FanDuel Diary: A Forgettable Friday

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Congratulations to “knicksfan18” who scored a remarkable 324 points — led by Russell Westbrook (50) and Antawn Jamison (48) — to qualify for the $150,000 DFBBC final and earn a trip to Las Vegas for that event in March.

Things didn’t go as planned in my Friday leagues. Kobe Bryant was content to watch everyone else score for a change, Tyreke Evans was a late scratch and I sure picked the wrong guy between Gerald Wallace (29) and Arron Afflalo (8). The best part about daily fantasy games is, you can forget about those bad nights and start fresh the next day.

I’m now down $52 from this week’s $100 bankroll and tonight is the last chance to get even, as there will be no FanDuel leagues on Sunday — just two NBA games are scheduled. I’ve entered three different teams in the $5K Shot ($2 each) and will join a few other $1 tournaments, then invest the rest in $2 and $5 leagues with fewer players.

FanDuel 15 Dec. 1
Stars Over $7,000
Kevin Durant $9,900
LeBron James $9,600
David Lee $8,600
Tim Duncan $8,600
Blake Griffin $8,100
Scrubs Under $5,000
Andray Blatche $4,500
Larry Sanders $4,700
Aaron Brooks $4,000
Courtney Lee $3,400
Jeremy Pargo $3,800
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Luol Deng $6,800
Omer Asik $6,600
Klay Thompson $5,700
George Hill $5,800
Manu Ginobili $6,000

It’s a fairly busy Saturday with ten games, which means thousands of possible combinations. The chart lists five players in each of three price ranges, as a sample of who costs what. I’m going with LBJ over KD tonight, hoping the Warriors score big and the Jazz are tired.

You can make unlimited changes to your lineup until 7:30 EST. Here’s mine for the time being:

PG Stephen Curry IND@GS $7,500
PG George Hill IND@GS $5,800
SG James Harden UTA@HOU $7,900
SG Manu Ginobili MEM@SA $6,000
SF LeBron James BKN@MIA $9,600
SF Courtney Lee BOS@MIL $3,400
PF David Lee IND@GS $8,600
PF Andray Blatche BKN@MIA $4,500
C Omer Asik UTA@HOU $6,600

Today’s Fantasy Spin previews every NBA game in more detail and reviews what happened last night, including the Lakers hitting 17 three-pointers.

FanDuel Diary: $1,000 Winner-Take-All Tournament Tonight

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On a busy night in the NBA, there are a wide variety of leagues and formats at FanDuel. One that deserves special consideration is for high-rollers, at least from my perspective. It costs $25 to enter, there will be only 46 teams, and the winner will get the entire $1,000 prize pool! Just clock the logo to join.

There’s also another qualifying tournament this evening for the Daily Fantasy Basketball Championship. That one has a $10 entry fee, $5,000 cash in consolation prizes and the winner earns a trip to Las Vegas for the $150,000 DFBBC final in March. I won $75 for finishing ninth out of 1,769 teams in last week’s qualifier  and will be taking my best shot again.

Daily leagues are very challenging; you’re trying to choose the best 9-man team for tonight’s games only, within a $60,000 salary cap. Most of my leagues are at the $1 and $2 level, as my weekly bankroll is $100 and we’re down $21.70 heading into the weekend. Follow my (mis)adventures here every day.

FanDuel 15 Nov. 30
Stars Over $7,000
Kevin Durant $9,700
Russell Westbrook $9,600
Kevin Love $9,100
Carmelo Anthony $8,600
Jrue Holiday $7,600
Scrubs Under $5,000
Aaron Brooks $4,100
Trevor Ariza $4,700
Ben Gordon $4,500
Andray Blatche $4,100
Kyle Singler $4,200
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Tyson Chandler $6,100
Damian Lillard $6,900
Evan Turner $6,400
Nikola Pekovic $6,800
Mike Conley $6,500

With 11 games and 22 teams in action, there are a wide variety of options in each price range. The chart offers a few suggestions, but there are thousands of possible combinations. It takes handicapping skill to win, but as in any fantasy league, a little good luck never hurts.

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

PG George Hill IND@SAC $5,600
PG Aaron Brooks IND@SAC $4,100
SG Kobe Bryant DEN@LAL $8,800
SG Evan Turner PHI@CHA $6,400
SF Kevin Durant UTA@OKC $9,700
SF Gerald Wallace BKN@ORL $5,400
PF Kevin Love MIL@MIN $9,100
PF Andray Blatche BKN@ORL $4,100
C Nikola Pekovic MIL@MIN $6,800

This gets Kobe, KD and Love into the same lineup but counts on Blatche and Brooks to outproduce their low salaries. Replacing one of my three high-priced all-stars with someone in the $7,000 range would let me upgrade at two other spots. It’s the old question of stars-and-scrubs vs. balance; there is no ‘right answer’ because anything can happen on the floor, and it often does.

Today’s Fantasy Spin looks at all 11 NBA games in more detail and reviews what happened last night, including the Spurs’ junior varsity vs. the Heat.

$5,000 DFBBC Qualifier Tonight For $150,000 Final

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Tonight’s big event is a qualifying tournament for the $200,000 Daily Fantasy Basketball Championship.

Each week you can win one of 15 trips to Las Vegas for the live DFBBC final in March 2013, where the winner gets $50,000 in cash and even last place is worth $1,500. There’s an additional $5,000 paid out in consolation prizes in each qualifier. It costs $10 to enter, but you can’t win the DFBBC if you’re not in it.

