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NBA DFS GPP Recap: McJester’s Court

NBA DFS GPP Recap: McJester’s Court
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NBA DFS GPP Recap – February 24th, 2016

I never thought I’d see the day where Matt Barnes made the top-performers table. But last night, a lot of improbable things happened. Barnes was awesome, Dwayne Wade went throwback and McJester absolutely dominated the NBA GPP scene like never before.




DK Points

FD Points

PG Steph Curry 42Pts, 7Ast, 7Reb, 2Blk,1Stl, 7TO 66.75 59.9
SG Dwayne Wade 32Pts, 7Ast, 3Reb, 1Blk, 1Stl, 4TO 48.25 46.1
SF Matt Barnes 25Pts, 8Reb, 2Ast,1Blk,1Stl,2TO 43.25 39.6
PF Taj Gibson 17Pts, 7Ast, 7Reb, 2Stl, 1TO 39.75 38.9
C Hassan Whiteside 21Pts, 13Reb, 2Blk,1Stl, 2TO 43.75 40.6

Note: If a player is listed above, this does not mean he was the top scoring player at his position. Also, player positioning may change in the future as positional eligibility varies from FanDuel and DraftKings.


$100K Baller, $1,065 Entry, $20,000 to First Placeprice_drop_forum
Winner: saahilsudAKAmaxdalury
Team: Reggie Jackson, Mike Conley, Dwayne Wade, DeMar Derozan, Tobias Harris, Matt Barnes, ZachRandolph, Taj Gibson, Andre Drummond
Score: 336.20

$150 K Monster, $300 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Winner: McJester
Team: Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade, Monta Ellis, Marcus Morris, Matt Barnes, Taj Gibson, Zach Randolph, Brandan Wright
Score: 358.30

$1M Slam, $25 Entry, $100,000 to First Place
Winner: McJester
Team: Steph Curry, D’Angelo Russell, Dwayne Wade, Klay Thompson, Marcus Morris, Matt Barnes, Kristaps Porzingis, Taj Gibson, Andre Drummond
Score: 365.20


$65K Mega All-Star, $1,060 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Winner: cubsfan333
Team: Mike Conley, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, Taj Gibson, Hassan Whiteside, Aaron Brooks, Kawhi Leonard, Pau Gasol
Score: 298

$160K 3-Ball, $300 Entry, $25,000 to First Place
Winner: BobbyFi
Team: Steph Curry, Dwayne Wade, Mike Dunleavy, Bobby Portis, Hassan Whiteside, D’Angelo Russell, Taj Gibson, DeMar DeRozan
Score: 319.75

$300K Shootaround, $20 Entry, $50,000 to First Place
Winner: McJester
Team: Russell Westbrook, Dwayne Wade, Tobias Harris, Brendan Wright, Hassan Whiteside, D’Angelo Russell, Marcus Morris, Matt Barnes
Score: 327.75


Lowly Priced Paradise

Each week I’ve been identifying a certain range of salaries that have been exploited on FanDuel in GPPs and have led to top leaderboard finishes. Last night, the best way to land yourself at the top of leaderboards was to dominate the range of players from $4,500-$5,500. Using players in this range allowed for a balanced approach up top, as players focused on reeling in multiple players in the middle-upper tier.



FD Points

Slam Own %

Matt Barnes $4,700 39.6 17.6%
Marcus Morris $5,200 34.8 10.7%
Taj Gibson $5,000 38.9 4.1%

In my opinion, last night was a bit of an outlier in terms of matchups. A lot of value was presented in the games against the Lakers and Sixers, most notably due to injury at the forward spots that opened up some room for more minutes for players like Marcus Morris. While the ownership could have been expected, it is safe to say that the final results were not anticipated, as each one of these guys was worth at least 6x salary value. Take note that all three of the winning GPP teams on FanDuel last night had at least Gibson and Barnes, while two of the three had the entire trio. The entire trio combined for nearly 120 points and allowed for the rostering of Steph, Wade, Westbrook and company. Any time you can take advantage of this range with such efficiency, you’re setting yourself up for a profitable night.

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Normally this section would be about a guy that really did it all last night. While there were certainly some fine performances, no one stuck out to me as someone that you “needed” to have last night. On the other hand, there was a pair of teammates that I noticed made for an excellent tournament stack. I’m taking this section to South Beach.


DK Shootaround Own%

FD Slam Own %

Dwayne Wade 16.8% 17.1%
Hassan Whiteside 18.1% 13.9%

Neither one of these guys was a surprise, as you can tell from their respective ownerships. The Heat got to play a bit more up-tempo, a bit different from their typical style, against the Warriors in a game with a high total. With no Chris Bosh, both Wade and Whiteside have increased usage ratings and they made the most of it last night, as you’ll be able to see from their point totals.


DK Points

FD Points

Dwayne Wade 48.25 46.1
Hassan Whiteside 43.75 40.6

I haven’t made any notes about stacking teammates in tournaments against the Warriors, but it seems like it might actually be a viable strategy. Of course, the situation was altered a bit to increase the usage for both Whiteside and Wade (thanks to Chris Bosh injury) but nevertheless, it put them in a up-tempo game with a high total. Any time we can attack games like that, we’re accepting a positive environment for our players. And while the Warriors seemingly beat everyone and are most often expected to blowout the other team, if the opposition can keep it close you can grind extra meaningful minutes out of players. It isn’t necessarily a sound strategy to always be employing in cash games, but it’s not something that we should immediately dismiss.

How Contrarian Must I Be?

After scrapping the Utility section thanks to overwhelming (and quite boring) data, I took to the DailyRoto forums to find a section that was a better fit. After a handful of sections, I decided to focus on the ownership aspect, especially in regards to the two major tournaments of the night (the Slam and Shootaround). Given that we can comprehend so easily how difficult it is to win a GPP, we’re often times stretching out of proportion just how to build a lineup. Fitting in a player that no one else will have, just because no one else will have him. Is this necessary? How contrarian do we need to be in order to finish first out of thousands of entries?

Before I throw out the ownerships, I want to make note that both of the teams represented below were owned by McJester – who dominated the NBA circuit last night and won both the Slam on FanDuel and the Shootaround on DK. Congrats!

FD Slam: 8.7%, 3.3%, 17.1%, 10.3%, 10.7%, 17.6%, 4.4%, 4.1%, 30%
DK Shootaround: 9.3%, 16.8%, 26.5%, 4.4%, 18.1%, 7.7%, 8.2%, 15.5%

That was impressive. Not only did he take down both tournaments on two different sites, but he did so with overlap and an overall consistency in finding players at a lower ownership. As I mentioned before, matchups with the Lakers and Sixers drove ownership up on particular players last night, and more or less, McJester avoided it (you can see his full teams at the top). He found players in those particular games with D’Angelo Russell, Brandan Wright and Marcus Morris that drew smaller ownership levels, but still held highly attractive matchups.

In terms of this week’s ownership relative to other weeks, I’d say that this is what I would typically expect. Of course McJester hit on some of the higher owned players of the night, but he also made sure not to fall completely into the chalk zone, giving himself an advantage in game theory when players like Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Bobby Portis wasted sizable ownerships.

Last night, McJester put on a lesson in GPPS. I’d advise scrolling through his teams a few times and applauding his efforts.

Congrats to the winners!

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