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  • Fading the Chalk: When 370 Isn't Enough

    The first piece of news that we had to process yesterday was that the Wizards were going to be without John Wall, Jeff Green, and Dwight Howard. That made each of the remaining guys on the roster valuable plays, and I was pretty set on Thomas Satoransky, Bradley Beal, and Austin Rivers. From there, it was either going to be Kelly Oubre, Jr., Markieff Morris, or Thomas Bryant depending on how the rest of my lineup looked. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Easy Money Sniper

    Despite the fact that things didn't go my way last night, I'm still very happy with the thought process that went into creating my lineup. I had a rough one from Buddy Hield, and I didn't get the bit Jonas Jerebko game, but I didn't make any glaring errors either. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: John Wall Chalk Night

    I nailed the Tim Frazier news last night, and I was all over Harden, Isaac, Davis, and Nance, Jr. just like most of the experts. John Wall and Thomas Bryant were both huge letdowns though, and my tunnel vision focus on them was the thing that held me back from seeing Trae Young as a way to move up to Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez, who were both high on my list. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Did Anyone Show Up Last Night?

    I was glad to see that I was on a similar wavelength with most of the experts last night. Even though that approach didn't work out for us, it's reassuring to know that some of the best DFS players in the world are losing right along with you when things don't go well. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Your Boy is Hot Right Now

    Everyone knows that I've been playing Kevin Durant almost every night with Stephen Curry out. Then I obviously wanted to play James Harden once we got the news that Chris Paul was going to take another night off. And with Jalen Brown out, I figured that Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart had the most upside. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: You Can't Win Building Safe Lineups

    If you asked me yesterday morning, I already knew that finding a way to cram three great running backs into a lineup was going to to be the ticket to victory yesterday. But despite knowing that, I still backed off of it in order to avoid placing cheap QBs and WRs. In other words, I was scared. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Key Adjustments That Made a Difference

    Yesterday was day two of my six-month recovery plan, and I'm still in that stage where I'm not allowed to leave the couch…so I had nothing but time to sit around and think about my DFS lineup. And for once, all of that thinking actually helped me see some new angles. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: NFL Thanksgiving Edition

    I feel like I always struggle to put together a good Thanksgiving lineup, but it's a small slate that only happens once a year, so it really doesn't mean anything in the big picture. So with that, yesterday is over and we're moving onto a Friday night NBA slate. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Outsmarted Myself Again

    The big takeaway this week is that you can survive and come back from taking a few single digit performances, but when your lineup is stacked with four of them, you're pretty much sunk. I also learned that I don't have to be smarter than everyone and move to Alvin Kamara instead of Ezekiel Elliot in the type of tournaments that I am playing. And I'm obviously not appreciating the impact of Mark Ingram vulturing those TDs from Kamara. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Pairing Up Giannis & Brow

    Every morning when I start writing I tend to be angry that I didn't take down any of the small-field tournaments that I entered. But after working through my lineup decisions compared to some of the decisions made by guys playing for crazy high stakes games, I always end up feeling better about my process. I'm on the right track every night. I just haven't put it all together yet this year. Read More

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  • Fading the Chalk: Last Minute Scramble

    saw that Derrick Rose was out last night and I still completely missed the Jeff Teague play. I don't miss obvious plays like that nearly as much as I used to, but it still happens. One of the best ways that I have found to make fewer mistakes like that is to be constantly talking about lineup options with your friends. Don't let a slate go by without sending your thoughts to some DFS friends and getting some feedback. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Simple Swaps on Short Slates

    One issue that I have been noticing with my game lately is that I am trying to be a hero and identify the super-low-owned guy that goes off and wins the slate for me. But I have to keep reminding myself that I am playing small-field and single-entry tournaments where that stuff is far less important. If I just focus on putting together the best lineup, I will get back to winning my share of 100-entry games. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: FREE KARL TOWNS!

