NBA Slate #2 - 12/22 - 4 games
PREFACE: I’ve decided to play one $1 beginner double-up every NBA slate I can until I run out of beginner entries and then reevaluate. My knowledge of NBA is pathetic. Outside of the San Antonio Spurs (my hometeam) I probably can’t name 10 other pros. I have no concept of what differentiates the positions, I couldn’t tell you what team is in which conference, and I have no idea what a good stat-line is. But I like listening to experts talk about DFS on podcasts, so why not give it a go.
Starting Beginner Bankroll: $50
Current Beginner Bankroll: $46
Entries Left: 46 (donked off 2 extra entries on GPPs)
This is Slate #2
*Guys I felt good about
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: *Will Barton (on fire)
SF: Chandler Parsons
PF: *Chris Bosh (value, solid 35-40pts)
C: *Hassan Whiteside (between him and Gosul, took the cheaper option for salary relief)
G: *Dwyane Wade (Dragic injury)
F: Loul Deng
UTIL: D’Angelo Russell
I want to start off by saying, I had a very different lineup 10 minutes before tipoff with James Johnson in my roster. It freed up a lot more salary, giving me Lowry at PG, and not playing Deng or Russell. When I saw the injury come over the wire I panicked, threw my “must plays” into a lineup builder and tried to find something reasonable before lock.
I made the classic mistake of reading the forums and blindly following someones advice that “if Goran Dragic is out, Wade is a must play”. I know just enough about the NBA that Wade used to be really good, and is still probably a very solid Vet. It made sense. I actually watched this game, and I think the process was there- Wade got a lot of opportunities but shot poorly (8/21 is bad right?). Didn’t feel great about Wade, Bosh and Whiteside stack, but on a 4 game slate, with injury news, I ran with it.
Deng should never have been in my lineup- although he was decent. I honestly had no idea he was on the Heat. Not only was he not is a very good spot, I already had 3 Heat I wanted to play and there were better games to get exposure to.
Reggie Jackson was also a guy I didn’t want in my lineup (Heat play slow) . I was between Jameer Nelson and Kyle Lowry, but Lowry ended up not fitting into my lineup without James J. I should have played Jameer and upgraded Deng or Russel, but again, didn’t have the time or knowledge to fix my error.
Matt Barnes was on my radar and I have no idea why I played Chandler Parsons. Must have been something DK Analyst, Andrew Wiggins said, because I had Barnes locked in earlier in the day and changed my mind…
It’s really a bummer a last minute inactive forced my hand, but maybe that’s the nature of NBA DFS. Just reinforces that I’ll need a backup plan, alternative roster for each player in case of emergency.
1. Player Minutes are everything- and often difficult to predict.
2. Last minute roster updates are critical in NBA, and they really do come last minute. Have a backup plan.
1. Targeting players on opposite teams? Does position matter to this question?