FanDuel Diary: Plenty Of Options On Busy NBA Night

Congratulation to “dreamteamtheme,” whose team scored 309 points to win the $600 first prize in yesterday’s $3,000 tournament. My Raptors (Lowry and Valanciunas) failed to fire, so I finished well out of the money.

I did cash for $13.50 in a $5 3-player league, so after two days in Week 5, the $100 bankroll is down just $16.50 but a family matter will take up most of my Wednesday, putting fantasy hoops in the background.

There won’t be daily leagues on Thursday (just two NBA games) so we’ll be loaded for bear this weekend, when there’s another qualifying tournament for the $200,000 DFBBC and we’ll have something special for our loyal readers.

FanDuel 15Nov. 28
StarsOver $7,000
Kevin Durant$9,700
Russell Westbrook$9,600
Kevin Love$9,100
Chris Paul$8,200
Al Horford$7,400
ScrubsUnder $5,000
Jae Crowder$4,100
Jamaal Tinsley$4,200
Gary Neal$4,400
Kyle Singler$4,200
Martell Webster$4,400
Starters$5,000 to $7,000
Tyson Chandler$6,100
Damian Lillard$6,900
Ryan Anderson$6,900
Greivis Vasquez$6,100
Kevin Martin$5,300

Eleven NBA games means 22 teams to choose from tonight, and a wide variety of options in each price range. The chart is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of affordable talent.

You can make unlimited changes to your lineup until 7:00 EST. Here’s mine for now:

PG Russell Westbrook HOU@OKC $9,600
PG Kirk Hinrich DAL@CHI $4,100
SG Joe Johnson BKN@BOS$ 5,600
SG Richard Hamilton DAL@CHI $5,100
SF Kevin Durant HOU@OKC $9,700
SF Kyle Singler PHO@DET$ 4,200
PF Zach Randolph TOR@MEM $7,300
PF Serge Ibaka HOU@OKC $7,000
C Al Horford CHA@ATL $7,400

Singler has been great in five of seven games since being promoted to the starting lineup; that price is a bargain against Shannon Brown. Using Hinrich is more a reaction to Dallas being in disarray at PG; Darren Collison got benched for Dominique Jones. Keying on Durant and Westbrook assumes that Houston will play fast even though they are tired.

One of many possible and logical variations is “Knicks win big,” with Tyson Chandler ($6,100) at C and Carmelo Anthony ($8,600) at SF, instead of Durant. That lets you afford the upgrade from Ibaka to Kevin Love at PF. Good luck with your selections!

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

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