Fading the Chalk: Russ Laughing at the Faders

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.

Remember those stretches over the past few years where you simply couldn’t fade Russell Westbrook at any price? We’re not necessarily back to that, but you likely didn’t do very well without him last night.

This was another frustrating slate for me, but I have to keep reminding myself that the only way to get better and fix mistakes is to take an honest look at them with a calm mind the following day. So with that in mind, let’s get to work.

My Lineup: The Trash Performance All-Stars

Heading into last night’s slate, my primary goal was to get as much upside into my lineup as possible while avoiding any potential pitfalls. Pretty much the same thing that I try to do every night.

In my mind, the first guy that I wanted to lock in was Bismack Biyombo, who provided some much-needed salary relief. That would allow me to get up to guys like Kemba Walker, Devin Booker, and Paul George.

From there, I filled in my open guard spots with Fred VanVleet and Dennis Schroder. Then if I went down to Kelly Oubre, Jr. or OG Anunoby, I had just enough to finish out with Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka.

When it was announced that Kyle Lowry was playing but Fred VanVleet was going to start for Kawhi Leonard, I left FVV in my lineup and swapped out OG for Oubre.

The Expert Lineups

MJClub took down the $535 Rainmaker with a lineup that started out trying to do the same thing I did with going down to Bismack Biyombo for value. But he skipped Kemba Walker and Devin Booker in favor of Russell Westbrook and TJ Warren. Then he got great games from cheap SGs and moved up to Domantis Sabonis instead of Serge Ibaka.

ChipotleAddict made the double-cheap-SF approach work by jamming in Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, and Bradley Beal up top. Combining those three with a huge game from Otto Porter, Jr. was enough to get him deep into the money pretty much everywhere.

If I would have swapped my Paul George play for Russell Westbrook, I probably would have landed on something similar to this lineup from Moklovin. But I likely would have come off of Otto Porter, Jr. in order to play TJ Warren and stepped down from Domantis Sabonis.

That version of the Moklovin lineup I was just talking about is pretty much what Booourns went with. I could have gotten on board with this, but it obviously didn’t do a whole lot better than the lineup I rolled out.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

FightingJohn was dropping stunners left and right in the AndyBowsers Slack Tournament with this lineup that combined Russell Westbrook and Paul George and also paid up for Kemba Walker. Then he got that big game from Kevin Heurter and the rest of his role players came through with solid lines.

The Big Takeaway

It feels like it’s been a good while since I’ve had a strong NBA lineup. When that happens, the key for me is to get back to basics and continually ask myself what the experts are going to do on a slate and how that compares to what I am attempting to do.

Fortunately, we have a very nice eight-game slate to break down tonight. Let’s get to work on that research and get that money tonight! I have an early doctor appointment tomorrow, so I’m going to take the day off from Fading the Chalk, but I’ll be back on Wednesday morning to let you know how it went.

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.


  • fightingjohn

    Back on that train tonight Andy!!!

  • Moneyshot1968

    Losing Booker is just a lineup killer ….I can attest to that!

  • 1981TeddyB

    Oldipo and booker killed me

  • R160189

    Gotta keep getting on that horse Andy! You got this!

  • brannigan73

    Why was Porter Jr so popular last night in cash games I don’t get it. Tough matchup against the Thunder and not starting. I know he is cheap but there were some other good or cheap SF in good sports: George, Warren, Batum, and Anunboy. All those guys before Porter jr last night for me. And really if you look at his box score it was miraculous. He still only played like 25 minutes but managed to squeeze off 17 shots. Still comfortably cashed all my 50/50 with a score of 249.

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