Fading the Chalk: The Tony Davis New Year's Party
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.
Last night was supposed to be a good night. On account of my injury, it was going to be the first New Year’s Eve that I wasn’t stuck at work in years. I was really looking forward to diving into all the Antonio Brown drama and then capping off my evening with some League Pass action.
Then came the scratch heard ‘round the world. He got me. First time all year. But that was it. With my NBA interest gone, I gave in to watching Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, and a bunch of bands I had never heard of. At least the beer was cold.
My Lineup: The Brow All-Stars
I’m going to try to get through this part without thinking too much about Brow. Let’s just say that at first glance, the value plays that I wanted to have were Tyus Jones and Austin Rivers, and they were going to be enough to free up salary for Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis.
From there, I found some more value with Maxi Kleber, which would allow me to fit guys like Dennis Schroder, Robert Covington, and Julius Randle. Then I finished out with Kelly Oubre, Jr., but it was really a toss-up for me on which of the super-cheap SFs to plug in there.
The Expert Lineups
If you think Brow ruined your night, imagine being one of the eight people who started him in the $5,300 BEAST. CSURAM88 did exactly that but was almost able to overcome it on the back of another huge night from Karl-Anthony Towns along with a standard 70-burger from James Harden. In order to fit those three dudes, Pete stacked up ever cheap guy on the slate in his other slots.
Moklovin paired James Harden with Anthony Davis and filled in from there with value plays. he didn’t cram in Towns though and came down to Deandre Ayton, which allowed him to squeeze in Robert Covington as well.
Imagine the stones it takes to invest $5,300 in a lineup and fade an 80% owned Anthony Davis. Then imagine winning $30k on that lineup despite only getting 30 points from Kevin Durant. Awesemo had one of those nights. Happy New Year!
The AndyBowsers Slack Tournament
Speaking of having a night, BigWilburStyle also faded Anthony Davis in favor of getting up to Karl-Anthony Towns and then spreading the rest of his salary around with guys like Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan. Nicely done, sir!
The Big Takeaway
Everyone who played Anthony Davis last night is mad that they didn’t get the 80 points they were expecting from him. Everyone is mad that they couldn’t swap him out. So the big takeaway today is a reminder that these things do happen in NBA DFS, so don’t risk more than you can afford to lose on any one slate.
As long as you follow that advice, you’ll have plenty of cash to take a shot at five games we have on tap for the New Year’s Day slate. 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!