FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship 2.1 – Lineup MARCH 2, 2016

Today starts the second week of the inaugural FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship(FPBC). To recap what the FPBC is every Wednesday and Friday, for the next four weeks, we face off against the other top 8 Daily Fantasy Sports sites in an elite tournament, to see who can build the best lineups.  The team with the highest aggregate score after the 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 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 goodness and we already have fantastic value uncovered at multiple positions.  We didn’t need to dumpster dive too far to build our lineup tonight.

Here’s our position by position breakdown:

Point Guard

Chris Paul (4 STAR RATING) and the Clippers host the Oklahoma City Thunder in tonight’s highest profile game.  Paul is only a four star play according to the Player Rater, but his recent success against Russell Westbrook and OKC made him a must play for us.  He’s averaged 50.08 FanDuel points in his last four meetings with the Thunder.

Mike Conley (5 STAR RATING) is no longer the mega chalk, and his price has not budged through a series of easy matchups and mediocre results.  The Grizzlies return home tonight to take on the Sacramento Kings and their league-high pace.  The Kings have been demolished by opposing point guards of late, and Conley’s return home should yield plenty of fantasy fruit, as he’s averaged 42.25 FanDuel points per game in his last two home contests.


Shooting Guard

Victor Oladipo (5 STAR RATING) is an elite GPP pivot from the uber-chalk Will Barton.  He comes home to face a Chicago Bulls team playing its second road game in two nights, down multiple front court personnel, and has been hemorrhaging points since losing Jimmy Butler before the All Star break.  Oladipo is averaging 36.7 FanDuel points per game in his last five meetings with Chicago.

Zach LaVine (5 STAR RATING) is in a cushy matchup with the Washington Wizards in tonight’s second highest projected game.  LaVine has been incredibly reliable of late, averaging over 31 minutes per game over his last 15 games and has exceeded salary based point expectations in 16 consecutive games.  His price has not responded to his productivity.


Small Forward

Matt Barnes (5 STAR RATING) is in a top five spot tonight against a Sacramento defense that has been destroyed by opposing wing players this entire season.  Barnes is still too cheap for his expanded role and should continue to soak up bulk minutes as Tony Allen has no timetable for return.  The pace bump and home environment made him a cinch.

Mario Hezonja (4 STAR RATING) is a player coming off a disappointing performance last night in Dallas who draws a top four matchup with a tired sieve of a defense in the Chicago Bulls.  Hezonja will start his third consecutive game in place of Evan Fournier and doesn’t even need 20 FanDuel points to reach 5X value.  He is the definition of a punt tonight.


Power Forward

Zach Randolph (4 STAR RATING) is still too cheap based on the responsibilities he carries in the new-look Grizzlies offense.  He draws a matchup with the Kings who allow the highest points above expectation to opposing power forwards.  He represents our highest floor play based on matchup and price.

Bobby Portis (5 STAR RATING) is about to play maximum minutes at a sub-$5000 price tag in a friendly enough matchup with the Magic.  Portis has exceeded his salary based point expectations eleven times in his last twelve games despite a reduced bench role, and with Taj Gibson out tonight, he represents the chalk value, which we were willing to absorb.

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DeMarcus Cousins (3 STAR RATING) is the first player rated lower than four stars to crack our lineup, but this came down to money left on the table. Also pushing us towards Boogie was how excellent his chart looks. He has regularly given X5 his salary in fantasy points. Cousins arguably has the highest ceiling of any player on any slate and his matchup with Memphis is no longer prohibitive thanks to Marc Gasol’s season ending injury.  Cousins’ price is down from where it was a month ago, and any time Boogie is priced below $11000, he is in play as the top center.

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