Finding the Balance: Week 26

Wondering why this year’s challenge looks so different from the past? Read here for the full explanation!

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Sundays are always interesting from a scheduling standpoint, and today was going to be the day we were going to put a swingset together for the kids, but, after a huge storm last night, it just wasn’t in the cards. So, after a day of just kind of chilling around the house and running a few errands, it was time to settle down and work on some DFS as we bring the regular season to a close. With no Rubio, I wanted some Mitchell and Ingles, and, with all the Nuggets out, I knew I wanted some shares of Lyles, Plumlee and Morris, but, as it turned out, I didn’t like the Morris build on Yahoo, and it ended up being the difference between a DK dud and a Yahoo sweep, thanks to the fact it ended up being Elf in there instead:

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

I took the day off from school today to put together a swingset we got for the kids and, with the help of my dad, more than doubled the “estimated 3-4 hours” it was supposed to take to put it together, but together it is, and the kids love it! So, despite the fact I’m definitely feeling my age, I was able to get in some late DFS because I’m already starting to miss it with just one more day remaining, so I had a core of a lot of Lakers, PG13 and CP3, and then sprinkled in guys around them to make the numbers work. Ultimately, I hit across the board… except for JaVale. Luckily, it was enough to still have a decent night:

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

So, as fate would have it, the final night of the Yahoo tourney just happen to coincide with parent teacher conferences, meaning I was getting notifications I was going to have to read quickly and then determine which of the billions of minimum priced guys I wanted to play. Unfortunately, most of those guys were Centers, and I could only play two, and, though Boban was solid, KOQ getting hurt really put a damper on things, as did my last “just kind of fits” Knox play, which is really too bad because my beasts, well, beasted. So, it was profitable, but hard to not go “what if?” with this one, which isn’t really how you want to end the season… and ending up 676th was my lowest finish yet in the season-long tourney, after finishing 126th and 633rd the last two seasons…

So, of course I played the later slate too, trying to focus on guys who were worth the salary while fitting in some cheap weirdos, and, ultimately, I ended up cashing on FD, Yahoo and DK… even with Hield flopping:

Was it awesome? No. Harkless DNP wasn’t too cool, and the fact I had Grayson Allen in a few different builds was also a little bit frustrating, but hey… if I’m going to walk away from the craziest night of the season making money, I’m not going to get too mad about it. And hey, I managed to squeak out a third place finish in my season long league whose draft went Brow, Jrue, Oladipo, etc., and ended up with guys like Wright, Dragan Bender and Ivan Rabb, so overall it was a nice, if underwhelming, end to the season.

Finding the Balance:

On a short week with one day off to boot, finding the balance isn’t as hard. Finding the guys who will actually play meaningful minutes, though? Not so easy. I’m actually kind of proud of how I finished the season, as this week rarely ends on a positive note with all the uncertainty involved… but I also can’t help but think I left a few bucks on the table a handful of times. But hey, it happens, and the reality is this was a solid end to what was arguably my best season yet, which was a little bit surprising considering A) I had been multi-entering the last few years, B) I hardly played on FD at all, which had been my bread and butter, and C) I had never been a regular player on Yahoo until this season. It was fun, though, and please stop by next weekend when I reflect on the season in a more in-depth manner as well as share some all-important data, as we all know the only way to grow in this game is to maximize what you’re good at and stick with it! This weekend, we’re going to celebrate my youngest son’s second birthday, so I’m sure I’ll have a few stories to tell from that, too.

See you then, and may your playoff teams do well! Unless, of course, you’re a Trailblazers fan…

About the Author

  • Jim Hill (jimfred82)

  • Jim Hill, aka jimfred82, is a happily married father and teacher who has been playing fantasy sports since 2001. He began his DFS career in the pioneer days when $5 was the minimum contest entry and nobody had even heard of 50/50’s. He mainly plays low-dollar NFL and NBA, and has been blogging for RotoGrinders since 2011, publishing hundreds of blogs with a variety of content ranging from NFL, NBA, bankroll challenges, and his lifelong disdain for Kendrick Perkins.


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