FanDuel Diary: Join Our $3,000 Tournament Tonight

Want to win $600 cash tonight for a $5 investment? Me too. Just click the logo to enter our $3,000 tournament. Pick a 9-man roster without exceeding the $60,000 salary cap and whoever scores the most fantasy points wins. Only six categories matter — PTS = 1pt, REB = 1pt, AST = 1pt, BLK = 2pts, STL = 2pts, TO = -1pt — and while a good player on a hot night can earn 50+, averaging about 30 per man will usually earn you a nice payout.

One of the best things about daily leagues is the consolation prizes. This contest is limited to 670 teams, and the top 71 finishers win at least $15 cash. $400 for second and $250 for third is worth shooting for.

We start each week here with a $100 bankroll. That’s actual currency, nothing theoretical. I played in a handful of $1 and $2 leagues on Monday without getting close — I’d guessed the Grizzlies would win big — so there’s $90 left and I’m entered in six events for a total of $20 this evening. Good luck!

FanDuel 15Nov. 27
StarsOver $7,000
Dwight Howard$9,200
Kobe Bryant$8,800
Kevin Love$9,000
James Harden$7,900
Chandler Parsons$7,200
ScrubsUnder $5,000
Jeremy Pargo$4,000
Alexey Shved$4,700
Jonas Valanciunas$4,600
Jermaine O’Neal$4,300
Aaron Brooks$4,100
Starters$5,000 to $7,000
Thaddeus Young$6,600
Tyreke Evans$6,900
Evan Turner$6,400
Markieff Morris$5,500
Metta World Peace$6,100

With only five NBA games on the calendar, there aren’t as many options as usual. Today’s chart offers five suggestions in each of three price ranges, and there are still other possibilities.

Here’s my tentative lineup, subject to unlimited changes until 7:00 EST.

PG Kyle Lowry TOR@HOU $7,000
PG Jrue Holiday DAL@PHI $7,200
SG James Harden TOR@HOU $7,900
SG Jeremy Pargo PHO@CLE $4,000
SF Metta World Peace IND@LAL $6,100
SF Chandler Parsons TOR@HOU $7,200
PF Kevin Love MIN@SAC $9,000
PF Thaddeus Young DAL@PHI $6,600
C Jonas Valanciunas TOR@HOU $4,600

I’m using two from each team in the Raptors-Rockets game, which I think will be fast-paced. Because of injuries, the SF pool is ridiculously shallow; there aren’t many attractive options beyond Parsons and MWP. I’m also leaving $400 on the table; most days I’ll plug the ‘best available’ player into my last roster spot to use up the entire salary cap, but in my weakest spot (backup SG) Pargo would be the play even if he cost $4,400.

Today’s Fantasy Spin looks at all five NBA games in more detail and reviews what happened last night, including the latest injuries and roster shuffles.

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