FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship Review

Ten of the top fantasy sports content sites are going to be competing in the FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship. For full details about the event, click here. Basically, RotoGrinders will be competing against some of the other big sites across the industry to decide which site is the top fantasy basketball projector in the industry. This should be a fun event and I’m excited to kick it off for Team RG!

We had a nice ten-game slate on tap tonight and in a limited field, I didn’t want to think too far outside the box. I decided to roll with my cash game lineup in hopes to get Team RG off to a good start. This slate was interesting, as I basically wanted to roster ten point guards and all five Pistons’ starters. The real debate was which superstar to pay up for. LeBron James was in a great bounce-back spot, Stephen Curry is always dangerous, and both superstars from the Thunder were on my radar.

Point Guard

Russell Westbrook – I was close to paying up for LeBron James, but liked the value options at small forward enough that I decided to go with Westbrook as my cash game anchor. When it comes to a high floor, no one is basketball can top what he brings to the table. He basically has a 50 point floor with the potential for a lot more. I also liked that the spread against the Mavericks was at only 4.5 points.

Derrick Rose – Rose, Mike Conley, and Reggie Jackson were all comparable plays for me tonight. I decided to go with Rose, as his usage rate has been through the roof ever since Jimmy Butler went down with his injury. I also liked that he was playing at home in an uptempo game against the Wizards. Update: After not being listed on the injury report all day, Rose was scratched right after lineup lock. Sorry, Team RG. This one’s on you Bulls!

Shooting Guard

Zach LaVine – Even though LaVine is set to come off the bench, he should still see 30+ minutes of action tonight against the Raptors. His price is still down on FanDuel and he has been surprisingly consistent over the last few weeks, scoring at least 20 fantasy points in each of his last ten games.

E’Twaun Moore – Using two Bulls in cash games makes me feel a little uneasy, especially when one of them is not named Pau Gasol. However, Moore has really stepped up for the Bulls with Jimmy Butler out. He has been playing minutes in the mid-30s and the Wizards have struggled to defend wing players all season.

Small Forward

Tobias Harris – The Pistons are short-handed right now. The Thornton/Motiejunas trade fell through, while Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver have both been ruled out with injuries. Harris should be set for 35+ minutes against the Sixers, who are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA this season.

Marcus Morris – I expect Harris to be the chalk play at small forward tonight, but I’m guessing that Morris will have a much lower ownership, even though he is in just as good of a spot. Morris should see close to 40 minutes tonight in a great matchup against the Sixers. As mentioned earlier, I wanted a lot of exposure to the Pistons tonight.

Power Forward

Zach Randolph – Without Marc Gasol, Randolph has seen a sizable boost in minutes, fantasy production, and usage rate. He has hit the trifecta. Randolph would have been a strong play tonight even in a bad matchup and once I saw that he was facing the Lakers, this pick was a no-brainer.

Gorgui Dieng – Dieng has been so consistent with Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic out. He has played at least 35 minutes and has scored at least 33 fantasy points in seven of his last ten games. Even though his matchup against the Raptors is less than ideal, he should see extended playing time even if the game gets out of hand.

Center

Andre Drummond – I expect Drummond to be 1000% owned tonight. The Sixers are ranked dead last against centers, they don’t rebound the ball well, and they lead the league in blocked shots allowed. I thought about fading him to make my lineup different, but I didn’t want to be the one guy to fade him on a night that he scores 50 fantasy points.

About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Top-Ranked Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Utah, but has since joined Team RotoGrinders. He is currently spotted in the Top 50 Overall rankings on RotoGrinders, and has been ranked as high as 5th. The talented Mr. Noto was a 2012 DSBC Finalist, 2013 DSBBC Finalist, 2013 DSBC Finalist (x2), 2013 DD BLB Finalist, 2013 DFBBC Finalist, and 2015 DK King of Boston Finalist. He also won the 2015-16 FCK NBA Players Championship. Notorious has been nominated for five Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards, including basketball, baseball, and golf.

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Comments

  • mrjfly86

    got screwed over by rose

  • daJetts

    Rose busted my lineup as well. …

  • jpjk1lla

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    somehow still cashed the $50 double up on fanduel even with the bagel from rose thanks to a garbage time rebound by Crawford with 4 seconds left lol. Life’s good!

  • Meatacus

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    • Ranked #48

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    Great contest for FD to run, as it’ll probably boost traffic to all sites. Also add in the fact ppl might join some of these sites and then play more on FD in expectation to get better returns.

  • KillaChap

    I actually love FD so much more than DK; the website is cleaner, the lineups are easier (minus the UT) and their pricing always seems to be more in line with current production. That being said, not being able to adjust lineups after the first games kick off is awful and quite honestly, not really all that fair. I mean, I get it if you set a lineup first thing in the morning and a guy was listed out shortly after and you don’t take him out because you’re lazy but the garbage with Rose and Leonard after the break is nonsense.

    What I find to be even more shocking is that this was my identical lineup. Maybe I read too much RG? haha

  • precool

    @KillaChap said...

    I actually love FD so much more than DK; the website is cleaner, the lineups are easier (minus the UT) and their pricing always seems to be more in line with current production. That being said, not being able to adjust lineups after the first games kick off is awful and quite honestly, not really all that fair. I mean, I get it if you set a lineup first thing in the morning and a guy was listed out shortly after and you don’t take him out because you’re lazy but the garbage with Rose and Leonard after the break is nonsense.

    What I find to be even more shocking is that this was my identical lineup. Maybe I read too much RG? haha

    I agree with you on FD 100%. So much easier on the eyes. Every time I’m asked to take a survey I always say allow edits for late games. (before tip times) I guess they don’t want to concede the late game action. (think… craps dealer raking in all the chips)

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