Daily fantasy basketball is a great way to pay the time and, if played properly, it can be a great source of cheap entertainment. For example, there are many different types of leagues that can be entered on FanDuel that are as cheap as one dollar. However, despite the fact the entry fee is so inexpensive, there is a real possibility of scoring big bucks. Indeed, in the league I prefer to play in, the one dollar entry fee provides the opportunity for the fantasy player to win up to $4,000. Of course, winning it all is like capturing lightning in a bottle so I like the fact that you can also win a wide variety of cash prizes, all the way down to 10,660th place (which typically pays out $2.50, or about $1.50 profit on your money).
My favorite daily league for fantasy basketball is the “$50k NBA Swat” games that run each night. There are many different alternatives but I have found that this particular league is right up my alley: a minimal investment of a buck for the potential payout of $4,000. Sign me up! In any event, I have not been able to cash (at least significantly) in a few weeks as I always seem to time the best players poorly. The same cannot be seen for wthomas0787, who won the league for December 5, 2014. Congrats!
In an effort to determine what he or she did correctly that I failed miserably to do, the following is an analysis of the winning team. By doing these types of reviews as much as possible, maybe I can determine which players I should select so I can get in the money myself.
FanDuel NBA Basketball $50K Winning Lineup ($50K NBA Swat)
The Winning Lineup of "wthomas0787"
Point Guard # 1: Rajon Rondo – Rondo has been a frustrating play for me this entire season. At a salary of $8,200, he is a player that you have to intentionally try to work into the starting lineup as he is cost prohibitive simply to take a flyer upon. However, against the Los Angeles Lakers, any starter that gets a ton of minutes and has a better than average set of skills is someone that should be seriously considered. While I though John Wall (and his higher salary of $9,300) was a better play that Rondo, Rondo ended up with 46.6 fantasy points and certainly got the winning team off to a tremendous start. This Boston Celtic Point Guard was owned by only 17% of the players. However, for those lucky few, Rondo contributed 12 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists, 1 steal and only committed one turnover.
Point Guard # 2: Zach LaVine – One of the best “finds” of the late has been Zach LaVine who has found himself the benefactor of some serious playing time. LaVine is making the best of that opportunity and has nailed down several amazing nights in a row, especially when you consider his salary is only $3,600. Last night was no exception and, better yet, he was only owned by 4.6% of the fantasy teams. As such, his 28.2 fantasy points was a night that helped the winning teams shoot to the top. LaVine had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and committed 2 turnovers.
Shooting Guard # 1: James Harden – With a huge $10,400 salary, James Harden has one of the highest salaries in the game. As a result, it is very hard to use him without making the rest of your team suffer in quality. However, he is a rather consistent and it is nice to get 40+ fantasy points from him on a regular basis. Last night, Jason Hardon scored 43.8 fantasy points, including 38 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. However, he did commit eight turnovers, failing which he would have had over 50 fantasy points for the night.
Shooting Guard # 2: Jason Terry – Jason Terry was one of a few different Houston Rockets players that had a good night on the hard court. Of course, Terry’s night was huge when you consider that his salary was only $4,100. He put up 34.8 fantasy points, including 19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal. I would take that from a $4,100 salary guy every night and twice on Sunday!
Small Forward # 1: LeBron James – King James and his huge salary of $10,700 makes him one of the most expensive players in the game. However, one some nights, he is totally worth it. Last night was one of those nights and he scored a very nice 55.9 fantasy points. That score included 24 points, 7 rebounds, 13 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, and he committed only 4 turnovers. If I knew he was going to perform like that every night, he would always be on my team.
Small Forward # 2: Corey Brewer – Another surprise player has been Corey Brewer. Any time you can get over thirty points from a guy whose salary is under $5,000 (it is actually $4,900), that is a huge victory. However, last night Brewer did better than that and scored 39.4 fantasy points, which included 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, against 3 turnovers. That score line is a dream and I would love to grab a few players like that every now and then!
Power Forward # 1: Jared Sullinger – Jared Sullinger is a high priced player and his salary is currently $7,000. However, he is hit or miss, for sure, and will break your heart more often than not. However, 38.6 fantasy points like he scored last night is great and I would take that from a $7,000 guy, although mine never seen to pull it out. That 38.6 fantasy points consisted of 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one turnover.
Power Forward # 2: Markieff Morris – Speaking of $7,000 salary guys that ruin my nights on a regular basis, I love to hate Markieff Morris. Last night I would have love to love him. He scored 37.5 fantasy points, on 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and only 1 turnover. Of course, it does not hurt that the final score between the teams was so high.
Center: Tyler Zeller – Finally, at the Center position, Tyler Zeller is exactly what you need to find in order to having a winning night in FanDuel. Although his salary was a mere $3,900, Zeller brought home 43.8 fantasy points. He scored 24 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assist, and 1 block, and he only had two turnovers.