Fading the Chalk: Short Slates Are Lame

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.

With only two games on the schedule last night, we all knew that we were destined for a frustrating evening. But since most of us don’t really know what to do with ourselves outside of playing DFS, we all took a shot at cracking the short slate anyway, didn’t we?

My Lineup: The Short Slate All-Stars

The big question of the day was whether or not you could get a leg up on the field by fading James Harden. While I definitely thought about it, the lineups that I put together without Harden, were not exciting enough to justify the risk of passing on his 50+ points.

With Harden as my stud, I knew that I could get some value from the Mavericks point guards, as well as Dwight Powell as my PF punt. From there, I knew that I wanted to be sure to play Danilo Gallinari, Harrison Barnes, Tobias Harris, and Clint Capela.

I was hoping to get Wesley Matthews as my second SG, but I already had four Mavericks locked in, so I stepped down to Dwyane Wade.

Obviously, I liked Luka Doncic last night as well, but paying up for him would have forced me down off of someone else that I really liked.

The Expert Lineups

Hoop was the highest expert lineup that I found int he $535 Rainmaker. He rolled out the same lineup that I did except he used Josh Richardson instead of Gallinari, and then he stepped up from Jalen Brunson to Tyler Johnson. He paid for both of those upgrades by punting with Mike Scott instead of Dwight Powell.

I actually made a comment to my Slack friends about an hour before lock that I didn’t understand what was happening in Miami. If this was last year, Tyler Johnson would be a must-start in place of Goran Dragic and James Johnson would be putting up 40 fantasy points every night.

Awesemo went even heavier on the stars and scrubs approach by using the same framework but pushing up to Christ Paul and Luka Doncic. He did this by coming all the way down to Dorian Finney-Smith and Marcin Gortat. And if Chris Paul doesn’t get hurt, this strategy likely pays off handsomely.

BigPapaGates went all in on Clippers PGs and then came way down with guys like Gerald Green and Kelly Olynyk. That allowed him to pair Luke Doncic with James Harden and still fit Gallinari and Capela.

CSURAM88 took my lineup and stepped down from J.J. Barea to Tyler Johnson in order to save enough money to move up from Wade to Wesley Matthews, but he also moved up to Josh Richardson.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

Scripps went back-to-back and won the AndyBowsers Slack Tournament again with this lineup that found a way to cram in James Harden, Luka Doncic, Danilo Gallinari, and Clint Capela. He also got a huge return on investment from Derrick Jones, Jr., so maybe this is the dude we should be asking for advice on those crazy Miami Heat rotations.

The Big Takeaway

I very rarely put any stock at all into the results of a two-game slate, but it’s worth noting that I have a very similar lineup to the ones that Hoop2410 and CSURAM88 rolled out last night. Considering I spent years modeling their cash game approach, it’s not a surprise that I’m still thinking like them, but it is always a nice reminder that I’m in good company.

We’re back on track with a full ten-game slate tonight, so let’s get to work on that research and I’ll see you back here on Monday with a recap of Week 16 NFL!

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.


  • srcripps

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    The Heat Whisperer…….shhhhh! I knew that Jones Jr. was a risk considering his price at $5.2K wasn’t the best point per dollar play. On a two-game slate, that was a risk I knew not a lot of people were going to make, so that was my edge. Had Barnes and Gallinari for my SFs early on but pivoted to Jones Jr. to keep my core Harden, Doncic, Gallinari and Capela intact. Here’s hoping for three straight wins! Now back to researching!

  • fupnation

    Jones Jr was a lock on DK, especially on such a short/boring slate. Very few players with his upside at that price last night-kids an athletic freak :)

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