DraftStreet Diary: $300 Freeroll on Friday; Beat Me For Money on Saturday

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It’s been a pretty good week for Chris Sheridan, whose Tuesday scoop about Phil Jackson got this site (and its publisher) some well-deserved attention. Last night, while my daily league teams again floundered, user ‘sheridanhoops’ won $200 for third place in the $11 GPP contest. If he wasn’t so busy running SH, writing columns, doing media appearances, or talking to coaches, GMs, players and other contacts — on and off the record — the boss would give pretty good fantasy advice.

(His team was Derrick Williams, Marcin Gortat, Nate Robinson, Chris Paul, DeMarre Carroll, Larry Sanders, Al Jefferson and Al Horford.)

Be sure to enter tomorrow’s Sheridan Hoops Freeroll, where you could win $100 cash, and there’s nothing to lose. It’s free to join, easy to learn and loads of fun, even if you aren’t one of the 15 prize winners who will share a total of $300. There are already over 300 entries, and always room for one more.

We also have a very special contest on Saturday, exclusive to SH readers. Beat me and win! It’s a 40-man league, with an $11 entry fee. In addition to $400 in prize money, everyone who finishes ahead of me earns an extra $5. The entry link for that one will be here tomorrow.

If my luck doesn’t change before Saturday, that will be the easiest five bucks you ever made. My $100 bankroll this week is down to $52, after a third straight winless night. That’s how it goes in daily leagues; last week I had one very good night and six disappointments, but still turned a 17.5% profit. With only three games on the NBA calendar this evening, player choices are more limited, and I’m hoping to turn things around.

DraftStreet 15 Jan. 10
Stars Over $13,000
LeBron James $21,963
DeMarcus Cousins $17,556
LaMarcus Aldridge $16,422
Dwyane Wade $15,635
J.R. Smith $14,877
Scrubs Under $9,000
Steve Novak $5,387
Jae Crowder $5,095
Ronnie Brewer $4,272
Thomas Robinson $7,079
Udonis Haslem $5,937
Starters $9,000 to $13,000
David West $12,131
Wesley Matthews $12,978
Dirk Nowitzki $12,839
Jason Thompson $10,408
John Salmons $9,035

The chart makes five suggestions in each of three price ranges. LeBron James is very expensive, as always. The problem if you use him is a lack of outstanding options in the lower price ranges. I’m going to take a chance on Steve Novak, who could get extra minutes with Carmelo Anthony suspended, but will pass on LBJ  — who is banged-up and playing a tough defensive team — to focus on more medium-priced guys.

F1 David West (IND-F) $12,131
F2 Steve Novak (NY-F) $5,387
G1 Paul George (IND-G) $14,961
G2 Wesley Matthews (POR-G) $12,978
C1 DeMarcus Cousins (SAC-C) $17,556
C2 J.J. Hickson (POR-C) $14,171
U1 Damian Lillard (POR-G) $13,209
U2 Lance Stephenson (IND-G) $9,079

In some leagues, you can enter multiple teams. In all of them, your lineup can be changed until 8:00 EST.

To play in Thursday night contests, click here to join DraftStreet and open a free account. Everyone should enter the Jan. 11 Freeroll, which is literally money for nothing if you finish in the top fifteen.

The Fantasy Spin, published by 9:00 every morning, previews tonight’s triple-header in more detail and looks back on what happened in 11 Wednesday games.

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