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The Four-Point Play: Highlighting DFS Targets For 10/28/16 Games

by Will Overton

After a small slate of games last night I am looking forward to a broader schedule and more player choices tonight with eight games to be played. More games means more opportunities to diversify your lineups from the others. That said, you want to make the right choices and when you have this many options that can be tough.

I’m going to give you my take on three guys I plan to use in all of my lineups and then add in some extra notes as well:

James Harden – Houston Rockets @ Dallas Mavericks: With so many of the league’s top players on the slate tonight it may be difficult to choose who to pay up for and who to avoid. The featured piece of my lineup and the one guy I will pay up for no matter the cost, is James Harden. Read more

Back From The Dead: Has Michael Beasley’s Fantasy Career Been Resurrected?

by Will Overton

Our world seems to have an obsession with Zombies these days. It’s the big thing on TV and in movies and also in books. Everyone loves a good zombie story and we have a zombie story of our own taking place in fantasy basketball right before our eyes, playing out over the last month.

That’s right folks, it seems as though Michael Beasley, once written off as a dead man to fantasy owners, has come back to life and is suddenly on a whole bunch of radars with the way he has been playing for the Houston Rockets since they signed him at the beginning of March.

Over the course of his 12 games with the Rockets, not including last night’s game, Beasley has put up the following numbers:

19.2 Minutes Per Game
54.1 Field Goal Percentage
72.4 Free Throw Percentage Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 1/5/16 Games: Boogie Blows Up & More

by Will Overton

There were only a few games that went down last night in the NBA, but that isn’t going to stop us from doing our recap. We’re still looking at the box scores identifying five lines that jump out at us as something that needs highlighting. Here are the five standouts from last night that we settled on:

Michael Carter-Williams – Milwaukee Bucks (37 MINS, 9 – 14 FG, 20 PTS, 12 ASTS, 3 REBS, 2 STLS, 1 3PM)
The beginning of this season could not have gone any worse for Michael Carter-Williams, all the way to the point where he was benched and watching the likes of O.J. Mayo run the offense for the Bucks. Williams has most certainly found his footing over the last month though. Carter-Williams posted his second double-double of the season last night, and he has five assists or more in 15 of his last 18 games. Read more

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 11/20/15: Alec Burks, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 11/5/15: C.J. McCollum Keeps Shining And More

by Will Overton

There were just five games on the NBA slate last night and while there weren’t a whole lot of eye popping box score lines for the night, there were still plenty of early season storylines that we need to discuss today. Let’s take a look at some of the guys that did stand out for one reason or another last night:

Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls (37 MINS, 12 – 25 FG, 29 PTS, 7 ASTS, 5 REBS)
This game was big for Derrick Rose because prior to this he was having a really hard time getting things going offensively this season. In this last three games combined Rose had just 18 points on 8 – 29 shooting from the field. Last night though Rose put together that strong all around game we’ve been waiting for, getting into the lane and making things happen with his scoring and his passing. Read more

The Starting Five: Five Box Score Standouts From 10/28/15 Games

by Ray Kuhn

And that is it. After last night, we can truly say that the NBA season has begun. I mean officially, it did start on Tuesday but there were just three games. With a full slate of action, owners had plenty of choices to make when setting their fantasy lineup. Rookies made their debuts and we saw some veterans take the court for the first time in new uniforms and in new roles. Let’s jump waste no time, and jump right into today’s Starting Five. By no means were these the best fantasy performances from Wednesday night, but they all have some measure of fantasy relevance and might not be receiving the same attention as other efforts.

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ADP Report: Using ADP To Identify Sleepers And Busts On The Wing

by Will Overton

We looked at the ADP for point guards last week, and today we are going to keep that trend going by looking at swingmen ADP’s. Like we outlined in the point guard article, the truest measure of a sleeper or bust is how far a guy outplays or underplays his average draft position in a season.

So as we talk about guys we expect to be sleepers or busts we can’t do it without talking about average draft position and comparing it to where we think a guy should be picked. With that in mind I am going to give you some of the swingmen type players that I think are being over drafted and some I think are being under drafted to identify sleepers and busts. Read more

Market Watch: Buy, Sell or Hold: Victor Oladipo, Andrew Wiggins and More

by Will Overton

A fantasy basketball owner who stays put is usually a fantasy basketball owner who won’t have much success. Sometimes you have that killer draft that doesn’t need tweaking later on, but that’s a very rare case and usually the winner has done some work to improve their team during the season.

There are two ways you can do this, the waiver wire and trades. If you’re diligent with the way you handle the waiver wire it can be a great source, but sometimes the big move you need to make can’t be done on waivers and you have to pull the trigger on a trade.

The key to making good trades is all about timing. You want to sell a guy at the right time and buy a guy at the right time. You also need to know when to hold on to a guy even though you may want to sell or buy them based on their performance thus far. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 1.2.15: Kyrie Irving and More

by Will Overton

Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.

Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Kyrie Irving – G, Cleveland Cavaliers, $7,400: We know LeBron James is out and we know that Kevin Love is questionable and probably won’t be 100% if he does go tonight. The Hornets are giving up 102 PPG on defense this season and someone has to score for the Cavs and I am envisioning Kyrie Irving absolutely going off in this one. Irving missed a couple games himself with a knee contusion, but in the two game since returning he has 25 PTS, 5 REBS, 4 ASTS and then 35 PTS, 6 REBS, 9 ASTS. Irving will be putting a whole  bunch of shots and should be good for 25+ points once again tonight, as well as more assists than his average of 5.3 since LeBron won’t be there to run the offense. Read more

The Sixth Man: Daily League Preview For 12.20.14: Ty Lawson and More

by Will Overton

Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.

Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score. However if you do play on other sites in the industry, the same logic and thought process applies as well.

  1. Ty Lawson, G, Denver Nuggets, $6,000: It is to the benefit of the daily fantasy basketball players that places aren’t recognizing Ty Lawson as a top level fantasy player yet. Lawson has gone to another level as a playmaker this season  with 10.7 APG and in just his last four games he has a total of 52 assists. Lawson and the Nuggets will be facing the Pacers and C.J. Watson who will likely be guarding Lawson isn’t a bad defender, but he shouldn’t stop Lawson from creating for this teammates. If Lawson only scores 10 – 12 points it’s ok because he’s likely going to get 10 – 12 assists too and likely a couple steals. Read more