When attempting to gauge my success in playing daily fantasy basketball, it is safe to say that I do not always succeed the way I had originally hoped. Last night was a complete and utter failure as I managed to score on 201 points. So embarrassing! On the other hand, the winning team scored a huge 365.4 fantasy points, an amazing number of points more than my team. Let’s see what team members helped the winning team secure the first place prize.
The $60K Saturday NBA Swat Winning Lineup
The Winning Lineup of "nikebellic99"
Point Guard # 1: Jarret Jack – Brooklyn actually has some quality players that have found a way to get a bunch of playing time, while somehow managing to keep their salaries very low. Jarrett Jack is one such player as his salary is only $5,000. However, on night’s like last night where he scored 31.2 points, the 19.9% of coaches that had him are dancing a jig. Jack had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. While he did have 5 turnovers, that can be forgiven as long as he continues to contribute in this fashion.
Point Guard # 2: C.J. Watson – Indiana has been bouncing players in and out of their starting lineup for most of the year. Of course, it is so frustrating when you select a starter, only to later learn that the player is no longer the starter. However, it does seem – at least for now – that CJ Watson has secured the opportunity for a ton of quality minutes. Watson took full advantage of that playing time last night as he donated 40.3 fantasy points to all coaches that pick him. His stat line included 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and only 1 turnover. While he did miss the double double by 1 rebound, FanDuel players certainly welcome that fantasy score as there are no bonus points given for double double and triple double scoring.
Shooting Guard # 1: Jimmy Butler – Jimmy Butler provides the Chicago Bulls exactly what they need: a quality shooting guard that can score 30 plus points a night. He also provides the fantasy coaches exactly what they need: a consistent shooting guard that puts up over 40 points on most occasions. While his salary has been inflated to $9,100, Jimmy Butler is worth the price. Last night was no exception as he contributed 48 fantasy points, including 33 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. If he could ever find a way to secure more rebounds, Butler would be an out and out fantasy stud, not that he is far off now, even without a ton of rebounds.
Shooting Guard # 2: Dwayne Wade – Fantasy coaches around the league have been waiting for Dwayne Wade to finally show up and perform like he is expected to. While we all understand that Wade was hurt for a large portion of the young season, his salary of $9,000 demands that he perform or run the risk of being a fantasy loser. Last night, the real Dwayne Wade showed up as he posted 50.1 fantasy points, including 25 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Wade also had 1 turn over.
Small Forward # 1: Carmelo Anthony – Carmelo Anthony is a guy that I have been watching all season long just waiting for some sign of return to greatness. I guess I waited too long as I did not start him last night. While his salary has remained very high at $9,400, when he scores over 55 points like he did last night, you will not hear too many complaints about his price. In fact, Carmelo Anthony had 57.2 points last night, which would have been over 60 except for the 3 turn overs. The rest of his stats were 36 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal. Certainly a double double like this grabs my attention and makes me want to watch him that much closer.
Small Forward # 2: Jared Dudley – Jared Dudley has been very serviceable as of late, especially when you consider that his salary is only $4,400. Obviously, a bunch of other owners feel the same way as he was owned by 16.2% of Swat players last night. In return, Dudley contributed 22.5 fantasy points, including 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and he was guilty of 1 turn over.
Power Forward # 1: Paul Millsap – Let’s face it. Millsap is a great deal for his price of $8,100. Sure he does not always hit a homerun (or make a slam dunk, as in this case), he is very consistent with lots of upside. Last night he was very good, but not great. He had 31.1 fantasy points, including 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Power Forward # 2: Derrick Favors – I love Derrick Favors. Unfortunately, he does not love me back and only performs amazingly when I do not start him, like last night. Although he was not on my team, he helped 26.1% of the fantasy teams out there by giving them 51.5 points, including 17 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 blocks, and 4 turn overs. Nice performance Mr. Favors!
Center: Zaza Pachulia – There are a ton of things to like about this guy. First and foremost, you gotta love his name: Zaza. Come on! How cool is that? Of course, another thing to like about this Center is the fact that he only costs $4,000 and he is capable of posting over 30 fantasy points in a night. Last night was an example of just that kind of capability as he contributed 33.5 fantasy points, including 11 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assist, 1 block, while being guilty of 2 turnovers. Of course, when you can snag a cheap player that manages that kind of double double, it is not hard to see why he was a member of the winning fantasy team for the night. That is particularly true when he is owned by only a few fantasy teams like he was last night. Indeed, the fact that only 4.5% of the fantasy coaches selected him means that those that did certainly had a leg up over the rest of the pack.