FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship 2.2 – Lineup MARCH 4, 2016

We’re now in 3rd place as the second leg of the inaugural FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship (FPBC) continues. To recap, the FPBC is an elite tournament were our experts face off against the other top 8 Daily Fantasy Sports sites to see who can build the best lineups.  The team with the highest aggregate score after 10 daily tournaments gets $500 in cash, paid flight, and hotel to see the $1 Million World Fantasy Basketball Championship at the Playboy Mansion (finally we hope to cross that off the bucket list), and most important of all the bragging rights that go along with being crowned the FanDuel Partner Champion. You can follow live as tonight we stake our claim to the throne at: FanDuel Partner Championship.

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After putting our tools through the paces, we found that the best lineup for tonight was:



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Tonight’s slate is full of competitive games and we already have uncovered fantastic value at multiple positions, as well as some superstars like LeBron James, who we expect to exceed their already high salary.

Here’s our position by position breakdown:


Point Guard

Kyle Lowry (4 STAR RATING) was an easy choice for us at the top of the point guard pool.  Lowry has exceeded salary based expectations in six of his last nine games and offers us a bit of a contrarian edge from the likely chalk play of the night, Kyrie Irving.  Lowry hung 50.2 FanDuel points in a meeting with Portland one month ago and has one of the higher implied totals of the night on his side.  This game promises to be competitive as well.

Emmanuel Mudiay (4 STAR RATING) is another contrarian pivot from the mid-range chalk in D’Angelo Russell.  Mudiay has a soft matchup with the Brooklyn Nets at home coming off of back to back games over expectation.  Minutes are secure for the rookie point guard and we’re getting a top ten usage rate from a player priced in the $5000 range.  Brooklyn was destroyed by D’Angelo Russell in a similar spot last week, and has been friendly to point guards in general, ranking in the bottom six in positional DvP.


Shooting Guard

JR Smith (4 STAR RATING) has become a viable option with Kevin Love sitting out tonight’s contest.  He stands to pick up a higher than normal usage as the lone floor spreader in Love’s absence, a great place to take advantage of Washington’s league-worst three point defense.  Cleveland has a high team total at home, and with most people gravitating towards Irving at the guard spot, Smith is likely to be a low owned, high-upside value option tonight.

Zach LaVine (5 STAR RATING) has been on a tear of late and the price still has not caught up to his recent surge.  We’ve seen LaVine surpass expectations in 17 consecutive games, and Milwaukee’s bottom five defense against shooting guards along with the night’s second highest total should make for plenty of scoring opportunities for the two time slam dunk champ.


Small Forward


LeBron James (5 STAR RATING) is the highest priced option on the slate and will take over Love’s front court responsibilities tonight against a Washington Wizards’ team that he has controlled over the past two seasons.  In five meetings since the start of last season, James averages 1.06 FanDuel points more per game against Washington than all other opponents combined.  Look for James to increase his already high usage rate tonight without worrying about feeding Love.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (4 STAR RATING) might have the most upside on our squad, and he draws an up-tempo matchup at home with the Timberwolves.  Antetokounmpo has flashed massive upside in the last few weeks, exceeding expectations in eight of his last nine games.  Since Jason Kidd moved Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe to the bench, the Greek Alphabet has flourished, averaging over 38 minutes per game in those eight games.


Power Forward

Julius Randle (4 STAR RATING) is in a fantastic spot tonight for the short-handed Lakers, facing an Atlanta Hawks’ team that ranks in the bottom two in rebounding.  Randle is one of 12 players in the NBA averaging double figures in rebounding and is a mismatch for this athletic Atlanta squad that struggles with physical presences and is one of very few power forwards with true 20-20 upside tonight.

Jabari Parker (4 STAR RATING) has come to life for Milwaukee in the past month, registering a career high 36 points on Monday night and exceeding expectations in six of his last nine games.  Parker’s involvement in the night’s second highest projected scoring game provides him with scoring upside and he will be an offensive mismatch for the more physical Gorgui Dieng.



Alex Len (5 STAR RATING) is the likely chalk tonight, and we decided that if we were going to eat chalk, we would do it at a position that didn’t cost us too much money.  Len has been sensational lately, crushing value in six of eight games, logging over 30 minutes in four of his last five.  The assignment against Orlando is not a daunting one, as Len will be the biggest man on the floor.  He played 39 minutes last night in Miami, but should continue to see heavy minutes in a shortened Suns rotation.


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