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

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

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

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FanDuel Diary: Plenty Of Options On Busy NBA Night

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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

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FanDuel Diary: Join Our $3,000 Tournament Tonight

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Want to win $600 cash tonight for a $5 investment? Me too. Just click the logo to enter our $3,000 tournament. Pick a 9-man roster without exceeding the $60,000 salary cap and whoever scores the most fantasy points wins. Only six categories matter — PTS = 1pt, REB = 1pt, AST = 1pt, BLK = 2pts, STL = 2pts, TO = -1pt — and while a good player on a hot night can earn 50+, averaging about 30 per man

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FanDuel Diary: Renewed Optimism in Week 5

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Last Monday, in the middle of a losing streak, I wondered if I was any good at daily fantasy basketball. One good night (like I enjoyed on Friday) makes a big difference in a sample size this small; a $100 profit in Week 4 made the season numbers look much better. Years of results suggest I’m an above-average player over a long Roto season and slightly stronger in Head-to-Head leagues, which are a series of mini-seasons. Daily leagues are different; no

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FanDuel Diary: Leagues Start Early Today

As Week 4 draws to a close, I’m sure to finish at least $100 ahead, doubling the original bankroll. Resisting the temptation to join a $109 Head-to-Head or 50/50 league, I’m going to stay at my usual $1 amd $2 levels in tournaments and venture into the $5 range in leagues with fewer teams. It’s a quirk of scheduling that for the second Sunday in a row, most of the NBA’s superstars have the day off. Also, there are matinees to consider,

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FanDuel Diary: It Feels Good When You Win

Even after a winning night, it’s hard not to think of what might have been. Scoring a personal-best 337 points, I finished ninth out of 1,769 entries in the DFBBC qualifier, good for a $75 consolation prize but awfully damn close to a trip to Las Vegas for the live final in March. In the $5K NBA Shot, the same lineup finished 11th among 2,790 teams to win $55 and my ‘backup’ team got $10 for 129th place. Throw in a couple

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