Peter “DraftCheat” Christensen

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Daily Fantasy Basketball 101

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Before we dive head-first into the pool of a winning FanDuel NBA strategy, let me start off by saying just how fun DFS NBA is. Two years ago, I would have struggled to name 30 NBA players. Now, I can rattle off the rosters of every NBA team, and it’s my favorite fantasy sport. The rush of chasing a big GPP score as the West Coast games start and you’ve got Stephen Curry raining threes from the sky to propel you to victory is unmatched. Throw in the significant edge that can be had in DFS NBA (if you know what you’re doing), and you’ve got a recipe for a highly entertaining, profitable endeavor. The trick, of course, is becoming profitable. First, find the best daily fantasy site that fits your taste. Then, let me help you.

 

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1.    Trust Vegas

 

Have you ever been to Las Vegas? Did you stay in those massive, ritzy casinos? Those monstrosities were built on the backs of smart people, people that know what they are doing. One of your first orders of business in NBA Daily Fantasy (and really, just fantasy sports in general) is to check the NBA Las Vegas lines. You want to target games with high Over/Under totals that are projected to be close-games (games with a lower “spread”). If you have rostered players in a game that is close at the end, your guys are far more likely to be playing those minutes. If it’s a blowout, you’ll often see the starters pulled early to rest up for the next game. Games that Vegas project to have high totals will likely have more fantasy points scored, and are based on the teams’ pace of play. Not only will these high-total games typically wield more points for your players, but oftentimes more rebounds, assists, blocked shots and steals as well as usually more total possessions in a high-total game. Lastly, there is always the potential for overtime bonus minutes in a close game. Winding up with players who played in an overtime game can lead to a massive edge in larger-field tournaments.

 

2. Chase the Minutes

 

If you’ve never played Daily Fantasy Basketball, one lesson you’ll quickly learn is that you must always chase minutes. Given the nature of basketball, with only 5 people from each team on the court at one time, fantasy points are created for somebody on nearly every possession, whether that be via a scored basket, an assist, rebound, block, or steal. That means you need to roster players who are likely going to be on the court for a vast majority of the game. This can be hard to project at times, but in general you’ll want to target starters in games Vegas projects to be close and players from teams that are low on players. That former statement probably sounds strange to someone who does not follow the NBA closely, but as the season progresses, teams inevitably pick up injuries and illnesses, and oftentimes there is a team or two who become very short on available players for a game. When a team gets down to 8 or 9 healthy bodies, you can be pretty certain that the starters in that game are going to see big minutes, regardless of what the score turns out to be. Target these players, and reap the benefits.

 

3. Information is King

 

One critical aspect of Daily Fantasy Basketball that is unique to the NBA is the need to be at your computer right up until lineup lock. There are more unexpected late scratches in the NBA than in any other sport, and if you play often enough, you’ll have times when you are left scrambling when a couple of your guys are unexpectedly announced out just minutes before your lineup locks in. Worse yet is if you miss the news entirely and end up rostering a player who is sitting out the entire game. You’ll need to be vigilant about following all news, whether that be here at Rotoworld, at RotoGrinders, or following NBA beat writers and other relevant sources on Twitter. (Be sure to check out RotoGrinders’ handy tool that aggregates NBA news feeds from across Twitter.) While that may sound daunting, if you know where to look and refine your information gathering process, it can actually lead to you having a nice edge in NBA DFS as you’re less likely to have lineup-killing zeros in your rosters.

 

There’s a lot more that goes in to building winning Daily Fantasy Basketball rosters, but the three points listed above are absolutely critical to getting started. Follow those, and you’ll build a solid base on which to learn more about how to dissect individual match-ups that can lead to optimal lineups. But for a start, roster players in high scoring close games that are going to see big minutes, and avoid any “dead” players. That’s about half the battle. The rest, well that’s an ongoing process that takes time and experience. Good luck!



Peter “DraftCheat” Christensen excelled at Daily Fantasy to the point he was able to quit his day job and play Daily Fantasy full time. DraftCheat is ranked No. 10 in the Overall Rankings and recently qualified for the FanDuel MLB Finals in Las Vegas. He can be found on Twitter @DraftCheat.
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