Want to take a small gamble on the NBA playoffs? For as little as $2, you can have action on the players still playing in the conference finals.
That’s the beauty of fantasy sports.
Even if you could give a damn who wins tonight’s game, you can have a rooting interest in who plays well by signing up for DraftStreet.com and playing in their two-day NBA playoff fantasy leagues.
(You can play in daily baseball leagues, too, if that is a sport that interests you. Or golf.)
Many of you have been playing in our fantasy freerolls each week, and for others this is new. Here’s how it works: You start with an imaginary salary cap of $100,000, and you have to pick eight players — two centers, two forwards, two guards and two utility players. Each player has a salary assigned to him, so multiple entrants can have the same players on their teams.
From your eight players, you receive 2 points for every steal or blocked shot, 1.5 points for every assist, 1.25 points for every rebound and 1 point for every point your players score.
You lose a half-point more every missed shot, and you lose 1 point for every turnover.
Sound easy? It is.
To join up, click here to register. The minimum deposit is only $10.
DraftStreet runs fantasy contests, which are considered a game of skill, not a game of chance, and thus is legal for all Americans (and Canadians) unless you live in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Vermont or Puerto Rico.
Chris Sheridan is putting $100 into play each week.
Here is an update on the teams he has in action:
Team 1 ($11): Looks like Matt Bonner has lost his job, which does not bode well for this team. I have him, Mike Miller, Rajon Rondo, Mario Chalmers, LeBron James, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. Head into Sunday night in 47th place out of 50.
Team 1 ($22): Again went for the big score ($220) after missing the cash by a whisker in the Wednesday-Thursday contest. Team was Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass, Ronny Turiaf, Kevin Garnett, Boris Diaw and Russell Westbrook. (Stood in 12th place heading into Saturday night, crashed and burned w/o Perkins, Ibaka or Collison and finished 28th).
Freeroll: We had 352 players. I finished a respectable 15th with Durant, Rondo, Westbrook, Garnett, Pietrus, Ibaka, Perkins and Turiaf. Congratulations to PDXnation for winning the $100 top prize.
Again, to join in the action, click here to register. And good luck.