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NBA DAILY FANTASY 1/24:  MINING FOR GOLD

January 25th, 2018

Des Boodram

@boxscoreprophet

 

Isn’t that what everyone wants when playing fantasy sports?  That gold nugget that has eluded the rest of the league’s competitors?  A first round draft pick or a high dollar player that goes off.  Mid round, or middle priced players that perform like top round high end pick ups?

And of course late round or low dollar value plays that blow it out of the water?  If all of that falls into place, you win, every one thinks your brilliant and most importantly you are a little fatter in the pocket.   In the daily game, which I will land the plane on pretty much every week it is imperative that you go mining for gold if you have any hope of maximizing the return on your investment… regardless of how little that investment may be.

Daily Basketball is super involved and you really need to play it for a while to get into a buying rhythm when building rosters.  There’s definitely a place for new players, but you truly have be in the know on the ins and outs of each team to have a legit shot of cashing.

Here’s a friendly recap of the types of games DFS offers and some common strategy when playing these games… I assume you know, but the refresh will hopefully help some of you calibrate your DFS mind as you transition to basketball.  There are two types of games CASH GAMES and GPP.

Cash games lineups, which are traditionally 50/50s or multipliers should have the highest floor guys you can roster at each position.  You aren’t taking fliers here, you will roster players that get a lot of volume via minutes and touches while also having decent matchups.

Trust the trends they tell more of the story than anything else.   GPPs or guaranteed prize pools are commonly referred to as tournaments that reward only a portion of the pool’s participants cash rewards.  With these tournaments because you are trying to finish at the top of the pool, risk taking is strongly encouraged.  These will be your high risk, high reward plays as well as the format by which you will enter multiple lineups.

I will predominately focus on Cash Game plays in these articles.  Let’s look at tomorrow’s Wednesday (1/24) slate.

 

Point Guard – Jerian Grant at Philadelphia $6300

 

If the offense runs through Grant as it did against New Orleans on Monday, he becomes a great play set to get over 35 minutes again.  Another 50 fantasy point output shouldn’t be expected but value here should be achieved assuming Kris Dunn is still out.

 

Shooting Guard – Luwawu-Cabarrot vs Chicago $4200

 

With J.J. Reddick out for the next four games and T.J. McConnell out for personal reasons look for Cabarrot to be relied on to make some shots in this one.   Philadelphia will likely take the ball inside in this one but they will still need a shooter… Cabarrot is that guy

 

Small Forward – Kyle Anderson at Memphis $6200

 

I don’t love San Antonio at Memphis on Wednesday night, but I sure do like Kyle Anderson.  The Spurs small forward will be the benefactor of an old and banged up Spurs team on the back end of back-to-back.  He has crushed value his last three games as well.

 

Power Forward – Ben Simmons vs Chicago $8700

 

I’m going to spend up at the PF position on Fan Duel tonight as Simmons checks off a lot boxes in this one.  The matchup is right, he is at home, the 76ers have some guys out, and he torched the Bulls last month with a triple-double.  Don’t delay any further get him in your line up.

 

Center – Marc Gasol vs San Antonio $8100

 

Gasol provides the best value at the Center position in this one.  There are other more expensive centers who may out produce Gasol, but he’s got a great matchup against a tired Spurs team.  He’s coming off a great game as well and everything seems to be falling in place nicely for him to have a great game.

 

Good luck gamers.