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Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

There are basically two types of injury information that we need to concern ourselves with in daily fantasy basketball. There are injuries that are well known prior to injury lock and there are injuries of the last second variety, which are also known as late scratches. Everyone has their own routine when it comes to monitoring injuries, but to cover my bases, I like to use more than one source.

Rotoworld

Let’s start with the simplest and most readily available source for injury news. Rotoworld is one of the biggest and most reliable fantasy sites in the world, both for injuries and for player analysis. This is a site that prides itself on reporting accurate and timely information and it is probably the most used by those of us that play daily fantasy basketball.

Rotoworld is where I start my injury research every day. Right when I sit down at my desk with my morning coffee, I pull up the ‘Player News’ page on the site:

http://www.rotoworld.com/playernews/nba/basketball-player-news/

I start by reading all of the player blurbs that were posted from the night before. Not only does Rotoworld do a great job of recapping the best and worst fantasy performances from the previous night, but they also keep us up to date with all of the latest injury news. I also double-check to see if I missed anything by checking the NBA Headlines box on the right side of the page. This box is filled with the most important injury news throughout the day and is a nice reference if you don’t want to scroll through pages of less important news.

After I am up to speed on the latest injury news, I keep that tab open and check it periodically throughout the day so that I see every little piece of player news that is available. You may think that this is overkill, but even the smallest of edges will pay off over the course of the season.

All of this news is also available on Twitter, but I prefer to use Rotoworld throughout the day for three reasons:

1. All of the information is in one place. You can quickly read all of the injury news without having to scroll through a Twitter feed.
2. In addition to all of the latest news, Rotoworld also posts their thoughts on the situation and who stands to benefit from that injury. They have some of the sharpest minds in the industry giving out free fantasy advice.

3. Another nice feature of the site is how easily accessible their NBA depth charts are. If you click into a player’s profile page it shows all of the latest news surrounding the player. If you scroll down and look on the right side of the page, it also shows the team’s depth chart. This makes it extremely easy to see which players stand to benefit from injuries.

Rotoworld is my favorite site to use throughout the day when I am looking for injuries and the potential fantasy impact that those injuries could have on a team. However, once we get down to crunch time, this is when I turn to Twitter. A lot of injury news is late breaking in the NBA and every second matters. We want to get the late breaking injury news straight from the source.

Twitter

Twitter is by far the quickest method for finding injury news. The problem is that anyone can post anything on Twitter, so we have to know which sources we can trust. For example, there was an incident a couple of years ago surrounding Joakim Noah. There was a tweet that said Noah had been ruled out for that evening’s game. This tweet was then retweeted by a lot of people in the industry. It turns out, someone was just trolling, as Noah ended up playing that night. Unfortunately, by the time we found it was a fake report, it was too late because the lineups had already locked. Shortly after, the Twitter account changed its picture to, uhh, how can I put this delicately?

A pink toy that should only be used by adults.

This was the perfect example of why it is critical to find the right people to follow when it comes to injury news. There are three different routes that you can take to get the latest injury news on Twitter. The third method (listed below) is the safest route that you can take, but I use all three just in case one of the other two methods has something slip through the cracks.

1. Follow DFS players and sites – If you have a Twitter account that you use for DFS, then you are likely already following a lot of major DFS players and sites. If not, I suggest that you do. There are numerous accounts and players that will post or retweet timely injury information. If you are following the right people, you will see the injuries show up in your timeline right after they are posted by each team’s beat writers.
2. Follow each team’s beat writers – Another option is to personally follow each team’s beat writers on Twitter. This can be a time consuming process, but a quick Google search will show who the beat writers are for each team. The only downside to this is that your timeline is going to be filled with both injury and non-injury Tweets, which makes it hard to have all of your injury information in one place.
3. Subscribe to a list – If you are on Twitter, then I highly recommend that you subscribe to a list of beat writers or create your own list. I prefer this method, as you can just open the list in a new tab and all of the new Tweets that show up in your timeline will be from the beat writers. There are quite a few lists out there, but this one is my favorite

https://twitter.com/RotoGrinders/lists/nba-dfs-news

Due to the nature of the NBA and the fact that there are so many last minute scratches, Twitter is the preferred method for injury news, as we get closer to lineup clock. I generally recommend that anyone playing daily fantasy basketball should spend the entire 20 minutes leading up to lineup lock solely devoted to DFS. You don’t want to be one of the few that doesn’t see a late-breaking injury that drastically alters the DFS landscape that night.

RotoGrinders

Another option for injury news is to use RotoGrinders. We aren’t sure if we are going to bring back the NBA Newsletter this season, but if we do, you can sign up for it here – that is, if you are an incentives member.

https://rotogrinders.com/pages/lineup-email-alerts-nba-185872

The initial newsletter contains the projected lineup of every team on the schedule that evening, as well as a breakdown of the latest injuries. Then, as news trickles in closer to lineup lock, we will send an alert email for every injury update or confirmed starting lineup.

All of this news is also available on Twitter, but I prefer to use Rotoworld throughout the day for three reasons:

1. All of the information is in one place. You can quickly read all of the injury news without having to scroll through a Twitter feed.
2. In addition to all of the latest news, Rotoworld also posts their thoughts on the situation and who stands to benefit from that injury. They have some of the sharpest minds in the industry giving out free fantasy advice.

3. Another nice feature of the site is how easily accessible their NBA depth charts are. If you click into a player’s profile page it shows all of the latest news surrounding the player. If you scroll down and look on the right side of the page, it also shows the team’s depth chart. This makes it extremely easy to see which players stand to benefit from injuries.

Rotoworld is my favorite site to use throughout the day when I am looking for injuries and the potential fantasy impact that those injuries could have on a team. However, once we get down to crunch time, this is when I turn to Twitter. A lot of injury news is late breaking in the NBA and every second matters. We want to get the late breaking injury news straight from the source.

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  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in RotoGrinders.com’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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