To Fade or Not to Fade: Busy Times

I’ve been playing DFS for 3 years now. I’m a low level, low volume player who is looking for more consistency. My goal is to use this space to reflect on what I did right and where I can improve. Here is my story:

The past 3-4 days have been hectic. As a teacher, the end of the quarter always brings about several deadlines that need to be met. You have your deadlines for report cards. You are tracking kids down to hand in that assignment that’s over a month due. Throw on top of that the fun of midterms and there are a few late nights that come around this time of year. Due to the craziness of the time, plus a full day training yesterday, I missed my daily reflection. Rather than present you with a lesson before, I’m going to break down my thoughts on the last 2 slates.

1/29: Harden or Wade/Butler?

In my process of building a lineup, I start by building an “all-value team.” I try to get lower priced players in and then build up to stars and mid-tier guys. Early on, I knew I wanted T.J. McConnell and Nerlens Noel. They were going to be my value plays on that slate. From there I built around and created a lineup with Clint Capela, Steph Curry, and Paul George. I fit in players where I could and was pretty pleased with my lineup. News broke that Curry would be out and I decided to have another go at my lineup. My decision came down to what higher priced player I wanted: James Harden in close projected matchup with the Pacers or the Bulls duo of Butler and Wade who needed a “get right” victory. After playing with my lineups with both options, I liked the balance of my lineup with Wade and Butler. I could find exposure to other games that were going to be close and ended up with a decent lineup. When I heard that Capela would not be starting, I moved down to Robin Lopez and that choice became even better when Taj Gibson was announced out. I moved to Damian Lillard who I thought could take advantage of the matchup without Curry in the lineup. In the end, I was disappointed I missed out on Paul George 50 point game but can’t be too upset with cashing.

1/30 LeBron or Isaiah?

It’s funny how a little confidence and victories change your approach to your selections. I didn’t plan on making a lineup yesterday with report comments due today. In the midst of doing work, I decided to take a break and make my choices. My value plays for this slate were to be Jon Leuer and Sean Kilpatrick. Leuer I was hoping could benefit from a few extra rebounds against the Celtics. I then moved to Drummond and locked him in because he would dominate in the rebounding department against the C’s. Finally, I needed to decide on where I was spending up: point guard with Isaiah Thomas or small forward with LeBron. I chose LeBron because like the Bulls the previous night, the Cavs needed a statement game. From there, I chose to go James Johnson against the Nets and with my point guard positions went with Rubio and Mike Conley. Normally I do not roster Conley but I saw they were playing at Phoenix and typically the pace of the game is dictated by the home team. Conley paid off as did Drummond. LeBron got to 46 FanDuel points and Rubio had a great game. Once again, I was in the money and things seem to be turning after a rough start to the new year.

Royal Rumble Reaction

Anyone else furious when Roman Reigns came out as number 30? I’m sure you were but after the rest of the Rumble played out, it made sense. They are building Reigns/Taker for Mania. I thought the whole show was great. I loved the Perfect 10 at number 10. It’s one of the few times in recent memory where the main roster PPV outperformed the NXT crew.

With grades and comments done, I look forward to enjoying the slate tonight!

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  • joeycis

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    I actually feel like they sent Reigns out because they knew the crowd would not like the Orton victory. Easiest way to get a pop ever wasn’t to have Reigns eliminate him.

  • joeymc301

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    @joeycis said...

    I actually feel like they sent Reigns out because they knew the crowd would not like the Orton victory. Easiest way to get a pop ever wasn’t to have Reigns eliminate him.

    Then mission accomplished.

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