As people around the world start contemplating what their resolutions will be for the New Year, I have decided that one of mine must include mastering the daily fantasy basketball lineup selection process. While I completely understand that this process has many different elements of luck that are involved, there are certainly ways in which I can better utilize the wealth of stats and other information that is available to help me narrow down the process. I say that because I am in a major rut when it comes to selecting a quality team for my nightly tournaments. Indeed, it is becoming down right embarrassing just how poorly my team is doing, and just how consistently my teams simply suck.

However, there are many different coaches around the world that certainly seem to know something that I do not. For example, the winning team from last night had an amazing score of 341, which is 88.6 more points that I scored. When you consider that there are nine different position players that must be selected, that averages to almost 10 points per player better than those selected by me last night.

With that said, a big congrats goes out to “heincat12” who scored the winning lineup from December 29, 2014 in the NBA Swat tournament and took home the first place prize of $4,000.

$60K Mon NBA Swat Winning Lineup

The Winning Lineup of "heincat12"

Point Guard # 1: Chris Paul – Chris Paul has been very consistent virtually every night this year. I rarely select him because his salary has gotten extremely high. Last night was no different as his price tag is now $10,100. However, even though he always seems too rich for my blood, I could have used the 44 points. Indeed, Chris Paul had a great night which included 20 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and only 2 turnovers. I will need to conduct some more research on him but he seems like a good bet when I am choosing a top player for hero lineup.

Point Guard # 2: Kemba Walker – Kemba Walker has been on a complete tear as of late and, as a result, it is probably only a matter of time before his salary of $8,300 starts to go through the roof. For me, his performance over the past two weeks has certainly earned him a spot on my team and I intend to start him every night I get a chance. Last night, Walker had 42.2 fantasy points, including 28 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks. He did have five turnovers but that a hazard of the job, especially for players as active as Walker. Of course, he is no secret at this point as 31.8% of the fantasy owners had Walker in their lineups last night.

Shooting Guard # 1: Jimmy Butler – Jimmy Butler is on my team from now on until further notice. Seriously, this guy is rocking it big time, even on his salary of $9,300. Indeed, last night was just an example of the amazing run he is on as he scored his way to 48.3 points, including 27 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 1 block and 1 turnover. Butler was only one rebound away from a double double but since there are now bonus points given for that stat by FanDuel (there is on Draft Kings), fantasy coaches can be happy with the almost 50 Butler provided. Like Walker, however, Butler is not a secret and 26.8% of coaches owned him last night.

Shooting Guard # 2: James Harden – James Harden is a source of nightly points, typically in excess of 40 each night. Last night was more of the same as he brought home 46.2. He shot his way to that healthy fantasy night as he had 33 points. Other stats included 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and only 2 turnovers.

Small Forward # 1: Jared Dudley – Jared Dudley was certainly studley last night as his returned 32.8 points on his minimal salary of $4,800. Obviously, that was expected by a large portion of the coaches last night as he was owned by 21.9% of the teams. Dudley rewarded those coaches with a nice night which included 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. He has now put together a few nice nights and has earned a spot on my “must watch” list.

Small Forward # 2: Gerald Henderson – As what must be described as the steal of the night, Gerald Henderson and his $3,800 salary netted a healthy 36.3 fantasy points. While he was owned by 13.3% of fantasy owners, it still comes as a shot to me when a player with almost the league minimum is able to contribute in such a high value way. Williams’ stat line was impressive with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and only 1 turnover.

Power Forward # 1: Marvin Williams – Marvin Williams was another pleasant surprise as he knocked down 34.3 FP on a very salary of #3,900. He got there by scoring 8 points, while contributing 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, against 1 turnover.

Power Forward # 2: John Henson – As it seems to have been the theme of the night for the winning team, John Henson was another low priced guy that paid off in a big price way. Indeed, Henson had 25.8 points, including 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 blocks.

Center: Lavoy Allen – I have to be honest, I had forgotten all about Lavoy Allen when it comes to picking a center for the night. While I found myself routinely playing him earlier in the season, he has fallen out of fantasy favor and rarely even merits mentioning. As such, his salary is a very low $4,500. As a result, when he scores 31.1 fantasy points as he did last night, fantasy coaches smart enough to select him are dancing! Allen’s point total consisted of 6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and an amazing 4 blocks.