Fading the Chalk: Recapping the Christmas Day Slate

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.

It’s not every day that you get to lead off a DFS article with a picture of Ivica Zubac, so let’s all take a minute to appreciate that.

And now that we have that in order, I hope your Christmas Day slate was filled with just as much food, wine, beer, and cookies as mine was. And if you’re just as happy to get back to your normal routine as I am, then Merry Day-After-Christmas to you as well!

I get angry about halfway through the Christmas Day slate every year, but things went a little bit better than normal for me yesterday, so I have nothing to complain about right now. Let’s get into it!

My Lineup: The Giannis and Harden All-Stars

I always try to start my process by isolating the value plays that are going to make my lineup work, and the key one yesterday was obviously Ivica Zubac. But on top of that, I also liked Danuel House, and to a lesser extent, Rajon Rondo and Jonas Jerebko.

Starting with that framework, I was probably going to have enough salary to fit two studs, and the obvious plays there were James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

From there, I filled in with Emmanuel Mudiay and Kyle Kuzma, which left me enough salary for Tim Hardaway, Jr. in my last spot.

The Expert Lineups

Hoop2410 looks like he started with a similar framework to what I came up with, but he went even more stars and scrubs and was able to fit Stephen Curry and Draymond Green along with James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. He did that by loading up on cheap guys like Terry Rozier, Andre Iguodala, Gerald Green, and Daniel This along with Ivica Zubac.

Awesemo also rolled with three studs, but he opted for Kevin Durant over James Harden, which allowed him to fit Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Dennis Schroder as his SGs. Then he went super cheap at PF with Al-Farouq Aminu and Zach Collins.

ChipotleAddict was probably the closest thing to fair and balanced with this lineup that was anchored by Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo. He skipped out on James Harden in favor of Jimmy Butler and Josh Hart, and that allowed him to fit Emmanuel Mudiay as his second PG along with Draymond Green and Noah Vonleh down at PF.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

BigWilburStyle was the top score in the AndyBowsers Slack Tournament with this lineup that stuck to his new strategy, which he describes as “I just play Paul George every slate.” It’s working.

Coming down to Paul George allowed Wilbur to easily fit Stephen Curry and James Harden, but it was actually guys like Rajon Rondo, Malcolm Brogdon, and Jeramy Grant that pushed his score up over 300.

The Big Takeaway

The Christmas Day slate is a tough one every year because you have to set your lineup at noon for a slate that includes 10 pm games. That part is not fun, but sitting around watching hoops all day sure is.

If you did well yesterday, take some time to enjoy it this morning. If you didn’t, don’t worry about it. But either way, it’s just another five-game slate, so let go of your results and move onto the next one.

Fortunately, we have a brand new 10-game slate to break down today. 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!

Cover Image Credit: USAToday Sports Images

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.


  • zigdeuce

    Kyrie vs the Sixers and Iguodala vs Lebron stood out to me as great plays. Felt less confident filling out the rest, but broke 300 in 2 of 5 lineups.


    I enjoyed reading the artical thx sharing with us. 20 lineups in the draft kings 1 dollar tourney. Ended up losing due to dryamond getting in foul trouble. I had 100% Draymond green and my thought process was I felt he was too cheap and in a very good spot. I projected a 40 DK point game. That one hurt, but also I had 8 drew Bledsoe’s. In the last 3 games against the Knicks he had 40 plus DK point totals one of them was on 12/20/18. I had him projected for 35 came up short there as well unfortunately. Ended up breaking 300 mark in only one line. 😔

  • dcsports21

    Had Kyrie, Iggy, Harden, Grant & Zubac in all my lineups- was a very good night

  • BigWilburStyle

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    I think the big takeaway is to just play Paul George every night!

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