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.

MJClub had almost the exact same lineup as Mokloving, but he swapped out Bryn Forbes and Gerald Green for Patty Mills and Daniel House.

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!

Cover Image Credit: USAToday Sports Images

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.


  • pibkevin

    The Brow sitting hurt and Kyrie and Smart being flat didn’t help either

  • CJtheGrump

    I don’t think fading Davis was that gutsy a call considering just how ridiculous Harden has been lately. Dude should by 13K at least. We’ve seen 100 from Brow before but Beard has been spitting out 70s nightly.

    I’ve been burned by this in the past, so I feel bad for those who were. I wish they were better about getting this news out. The other thing that would help is if the sites waited until 10 minutes after the start time to lock since most games don’t start until 12 or 15 minutes afterwards anyway. A lot of scratches happen in that window.

  • pinstripeblue

    Like most, I was a victim also…in past years we all had to watch out for being “Popped”…we should come up with a slogan for Davis! We were “AD’d”…..

  • arisdog

    I actually scored over 290 with a 0 from Davis, if only he had played

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