FanDuel Diary: Daily Leagues A Challenge

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Congratulations to “tuuckk” whose team scored 263 fantasy points to win the $200 first prize in our Saturday Freeroll. It was a tough beat for “muggsy205,” who finished a strong second with 261 but earned nothing in the winner-take-all payout format. My team limped home 88th out of 146 entries, as “sure thing” Varejao was outplayed by Chris Kaman, who ironically had bombed in my Friday Freeroll lineup to cost me at least a consolation prize.

Week 3 has been very frustrating; the last of my $100 bankroll is in play today in a handful of $1 and $2 leagues. You do need some luck to go along with good handicapping, and mine has been mostly bad. We’ll regroup tomorrow with a fresh hundred bucks and hope for a better outcome in Week 4.

It’s easy to join FanDuel (if you haven’t already) with no deposit or credit card required, the rules are simple — pick a 9-man team without exceeding the salary cap — and it’s a great challenge that’s fun even if you don’t win.

FanDuel 15 Nov. 18
Stars Over $7,000
Kevin Durant $9,900
Deron Williams $7,700
DeMarcus Cousins $9,100
Nicolas Batum $8,300
Kobe Bryant $8,800
Scrubs Under $5,000
Lavoy Allen $4,000
Meyers Leonard $3,500
Harrison Barnes $4,800
Kyle Singler $3,700
C.J. Watson $4,500
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Damian Lillard $6,900
Joe Johnson $6,700
Wesley Matthews $6,600
Thaddeus Young $6,400
Kevin Martin $6,200

With two NBA games starting early, FanDuel has many leagues that close at noon EST, allowing you to select players from the matinees (Pacers at Knicks and Magic at Raptors) or the evening games. They also have a variety of leagues and tournaments with the (Late) designation; those close at 6:00 p.m. and do not include players from the afternoon contests.

The chart at right includes five good possible plays in three price ranges for Late leagues. If you want to use Carmelo Anthony ($8,300) or J.R. Smith ($6,600) or Nikola Vucevic ($5,600) you must join one of the events that closes early.

PG Damian Lillard CHI@POR $6,900
PG Deron Williams BKN@SAC $7,700
SG Joe Johnson BKN@SAC $6,700
SG Wesley Matthews CHI@POR $6,600
SF Kevin Durant GSW@OKC $9,900
SF Nicolas Batum CHI@POR $8,300
PF Thaddeus Young CLE@PHI $6,400
PF Lavoy Allen CLE@PHI $4,000
C Meyers Leonard CHI@POR $3,500

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

Grizzlies Maul Knicks; Kobe Leads Fast-Paced Lakers; $200 Saturday Freeroll

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The surging Grizzlies have won seven in a row, knocking off three of the top-ranked teams in the NBA this week. They beat the Heat convincingly last Sunday, defeated the Thunder in OKC on Wednesday and last night topped the previously-unbeaten Knicks. Now 7-1, their only loss to the Clippers in the season opener, Memphis has the best record in the league.

Before we take a look at fantasy-relevant news from all the Friday action and preview what might happen in today’s games, be sure to join our Saturday Freeroll. Daily fantasy leagues are great fun, and they can be lucrative. Here’s a chance to enter for free and win $200 cash! It’s a winner-take-all format tonight; no consolation prizes, just two hundred bucks to the Sheridan Hoops reader who picks the best 9-man team within a $60,000 salary cap. There are other great contests every day, from $1 and $2 leagues right up to high-roller levels. Check out my FanDuel Diary for more.

November 16 Games

NYK@ MEM: As predicted, Zach Randolph (20 PTS, 15 REB) and Marc Gasol (24 PTS, 7 REB) were great up front, Mike Conley (16 PTS, 8 AST, 2 STL) was efficient and Rudy Gay (17 PTS, 4 BLK) had another good game. The Knicks, who might have been a little tired after a hard-fought win the night before in San Antonio, got 20 from Carmelo Anthony and 18 from Raymond Felton, but the biggest surprise was Rasheed Wallace (13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks) playing 24 minutes. That could be a trend until Amare Stoudemire returns.

