My December 8, 2014 $50K NBA Swat Lineup # 1

While there are many ways a sports fan can spend his or her time, playing daily fantasy sports games is one of the newest methods of sports over-indulgence. For me, I like to play in a daily basketball tournament known as the “$50K NBA Swat.” While the entertainment value is extremely high (i.e., it keeps me busy at nights) and the entry cost is very low (i.e., a buck), the payoff could be as much as $4,000 for selecting the best lineup of the night. While I have not been able to cash that highly as of yet, that does not reduce how much fun I am having giving it the old college try.

For the December 8, 2014 NBA games, I went with different lineups. With my main lineup, I took some time and really tried to analyze the trends associated with each of the players. This lineup, based on the math, was what I believed to be my best chance to get back in the winner’s circle and cash in the $50K NBA Swat tournament.

Fortunately, I was right and this lineup ended up in the money, finishing with 308.5.  Granted, I only cashed $2.50 but that is better than not winning at all.

Point Guard # 1: Trey Burke – I expected Trey Burke to bring home 30+ FP. He let me down, for sure, and only contributed 21.9, despite his $6,000 salary. His score consisted of 13 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 turnover. An overall poor performance, from my perspective, especially when Millsap and Thompson also let me down.

Point Guard # 2: Ty Lawson – I wish all of my predictions from last night were as accurate as advising everyone to make room for Lawson. This point guard almost had a double double in the first quarter! While he cooled off during the rest of the game, he still managed to get 48.2 fantasy points, thereby far exceeding my expectations of a mere 30+ FP. The game when into overtime but Lawson was in foul trouble so did not really get to benefit from the extra minutes.

Shooting Guard # 1: Eric Bledsoe – I predicted yesterday that Eric Bledsoe was going to have a huge night against the Clipper and he did not let me down. Bledsoe contributed an amazing 67.2 fantasy points on 27 points, 16 assists, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. He would have had over 70 fantasy points if he did not have the 5 turnovers he committed! In any event, I will take a triple double from him anytime, especially one that yields over 60+ fantasy points.

Shooting Guard # 2: Klay Thompson – I was seriously expecting more from Klay Thompson! Indeed, I thought 40 from him would be a minimum and did not even contemplate that he would, like Millsap, be stinking up the Court all night! He only managed to scored 25.7 points. Horrible!

Small Forward # 1: Wilson Chandler – My initial thought was to not start Chandler and go with Butler instead. Since Butler was horrible and only had 10.6, I am extremely happy I stuck with Chandler. This small forward remains very valuable at $5,700 as evidenced by the fact that he was owned by 26.8% of owners. Chandler took advantage of the overtime and scored a healthy 34.7 fantasy points, including 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists, with only 1 turnover.

Small Forward # 2: Gordon Hayward – I said in my post yesterday that Gordon Hayward was more the capable of posting scores in the 40+ range. He must have been listening as he scored 40.3 fantasy points, consisting of 19 points, 7 assists, 4 steals, 4 rebounds, and 2 turnovers. I’ll take that from Hayward and his $7,500 salary.

Power Forward # 1: Kris Humphries – In fantasy basketball, overtime is your friend. Double overtime is your best friend. Kris Humphries benefits from the double overtime and scored 30.8, included 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, and 3 turnovers. At a salary of $4,400, he was an out and out stud. Of course, I started him so I could afford Millsap, who was anything but!

Power Forward # 2: Paul Millsap – This was not the way I drew up the night, Millsap! I needed 40 fantasy points from you, not 25.6. His score consisted of 8 rebounds, 7 points, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and 2 assists. I really could have used another 15 fantasy points from him.

Center: Mason Plumlee – I was really high on Mason Plumlee for his matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not only did I think he was going to get a double double, I was actually cocky about it. Well, Plumlee did not even start and, worse, only had 19 minutes of playing time. He left a ton of points on the board and only had 14.1, including 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.

My December 8, 2014 $50K NBA Swat Lineup # 2

In addition to the lineup discussed above, I also decided to roll out a second lineup for December 8. However, the way I came up with this lineup is complete contrary to the way I typically do it. Indeed, I usually select my heroes for the night and then try to fill in the spaces with players that do not totally suck. For this lineup, however, I did the complete opposite. I selected five players, one from each position, that I believe had tremendous upside and were bargain basement priced. After those were selected, I filled in the remaining positions with the best players available based on FanDuel’s internal salary structure, regardless of whether I thought a player with a lower salary was a better play. Well, despite a decent performance of 267.7 fantasy points, this lineup failed to cash.

Value Point Guard: Greivis Vasquez ($4,800) – With DeMar DeRozan out again, and with the number of high scoring games that Toronto has been involved in this year, I was thinking that Greivis Vasquez would have a huge night and get me at least 5X ROI. Although he was held in check by Cleveland, in the five games before that game, Vazquez scored over 25+ fantasy points on each occasions, with one game being over 30. Well, he was exactly what I expected and he scored 25 fantasy points, including 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and 2 assists, with 1 turnover.

Stud Point Guard: Chris Paul ($10,100) – Chris Paul was the highest salaried point guard after selecting my core value team. While he wasn’t a total stud (i.e., over 50 based on his salary), he was very serviceable and contributed 42.4 fantasy points.

Value Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick ($4,600) – J.J. Redick has been on my watch list for a while and his daily fantasy point totals have been going up slightly with every game. Indeed, in his last four games, Redick has topped 20, with several being over 25. Redick was consistent once again and contributed 27.3 fantasy points.

Stud Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson ($7,900) – Klay Thompson has the top salary for all shooting guards after I picked my core value team. As discussed above, Thompson certainly was not a stud tonight.

Value Small Forward: Rasual Butler ($4,200) – Rasual Butler has remained relatively under the radar for anyone not paying attention. However, I have been tracking the top fantasy teams over the past couple of weeks and I noticed that Butler is receiving more and more selections. And for good reason! Despite the low salary, he has topped 25 in five of his last six games with one game over 32. Well, Butler absolutely sucked tonight, scoring only 10.6 fantasy points, even with the double overtime. Back to the drawing board.

Stud Small Forward: LeBron James ($10,600) – King James was the highest paid small forward after my core value team was selected. James was not a stud tonight and only got 36.3 fantasy points. From the bench, Waiters scored 39.2 fantasy points while Thompson scored 36.9. Should have went with them instead…

Value Power Forward: Jason Thompson ($4,100) – Jason Thompson is sort of my “flyer” when it comes to picking players for value and actually barely made the cut. However, he has routinely seen a ton of playing time. Recently, each time he receives over 30 minutes, he scores at least 25 points. However, he does have a tendency to lay an egg here and there. Last night he scored 23.3 which was a little lower than I was expecting from him. However, on his salary of $4,100, it was a good night.

Stud Power Forward: Blake Griffin ($9,500) – Blake Griffin was the highest paid player left at the power forward position after fielding my value team. He lived up to his high price tag and contributed 56.6 fantasy points, including knocking down 45 points!

Value Center: Tyler Zeller ($3,900) – Although I do not count on getting 42.8 fantasy points again from Zeller (like he did a few nights ago against the Lakers), he has been consistently scoring 20+ fantasy points. With a salary of $3,900, that is a homerun. Zeller performed exactly as expected and contributed 20.5, including 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and 1 turnover.