Many times when one is playing daily fantasy basketball, it is so tempting to go with a few of the top players (i.e., those with the highest salaries) and then try to score a few low priced value players that pull more than their weight. However, the winning team from last night’s NBA Swat tournament took a different route and chose to go with only two studs, Lawson and Harden, while filling out his or her roster with a ton of middle to upper levels players with salaries ranging in the mid-$5,000’s to mid-$6,000’s. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 as that move seems like common sense when drooling over the 358.1 fantasy points put up by the winning team, “enice171.”
As I have said previously, tournament that I like to play in every night is the NBA SWAT tourney. That is because I like the fact that I can invest $1 and possibly score the night’s top prize of several thousands of dollars, depending on which night of the week it is. Last night, there were 80,459 entries with a top prize of $6,000. Additionally, there are low prizes ranging all the way down to $2.50. Of course, my team was really horrible last night and I was not even close to cashing. With that said, I like to review the winning team from the night before to see if I can gleam any strategies (or unknown to me players) that I can snag to make my team better tomorrow.
$70K Fri NBA Swat Winning Lineup
The Winning Lineup of "enice171"
Point Guard # 1: T. Lawson – Lawson has been real value this fantasy basketball season so far. For his current price of $8,700, a coach can reasonably expect to get 30+ fantasy points each and every night. Last night was more of the same as he pulled down 32.1, including 16 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds, and 4 turnovers. A double double is always a way to get a fantasy team going for the night!
Point Guard # 2: M. Williams – Williams has been up and down this season. Last night he was up. Indeed, even though he barely scored any points, he was able to contribute in several different categories. That should be expected since I did not start him. Instead, he returned 26.5 points on his modest salary of $5,500, which consisted of 13 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 points. He would have been over 30 but for the five turnovers.
Shooting Guard # 1: E. Fournier – E. Fournier has been a pain in my neck all season long but it is nice to see him have a great fantasy line here and there. Last night he pulled in a healthy 27.8 points on a salary of $4,700 in a losing effort to the Cavs. His scoring line was 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 1 block and only 1 turnover. As you can tell by that scoring line, Fournier was helpful to the Magic in many different category and also helped the winning team reach victory lane.
Shooting Guard # 2: J. Harden – James Harden has been pure money of late and certainly a major factor why enice171 was in the big money last night. Although his salary is an extremely high $11,400, he consistently provides over 60 fantasy points, something he did again last night. Harden had 32 points, to go along with 10 assist, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 turnovers. He was 2 rebounds away from a triple double but any time you can get a double double out of him, it will be a good night on the hardwood.
Small Forward # 1: W. Chandler – Chandler was, once again, the man as Denver scored 106 points their victory. He helped in the victory in several different categories and knocked down 33.3 fantasy points, including 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal. He did have one turnover but that is perfectly fine when a player gives that many points in exchange for his relatively low salary ($5,600).
Small Forward # 2: A. Wiggins – Another standout player on last night’s winning team was Wiggins. Taking advantage of the high scoring game lodged by his team against Denver, Wiggins had fantasy points totaling 36.5, which is huge for his salary of $5,600. Wiggins had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. With this performance, he has definitely earned a spot on the “must watch” list.
Power Forward # 1: T. Young – It seems like all of the reasonably priced players in the Minnesota versus Denver game did exceptionally well. Young is to be included in that description as he had 40.2 on a salary of $6,300. He contributed 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He is also a player I will be keeping an eye on in the future as I scour the power forward position for value.
Power Forward # 2: K. Faried – I knew this night would eventually come and K. Faried would break out with a huge fantasy performance. Last night was that night as Denver outscored Minnesota 106 to 102. Faried was a major reason for that win as he contributed 56.5 fantasy points on his salary of $5,600. Those points consisted of 26 points, 25 rebounds, and 3 assists. As you can imagine, when a player can haul in 25 rebounds, he is on his way to fantasy glory. Even more amazingly, if Faried did not commit 4 turnovers, he would have been over 60 points for the night.
Center: G. Dieng – G. Dieng, while relatively inexpensive on his salary of $6,600, had a quality game last night as he brought home 44.6. Of course, he was no real secret going into last night’s game as he was owned by 10.4% of the fantasy coaches submitting a SWAT lineup. Dieng had a double double that included 13 rebounds and 14 points. Dieng helped in other categories as well as he had 4 blocks, 2 steals, and 2 assists.