Alright, everyone, the NBA season is officially upon us and that can only mean one thing, it’s time to play fantasy basketball. For most of my life I’d been only a fantasy football player, but over the last several years I’ve found myself beginning to enjoy fantasy basketball even more. As the times continued to change I realized that I liked one-day fantasy sports a whole lot more.
One day fantasy is one of my favorite things to do and basketball is my absolute favorite sport to play for it, so for the first full night of NBA action, I had to make a lineup. I did an $800 and One contest on FantasyDraft, I’m not a high roller so the $1 leagues are right up my alley. Here is the lineup that I have put together tonight.
Guard– Bradley Beal, Wash-$13,300
Guard– Devin Booker, Pho-$13,300
Guard– Jaylon Brown, Bos-$7,700
Forward/Center– Rudy Gay, Sa-$10,900
Forward/Center– Karl-Anthony Towns, Min-$17,300
Forward/Center– Ben Simmons, Phi-$13,300
Utility– D’Angelo Russell, Bkn-$12,300
Utility– Andrew Wiggins, Min-$11,900
I used the entire $100,000 salary to create this lineup tonight. Obviously, Towns is my big play tonight at $17,300 and rightfully so as he’s one of the best young centers in the NBA. I was torn between him and Giannis Antetokounmpo but since Towns was $1,000 cheaper that helped me make my decision.
I was able to round out my lineup finding major value on some cheaper plays, Jaylen Brown, Rudy Gay and Andrew Wiggins. Brown is a young star in the making for the Celtics and showed it last night against the Cavs with 25 points and six rebounds last night. Rudy Gay has moved onto San Antonio where he is sure to improve, as everyone does, and with Kawhi Leonard currently sidelined expect Gay to put up very good numbers. I was downright shocked when I saw Wiggins for only $11,900 after he averaged 23.6 PPG last season, obviously, the addition of Jimmy Butler may hurt his production but I still expect him to have another good year.
One final thing especially when it comes to fantasy basketball, do not be afraid to play young guys. Younger players are very valuable in the one-day fantasy world as they are almost always cheaper, while still producing mightily. Guys like Devin Booker and Ben Simmons are due for great years as the transition to one day becoming the stars of the NBA in the near future.
That’s it for this week, but be sure to check back each week where I will give you my lineups on Fantasy Draft as well as other tips and advice to help you make some money this year playing one-day fantasy basketball on Fantasy Draft. You can checkout FantasyDraft via the link below.
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