    I didn't cash in any of the tournaments that I entered last night, but I also wasn't all that far off either. On days like this, I like to remind myself that my process is sound and that we can't let random outcomes determine the quality of our decision making. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Finding the Signal Through the Noise

    I spent most of the day yesterday thinking that I have been struggling, but after seeing how last night played out I am feeling much more confident today. So the big takeaway this morning is that I need to relax and trust my process because I know it has a proven track record. I also need to remember to focus on building a lineup prior to getting caught up in projections because that can ruin my focus. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Struggling to Make Decisions

    I've spent most of this early part of the season reminding myself that I need to be flexible and be open to taking a different approach on each and every slate. But yesterday I realized that I am getting away from my simple process of playing the guys that are the best values in the highest scoring matchups. Read More

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  • Fading the Chalk: Rough Night for Balanced Lineups

    Last night was a big slate, so it's not surprising that we saw good returns from lineups that jammed in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as well as lineups that spread the money around a little bit. But one thing that all of the lineups we looked at had in common is that they were all in on Derrick Rose and Dennis Schroder. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: ATLiens Ruin Everything

    Things didn't go well for me last night, but since most of the professionals we checked in on did about the same or even worse, I'm actually not feeling too bad about my process. I knew that I was taking on a big risk with those Atlanta guys, and if it had paid off I would have been talking up my process. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: What Happened to Brodie and Brow?

    The fact that Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis didn't come through for me is just something that happened sometimes in NBA DFS, so I'm not going to overthink it. What I am more interested in as a takeaway today is the fact that multiple experts saw value in Zach LaVine at $8.3k while I glossed right over him and wrote him off as too expensive. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Why Am I So Bad At NFL?

    I haven't done well in NFL this year. Actually, I don't ever do well in NFL. But this week I noticed that I was on a lot of the same plays as some of the best guys in the business. So despite the fact that I lost yet again, the big takeaway this week is that my process is improving and I am set to break out any week not if I just keep doing what I'm doing. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Can We Learn Something From My Worst Lineup All Year?

    I was super excited to sit down and watch the late game after work last night. The plan was that I was going to get done around 10:30 pm wearing my Damian Lillard shirsey and watch him and E'Twaun Moore go to work putting my already solid lineup over the top. Of course, by the time that late game rolled around last night, my squad was already out of it, so I just kicked back and watched the Raiders mail it in instead. That wasn't much fun either. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Why I Was All Over Derrick Rose Last Night

    Stephen Curry was the first guy that I locked into my lineup yesterday. He's been on fire to start the season, and that wasn't going to change against the Pelicans whether Anthony Davis was playing or not. I want to keep riding his hot hand as long as I can. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Fresh Cut Kyrie Get His Swag Back

    After working through my notebook for the first time yesterday, my first instinct was to find a way to build around a lineup that started with Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, and Clint Capela while also working in Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka. But as I continued to look at the slate, I kind of got away from that original idea. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Easy Adjustments for Big Money

    There were three key bits of news that we needed to focus on heading into last night's slate. With Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and Giannis Antetokounmpo all sitting out, their teammates all stood to gain more fantasy opportunities than their prices suggested, so everyone should have been dialed into those Raptors, Pelicans, and Bucks lineups. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: Why Can't I Win an NFL Slate?

    When I saw the price tag on Todd Gurley, I knew that I was never going to be able to fit him along with two of the other running backs that I liked, so I decided to fade him in favor of being able to fit Kareem Hunt, James Conner, and Joe Mixon all into a lineup. Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

  • Fading the Chalk: It's Not as Bad as it Looks

    I had an extremely tough time getting myself out of bed to write this morning. Part of it is because I stayed up too late watching LeBron James. The other part is that these posts just aren't nearly as fun to write when I'm not winning. (I don't think it had anything to do with crushing a Big Mac meal on my way home from work around midnight.) Read More

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    by AndyBowsers (AndyBowsers)

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