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  • Fading the Chalk: Wall and Embiid Outperform Dame and LeBron

    Despite the fact that the Sixers had the top team total of the night, I was looking to fade them because they were expected to make quick work of the Bulls. Combining that with the fact that I didn't love any of the Wizards going up against Miami, I was pretty much locked into LeBron James and Damian Lillard as my studs right from the start. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Anthony Davis is on Another Level

    The first full NBA slate of the year absolutely did not disappoint. There were lots of questions heading into the slate. Some got answered. Some not so much. But like any good DFS slate, the key to getting across the cash line was to build a lineup that was just different enough while avoiding all of the potholes that crept up along the way. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: The NBA is Back!

    It was only a two-game slate, and both of those games hit the under, but none of that mattered last night because the NBA is officially back in our lives. For the next 6-7 months we are going to have hoops to talk about just about every single night. Whether I won or lost last night, I knew that I was going to be in a great mood this morning just because I get to write about basketball today...but I won, so I'm in a really great mood. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: What Happened After Midnight?

    As I was heading home from work around midnight last night, I was pretty happy to see that my lineup was in 10th place in a $5 100-entry tournament, and since I still had four guys going in the late game, I felt like I had a decent chance to climb a bit higher. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Last Minute Scramble Practice

    Wednesdays are usually my nights off from the restaurant, so I often have time to kick back and relax while making my lineup in the afternoon. Then I have plenty of time to sit and think about decisions that I want to make all the way up until lineup lock. But I'm obviously out of practice because the 7:30 pm lock time snuck up on me like I wasn't expecting it last night. Had it not been for a timely message from @BigWilburStyle, I would have been stuck playing Paul George. And even with having a few minutes to swap him out, I still didn't put the right effort into figuring out a plan to rearrange my lineup. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Shoutout Allan Lem and the RG Projections!

    I said yesterday that I was really impressed with Stephen Keech's Preseason Court Report Live blog. But outside of Mondays and Wednesdays, I don't usually have the time to check up with breaking news that close to lock. So when I saw that my man Allan Lem AKA @fathalpert was back on the job writing his Preseason Primer this year, I knew that I was going to be in good hands moving forward. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Right Core, Wrong Pieces

    Preseason NBA is hard. There isn't a whole lot of information out there. We don't really know how many minutes any of these guys are going to get. And everything is subject to change with absolutely zero notice from coaches or beat writers. It's a total crapshoot. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Eli Manning? Really?

    I did very well in the first week of NFL this year, but have found myself getting a little too cute in the past two weeks. With that in mind, my goal on Sunday was to smash the obvious plays and do the best I could to avoid the gut plays that end up being total landmines. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: The NBA is BACK…well…kind of…

    I wasn't going to write this morning. In fact, I actually told myself that it would be fine to just sleep in for an extra hour. But instead, I jumped out of bed before the alarm went off and raced down to my basement office because I am just so excited to have the NBA back in my life. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Should Have Stacked the Bad Teams

    After just a few days back at it writing this blog, I've really fine-tuned my process and focused in on getting a nice four-man stack with a quality pitcher. But there were no quality pitchers to be had last night, and once again my big stack didn't do a very good job of hitting the ball. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Fading deGrom to Stack Brewers

    Everything should have gone my way last night. I skipped out on some work that I probably should have been doing in order to research the Wednesday night MLB slate. Then I went out to dinner with my wife and made sure to be back home well before lineups locked. Everything looked good…until it didn't... Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Walker Over Max Didn't Work Out

    I have to say that after writing the blog yesterday, preparing for last night's MLB slate was probably the most fun that I have had all year. There is definitely an added element of fun when I know that I am going to be writing about my lineup the following morning. There's also some extra pressure, and last night didn't exactly go my way. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Don't Call it a Comeback

    Long time, no see. It's been a while. About seven months to be exact. Allow me to explain. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Time for a Vacation

    As you can see from my notebook, I was locked onto the Wolves and the Bucks from the very start yesterday. Out of all of the guys that I have circled there, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the clear top play. After that, I was all in on Eric Bledsoe and Jeff Teague, and it's always hard for me to avoid playing Andrew Wiggins. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: The Stars and Not-Scrubs Approach

    We only had four games to work with last night, and as I worked through each of the eight teams on the slate, I just couldn't find much that I liked in terms of value. The only two guys that I circled in my notebook were Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: What Did I Miss Here?