FanDuel 15 Nov. 23
Stars Over $7,000
Josh Smith $7,500
Kevin Love $7,900
James Harden $7,200
Kevin Durant $9,900
Carmelo Anthony $8,400
Scrubs Under $5,000
Markieff Morris $4,900
Jeremy Pargo $3,400
Tiago Splitter $4,100
Jonas Valanciunas $4,100
Dion Waiters $4,600
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Damian Lillard $6,800
Kyle Lowry $6,700
Andre Iguodala $5,800
Roy Hibbert $6,300
Kenneth Faried $6,700

Here’s my tentative lineup, subject to changes until 7:00 EST. I’m going to continue using a few variations instead of entering exactly the same team in every league.

PG Damian Lillard MIN@POR $6,800
PG Kyle Lowry TOR@DET $6,700
SG James Harden NY@HOU $7,200
SG Arron Afflalo CLE@ORL $5,500
SF Kevin Durant OKC@BOS $9,900
SF Andre Iguodala GS@DEN $5,800
PF Kenneth Faried GS@DEN $6,700
PF Markieff Morris NO@PHO $4,900
C Roy Hibbert SA@IND $6,300

Today’s Fantasy Spin previews all 12 NBA games on a busy Friday night.

Fan Duel Diary: Enjoy the Night Off

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Congratulations to “ajhoff32” for scoring 309 points to win the $325 first prize in our $1,500 tournament last night. My team struggled in 69th among the 167 entries, as bargain picks Alexey Shved and Moe Harkless were disappointing.

Down $16 now from the original $100 bankroll in Week 4, I’ll have to wait for tomorrow to get even, as there are no NBA games tonight. Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and your loved ones.

On Friday, there’s another DFBBC qualifier. The Daily Fantasy Basketball Championship is a $200,000 extravaganza. Each week you can win one of 15 trips to Las Vegas for the live final, where the winner gets $50,000 in cash and even last place wins $1,500. There’s another $5,000 paid out in consolation prizes in each qualifier. It costs $10 to enter, but you can’t win the DFBBC if you’re not in it.

FanDuel 15 Nov. 23
Stars Over $7,000
Josh Smith $7,500
Kevin Love $7,900
James Harden $7,200
Kevin Durant $9,900
Carmelo Anthony $8,400
Scrubs Under $5,000
Markieff Morris $4,900
Jeremy Pargo $3,400
Tiago Splitter $4,100
Jonas Valanciunas $4,100
Dion Waiters $4,600
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Damian Lillard $6,800
Kyle Lowry $6,700
Andre Iguodala $5,800
Roy Hibbert $6,300
Kenneth Faried $6,700

The chart today is for tomorrow’s contests. Here’s my very early lineup, subject to changes until 7:00 EST on Friday. I’m going to continue using a few variations instead of entering exactly the same team in every league.

PG Damian Lillard MIN@POR $6,800
PG Kyle Lowry TOR@DET $6,700
SG James Harden NY@HOU $7,200
SG Arron Afflalo CLE@ORL $5,500
SF Kevin Durant OKC@BOS $9,900
SF Andre Iguodala GS@DEN $5,800
PF Kenneth Faried GS@DEN $6,700
PF Markieff Morris NO@PHO $4,900
C Roy Hibbert SA@IND $6,300

Harden is over the flu, Lowry’s foot seems healthy enough, Markieff Morris was impressive in his first start and Hibbert has turned it around lately. I also like the Nuggets, who have been much better in their last couple of games.

Today’s Fantasy Spin looks at all 14 NBA games from last night, including a surprise return by Kevin Love and all the latest relevant news.

FanDuel Diary: Freerolls Friday & Saturday

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We’re launching this new daily feature with a special Freeroll weekend.

Friday’s one-day tournament has no entry fee, but $250 will be paid out in 17 cash prizes, including $50 to the winner. Join FanDuel (if you haven’t already) with no deposit or credit card required, find out for yourself how much fun it is to pick a team, and maybe take home some free money. Tomorrow there will be a “winner take all” contest, again absolutely free to enter.

FanDuel 15 Nov. 16
Stars Over $7,000
Dwight Howard $9,600
Kobe Bryant $8,500
Kevin Durant $9,500
James Harden $7,800
Greg Monroe $7,600
Scrubs Under $5,000
Kyle Singler $3,600
Dante Cunningham $4,600
Harrison Barnes $4,400
Tony Allen $4,900
Tyler Hansbrough $4,000
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Mike Conley $6,600
Damian Lillard $6,6700
Zach Randolph $6,600
Ryan Anderson $6,600
Chris Kaman $6,200

The chart at right is for tonight’s leagues. I’m using the same roster in the Freeroll and a qualifying tournament for the $200,000 Daily Fantasy Basketball Championship. It’s $10 to enter that one, but they pay out $5,000 in cash and the winner gets a trip to Las Vegas for the finals, where the first prize is a cool $50,000. Find out more here.

Week 3 hasn’t been great so far, losing half of my $100 bankroll, but I remain optimistic. Daily leagues are challenging, fun and can be lucrative. Here’s my lineup, which can be edited until the 7:00 EST deadline. Good luck with your picks!

PG Damian Lillard HOU@POR $6,600
PG Mike Conley NY@MEM $6,600
SG James Harden HOU@POR $7,800
SG O.J. Mayo DAL@IND $7,000
SF Kevin Durant OKC@NO $9,500
SF Kyle Singler ORL@DET $3,600
PF Zach Randolph NY@MEM $6,700
PF Dante Cunningham GS@MIN $4,600
C Greg Monroe ORL@DET $7,600

Today’s Fantasy Spin looks at all nine NBA games in more detail and reviews what happened last night.