The FOMO on Cory Joseph

So, its that time of year when football is over and now I have time to focus 100% on NBA. I can basically tinker with my lineup all day, peruse stats, projection models, stalk the forum… you get the idea. Its all basketball, all the time.

This last week has been a funk for me, however. But, I have finally identified the culprit… Cory Joseph. Flashback with me to last Tuesday… 7:13 pm. Kyle Lowry is ruled out in a prime matchup against Brooklyn and the fantasy world is left scrambling. About 25 minutes later, Cory Joseph dropped a 40 burger. I did not have him in my lineup. I had been on Jameer Nelson all day. He was cheaper and didn’t have Demar Derozan to compete with for usage. I did not cash last Tuesday.

What happened after that though was a domino effect that has me second guessing my lineup every night starting at around 15 mins before lock.

The next night I was at TopGolf for a happy hour and had set my ABC/Harden lineup earlier that night and I wasn’t planning on touching it. Until, about 10 mins before lock, Kyle O’Quinn was confirmed as the starter for the Knicks. FOMO.

Thursday night, when Kevin Love was ruled out against the Suns, I switched out Eric Bledsoe for Kyrie Irving even though I had been on him all day. I got so nervous about it that right before lock I made a 2nd lineup and used Bledsoe like I had originally planned. Both lineups cashed, but still. FOMO.

Monday and Tuesday this week were value city. Around lineup lock there was so much salary available you couldn’t help but pay up for guys. Monday I somehow ended up with Kevin Durant against Miami just because he fit and then last night I was all over Tyson Chandler. All over him. Locked him in all day. Until the Spurs went crazy and I had $4100 left over. Just enough to move up from Tyson Chandler to Karl Anthony-Towns.


I’m finding the most crucial time in my research is from 6:30p-7:00p… right before lineup lock.

Do I have the guts to stick with my own plays?

Am I ok with missing out on a huge night from a value play and not let it affect my thinking for the next week?

So, all this to say I am putting measures in place to keep myself accountable in the battle against FOMO.

1) Anticipate that change will happen on any given night–at every position in my lineup make a list of guys I like that I would move up or down to if I had the salary. Keep that list handy. Instead of scrambling late in the night I can go to my list and compare the lineups with/without the new value.

2) Don’t hedge. I exposed myself to an extra $400 of my BR last week to “hedge” my research of Eric Bledsoe vs. Kyrie Irving. Just because I cashed it doesn’t make it right.

3) Don’t care what everyone else is doing. In fact, it is actually beneficial to go against the group.

Cory Joseph.

That’s all. What have been your FOMO moments in the last week?


  • jbjohnson937

    Had one last night when i could have taken Wade and Wiggins. Instead I took Bledsoe and Gobert. The Difference? $15 instead of $25k. The beauty of DFS is that it is humbling! Ready to go back at it again tonight! Thanks for the read man! Good luck tonight!

  • coolsportsdude

    Wow. I’ve been struggling big time the last two weeks. I finally understand why. I was also all over Jameer Nelson that day, and after thinking about CoJo, decided to stay put. I’ve been tinkering with my lineups up until lock every day since then with the onslaught of injury news. Yesterday was another day where my initial lineup was way better than what I ended up with. Somehow even Brandon Knight made my lineup last night. Damn you CoJo!

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