    I started out the day yesterday locked onto Kyle Lowry, Darren Collison, Andrew Wiggins, and LaMarcus Aldridge. But when I saw that Collison and Aldridge were ruled out early in the afternoon, I had to pivot a little bit. Collision being out moved me onto Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson, and the Aldridge news pushed me to double down on the Spurs that were actually going to play like Dejounte Murray, Kyle Anderson, and Davis Bertans. Then I used all of the extra salary to get up to Joel Embiid. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Andrew Wiggins Out There Earning That Max Deal

    I ended up with four Timberwolves in my lineup last night. And as luck would have it, they were the late game on the NBA channel, so I stayed up a little bit too late watching my guys. Taj and Towns ended up being pretty disappointing, but I have to say that I really like watching the aggressive, scoring Andrew Wiggins. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: The Obvious Giannis Out Plays

    The big news of the day yesterday was that Giannis Antetokounmpo was not going to play. For a cash player like myself, that means you lock and load Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton and never even bother to think twice about it. Just plug them in. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: If I Cashed, How Bad Were the Other Lineups?

    After working through my notebook process, it was clear to me that I wanted my bottom three guys to be LaMarcus Aldridge, Damantas Sabonis, and Pau Gasol. I didn't mind Dragon Bender, but Aldridge and Sabonis have both been locked into plenty of minutes and usage. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Rough Night for LeBron

    They say that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. And because I spend so much time at work surrounded by people I don't respect, that concept scares the shit out of me. It's one of the big reasons that I spend as much of my free time as I can writing things like this so that I can interact with people who inspire me like the experts I track daily. As I was looking at the ugly 28 fantasy points that LeBron James put up yesterday, I couldn't help but wonder if he is dealing with the same type of situation. If he is the average of the five people he spends the most court time with, that makes him an average of Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, and Jeff Green. Not exactly hall of fame caliber players. And that has to be tough for one of the greatest players of all time. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Jordan Bell Didn't Ruin Your Night

    One of the key advantages of working through a notebook process like I do is that you force yourself to spend a few seconds thinking about mot every player on the slate. While doing that, I make a point of circling anyone that I believe has a strong chance of outperforming their price-expected score based on their situation that night. Last night, the guys that I had circled were Russell Westbrook, Tyrone Wallace, Zach LaVine, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Bell, LaMarcus Aldridge, and DeMarcus Cousins. (Keep in mind, this was at about 4 pm EST.) Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Backdoor Cashing With a Late-Night Hammer

    I was about halfway through completing my notebook when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were ruled out. In my mind, that meant that I needed to be thinking about Shaun Livingston, Patrick McCaw, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green. Warriors value was popping. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: The Unsuccessful Miami Swap

    I was standing behind the counter at work last night when I saw the alert that Tyler Johnson was out. I was so proud of myself. Not only did I notice the alert in time (which is big for me after this past weekend), I knew exactly what to do about it. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Finally Got One Right! Well, Maybe?

    We got the news that Kevin Durant was going to be out fairly early yesterday, so just about everyone had time to adjust and fit in their favorite Warriors. For me, that was Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala. I was also very interested in Klay Thompson, but you will see in a minute that I wasn't able to make him fit. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: The Most Frustrating DFS Weekend Ever

    My first look lineup yesterday featured four Thunder players and four Hawks along with Kyle Kuzma. As you can see, I was interested in all of those players, along with Kyle Anderson and Enes Kanter. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

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