DraftStreet Diary: $11 Leagues Aren’t So Tough

During this holiday season, fantasy hoops isn’t the main priority, believe it or not. At about 6:30 on a very busy Saturday, there was time to try one Snake draft. Comfortable at the $2 and $5 level in 3-man and 6-man leagues, I joined a 2-man for $11. If you’re better prepared than your opponent, it’s an easy $9 profit. Using the same logic, I entered a 2-man Salary Cap and a 20-man Double-Up for $11 each.

To my surprise, I cashed in all three, for a total of $60, and picked up another $5 for finishing 45tth of 550 with one of my $2 entries in the $1,000 GPP. Now up $37 for the week (each Monday I start with $100) I’ve entered just a handful of contests today and won’t be watching any basketball.

It just makes sense to spend more in Head-to-Head formats. Losing streaks will be shorter, wins more frequent. Despite some success in the 2-man games, I still think 3-man leagues might be even better investments. If you’re an above-average player, it seems like extra money: profit at the $5 level is $8.50 for beating two teams, compared to $4 for beating one.

DraftStreet 15Dec. 23
StarsOver $13,000
Carmelo Anthony$18,176
Tim Duncan$18,084
J. J. Hickson$16,020
Andrei Kirilenko$14,036
Blake Griffin$16,022
ScrubsUnder $9,000
Jimmer Fredette$6,780
Marcus Thornton$7,730
Dominique Jones$5,333
Isaiah Thomas$7,349
Derrick Williams$8,300
Starters$9,000 to $13,000
Jason Thompson$12,777
J.J. Redick$10,343
Jameer Nelson$11,563
Gustavo Ayon$10,825
Jamal Crawford$9,313

There are only six NBA games today. Some contests close at 3:00, others at 6:00, limited to just four games. The chart today assumes you’re in a 3:00 league. Here’s one of my lineups; good luck with all of yours.

F1 Andrei Kirilenko (MIN-F) $14,036
F2 Jason Thompson (SAC-F) $12,777
G1 Tony Parker (SA-G) $15,333
G2 Alexey Shved (MIN-G) $9,833
C1 J.J. Hickson (POR-C) $16,020
C2 Brook Lopez (BKN-C) $13,639
U1 J.J. Redick (ORL-G) $10,343
U2 Marcus Thornton (SAC-G) $7,730

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Today’s Fantasy Spin previews all of tonight’s games and breaks down Friday’s results.

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