We are currently in 3rd place and within striking distance of 1st, that is only 24 points away. The seventh leg of the FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship was a journey with a lot of risk, as we rostered Lance Stephenson in a pristine spot despite not knowing his status prior to lock.  Fortunately, he played and paid off huge, and we finished with a score of 285.7.  Not what we hoped for when we clicked submit, but it was enough to keep us in the top three overall with three nights left to play.

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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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

Brandon Jennings (3 STAR RATING) is in this lineup despite a middling rating because he is starting tonight with Elfrid Payton out, so he should get close to 30 minutes. most importantly, he is being guarded by Kyrie Irving who is the weakest defender on the Cavs which could potentially make Jennings the focal point of the Magic attack with Vucevic also out. At $4,700 he is such a great value play that we are foregoing other high-priced super stars like Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook.

Isaiah Canaan (5 STAR RATING) is rated very highly on our platform, coming out as the top FanDuel play at any position.  We assume we’ll be the only people who will roster him tonight, and his presence in our lineup allowed us to stack up strongly at other spots.  We needed a differentiator this deep into the tournament, and we’re hoping that a 6X performance helps vault us ahead of the pack in a risky spot as a 16.5 point underdog against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Shooting Guard

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pop (5 STAR RATING) is in a great spot against the very porous Kings’ defense, which is especially generous at the wings. This should be a high scoring up-tempo game with the closing Vegas Line expecting Detroit to score 112.5 points.He should get a lot of run tonight and we wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him exceed his value. All things considered, we have good reason to believe that KCP will continue his streak of delivering Fantasy wins.

James Harden (4 STAR RATING) has seen his price come down after a week around $11000, and we want to be on him when he resumes his usual upside production.  Pairing Harden with Curry provides us a high floor in true scoring, and gives us access to the two best players in the two highest total games on the slate.  Minnesota has been tough on shooting guards this season, but Harden has proven his game is virtually matchup proof, and we’re looking for a get right spot for Houston after an embarrassing loss Wednesday to the Clippers.

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Small Forward

LeBron James (4 STAR RATING) A well rested LeBron takes the court tonight so he should see heavy minutes against Orlando. Additionally, Kevin Love is sick with something so he might see less minutes. We know that the Cavs are playing at a much higher pace with lue as their head coach, so LeBron should deliver value as his salary has been going down and is now below $10k. Orlando is a middle of the road defense in terms of giving points to the SF position but this is an important game for the Cavs to stay at the top of the standings and as such we expect LeBron to be in top form.

Marcus Morris (4 STAR RATING) got into this lineup because we knew we wanted access to one of the Pistons’ wings against the Sacramento Kings, who allow the sixth most fantasy production to small forwards.  Detroit’s starters are locked in for big minutes every night and Morris’ price gives him 6-7X upside.  Detroit will also get the biggest pace bump on the night facing the Kings, who allow 107.1 points per game on the road.

Power Forward

Gorgui Dieng (3 STAR RATING) is in our lineup because he has been great lately and Houston gives up the most fantasy points per game to power forwards. Dieng has two or more blocked shots in seven consecutive games, all of which saw him score in double figures.  Dieng was dealing with a hip injury that didn’t force him to miss time, but hampered his overall production.  He’s a lock for 30 minutes in what should be the highest scoring game on the night with no one on the opposing team who can really slow him down.

Anthony Davis (4 STAR RATING) is in too good of a spot taking on a tired Portland team that played yesterday. We also like the Davis despite his high salary because he will have to be the main guy on offense as a lot of key contributors like Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon are out with injuries. The Unibrow has been on a tear lately with 51.3 FanDuel points on Wednesday against Sacramento. We expect more of the same tonight as he takes a advantage of Noah Vonleh, who is woefully unequipped to defend him.


Bismack Biyombo (4 STAR RATING) is likely tonight’s chalk and with the value available at center, there’s no need to fade him.  Biyombo should see 30 minutes of run tonight against a friendly Boston Celtics’ front court allowing the 12th most fantasy production to opposing centers.  His price did not go up after last night’s massive performance against Indiana, and he provides a safe floor and multi-category contributions.

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

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