PHO @ LAL: It wasn’t quite Showtime in Seven Seconds or Less. But the Lakers came out fast (35 first-quarter points) with Darius Morris (5 PTS, 6 AST) at PG and will be even better when Steve Nash (leg fracture) returns and new coach Mike D’Antoni puts in the rest of his stuff. Kobe Bryant had 31, Dwight Howard adding 18 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks. Pau Gasol (16 PTS, 10 REB, 2 BLK) was more involved and Metta World Peace knocked down five 3-pointers en route to a 22-point, 6-rebound, 3-steal line. Phoenix was led by Goran Dragic (22 PTS, 7 AST) and out of nowhere, Jermaine O’Neal (12 PTS, 5 REB, 3 BLK) played 20+ effective minutes.

UTA @ PHI: If I was a ‘real’ reporter covering the Jazz, I would have been full of post-game questions for coach Ty Corbin. Why Paul Millsap (22) played only 28:15 is a mystery. Why Utah never went to its big lineup (Millsap at SF and Derrick Favors at PF alongside Al Jefferson) is borderline incompetent; it was the one place they had a significant advantage. DeMarre Carroll had a career-high 17 off the bench, as Marvin Williams was awful (2 PTS in 22 minutes) but his coach had an even worse night. The Sixers were led by Jrue Holiday (26 PTS, 7 AST, 6 REB) and Jason Richardson (20 PTS, 8 REB) with some nice work off the bench by Lavoy Allen (10 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 BLK) in relief of ineffective Kwame Brown. J-Rich played 35:30 and Dorell Wright just 5:18 — a big concern for Wright owners.

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FanDuel Diary: Another Freeroll On Saturday, $200 First Prize

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Congratulations to “mattbell21” whose team scored 309 fantasy points to win the $50 first prize in our Friday Freeroll and to everyone who won a prize from the $250 pool. My team finished a respectable 31st out of 228 entries, just 7 points out of the money. I blame Chris Kaman.

Thanks to all those who entered. We get to do it again tonight, with a twist. Saturday’s Freeroll has a $200 payout, winner take all.

It’s easy to join FanDuel (if you haven’t already) with no deposit or credit card required, the rules are simple — pick a 9-man team without exceeding the salary cap — and it’s a great challenge that’s fun even if you don’t win.

FanDuel 15 Nov. 17
Stars Over $7,000
LeBron James $9,900
Kyrie Irving $8,200
Anderson Varejao $7,400
Tim Duncan $8,300
Monta Ellis $7,700
Scrubs Under $5,000
A.J. Price $4,300
Bradley Beal $3,800
Tobias Harris $3,700
Kosta Koufos $4,500
Kirk Hinrich $4,000
Starters $5,000 to $7,000
Tony Parker $6,700
Kemba Walker $6,400
Zach Randolph $6,700
Kenneth Faried $6,700
Larry Sanders $5,800

The chart at right is for tonight’s leagues. That is, the ones that close at 7:00 PM Eastern, like our Freeroll. FanDuel has other Saturday contests that close at 12:30 EST and include the matinee between the Raptors and Celtics, whose players aren’t eligible in the later-closing pools.

Down $64.50 from my $100 Week 3 bankroll with just two days remaining, it’s about time to win some cash. Here’s my tentative lineup, which can (and probably will be) be edited until the deadline. Good luck with your picks!

PG Kyrie Irving DAL@CLE $8,200
PG Tony Parker DEN@SA $6,700
SG Ray Allen MIA@PHO $5,600
SG Bradley Beal UTA@WAS $3,800
SF LeBron James MIA@PHO $9,900
SF Tobias Harris NO@MIL $3,700
PF Paul Millsap UTA@WAS $8,500
PF Tim Duncan DEN@SA $8,300
C DeAndre Jordan CHI@LAC $5,300

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

Knicks Win Again, LBJ Carries Heat; $250 Friday Freeroll

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There were only three NBA games last night, but they were good ones. Before we get to the fantasy recaps and a preview of tonight’s nine-game slate, you are invited to join our Friday Freeroll at FanDuel.

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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.