Fading the Chalk: Back in the Money Again

My name is Andy, and I am a freelance writer and restaurant manager that works crazy hours and uses DFS as a way to escape from the stress that comes with my jobs. I’m certainly not a pro, but I have been a profitable player over the past few years, and getting up early to blog about my process is one of the best ways that I have found to fight depression and anxiety. If you’d like to talk about writing, barbecue, sports, or life in general, hit me up on Twitter: @EasyMoneySelby.

I know that the picture for this article today should be James Harden. He deserves the cover photo of just about every hoops article that gets published today. But I was shocked to see that a lot of the experts weren’t on James Harden last night. And everyone was all over Stephen Curry.

Plus…let’s be honest…everyone else is going to use that Harden picture, so this is my way of being a bit of a contrarian.

My Lineup: The Houston Rockets All-Stars

Every lineup discussion yesterday started with what combination of James Harden and Anthony Davis you were thinking about using. My first instinct was to jam in both of them. Then I thought about fading both of them. But after a little more thought, I decided that the best approach might be to find a way to pick on and fill in a lineup from there.

Another thing that pushed me in that direction was that I felt Stephen Curry was more of a “must-play” than either of those high-priced studs. This was simply because I didn’t like any of the PG options outside of Curry and Elfrid Payton, where I had other option I could go to at SG or PF.

The thing that eventually swung my opinion to James Harden over Anthony Davis was that the Rockets just didn’t have anyone else to score points for them. They really didn’t even have guys to eat minutes. Shoutout to Milo in my Slack Chat for pointing that out to me.

So after plugging in the two PGs I liked, the next guys into my lineup were James Harden, Austin Rivers, Gary Clark, and PJ Tucker. I played around with a few options for the last three options, but I liked Evan Turner as a punt and Kevon Looney as a cheap C. That gave me enough extra salary to get up to Tobias Harris.

The Expert Lineups

Hoop2410 found a way to cram in Kevin Durant along with Stephen Curry and James Harden, but the discount guys that he used to make that happen like Jalen Brunson and Garrett Temple didn’t come through for him.

For a guy that faded James Harden 81 point night, Moklovin really did a great job putting up a fight, but he wasn’t able to make up that much ground even with a 50-burger from Draymond Green.

BigPapaGates did his thing going contrarian with Kyrie Irving and Giannis Antetokounmpo and fading all of the popular studs. But just like we saw for Moklovin, even great nights from guys like Kyrie and Giannis weren’t enough to overcome the Harden fade.

Booourns was in on the Warriors stack with the Rockets not named James Harden. But just like we saw from everyone else, their upside just wasn’t enough to keep pace with the upside of the James Harden lineups.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

I took second place in the AndyBowsers Slack Tournament last night right behind Milo741, which is fitting because he was the one who convinced me to load up on Rockets role players.

His last three players were Jae Crowder, Maxi Kleber, and Julius Randle, which worked out to be about 5 points better than my last three players.

The Big Takeaway

I am thrilled that I did so well last night, but the fact that most of the experts chose to fade James Harden has me worried that I missed something and should have been on the Golden State stack with them. But I also know that you have to enjoy the wins when they come, so I’m going to let myself be happy with this one and worry about matching up with the experts tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow’s article, we have a legit slate on a Thursday for the first time in months. Let’s get to work on that research and I’ll be back in the morning with another edition of Fading the Chalk.

Did you play the NBA slate last night? How did you do? Did you fall into the traps of playing guys who didn’t produce? Or did you crush and find yourself up at the top of your contests? Either way, leave a comment and let me know what went into your process!

About the Author

  • Andrew Selby (AndyBowsers)

  • Andy is a restaurant manager that fell head-over-heels in love with the DFS world from the minute he opened his FanDuel account back in early 2015. Since he is also an accomplished freelance writer, it was only a matter of time before those two worlds collided. He currently writes a daily blog called Fading the Chalk where he breaks down his own lineup decisions along with the lineups of some the best in the business.


  • pinstripeblue

    Harden might be $15,000 soon! he will need 75 just to get to 5x value…

  • papemerson

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    Andrew you missed everyhting about last night. Harden w 3 of the ancillary pcs on Houston was huge but the two biggest take away of the nights were running it back w dinwiddie and allen. Allen was someone we all should have been on given they were starting pj tucker at center. I was on him and cashed big. As well kyrie and kawhi were severely under owned and those two outperformed curry and Durant and were 2500 cheaper. Fading harden wasnt the play, fading the two GS studs and playing Draymond and Klay was the smart play

  • CJtheGrump

    I was too scared to play Mirotic, and I fell for the Brunson trap. Otherwise it could have been a shade better for me.. Still cashed though.

  • pinstripeblue

    Still cant complain about someone who scores 335.20! I;ll take that every night and take my chances!

  • brannigan73

    I scored 360 fading Harden. Curry, Payton, Jrue holiday, Kyle Korver, Kevin Durant, Jae Crowder, Tucker, Draymond Green, and Kevin Looney. Draymond Green and Looney basically wiped out Harden.

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