So, you’re ready to put in some lineups in the daily NBA DFS contests? Check out these handy resources to help you on your way!
For the purpose of this exercise all of the following resources are free of charge. There are a number of products and services out there that you can pay for.
Please note also, our finished Fantasy Stars NBA DFS dashboard is coming soon and a version of it will be available to our followers!
1. Team News
Perhaps the most important thing to keep an eye on, especially in the two-hour block approaching lock-out.
There are a million ways to handle this but here are three handy hints that are totally FREE to keep yourself in the game and ensure you have no deadweight in your lineups.
First things first, download the ESPN and Bleacher Report apps and be sure to turn on notifications for anything injury or team news related for all teams in the NBA. This is a great starting point that will also allow you to get some great prices with bookies before the lines move!
Secondly, bookmark this page and keep an eye on it: http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nba/0/basketball-headlines?rw=1 Rotoworld do a good job of not only updating team news and injuries but also touching on the players who will be positively or negatively impacted by the news.
Twitter! As an avid NBA bettor I’ve found it really helpful using Twitter for team news and information. Jump on and follow the ESPN, Yahoo, CBS NBA journalists and all the beat writers who follow one team throughout the entire season. They are often first to break the news of players being rested or missing shootaround etc.
More information on our NBA DFS dashboard and how you can gain access to it coming soon!
Defense vs Position
This is a real buzz thing among DFS players. You’ll hear it referred to as the ‘match-up’ and how easy or difficult the match-up is for a player. Basically, how many fantasy points does the team your player is facing give up on average?
Here’s a good resource: http://www.rotowire.com/daily/nba/defense-vspos.htm
**Watch out for false stats.**
For instance, defensive studs Kawaii Leonard, Draymond Green and even Jimmy Butler can guard multiple positions. So if you’re player is a point guard and he comes up against Leonard and the Spurs you might think yeah ok, neither Tony Parker or Patty Mills are elite defenders that should work. Well it can, or Caoch Pop can move Kawaii Leonard over to defend the opponents point guard and then you all of a sudden have the toughest match-up in basketball. Watch for this especially when the other teams best defender doesn’t have an obvious assignment at their position.
Another to keep in mind is that an injured player may have recently returned to the starting lineup and the impact that has on the prior data. For example, Jose Calderon is an awful defender and if he’s just been replaced in the starting lineup with a point guard like Jrue Holiday who is a solid defender you can expect that the teams defense vs that position will be better than the prior data is telling you.
Find like-minded players, follow them on Twitter, start or join a Facebook group or Skype thread. Don’t become reliant on the information of others, use it as a reference point to cross-check your own thoughts and information. There will be always someone out there that has thought of a different angle or nuance to what you have.
Find the guys you think bring the best information to the table and keep in touch. Don’t be worried about lineup overlap, there’s plenty of room at the top for winners!