FanDuel Diary: Fresh Start in Week 6

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It’s a humbling experience to have the $100 weekly bankroll wiped out again. That’s happened in three of the five weeks so far, with a small loss and a $100 win in the other two. I’m trying to be consistent in the amount of money I spend each day, and have recently begun to diversify my lineups, but it’s yet to pay off.

The law of averages is in my favor, because my handicapping has been pretty good. I’ve just endured a string of bad luck, having a few key players scratched late with injuries, or using guys one game before they get hot, then not following up. (I’m talking to you, Arron Afflalo.)

FanDuel 15 Dec. 3
Stars Over $7,000
David Lee $8,600
Chris Paul $8,300
Al Jefferson $8,500
Stephen Curry $7,500
LaMarcus Aldridge $7,900
Scrubs Under $5,000
Jarrett Jack $4,900
Ben Gordon $4,700
Jeremy Pargo $3,800
Larry Sanders $4,700
Kyle Singler $4,300
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Ryan Anderson $6,800
Damian Lillard $6,800
Klay Thompson $5,700
Robin Lopez $5,500
Andre Iguodala $6,800

Six NBA games results in a mid-sized player pool, but a lot of superstars’ teams have the night off, so David Lee is the highest-salaried player tonight. The chart suggests five guys in each of three price ranges.

You can make unlimited changes to your lineup until 7:00 EST. Here’s mine, unless I change my mind before game time.

PG Stephen Curry ORL@GS $7,500
PG Damian Lillard POR@CHA $6,800
SG Monta Ellis MIL@NO $7,300
SG Klay Thompson ORL@ GS $5,700
SF Tayshaun Prince CLE@DET $5,300
SF Danilo Gallinari TOR@DEN $6,400
PF David Lee ORL@GS $8,600
PF Ryan Anderson MIL@NO $6,800
C Robin Lopez MIL@NO $5,500

You can see my strategy — using Curry, Lee and Thompson against the (theoretically) exhausted Magic, plus two Hornets big men against the confused Milwaukee frontcourt and “best available” to fill out the other roster spots.

Today’s Fantasy Spin looks at all six NBA games in more detail and reviews what happened in two very exciting Sunday games.

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