The Basketball Diaries


What is up people! Now that NBA is in full swing, I think it’s time to unleash the monster inside me that just wants to get all creative. I just wanna write man! Anyways, instead of going with another article that gives out picks, I think it can sometimes be more beneficial to see a player’s roster and see how it is constructed. That’s the focus of this piece. I’ll show you my roster and also pick out an opponent’s roster and give my insight into some of the picks. rg chop article meme
We have the best daily fantasy writers on the planet here on RG. So for a guy whose short on time or new to the game they can be beneficial to see another players suggested picks. However, to be perfectly honest, those aren’t the articles I like to read on a daily basis. I prefer the strategy sessions and trying to evolve my game by seeing what others are doing. Catching trends and riding them before the crowd can often times lead to a big season in DFS. Give a DFS player a fish, he eats for the day. Teach that player how to fish and he eats for a lifetime… until it’s time for Big Poppa Choppa to eat.


Overlapping Players

Chris Paul
Victor Oladipo
Maurice Harkless
Nikola Vucevic

  • I had Oladipo on all my teams on all sites last night as did everyone else in the industry. No shocker there.
  • I also targeted CP3 to have a big game against the Rockets, but he disappointed. His price is starting to climb back up on Fanduel and he may be priced out soon.




The Separators


Ishmael Smith vs. Jeff Teague
James Harden vs. Monta Ellis
DeMarre Carroll vs. Kevin Durant
Tobias Harris vs. Kris Humphries
Thaddeus Young vs. Elton Brand


  • He made a solid cash game move and made room for Durant against a weak opponent. I was scared of the blowout that never happened and he got a huge game for Durantula. I chose Carroll because he’s been really good without Millsap and this was going to be the easiest game for him of the 3 that Millsap has been out.
  • Tobias was an easy play for me in this track meet with the 76er’s but he was a disappointment to say the least. After I read Olynyk was out, Humphries rose in my rankings quick. Unlike Condia, I couldn’t take him though because of the lack of flexibility on Fanduel. I was locked into Thad and Tobias.
  • Thad came back down to earth, but I couldn’t pass on another potential 50 point game from him. Now we know he’s human and we can adjust accordingly. Condia’s Elton Brand play was so solid. I was washed away in all my Mike Scott love that Brand slipped under my radar.
  • In hindsight, the bust of the night for me was Harden. Condia played Ellis, and I usually love Ellis. I just wanted to get Harden on there because he’s been sizzling and I thought this game would be a track meet. I could see another 50 spot out of James Harden and Ellis has been lacking something in his offensive game recently, so I thought Harden was the more “sure thing”. That backfired, big time.


About the Author

  • David Kaplen (headChopper)

  • One of the “OG’s” of the Daily Fantasy industry, David Kaplen, aka headChopper has been dominating DFS as long as it’s been around including winning the 2013 DFBBC and making too many live finals to count. He finished runner-up for the 2012 RotoGrinders Tournament Player of the Year and followed that up with a top 10 finish in the 2013 TPOY race. His popular videos such as the MLB Chop Shop and UFC Takedown can be frequently found on the RotoGrinders front pages.


  • monkeyjuice

    • Blogger of the Month

    Good stuff, HC. Keep writing.

  • Skyway

    Great stuff !! I’m a low vol low stakes but still love to win , I went for 260 on FD last night with harden :( keeping me just out of cashing my 50/50 it’s helpfull to see I wasn’t totally off ! Thanks

  • mongoman

    So that’s why I went with Scott last night, much to my subsequent dismay. Of course, P.J. Tucker didn’t help either.

  • jecarl2

    HeadChopper, do you look at splits? Harden put up two duds this year already against Houston. If you do, how far back do you go? He did have one great game last year. I used him also last night, even with the splits in mind, and probably should have faded him. Same scenario with Paul.

  • sabresrock29

    MCW and Parsons didn’t help me but I still managed 302

  • facemelters

    Love these types of articles. Thanks for the insight!

  • SoSoFishy

    How do I get in on these strategy sessions.

  • Nabbmelo

    im new fd this week only doing free games too get the feel of the site…anyway on fd can u check the feature scoreboards like on ds? so i can compare my scores to others on any given night i been winning them but ln 280, tue 323 just a few scores i had! thanks guys in advance

  • headChopper

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    Splits mean the least in NBA. I love to see that a guy has destroyed the team he is facing tonight twice already this year, but really it means nothing. Splits don’t matter much in NBA. Just wait till MLB to break out that stat

  • headChopper

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    they dont have a featured scoreboard on FD unless I am missing something

  • ineedmoney23

    2013 FD KotD Champ

    • 2017 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    I ate the harden and hump bug last night. Stevens had something to do with the hump disaster. Cant wait for mlb where coaching decisions dont really need to be factored in. Good work like usual bro.

  • ohnjz

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    • 2013 StarStreet NFL Playboy Mansion Finalist

    Thanks for the insight into your process, Chop

  • sonicattack

    I hope this becomes a regular thing.

  • chacha59

    Good Insight Chop,I was on the Scott Train also with out using Brand at all and paid the Piper.

    When I am talking to myself(which is often)and going back n forth with a player, I get some satisfaction that it was a player you either put in your lineup or wavered on that was my difference in a good night.

    So please keep these up they are very helpful.

  • rickstil

    I appreciate all that you do, Chop. Breaking it down again and again is how we learn to get better. I am posting better cash game scores and picking up those bucks because of the help all of you give. Thanks so much.

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