Last night I had an absolutely horrible night of fantasy sports. Not only did my daily NFL teams stink up the field, so did my NBA Swat lineup. As you know if you are following my posts, I like to play in the daily NBA Swat tournaments. I do that primarily because of the small risk, coupled with the high reward. For these Swat games, the entry fee is only one dollar. However, the top prize paid is several thousands of dollars.
Last night, the first place prize money was $4,000 and was won by “sequestered.” While it is impressive anytime a fantasy team scores over 300 fantasy points, the winning team from last night scored 373.7! Congrats! Let’s see what players made up that amazing winning team.
$50K Sunday NBA Swat Winning Lineup
The Winning Lineup of "sequestered"
Point Guard # 1: Ty Lawson – Ty Lawson used to be a rather cheap option at point guard. However, that is a thing of the past and his salary has skyrocketed up to $8,700. Of course, that typically means his value is too low for the price. With that said, however, Lawson is an exception to that rule and has been one of those players that have the potential of dropping over forty points on any given night. Last night was no exception as he brought home 46.5 fantasy points, including 28 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal. Lawson did not commit any turnovers, which always helps keep the fantasy totals high.
Point Guard # 2: Rajon Rondo – Rajon Rondo was a good player for Boston. He contributed in several categories each night and fantasy coaches were happy. However, now that Rondo has been traded to Dallas, he may have found a home where everyone is even happier. Last night was an example of that as he contributed 34.7 fantasy points, including 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 turnovers. If Rondo can stay healthy and keep playing a ton of minutes, he should continue to have success and find his way into fantasy lineups around the globe.
Shooting Guard # 1: Eric Bledsoe – I have been staying away from Eric Bledsoe as of late as it seems like I can never time him well, especially after he went off for almost 70 points some time back. Of course, that means I miss great opportunities to get ton of points for a moderately priced player. Indeed, while Bledsoe’s salary is only $7,900, he sometimes goes crazy and posts 50 or more points. Last night was one of those occasions as he posted 50.6, including 22 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block. He did have 3 turnovers but that is totally acceptable for any player providing that much value!
Shooting Guard # 2: Wesley Matthews – Portland absolutely destroyed New York last night and Wesley Matthews was a large reason for that result. On his way to scoring 42.3 fantasy points, Matthews had 28 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 block. Any time you can score that many points from a player whose salary is $5,500, you have a great chance to be in contention for the night’s top prize!
Small Forward # 1: Chandler Parsons – Chandler Parsons has benefitted from the trade of Rondo from the Celtics to Dallas almost as much as Rondo himself. Last night was a perfect example of their chemistry as Parsons went nuts, nailing 40.5 points on a moderate salary of $7,000. His stat line included 26 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Small Forward # 2: Wilson Chandler – Not too long ago, Wilson Chandler was a well-kept secret that would occasionally have a huge fantasy night that would push your team into the money. However, that is no longer the case. Last night was an example of that as he was owned by 34.6% of the fantasy coaches playing in the NBA Swat. Wow! Of course, Chandler rewarded those coaches by posting 35.5 points, including 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 3 turnovers. Of course, bringing home a double double as he did last night, on a salary of $5,600, will certainly make coaches sit up and take notice. I guess that they all have.
Power Forward # 1: Kenneth Faried – Kenneth Faried is another Denver player that has caught on fire and it seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and holding on for the ride. Last night, Faried was owned by a whopping 55.9% of fantasy coaches. Each of those coaches were proven to be geniuses as Faried had 40.8 fantasy points. His double double included 17 points and 19 rebounds. He also had 2 assists and 2 turnovers.
Power Forward # 2: Serge Ibaka – I do not like this guy. Nothing personal but every time I start him, he gets into foul trouble and he spends most of the game on the bench as a spectator. Of course, when he has nights like last night, I often think I am being too hard on the big guy. Last night, Serge Ibaka had 36 fantasy points – his salary is up to $7,100 – and he contributed 26 points, 10 rebounds, and he had 2 turn overs. I still do not like the guy but I do need to start watching his stats to make sure my feelings do not get in the way of winning!
Center: Cole Aldrich – Portland absolutely destroyed Brooklyn last night, 101 to 79. Normally, that is a bad thing for fantasy coaches. However, if you were smart enough to start Cole Aldrich and his $4,100 salary, you were dancing! While he was not on my radar last night, 8.7% percent of fantasy coaches were able to take advantage of his amazing performance. Indeed, Aldrich was flat out awesome and scored 46.8 fantasy points. He had a double double consisting of 12 points and 19 rebounds. Aldrich also contributed in three different categories, including 2 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block. To make things even sweeter, Aldrich only had one turnover.