Fading the Chalk: Right Back to Anthony Davis

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.

We’re all still frustrated that Anthony Davis didn’t play on Monday night, but if you let that cloud your judgment heading into last night’s nine-game slate, you missed out on a huge night from one of the best in the business.

Yes, he’s frustrating. But he’s also amazing when he’s on. And I think he came at an ownership discount last night because of his New Year’s Eve scratch.

My Lineup: Just Play PG Every Night

The first guy that everyone locked into their lineup last night was Terry Rozier, but after that, I wasn’t far behind on making sure that I got Anthony Davis and Paul George plugged in right along with him. After weeks of frustration arguing that Paul George isn’t a $10k player, I finally gave in and rolled with BigWilburStyle’s strategy of just playing him every night.

From there, my plan was to roll cheap Hornets with Willy Hernangomez and Nicholas Batum in order to free up the cash to afford Lakers like Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. A super cheap Josh Okogie allowed me to fit Dennis Schroder and I was set.

After thinking about it for most of the evening, I decided to pivot off of Hernangomez figuring that everyone would be on him, so I moved up to JaVale McGee by stepping down to Jonathan Isaac.

JaVale came through for me. So did Rozier and my two studs. But Lonzo, Schroder, and Kuzma all underperformed pretty dramatically, so this ended up being a pretty disappointing night.

The Expert Lineups

Booourns took advantage of the fact that Jimmy Butler was out by rolling with Joel Embiid in this lineup. The move up to Embiid forced him to come down to Brandon Ingram, who came through with a nice game. Jayson Tatum on the other hand, didn’t.

The Dude JeffElJefe rocked a trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Joel Embiid and was able to afford all three studs by going super cheap everywhere else. He did the same thing Booourns did at SG with Furkan Korkmaz and Josh Okogie. Then he filled out his lineup with Jonathan Isaac, Taj Gibson, and Marcus Morris.

MJClub saved a bunch of money by not paying up for anyone besides Anthony Davis. Rolling with Thomas Bryant at C worked out really well for him, but having Kemba Walker as his PG didn’t work out very well at all.

Moklovin had the exact same lineup that I started with before my pivot except for one 2v2 swap where he went down from Dennis Schroder to Furkan Korkmaz in order to move up from Willy Hernangomez to Steven Adams.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

Raj was the man at the top of the AndyBowsers Tournament with this lineup that started with all the guys I liked in Terry Rozier, Paul George, and Anthony Davis. Then, from there, he sold out and went cheap everywhere to fit Karl-Anthony Towns with that core. And that worked out great with a 50-burger from Towns and a nice little game from Dennis Smith, Jr.

The Big Takeaway

It would have been really easy to look at the scores from Lonzo Ball, Josh Okogie, and Kyle Kuzma this morning and assume that playing them was a huge mistake. But if that was true, we wouldn’t have seen all three of those guys in most of the expert lineups.

You can’t predict bad games. And you certainly can’t predict injuries. So the only way to evaluate a lineup is based on the information you had before the slate tipped off. And compared to what some of the best DFS players in the world did last night, I was pretty happy with the way that I put the puzzle together.

Fortunately, we have a brand new puzzle to work on tonight, but it’s only a three-game slate so we are probably not going to like this puzzle very much at all. I’ll still be diving into my research this afternoon though, 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.


  • cantclark

    I thought the Sixers / Suns game might be a sneaky shootout and it was but picked the wrong pieces – Simmons and TJ Warren who was awful

  • CJtheGrump

    Did not think Charlotte would get blown out so badly like that. I was tempted to move off Hernangomez for someone like Bryant or McGee. Couldn’t bring myself to do it.

    Paul George had me worried with 3 1st quarter fouls, but he flipped a switch and came through for my cash game lineup.

  • dskinyg

    Three bad fouls at that.

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