Daily Fantasy: Daily Mistakes (NBA EDITION)
Depending on bench players too muchThis is something we all find ourselves doing. We see some insane numbers produced by some player in limited minutes and splice him into our lineups. A good example of this is someone like Dejuan blair. He has great hands and is definitely capable of putting up absurd numbers in 20ish minutes on the court. The problem is that if game flow or matchup problems arise his minutes and production will suffer. Do your best to avoid these plays in h2h situations and use sparingly in tournament lineups.
Playing big time players with extremely high salariesThis year FanDuel has uncapped salaries and some of the biggest names in basketball now have salaries way over 10k. Lets use King James as an example. He is 11,100 tomorrow and lets just assume you are playing h2h tournaments. 290 this year is an acceptable score and pretty much should get you in to the money. With that goal, James needs to get you 53 fantasy points to produce a score that keeps your lineup in pace for 290 fantasy points. Lebron over his last 10 games has only averaged around 42ish points. Obviously when value plays come up throughout the season you can easily work him in but if he has mediocre night he basically ruins your night due to your lineups high dependence on him. Kevin Durant at 12k basically has to have a career game to hit value. (Which he did the other night interestingly). These plays are a great source of guaranteed points, and if you can work them in without taking huge risks elsewhere then they may be worth it in h2hs. Their limited upside and price makes them mediocre plays in GPPs.
Taking players from bad teams with indecisive coaches (Bucks,Kings,Jazz)This year has been very frustrating due to the fact lots of value plays are on teams who are just plain bad. Every time I take a player from the Bucks their minutes are different and their role completely changes. Just because your guy is starting does not mean an increase in minutes when using players from these teams. As the year goes on, we can only hope that these teams find some chemistry and let us start players from them with confidence.
Taking 3 point specialists and single catagory guardsWe see big fantasy productions with huge actual point scored and jump on board only to be destroyed in games following. A good example of a 3 point specialist would be Trevor Ariza. When he is on he will devastate your opponents do to an explosion of scoring but when he is off…. Basically he hangs around the perimeter and when his shot is not falling his production in other categories is nil. Lets just call him a risk/reward guy and you should use him sparingly. Good Examples of single catagory guards would be: Demar Derozan, OJ Mayo, and Eric Gordon. Use these guys when they are hot but beware of their ability to completely vanish from the fantasy scoreboard when their shot is not falling.
Looking at FanDuel ChatWhen it is down to crunch time and game lock is only minutes away make sure chat is closed. Even though there are rules in place to prevent false information from being spread, the chat is littered with crapola information. Don’t even look at it, it will likely send your scrambling looking for late scratches that don’t exist instead of doing useful research when time is money. Keep an eye on RotoGrinders chat and look for reliable sources of info on there(GrindersHosts).