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  • Markness

    DraftKings Team

    Hey Guys,

    I figured we should be proactive on this topic…

    We have decided to limit position eligibility to players’ primary position only. In the NBA, a player’s “primary” position is sometimes debatable, and often changes throughout the season, but we will be proactive in assigning the most accurate positions possible. With the generic Guard (G) and Forward (F) roster slots, along with the Utility (U) slot, there should still be plenty of flexibility to build optimal rosters. Since everyone has the same player pool to work with, any limitations resulting from position eligibility will be the same for everyone.

    We think this change improves the user-experience significantly without sacrificing opportunity for strategy. Last season the majority of players were eligible at two positions which essentially made roster requirements non-existent. Furthermore, the dual-eligibility added an unnecessary amount of clutter and confusion. Building an initial roster wasn’t too confusing, but while editing/adjusting rosters, it became quite a task to fully understand exactly which positions were potential options to complete a roster.
    For example, if you want to remove your Center, and the player in your PF slot is also eligible at Center, you might not realize that you can replace your old Center with either a PF or C. You’d have to remove the PF, then add him at C.
    The downside of this confusion caused by dual-eligibility grows exponentially when factoring in late-swap, especially for users playing multiple lineups.

    We think this change will help all users save time manipulating rosters which can be crucial leading up to game time. It should also increase action from newer users and more casual users which is great for everyone.

    As always, feedback is welcome.

    -Mark

  • iconfantasyJoe

    I think I will be in the minority here, but I actually did not play NBA on DK bc of the free for all in positional eligibility.

    It just made no sense to me that I could be starting players at Center that most definitely were not Centers.

    I will be playing on DK now bc I feel some structure to the game.

  • BernieKozar

    loved roster flexibility =(

  • TheTakeOVER

    2013 DD BLB Finalist

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    I think that was the beauty of the NBA. Most guys play multiple positions during the games.

  • fsunole64

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    That stinks loved the flexibility we had before on Draftkings.

  • HardCore

    If it aint broke dont fix it but i’m gonna play anyway lol I’m just happy NBA is back. When will we get snake drafts mark that was my bread and butter on DS during the NBA.

  • bearcats594

    I love the change. I only played basketball on fanduel because making a optimal lineup on dk was too time consuming with all the roster flexibility.

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    Makes sense, still plenty of roster flexibility with more realistic positions.

  • Mhesters

    probably a reasonable change as it was more a rubix cube style puzzle than building rosters around positions. the Utility gives some flexibility – don’t know there was any thought (or anyone desired) to an extra utility as a middle ground.

  • HardCore

    Whats up with FD and DK SUPER HARD cap for NBA??? Both sites make NFL as playable as possible but wanna make us go threw hell to make a NBA team even MLB was cap friendly for players. Yea i know i sound like a baby but facts are facts why is the NBA caps so damn tuff compared to the light caps available for the other sports

  • Markness

    DraftKings Team

    Like some have pointed out here, I think the flexibility is still there without multiple position eligibility.

    HardCore, snake-drafts are definitely in the plans, just not sure how soon. You know I’m a big proponent.

  • sethayates

    I’m not going to be mad about this one way or the other. Last year was my first playing NBA on DK and it really did seem like you could do pretty much anything you wanted. Quite often I was playing guys like Aldridge, Love, or Griffen at C even though they are clearly PFs. Some nights I played 4 guys who really should have been listed at PF. If I’m understanding this correct we will still have the option to play 3 just not 4 (PF, F Flex). That seems fair to me and I think it actually makes people choose instead of taking everyone you like.

  • TheTakeOVER

    2013 DD BLB Finalist

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    The problem is going to be on short slate nights when injuries happen and you have two pfs starting for teams. IMO it’s going to hurt TNT nights. Other nights it probably won’t matter. Guys like Aldridge and griffin and Love may start games at PF but they play center through out the evening. There really aren’t many true centers left in the NBA.

  • blackcloud420

    Speechless. Wow.

  • rebkell

    I’ll miss the multiple positions, I was just learning how to get the players I liked in the lineup, it did take some time. I can probably get my solver constraints to work now :) I thought I was gonna have to call Donald Knuth to make me an algorithm.

  • TheTakeOVER

    2013 DD BLB Finalist

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    It is what it is, no one who is successful with a product likes when there is change.

  • Markness

    DraftKings Team

    TheTakeOVER, There will inevitably be more overlap on small slates, but I don’t think this change will increase it significantly assuming we provide relatively accurate salaries.

    We could also consider factoring in depth at each position for the specific game-set when assigning eligibility on small slates (just for the handful of players that are really 50-50 to play one position vs another). I’m not saying we will do this, but it’s just an idea…

  • alsmizzle

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    more options in lineup bulding > less options in lineup building

  • TheTakeOVER

    2013 DD BLB Finalist

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      2018 DraftKings FBBWC Finalist

    It’s not going to be major but what you will see is less roster variations when for example a guy like wroten was playable at pg sg last year so when mcw was out you had to play him. Last year you could pick any pg or sg with him, this year you have to put him in pg so your automatically eliminating a certain number of players to take with wroten causing more overlap.

  • TheTakeOVER

    2013 DD BLB Finalist

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    Also if this hurts condia in any way then I am all for it

  • cccalloway

    I like this change. Think its good for long term business at dk to satisfy new customers. Hard for a new player to grasp the complexities of all those multiple position players. Basically, they are making the setup more like draftstreet which works for me.

  • sethayates

    @TheTakeOVER said...

    It’s not going to be major but what you will see is less roster variations when for example a guy like wroten was playable at pg sg last year so when mcw was out you had to play him. Last year you could pick any pg or sg with him, this year you have to put him in pg so your automatically eliminating a certain number of players to take with wroten causing more overlap.

    You still have 3 places to put Wroten. You could put him at PG, G, or flex. I do get what you are saying though.

  • crazy201081

    @TheTakeOVER said...

    Also if this hurts condia in any way then I am all for it

    Haha!

  • HardCore

    @Markness said...

    Like some have pointed out here, I think the flexibility is still there without multiple position eligibility.

    HardCore, snake-drafts are definitely in the plans, just not sure how soon. You know I’m a big proponent.

    Thanks for the response its good to know theirs plans it makes waiting on them a little easier but damn i miss them. NBA is the BEST snake draft sport there is because of all the stars that plat and PRODUCE nightly and it always adds strategy to the #1 or #2 pick when its griffen or melo or KD or LBJ and when its C time is it Noah or jefferson i miss the chess match us snakers used to play during NBA.

  • kaetorade

    • 2013 DraftStreet DSBBC Finalist

    Glad to see this. Looking forward to NBA on DK this year!

  • rotokevin

    2014 RG Bowling Co-Champion, CPA & DFS Tax Guru

    • 2014 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    @alsmizzle said...

    more options in lineup bulding > less options in lineup building

    What the Smizz said.

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