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NBA GPP Recap: Super Mario and Friends

NBA GPP Recap: Super Mario and Friends
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NBA GPP Recap: Super Mario and Friends

Since I get to write a piece like this each week, often times I get to reflect on dominant performances by players that we didn’t really anticipate dominating. The GPP superstar is most often the player with less than 5% ownership that scores 50 fantasy points and pushes all the lineups including him all the way to the top. This week, and probably for the last time in his career, I’ll be able to honor Mario Chalmers as Super Mario. You won a lot of favor last night Mario, here’s to you!




DK Points

FD Points

PG Chris Paul 21Pts, 19Ast, 4Reb, 1Stl, 3TO 56.50 53.3
SG Victor Oladipo 20Pts, 5Reb, 3Ast, 1Blk, 1Stl, 3TO 35.25 31.5
SF LeBron James 34Pts, 10Reb, 4Ast, 1Blk,1Stl,2TO 54 59
PF Anthony Davis 26Pts, 12Reb, 7Ast, 3Blk,2Stl,3TO 61.5 57.9
C DeAndre Jordan 14Pts, 14Reb,4Blk 41 38.8

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 Place
Winner: assani
Team: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Devin Harris, Jae Crowder, Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Davis, Dwight Powell, DeAndre Jordan
Score: 344.30

$200K Monster, $300 Entry, $30,000 to First Place
Winner: assani
Team: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Devin Harris, Jae Crowder, Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Davis, Dwight Powell, DeAndre Jordan
Score: 344.30

$340K Super Slam, $25 Entry, $40,000 to First Place
Winner: ganondorf
Team: Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Devin Harris, Victor Oladipo, TJ Warren, LeBron James, Cody Zeller, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan
Score: 357.90


$80K All-Star, $1,060 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Winner: EmpireMaker2
Team: Kemba Walker, Victor Oladipo, James Johnson, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, Mario Chalmers, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan
Score: 329.25

$230K 3-Ball, $300Entry, $30,000 to First Place
Winner: meansy53
Team: Mario Chalmers, Victor Oladipo, LeBron James, Dwight Powell, JaVale McGee, Evan Turner, Anthony Davis, Brook Lopez
Score: 342.5

$350K Shootaround, $20 Entry, $50,000 to First Place
Winner: Kruzdog
Team: Kyrie Irving, Victor Oladipo, Chandler Parsons, Anthony Davis, Jonas Valunciunas, Mario Chalmers, LeBron James, JaVale McGee
Score: 358.75

“Minimum” 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, thanks to an odd night of injuries, the tier of $3,500-$5,000 was heavily exploited, thanks in large part to the Dallas Mavericks.



FD Points

Slam Own %

Devin Booker $3,600 33 15.7%
Raymond Felton $4,800 35.4 2.2%
Dwight Powell $3,500 35 16.6%

Booker and Powell, along with TJ Warren, JaVale McGee and a whole host of other near minimum priced players were commonly found amongst all GPP teams last night. Despite their salary and the situation at hand, the ownership percentages associated with them was still quite a bit lower than I would have expected to see. However, while their performances helped catapult teams to the top, Raymond Felton was the dude to have. Felton, a tad bit more expensive, fell right in line with the rest of the value options in terms of price, but leveled the field thanks to his ownership level at the point guard position. It wasn’t necessary to have him, but if you did, congratulations – you did just fine.

Unsuspected Hero

I know in recent weeks I’ve been using this section to really focus on a player or two that didn’t help us as much as we anticipated. You know, the guys that were supposed to dominate and win us a GPP, but instead faltered and kept us from winning any money. Last night though was a redeeming fantasy night for Cliff Paul’s brother, Chris, and so, I want to tell you about it.


FD Points / Own%

DK Points / Own%

Chris Paul 53.3 / 11.3% 56.5 / 5.4%

On a night with so much value, it was really easy to just load up with scrubs and pay for Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who did their part in making sure you won money. Yet, both Uni and LBJ came with a higher ownership percentage and perhaps you wanted to differentiate just a little bit more. Insert Chris Paul, who held down tiny ownership percentages for over $1,000 less in salary than both Davis and James. CP3 was worth it last night.


When was the last time you guys ever heard anyone reference Mario Chalmers as Super Mario Chalmers? It’s been a long time for me, probably because Mario Chalmers hasn’t been super in a while. Last night though, he ate like three toads and a fireball and was the greatest Mario of all time.


FD Slam Own %

DK Shootaround Own %

Super Mario 1.2% 9.3%

Alright, I’ve given you a little bit about Mario’s night last night. He was pretty low owned, must have made a bit of a difference in tournaments, right? Wrong. It wasn’t a bit of a difference, Chalmers made a huge difference.

Insert a second Chalmers table.


FD Points

DK Points

Super Mario 49.1 52

Based on Chalmers’ price on the two sites, these fantasy point totals were averaged nearly 12 times value. That is really huge production, and given his tiny ownership levels, he was a huge difference maker in tournaments. You still might be wondering what his statline looked like. Well, insert table number three.



Super Mario 23Pts, 9Ast, 8Reb, 2Stl, 1TO, 3ToadsEaten


I’ve continued to take a look at the utility usage on DraftKings in tournaments. Below was this weeks tally.


Current Week


PG 10 66
SG 3 30
SF 0 20
PF 0 20
C 7 64

Just as expected, again. Point guard and center continue to dominate the utility position, and I think we’ve hit the nail on the head here. Thanks to the large positional depth, as well as the timely injury news of last night, it made no sense to go in any other direction. As the data has largely pointed to these two positions, I’m feeling it’s about time to wrap this section up. Over the next week I’ll be thinking of another section to dive into in the coming week, if you have any ideas, please feel free to share!

Congrats to the winners!

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