Recap night #1, Night #2 up next
I will try to break down what my thoughts were and what went wrong with each of my 5 entries for night #1. Ultimately I came out exactly even and turned the 12K FDPs into $5 cash.
Entry 1: 10 Man
Putting up 241 in a 10 man has gotten me some cash in the past but that wasn’t the case with this entry. Finishing 13 points out of the $ and 40 out of the top spot. Lets start out with the positives of this entry (is there any?? lol): Carlos Boozer, it pains me to list him as a positive, even though he did have a great night. 28 and 14 is a great way to start out the stat line for a player at his price, which I believe was 6100. Kevin Durant and LeBron James cominbed for 98 points, but those 9 combined turnovers hurt a little bit. Negatives for this entry, where do I start? Rajon Rondo going down in the 3rd quarter after putting up 21 FD points up til then. Of course I gambled and went ultra cheap at shooting guard and it hurt me (in my eyes) as Bradley Beal started out hot and fizzled quickly with 13 total points and Lance Stephenson burned me for the 2nd time this season, with his -2 for nearly the entire first half and finishing with just 8 total. I was really disappointed in the 22 from Anthony Davis and the 15 from DeAndre Jordan. I had high hopes for these two, as I’ve been extremely impressed with how they’ve played up until this point.
Entry 2: 50 man 50/50
Finishing 29th in theory is the same as finishing 50th in this, however it stings knowing that it was basically one small adjustment from a quick double (or 0.80). 5 points was the difference between my $0.00 and a possible $1.80. Aside from the Durant and James combination from above, I had a couple positives with this team. Greivis Vasquez going for 24-9-5 really got my hopes up, as a 36 point night from a PG under 6K can really give a team a boost. James Harden going for 38 was also a nice night, even though he isnt among the cheaper options. He had a coupler “rough” games after his blistering start and I felt like New Orleans was extremely young in the backcourt, which would allow him to go for a 40+ point night. The rest of this team bricked out something fierce. The Bucks backcourt defense has never been good in any way, so I really believed that George Hill was a solid play. Boy, was I flippin’ wrong. 9 FD points later, I was crying. Alexsey Shved had been a great play while extremely cheap, he saw his salary increase which may have lead me to expect more and his 12 really put a damper on the night (the 5 turnovers didn’t help). I really liked my Greg Stiemsma play, knowing he was getting some time but his 0-6 from the field and 1-4 from the line ruined a possible 20-25 point type of a night from an under 4K Center. 11 points from Stiemsma and then 10 from Patrick Patterson finished off the night. So to have a few guys not really show up for me and still finish just 5 points out of the $, I can take some positives away from this team. Just hope my gut starts telling me correct plays in the near future.
Entry 3: 50 man 50/50
This one is embarrassing. Finishing 43rd is very disheartening. Russell Westbrook and his 38 points was a good start to this roster. But again, with his price, this wasnt an exceptional performance. LeBron was discussed above and provided with a solid 44. The lone, real, bright spot on this team was 39 points by Luis Scola. I’ve always been a huge Scola fan and nights like last night remind me why. Everybody knows that Boozer hates the idea of playing defense, so Scola had a great opportunity and he didn’t pass it up. The negatives on this team are abundant. Rondo going down, Stephenson and his negative points and Shved not holding onto the ball accounted for just 41 total points. A HUGE crushing blow to this team was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and his 4 freakin’ points. I am a huge fan of this kid and he’s continually put together better and better games. I could not have seen this coming.
Entry 4: $2K Dribbler
What a collapse. I’ve discussed each of the players above already, but let me say this: I would have rather spent the night on the toilet. This team made me sick haha. Westbrook, Durant and LeBron did what they were suppose to do. Rondo was on his way to a game like that but the rest of this lineup fell flat and hard. Beal, Stephenson, Patterson, Davis and Stiemsma combined for an amazing 64 points. An average of 12.8 per “amazing” player. I definitely learned something from my lineups for the night. I tried too hard to stack them with the top 3 or 4 players that I could and fill around them. When those “fills” fall flat, the team is worthless. Lessons learned
Entry 5: Late Night 10 Man
A second place with 256 on the board was a great site to see this morning (as I laid down after the first few games made me sick). With the options being a bit limited with the 3 games being played, I was able to somewhat balance the team out along with building around LeBron. At PG, I didn’t get insane games from either player but 21 from Goran Dragic and 22 from Stephen Curry was a decent start. Ray Allen put up 28, aided by his 5 steals. Richard Hamilton and his 21 pleased me greatly as I had a little bit of an uneasy feeling having to rely on him. Paired with LBJ at SF was Kyle Korver, who has been a surprise so far this year. At his price, 22 points is a great contribution. His price allowed me to go with Joakim Noah and his 40 points last night. Michael Beasley putting up 19 was a little light, as I envisioned a mid 20s game from him against the Bulls. Luis Scola rounded out my lineup by putting up an impressive 39. I finished 18 points from first and basically lost because of his combination at PF being Boozer and Scola, who combined for 85.