Fading the Chalk: One Play Everyone Agreed On

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.

Last night was another NBA slate where I got most of the decisions right, but missed on one major one that wrecked everything for me. However, it was fun to see that just about everyone was on one specific play, and it wasn’t James Harden or Anthony Davis. It was Fred VanVleet.

In other news, yesterday was a huge day in my recovery from Achilles surgery. I was finally able to break through the mental barrier and take some steps. My entire foot is still extremely sore, but I’m walking again. And I’m pretty sure that puts me ahead of the Boogie Cousins timetable.

My Lineup: The Stars & Scrubs All-Stars

I actually thought that last night’s slate was a fairly obvious puzzle to solve. You definitely wanted to get James Harden and Anthony Davis involved, and there were plenty of cheap value guys to choose from in order to make that happen.

On top of that, it seemed like Elfrid Payton and Fred VanVleet jumped off the notebook page, so they were definitely going to be in play. Pairing those two with my two studs left me looking for value pretty much everywhere else.

Kevon Looney stood out early in the day as the value option at C. And remember earlier this week when I didn’t get Furkan Korkmaz in when Jimmy Butler was out? I didn’t make that mistake again last night.

PJ Tucker was a pretty obvious choice for the cheap PF spot, and that left you with a choice between guys like E’Twaun Moore, Cedi Osman, and Danuel House to finish out the lineup at SF.

The Expert Lineups

CheddaBisque was at the top of the $222 Single Entry Tournament with this lineup that faded James Harden in favor of going cheap at SG. He rolled with Kevin Durant instead and used the extra salary to spend up on Julius Randle.

Awesemo also faded James Harden in favor of Kevin Durant and two cheap SGs, but he went super cheap at C with Mike Muscala and used the extra salary to spend up on Ben Simmons and pair him with Fred VanVleet.

ChipotleAddict went ultra-contrarian and faded both James Harden and Anthony Davis. He spread his salary around with guys like Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, and Julius Randle.

Even Hoop2410 was off of James Harden last night. Instead, he paired up Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid with Anthony Davis, and then went as cheap as he could everywhere else.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

DeuceofWands was the top score in the AndyBowsers Slack Tournament with this lineup that also got off of Harden in favor of cheap SGs. Deuce also got away from Anthony Davis and instead paid up for guys like Ben Simmons, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Andre Drummond.

The Big Takeaway

Apparently, there is a price level where even the best stars and scrubs experts will back off of guys like James Harden and Anthony Davis. I thought it made sense to pay up for both of them last night, but it doesn’t seem like anyone agreed with me on that one.

Fortunately, I have the opportunity to brush off that L and move right onto the next slate. Unfortunately, with three early games today, our main slate is only going to have four games to work with. Let’s get to work on that research and enjoy the rest of Wild Card Weekend. I’ll be back tomorrow 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.


  • laser1000000

    It was good to see you in the same 100 man tourney I was in! Sadly, we finished right next to each other. I blame myself — I’m almost never on the right side of Harden.

  • fupnation

    Laser, same here.. refused to just lock Harden in the past few games then last night I did. Brutal timing.. I did notice alot of “pros” fade Harden last night, and find a way to getting Simmons in.

  • JasonD4512

    Great analysis. Had Harden the last few nights and it went very well. Had him last night, not so much. Worth the risk I think, he has been playing at such high level, was bound to come back to earth at some point, didn’t think it would be last night

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