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NBA GPP Recap: Cookin’ Cash with Cheph Curry

NBA GPP Recap: Cookin’ Cash with Cheph Curry
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NBA GPP Recap: Cookin’ Cash with Cheph Curry

Steph Curry is so awesome. Everyone knows it, but I wanted you all to know that his talents extend beyond the court.

His wife is cool too.


Position

Player

Statline

DK Points

FD Points

PG Steph Curry 38Pts, 9Ast, 3Stl, 1Blk, 5Reb, 8TO 64.25 57.5
SG Eric Gordon 24Pts, 6Ast,5Reb,1Blk,3Stl,1TO 49.75 46
SF Giannis Antetokounmpo 19Pts,11Reb, 6Ast, 1BLk, 2STl, 6TO 46.25 41.2
PF Derrick Williams 31Pts, 7Reb, 2Stl, 3TO 42.25 40.40
C DeMarcus Cousins 32Pts, 12Reb, 1Ast, 1STl, 4TO 51.5 45.9

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.


FanDuel

$300K Super Baller, $1,065 Entry, $50,000 to First Place
Winner: CheddaBisque
Team: JJ Barea, Steph Curry, James Harden, Joe Johnson, CJ Miles, Gordon Hayward, Dwight Powell, Kristaps Porzingis, Brook Lopez
Score: 324.60

$175K Monster, $300 Entry, $25,000 to First Place
Winner: bullman76
Team: Steph Curry, JJ Barea, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rodney Hood, Danilo Gallinari, Harrison Barnes, Kristaps Porzingis, Derrick Williams, DeMarcus Cousins
Score: 339.80

$350K Super Slam, $25 Entry, $40,000 to First Place
Winner: my3kids1
Team: Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, Aaron Afflalo, Eric Gordon, Khris Middleton, Jared Dudley, Terrence Jones, Cody Zeller, DeMarcus Cousins
Score: 351.90

DraftKings

$50K All-Star, $1,060 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Winner: Kobe4MVP
Team: Steph Curry, Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Kristaps Porzingis, Brook Lopez, Chris Paul, Dwight Powell, Cole Aldrich
Score: 325.25

$150K 3-Ball, $300 Entry, $25,000 to First Place
Winner: hetron
Team: JJ Barea, Eric Gordon, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Cody Zeller, Dwight Howard, Khris Middleton, Kristaps Porzingis, Thad Young
Score: 326.25

$350K Shootaround, $20 Entry, $50,000 to First Place
Winner: srolle
Team: JJ Barea, Eric Gordon, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dwight Powell, Brook Lopez, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Williams, Steph Curry
Score: 341.50

“Minimum…ish” 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. This week, the price range that found itself at home at the top of leaderboards was $4,000-$5,000. Capitalizing on two or three of the players at this price range allowed lineups to fit both DeMarcus Cousins and Steph Curry, top players that also were frequently found near the top of leaderboards.


Player

Salary

FD Points

Slam Own %

Derrick Williams $4,000 40.4 3.9%
Eric Gordon $4,800 46 5.1%
Cody Zeller $4,900 39.5 4.6%

You might notice that in comparison to past weeks, these three players were fairly contrarian. While they weren’t included on many teams in the Slam on FanDuel, it’s important to note that the lineups with them finished highly. Being able to take advantage of the extreme value that was provided by the trio provided a huge boost in the standings.

Suspecting Hero

Notice the title change? Yes, it’s lame of me to make Steph Curry the hero, but he definitely was last night. For starters, take a look at his ownership levels from the major tournaments last night.


Player

FD Points / Own%

DK Points / Own%

Steph Curry 57.5 / 26.8% 64.25 / 23.0%

You’re probably wondering why only roughly 25% of people took advantage of Steph’s skills? If you are, you’re smart, because I was wondering the same thing. While nearly 60 fantasy points isn’t anything crazy for Steph, it’s a huge and unexpected boost to a lineup, regardless of a player’s salary. Last night, since there weren’t any other exploding stars (in terms of raw point totals) it was almost a must to have Steph in order to create a lot of damage in a tournament. In fact, all but one of the major tournament winners listed above had exposure to Steph – it was his night.

Create-A-Player

Last time when I included three different tables for this section, people thought I was crazy. This week, all I have to say is, “I’m back.” I’ve had to twinge the criteria a tad lately to make sure I’m not always picking Draymond Green or John Wall and thusly I’ve landed upon the Greek Freak. The Alphabet. Alphabet Soup. Chicken Noodle Soup. I don’t know, some of those things.

Last night, Giannis Antetokounmpo was a stat-stuffing freak, and those who used him are celebrating it.


Player

FD Slam Own %

DK Shootaround Own %

Giannis 16.8% 15.1%

The ownership table is quite telling. He wasn’t absurdly priced on either of the major sites, thus creating quite equal ownerships as he fit into the same price range. The one thing that does surprise me about his ownership though, is his positional eligibility. Giannis is eligible at SF on DK and SG on FD. While they’re two totally different positions, the player pools are equally atrocious at each (probably worse at SG). Given his salary, the matchup and the fact that he isn’t a mess of a play in a positional wasteland, I’m actually just a bit shocked that his ownership wasn’t higher.

Insert a second Alphabet table.


Player

FD Points

DK Points

Giannis 41.2 46.25

Yes, I know this isn’t Steph Curry stuff, but Giannis was great value last night. He was sub-$7,000 on both of the sites and provided nearly 7X value on both. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s good.


Player

Statline

Giannis 19Pts, 11Reb, 6Ast, 2Stl, 1Blk, 6TO

So you’re not happy about the turnovers, I get it. Giannis’ overall point total on FanDuel did take a hit as a result of 6 crushing turnovers, but the bigger picture should be his overall line. Consider that this kid is still essentially a baby. I am more than a full year older than him, and he’s almost as awesome at life as I am. He’s catching up really quickly. For real though, he has triple-double powers and he’s shown it at times. Last night was one of those times you didn’t want to miss out.

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 you take a look at the ownership levels on the winning lineups, I’d like you to try and envision them. No, you don’t need to close your eyes and put yourself in a safe place (although it doesn’t hurt), but try and guess how many players were less than 5%, less than 10% and so on.

And now that you’ve done that….take a look.

FD Slam: 26.8%, 23.5%, 16.8% , 10.4% , 22.5%, 8.8%, 61%, 3.9%, 50.1%

DK Shootaround: 19.6%, 4.2%, 15.1%, 27.5%, 8.3%, 9.3%, 17.5%, 23.0%

Were you close to guessing?

Each lineup only had one player that was under 5% owned, and at most 3 players that finished under 10% owned. Not to mention, the winning lineup on FanDuel used two players with over 50% ownership. Small sample size alert, but this is encouraging news for players that might be a tad risk averse in tournament play and fear braving the cold waters of “GPP only” plays.

I’m going to keep tabs on the ownership data from the winning teams in a separate document, and use them to compare and revisit in the coming weeks.

Congrats to the winners!

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