. The reason is every time I convince myself to start him, he has a crappy night and gives me very little value for his $7,100 salary. Of course, last night he had a decent night because I did not start him as he contributed 37.2 fantasy points, including 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 turn overs. I would love for him to get a double double like that when I start him!

Small Forward # 1: D. Carroll – I have not started Carroll yet this year, although I have been close to doing so on several occasions. Last night I almost pulled the trigger and I really wish I would have. Indeed, he and his $5,000 salary stepped up in a major way as he notched 39 points, including 25 points, 10 rebounds and 1 steal. Even more frustrating is that only 4.8% of the fantasy SWAT coaches started him so they had a huge advantage when the numbers started piling up. I need to watch him closely over the next week or two.

Small Forward # 2: G. Henderson – G. Henderson is another player that I have not paid much attention to. Of course, at a salary of $3,900, if he can perform anywhere close to what he did last night, he will absolutely be making his way on to my short list. Henderson scored 28.4 points, including 20 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal, while only committing 2 turn overs.

Power Forward # 1: M. Morris – M. Morris used to be a really cheap player. He is still relatively inexpensive at $6,200. However, for that price, he really needs to be scoring more points than he has been lately. Last night was another disappointing performance as he netted 23.8 points, including only 9 points, 4 steals, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, while being guilty of 4 turnovers. Morris needs to get his act together to merit any starting possibilities.

Power Forward # 2: K. Faried – Kenneth Faried is such a pleasant surprise for Denver this year. Of course it helps that he is surrounded by some real talent on a nightly basis. However, with a low salary of $5,200, he is out performing – at least profit-wise – his stud counterparts. Last night, Faried had 40.8 fantasy points, including 20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal, and he was guilty of 3 turnovers. K. Faried was only owned by 4.5% of the fantasy coaches last night so his actual profitability was much higher than it initially appears. That low ownership will, no doubt, be non-existent going forward and his price will start to go up quickly.

Center: A. Varejao – It is amazing just how badly this guy has been playing, even considering that his salary is very low at $4,600. As a center, you would think that he would be able to snag a bunch of rebounds each night as King James and the boys let the shots fly from beyond the arch. Well, that assumption is incorrect and Varejao rarely manages to grab more than 10 rebounds in a game. That to me is unacceptable. Last night was more of the pitiful same as he only managed to score 16.7 fantasy points. His pathetic scoring line included 6 rebounds, 6 points, 1 steal and 1 assist. Of course, I am making fun of his poor performance but he is, in fact, a member of the winning team so who am I to judge?

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