One of the most frustrating parts of playing daily fantasy sports is trying to figure out what you did wrong yesterday so that you can try to correct it today. After all, it is going to be extremely difficult to cash when you make the same mistakes over and over and those mistake are actually avoidable. In an effort to prevent this, I typically do an examination of the winning teams from the previous day to see if I can glean any insight into their winning strategy.

While easy to avoid mistakes may not be that obvious reviewing each day in a vacuum, by doing this analysis as often as possible, certain patterns may start to evolve from the way the winning teams select their players. I for one need as much help as I can get so I do not intend to overlook this “free advice.”

$50K Thu NBA Swat Winning Lineup

When I am selecting a fantasy game to play for the night, I typically try to play in the $50K “Swat” game. This game provides the opportunity for a huge payday of $4,000 for the top prize with a minimum investment of $1. I like those odds, despite the fact that there are 57,471 other entries fighting for the same prize money. However, because 10,660 squads actually end up in the money, it is a nice way to increase your bankroll if you can get the right team selected.

Last night was difficult because there were only three games on the NBA schedule: Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers at Portland Trailblazers, and New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors. That is okay by me as I am usually watching Thursday Night Football and it is hard to keep track of basketball at the same time my fantasy football teams are crushing my dreams.

In any event, FanDuel user “dapenguinz” was the top dog last night and scored $4,000 for his/her 321.4 fantasy point performance. Although that score is much lower than the winning scores from earlier this week, it still averages to over 35 points per player, something I have yet to accomplish in this basketball season. While this winning team certainly deserves the top prize, drilling down on the players and their stats, it is painfully obvious that I was only a few correct choices away from doing the happy dance like dapenguinz….

PG 1: D. Lillard – Lillard has been a stud for Portland this year and last night was no exception. Donating 40.1 fantasy points to the winning team’s bottom line, he was worth his $8,400 salary. Including in those fantasy points were 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, against only one turnover.

PG 2: K. Irving – Like Lillard, Irving was pure money last night. It is amazing how well he has been doing each and every night, especially when you consider how well King James and Love have been playing. Last night, however, it seemed like Irving could not miss as he knocked down 23 points, while getting 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. He remained aggressive all night and, despite that fact, only committed one turnover.

SG 1: R. Stuckey – If you were smart, you would have selected Stuckey as your starter instead of Sloan, like this winning team did. I, on the other hand, got caught up in the propaganda being reiterated by the sportswriters around the web and got a zero point kick in the face from Sloan. The winning team, to the contrary, do a solid performance from Stuckey, especially at the low price tag of $4,800. For that salary, Stuckey contributed 26.7 fantasy points, including 16 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds, although he did commit 4 turnovers. Now that Sloan is out of the rotation (at least for now), it makes sense to keep an eye out on Stuckey to see if he continues to perform above his pay grade.

SG 2: K. Thompson – Thompson is quickly becoming a “must start” guy because of his low’ish salary ($7,600) coupled with the fact that the Golden State Warriors tend to score more points (and on a faster pace) than many other NBA teams around the league. Last night Thompson scored 39.3 fantasy points, which is broken down as 23 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block, but only two turnovers.

SF 1: H. Barnes – Barnes, like K. Thompson, is continuing to earn his place in starting fantasy lineups across all FanDuel platforms. That fact is very evident by the fact that he was started by 48.2% of the gamers playing yesterday. Of course, he rewarded those players for that confidence in him and netted a fabulous fantasy point total of 29.5, including 17 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and just 1 turnover.

SF 2: S. Hill – By selecting this Indiana forward, the winning team definitely got a leg up on the rest of the field. That is true because only 14% of the teams selected Hill as a starter, despite the fact that he was reasonably priced at $4,900. However, when you consider his final fantasy point total, it is not hard to see that $4,900 was a complete and utter steal for Hill last night. Hill scored 31.1 fantasy points, consisting of 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block and 1 steal, while only committing 2 turnovers. While it is nice to get points and rebounds from one of your forwards, it is awesome when you also get some blocks and steals.

PF 1: A. Davis – No winning team is complete with the Pelican’s starting Power Forward, Davis. Nicknamed the “Brow,” (if you do not understand the reference, do yourself a favor a google image him), if this guy keeps up his pace, he will probably be the MVP of the NBA this year. Of course, he is already my MVP and has earned a consistent spot on my team any chance I have! Last night’s totals were 60.5 fantasy points, consisting of 30 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 turnovers (although I was watching the game and neither were really his fault).

PF 2: A. Stoudemire – This New York Knicks player is now their starting Center. At $5,500 and consistently putting up big performances, he will likely be on my team for a while as well. Last night, he scored 30.8 fantasy points, including 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal. Of course, he had five turnovers but that is not typical and I hope it does not evolve into a pattern.

C: S. Dalembert – Finally, this winning team selected Dalembert, no doubt in part due to the fact that he was supposed to start. Even though he did not start, he still contributed 18.8 fantasy points on a cheap salary of $3,700. For that ROI, he is worth selecting as a “punt” on most nights.