Fading the Chalk: Swapping Guys on the Fly

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.

Today marks seven weeks since I had surgery to repair my torn Achilles tendon. And according to my doctor, everything is right where it’s supposed to be. I was able to take the last wedge out of my boot, and I am supposed to start attempting to walk in shoes with crutches over the next week.

I’m also looking at the possibility of being able to drive again soon, which is going to be the big one for me. Getting that level of independence back after almost two months is going to be great. I just have to keep pushing forward.

Now let’s talk about hoops.

My Lineup: The Brodie & Embiid All-Stars

As much as I liked the idea of getting some value from Bismack Biyombo, the guy that I felt the most confident about for most of the day yesterday was Joel Embiid. Outside of him, the only other studs that I had in consideration were Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

My original plan was to pair Paul George with Joel Embiid, but I didn’t love any of the other options at PG, and between TJ Warren and Otto Porter, I had two other SFs that I was very comfortable with.

Because of that, I decided to pair Russell Westbrook with De’Anthony Melton up top, roll with Warren and Porter in the middle, and lock in Embiid at the bottom of my lineup.

I also wanted to lock in Josh Jackson as my cheaper PF. Then when we got the news that JJ Redick was not going to play I moved to Furkan Korkmaz as my cheap SG and filled in the rest of the lineup with Jeremy Lamb and Domantis Sabonis.

I had read that Lamb was expected to play his normal role, but after lock we got a news alert that he would have his minutes monitored. That was disappointing, but I’m not going to beat myself up too much as I was making those last-minute adjustments on the fly at work without any of my research in front of me.

The Expert Lineups

When I started writing this blog a few years ago, I had reached a point where I was pretty much able to put out the same lineups as CSURAM88 and Hoop2410 on every slate. But lately, it seems that I have switched to more of a Moklovin style approach to roster construction.

Dude had a lot of the exact same ideas that I did last night, except that he went with Paul George instead of Joel Embiid. Then he went double cheap at SG with Alec Burks (who I had before the JJ Redick news) in order to move up to Deandre Ayton.

Just a couple moves and we’re on the exact same lineup. And had I been in front of my computer, I might have hit on exactly that…although I do have a cautious fear of the inconsistency of Deandre Ayton.

I haven’t seen a lineup from Assani in a while, but he was right in the mix in his usual contrarian style with this lineup that rolled with Russell Westbrook but faded De’Anthony Melton, Paul George, and TJ Warren. His bottom three were fairly chalky, but Kelly Oubre, Jr. turned out to be a huge difference maker.

Hoop2410 was also off on Paul George and Joel Embiid last night. He rocked the same PGs, SFs, and PFs that I did with Deandre Ayton. Then he went up to Bradley Beal at SG and paired him with Monte Morris.

At least ElJefe had my back on Joel Embiid. I was starting to get concerned that I made a huge mistake there. Jeff went all-out stars and scrubs with Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Joel Embiid. Then he filled in with some of the chalky value guys along with Delon Wright and Richaun Holmes.

The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament

Steelbusnole took the top spot in the AndyBowsers Slack Tournament with this lineup that featured a career night from Andrew Wiggins.

The rest of the lineup was fairly chalky, except for the part where he went down to Kevon Looney in order to move up from the cheap SGs that the rest of us were playing. It didn’t work out well with Bogdan Bogdanovic, but it sure did with Wiggins.

The Big Takeaway

I haven’t been cashing much lately, but I am within one or two moves of all of the experts just about every night. So with that in mind, the big takeaway today is that I just need to keep on keeping on. My process is solid, and all I need is a few slight tweaks to trigger a hot streak. It’s coming.

Actually, it might be starting tonight. We have a brand new puzzle to solve today, so let’s get to work on that research and I’ll see you back here 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.


  • B_Heals152

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    Last night I was just a 3v3 off from your lineup. Instead of Melton, Lamb, Embiid, I went Lin, Wiggins, Towns. Solid build last night.

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