NBA Daily Fantasy – What You Need To Know – Part 2
Daily Fantasy – What You Need To Know – Part 2
In last week’s article we talked about the different kinds of games you can play (H2H, GPP, 50/50) Along with some basic winning tips (Injury news, Value players, pricing, and spreads) This week we will go further into determining value from a player, GPP strategy, and what games to avoid.
Luckboxing – Luckboxing is a very important part to placing high up in a large tournament. Luckboxing is when you pick a player who is almost guaranteed to barely be owned on the night, and hoping they can ball out for just one game. My prime example of this was in Fanduel’s huge NFL tournament this past fall, the guy who won the entire tournament was one of the only people who played Geno Smith at their quarterback position. Geno happened to far outperform his value, and allowed the player to spend on stars at other positions.
Value – In the now non-existent Fanduel chat, one would constantly see users badgering over whether a player was worth picking or not. There are a few different formulas for calculating a players value on a given night. The one I have been most successful using is 5x a players price = their minimum output for the night. For example last night I played Ray Allen who was priced at $3600 so the minimum amount of points he needed to score for him to be considered a winning player was 3.6 X 5 = 18. He ended up playing a great game finishing with 28.9 fantasy points, far exceeding his value and making him a great pickup.
Multi Entry GPPs – Although Multi Entry games have prize pools that one could easily salivate over, I don’t recommend playing in these games if you only are playing one lineup for the night. However if you can’t decide between 2 players at a certain position and are extremely confident in the rest of your players on the night, go for it.
Research Tools – Websites like www.Thefakebasketball.com (subscription required), www.breakdownsheets.com, and www.numberfire.com all analyze things like strength vs position, defensive ratings, matchups, etc and should help in building a winning lineup.
Separate Yourself From Your Squad – A mistake I caught myself making a lot as a rookie player was overdrafting players from my local teams. I was taking Knicks and Nets players night in and night out, even if they were constantly under producing. Just because their games were airing on local television, it doesn’t give you a good enough reason to constantly stack your local team.
Next week I will debut my picks of the day column, stay posted in the comment section for more details.