Fading the Chalk: Can't Get No Respect

I’m a restaurant manager that works crazy hours and uses DFS as a way to escape from the stress that comes with my job. 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 barbecue, sports, or life in general, hit me up on Twitter: @EasyMoneySelby.

I had a bit of a setback with my recovery yesterday as my foot wasn’t thrilled with my attempts at walking and decided to wake me up in the middle of the night with a unique combination of pain and swelling.

As I was dealing with that around 3 am, I was also thinking about how slighted Jrue Holiday and Paul George would feel if they knew that I called their salaries “too expensive” just about every single day.

I wonder if that lack of respect is the motivation that is driving these guys to put up such elite numbers night in and night out this year?

My Lineup: The Team Giannis All-Stars

Let’s start at the bottom today with the two value plays that jumped off the page in Mohamed Bamba and Greg Monroe. The problem is that you had to pick one of them on FanDuel. I originally wanted to go with Monroe figuring that Toronto was just a better team, but swapped over to Bamba later in the day thinking that he would have more opportunity for the Magic.

I also saw Cheick Diallo as a possible money-saving punt play. He wasn’t going to put up a huge game, but at that salary, he wouldn’t have to do a whole lot to earn his keep.

On the stud side, you could have made a very good argument for Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Anthony Davis. My first plan was to cram in both Russ and Giannis, but as I looked a bit deeper, I realized that there were two cheaper PGs that I really liked.

This PGs were De’Aaron Fox and Derrick Rose. And by not going with a second true stud, I was able to afford guys like D’Angelo Russell, Buddy Hield, Robert Covington, and Aaron Gordon.

Because this was a massive 12-game slate, there were tons of other options that all made sense, but these were the guys that seemed to offer the best combination of price and opportunity in my mind.

The Expert Lineups

CSURAM88 took down the $5,300 NBA Beast with this lineup that started out the same way I did with Cheick Diallo and Mohamad Bamba. But Pete went even cheaper at PG with Fred VanVleet, and that gave him enough salary to get up to Anthony Davis and still fit Paul George. He also went down to Justin Jackson, which gave him even more flexibility in fitting Jrue Holiday and Buddy Hield.

Booourns was right behind Pete with this lineup that started the same way with Diallo and Bamba, but then he went a different direction with Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard as his studs. He was also able to fit Jrue Holiday, but he did it by stepping down to a super cheap Josh Okogie.

Awesemo was the dude bringing up the rear in the big money tournament. His lineup started out with two cheap guys, but he went with Jonas Jerebko and Greg Monroe instead of Diallo and Bambo. Then he rolled with the triple-stud combination of James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis and didn’t bother rostering Derrick Rose or Jrue Holiday like the other pros did.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

Scripps was the big winner in the AndyBowsers Slack Tournament with this lineup that paired Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at SF and still fit Jrue Holiday by going the cheaper route with Derrick Rose and Fred VanVleet at PG with some discount big men.

The Big Takeaway

With 12 games on the main slate, there was a crazy number of options across the board last night. Too many. So if you missed something or decided to intentionally take a stand on a specific player or situation, don’t feel bad if it didn’t go your way.

My team played well, but I wish I would have embraced the upside of Paul George and Jrue Holiday a little bit more. I’m obviously not giving either of those guys enough credit for the way they are playing this season.

Sadly, we don’t have a great option to get back on track tonight with just two games on the schedule. I can’t imagine why TNT let’s the NBA get away with giving them such a short slate to pick from every Thursday. But a slate is a slate, so let’s get to work on that research and I’ll be back tomorrow 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.


  • precool

    Tough night for sure. Sorry about your setback. My lineups fizzled without enough in the late night hammers. Onward and upward with you recovery brother! Good luck on the micro slate.

  • srcripps

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    Woot woot!! Thanks for the shout-out Andy. I think I got lucky going with a slightly contrarian build with no “major” studs. All the best with your recovery Andy and hopefully you get to enjoy the holidays!

  • CJtheGrump

    Every day I try to find ways to spend less time on research, but end up spending more.
    My best lineup yesterday didn’t even exist until 5 minutes before lock because I had a thought that I wanted to cram in a couple Westbrook/George lineups but the main contest was already full. (I usually only play quarter jukebox on DK).

    I entered one of the secondary contests at the last minute with the same lineups from before and then modified them with the Westbrook/George lineups that I had in mind. Ended up winning 100 dolalrs.

  • KDavis

    Crazy high scoring night last night. I scored 314 on FD and didn’t cash in double ups! Stunned this morning waking up and seeing that.

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