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FANDUEL PARTNERS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 4.1 – LINEUP MARCH 16, 2016

Tonight our quest for the FPC crown continues. The sixth leg of the FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship was a very successful night for Team DraftPros, as we put up 330.7 points on our way to a second place finish on the night, and, more importantly, a vault into second place overall with four heats remaining.  We’re feeling confident after back to back 325+ point performances, and our tools are helping us set the pace.  Our performance was paced by a couple of Memphis Grizzlies, as Lance Stephenson and Matt Barnes combined for 110.6 points, making up just over one third of our overall production.  Although Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine and Rudy Gay let us down, we were able to pick up the slack due to those fine Memphis performances, more than making up the difference.

To recap, the FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship (FPBC) is an elite tournament were our lineup picks 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.

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our 1 to 5 Star Player Rater & Lineup Builder that gives us the edge in the FPBC tournament.

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Our Lineup tools are different than the others out there because we take all the important sports data and crunch it with our algorithms to distill the key insights into a 1 to 5 star rating for every player. This way you can quickly and intuitively build your lineups knowing which players are expected to score the most fantasy points relative to their assigned salary on FanDuel.

This is a quick diagram explaining how the process works:

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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

Jrue Holiday (4 STAR RATING) is in a fantastic spot tonight taking on the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, where the Kings’ league high pace should surely rear it’s fantasy friendly head.  Holiday has slumped in back to back games, but fantasy owners were alerted to these potential pitfalls, as Holiday was on an announced minutes limit this past Saturday followed by a blowout loss to Golden State at the Oracle.  Tonight, Holiday tries his hand against the fourth friendliest defense for opposing point guards, and is a supreme value on FanDuel, saving you $786 in implied salary compared to his cost on DraftKings.

Toney Douglas (5 STAR RATING) is in the lineup with the news of Norris Cole missing a sixth consecutive game.  We decided to double our pleasure against the Kings’ terrible point guard defense and absorb value from Douglas, who has exceeded 5X value in four consecutive games.  The pace and minutes available to the Pelicans roster due to injury makes this a spot to load up on.

Shooting Guard

JJ Redick (4 STAR RATING) is underpriced for a matchup with the defensive deficient Houston Rockets, who allow the eighth most fantasy production to shooting guards.  Houston allows the third most three point attempts in the league and the eighth best three point field goal percentage in the NBA, a specialty for Redick, who sat most of the fourth quarter in last night’s loss to San Antonio.  He should be fresh and ready to take on a Houston defense allowing the fourth most points in the NBA.

Lance Stephenson (4 STAR RATING) is a wild card play for us as his status is not yet known for the game tonight.  If he plays, Memphis’ short roster should allow him to see prime minutes against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that is reasonably solid against shooting guards – fifth best overall – but isn’t the kind of team to blow opponents out despite being a small road favorite.  Stephenson showed his presence was desperately needed as Memphis suffered through a massive blowout at the hands of Houston on Monday, and his ownership is likely to be low with skepticism surrounding his injury.

Small Forward

Kevin Durant (4 STAR RATING) is our top $10,000 player tonight, taking on a Boston Celtics defense missing Jae Crowder that already gives up the ninth most fantasy production to small forwards.  Durant is in a prime position to break out of a three game mini slump in a high over/under game on national television facing defenders that don’t come within five inches of Durant’s nearly seven foot frame.

Nikola Mirotic (5 STAR RATING) takes on the Washington Wizards, the fourth friendliest defense for small forwards to face, with a minutes bump in his back pocket.  Chicago will play without Pau Gasol for a second consecutive game, which opens up minutes for Mirotic, Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Bobby Portis.  Mirotic is likely the highest ceiling player of the group, and Washington’s league worst three point defense makes him a fantastic play for a mid-range salary.

Power Forward

Anthony Davis (4 STAR RATING) is taking on the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento and will benefit from the Kings’ fourth worst defense against opposing power forwards.  New Orleans is playing nine deep at the moment, meaning Davis is a lock for 40 minutes of action tonight in a game with a small spread and the highest total on the night.  Davis has 70 point upside every time he takes the floor, and our goal was to fit Durant and Davis into tonight’s lineup.

Willie Cauley-Stein (5 STAR RATING) is our lone punt play, but if you’re going to punt, why not do it with a player listed at his incorrect position taking on one of the league’s friendliest units to his true position?  Cauley-Stein is the Kings’ starting center and will likely do battle with Omer Asik to start the game.  New Orleans allows the second most fantasy production to opposing centers, and we’re taking advantage of a positional discrepancy with this play.

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Center

Andre Drummond (5 STAR RATING) is in one of the better spots of the night, facing the fifth worst defeense for opposing centers in the Atlanta Hawks and is available for a discount.  Drummond is typically a $8000-$9000 player that is available for $7900 tonight, and since he always has 20-20 upside, this is a spot we want to exploit.  Drummond is significantly less expensive than some of his positional counterparts in far worse spots and has averaged nearly 49 FanDuel points in two matchups with the Hawks this season.

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{Contributing: Antonio Moreda, Jack Biernacki, Kyle Vo, Jake Panzeri}

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