Fading the Chalk: Moving to DraftKings

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.

Let me start this off by saying that I have never had a strong feeling about late swap one way or the other. I see both sides of the argument, and I think both opinions are very reasonable.

With that said, I think dropping the lowest score might be one of the worst changes either DFS site has made in years. I don’t like that at all.

So while I did make the switch to DK because I got screwed on the DeMar DeRozan late scratch on Friday night, this is something that has been building for a while now.

DK seems to be where the big boys play, and I want to test my puzzle-solving skills against the best of the best. So let’s get after them.

My Lineup: Who Gonna Guard Karl Towns?

I have absolutely no clue how to build a line on DK, so let’s start out with a top-down perspective here. I knew that I wanted to have some exposure to the Twolves and the Suns. Then I was also looking to work in pieces from the Clippers and maybe the Pacers.

You always want to have the best player on the slate when you are playing a short slate, so I went with Karl-Anthony Towns as my focal point. I also saw that Patrick Beverly had the chance to pay off his value quickly with Danilo Gallinari out.

Speaking of Gallinari out, that meant big things for either Tobias Harris or Montrezl Harrell, so I was definitely going to have one of them in my lineup, even if it meant I had to pass on Devin Booker as a huge dog.

If I couldn’t afford Booker, I could still find some Suns exposure through guys like TJ Warren and Josh Jackson. Then with those guys as by basic framework, I was able to fill in with Domantis Sabonis and Bojan Bogdanovic to finish out my lineup.

My lineup came through nicely, but was it actually a good lineup? Let’s see what some of the experts have to say.

The Expert Lineups

Moklovin agreed with me on Karl-Anthony Towns and TJ Warren, but that was where the similarities ended. He chose to pay up for LaMarcus Aldridge and Devin Booker, then he went with different discount Clippers in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Avery Bradley. He also went cheap with Dragon Bender.

Awesemo played the Patrick Beverly, TJ Warren, Josh Jackson, and Domantis Sabonis combination that I liked, but he was one of the few people who chose to fade Karl-Anthony Towns. He also rolled with Montrezl Harrell instead of Tobias Harris. Then he used the extra money to pay up for Kemba Walker and Devin Booker.

Youdacao was also in on some cheap Clippers along with Dragon Bender, which allowed him to combine Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker with both of the Clippers PFs and TJ Warren.

The Big Takeaway

After two slates playing on DraftKings, I feel like the pricing leaves more options on the table than it does on FanDuel. It could just be that it’s different, but time will tell I guess.

I should also comment that I am much more comfortable with the flex spots and multi-position eligibility than I thought I would be. I expected to be overwhelmed with options, but I haven’t found that to be the case just yet. Again, time will tell.

We have a huge slate to tackle today, but it’s an early/all day one that I am probably not going to have time to mess around with. However, I will be playing on DK tomorrow night and will be back on Wednesday 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.

Comments

  • dvjr1983

    Nice lineup! Couldn’t agree more, FD is falling off quickly by trying to re-invent something that wasn’t broken.

  • chefs101

    I’m starting to think the same way. Not happiest with the platform appearance but that’s my deal.

  • junglerules

    I went to DK exclusively once FD (temporarily) became unavailable in Texas. At this point, I’ve never gone back to FD, and the lack of a late swap is a big reason why.

  • sneakyshort

    ditto — absolutely hate the light text on black background. Tried it for a bit but that drove me away.

  • spettey

    Damn, this was my favorite NBA article on RG. Gonna miss it. Looking at the DK site is like working on old school Linux. Can’t do it.

  • jwilly1976

    Late swap just adds 2 more hours to your work day.
    As a full time DFS er don’t really like it.

  • TMH887

    Late swap might add time to your work day, but it can be worth it when someone in a 10:30 PM EST game is scratched after lineup lock. It’s also nice because a lot of times if I get home late from work, it affords me some breathing room if there’s only 1 or 2 games that start at 7:00 PM. I’ll make a lineup with whoever I want from the early games (if anyone) and fill out the rest later.

    I think the “drop a score” feature is a poor attempt to replace late swap. It mitigates some of the damage, but when the score you’re dropping is someone in the $8K+ range, it can be difficult to overcome that and still cash.

    I love multi-position eligibility, too. Building lineups on FD feels much more rigid. You can really get creative on DK and it reminds me of those sliding block puzzles.

  • TMH887

    @spettey said...

    Damn, this was my favorite NBA article on RG. Gonna miss it. Looking at the DK site is like working on old school Linux. Can’t do it.

    I only play on DK but I would still read this article each day…what difference does it makes? You’re going to let the color scheme of a site bother you THAT much?

  • spettey

    Well that’s a good point. The ideas he’s going with are still the same no matter the site. It’s just frustrating because all the podcasts are also DK centric.

  • low18is63

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    Andy,
    I think your take on FanDuel is spot on. I started playing DFS in August 2014 and have played almost exclusively on FD until 2 weeks ago. I agree with you that “drop a score” is the worst change to DFS that I have endured. I’m not the biggest volume player by any means but I play a lot, every day of the year that there is a slate. 100% of my action is now going to DraftKings…

  • plew1776

    FanDuel sucks….so happy you’re on DK now!

  • CLYDENEWSOME

    Fan Duel just needed to keep the late swap. The drop the lowest score often is just a punt player. There is strategy to it, but I liked it better with late swap.
    One thing I like about Draft Kings is you can sometimes get 3 Centers in with the PF/C and then C and Util position. More options to move guys around on Draft Kings. Also the pricing on Fan Duel is at times to extreme both for good and bad players.
    Nice lineup you had Beverly going off for 53 fantasy points at his price did if for you on that slate.

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