Friday, November 24, 2017

MMA DraftKings Picks - Saturday November 25th 2017


UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs Gastelum live from Shanghai China. Here is my breakdown on my picks for fantasy MMA lineups on DraftKings.

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It's UFC Fight Night 122 live from Shanghai China! This mixed martial arts event has a start time of 3:45AM Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, you want to make sure you make your lineups TONIGHT if you are planning on playing this card. If you wait until tomorrow morning, it will be too late and you won't be able to play.

This is a very interesting card from a fantasy MMA perspective. You have 10 fighters on this card who have never fought in the UFC before. The Main event features a late replacement that just fought a couple of weeks ago. While the prize pools aren't that great, I think if you can take down a GPP, you have a good shot at not having to share the prize pool. There is a lot of uncertainty on this card and I think you can build some unique lineups by picking your spots as far as which underdogs you like.

I have divided the fighters into 3 tiers based on their DraftKings salary. The tiers are as follows:

  • Top Tier - $8,600 and Above
  • Mid Tier - $7,700 to $8,500
  • Value Tier - $7,600 and Below
I will write a full breakdown on my favorite cash fighter and favorite GPP fighter for each tier. I will also list each and every other fighter on that tier and I will rank them as follows:

  • Cash Play - I may use this fighter in a cash lineup or a GPP lineup.
  • GPP Play - I will not use this fighter in a cash lineup but I may use this fighter in a GPP lineup.
  • Fade - I will not use this fighter in any of my lineups.
Let's start with the top tier:

Favorite Cash Fighter: Li JingLang $8,800 - JingLang to me is the best cash play on the card and in my view it's not even close. He's by far the best Chinese fighter on the card fighting in his home country. He has a good combination of striking and grappling averaging 4.68 significant strikes per minute and 1.69 takedowns per fight. I have his floor as out-striking and out-grappling Ottow to a decision victory. His upside is definitely a knockout, which he has done in 3 out of his last 5 fights. His DraftKings logs are outstanding. Over the last five fights his lowest score was a 58 in a loss. He's the first name I'm clicking when I build my cash lineup and he will make up a significant amount of my GPP lineups as well.

Favorite GPP Fighter: Muslim Sallikhov $8,900 - Salikhov is one of the top prospects on this card and for good reason. He is the first non-Chinese fighter to EVER be crowned King of Kung Fu. He is extremely dangerous with a lethal combination of power in his hands as well as in his feet. He hasn't lost a fight since 2012 and almost every single one of his fights he has finished. So I will have my fair share of him in my GPP lineups. I can't touch him in cash though. After all he is making his UFC debut so we don't know if his talent can transcend to a higher level of competition. Garcia is a strong wrestler with power in his hands so this will be a great test for him. 

Other Top Tier Fighters
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov $9,300 (Cash Play)
  • Cyril Asker $9,200 (GPP Play)
  • Bobby Nash $9,100 (Cash Play)
  • Kevin Gastelum $9,000 (Cash Play)
  • Rolando Dy $8,700 (GPP Play)
  • Song Yadong $8,600 (GPP Play)
Let's move on to the Mid Tier:

Favorite Cash Fighter: Gina Mazany $8,400 - Mazany was a huge underdog in her debut fight, a late replacement against top ranked bantamweight Sara McMann and she got choked out in the first round. This is a much better spot for her. She gets a full camp. She's won all her other professional fights. She's got good striking and she's very physical. She's got a 2 inch reach advantage. She's also fought FAR better competition than Yanan who hasn't fought anybody other than regional fighters in and around China. Vegas has her as a slight favorite over Yanan and they are giving her singificantly better inside the distance odds. I see her floor as losing a close decision and her ceiling as getting a knockout. She to me is the safest play in the mid tier on this card.

Favorite GPP Fighter: Wang Guan $7,700 - I actually have Alex Caceres winning the fight. I feel he is the more technically skilled fighter. However, he is also very inconsistent and cannot be trusted.  That's why I like Guan as a GPP play. Guan is a tough fighter that hits hard and although Caceres is the favorite, Vegas actually gives Guan better inside the distance odds to get a finish than Caceres. The fight is a pretty high favorite to go the distance and realistically if it doesn't it's more likely that Guan won as oppose to Caceres. He's clearly not a cash play and he probably doesn't even win the fight. However, in case he does and he certainly can, he's a great fighter to have some exposure to in your lineups. I also don't mind him for cash as well. I don't see him getting finished so he should have 3 full rounds to accumulate points.

Other Mid Tier Fighters:
  • Alex Caceres $8,500 (Cash Play)
  • Kailin Curran $8,300 (GPP Play)
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov $8,200 (Cash Play)
  • Chase Sherman $8,000 (GPP Play)
  • Yan Xiaonan $7,900 (GPP Play)
  • Wu Yanan $7,800 (Fade)
Finally, let's take a look at the value tier:

Favorite Cash Fighter: Bharat Kandare $7,600 - Kandare is clearly the best play at the value tier. Although he is an underdog he's only a slight underdog at +135 odds to win. His opponent Song Yadong is also making his UFC debut and is a striker while Kandare is a grappler and a powerful one at that. The key for him is to keep it close and control the fight as a pure wrestling and grappling affair. Yadong is an excellent striker and if this becomes a striking affair I don't like his chances. However, if he can keep it wrestling I believe he will win this fight.

Favorite GPP Fighter: Michael Bisping $7,200 - I have Gastelum winning this fight but Bisping is the best fighter remaining in the value tier. He is obviously the former middleweight champion of the world and is coming off a loss against George St Pierre 3 weeks ago. He is taking this fight on short notice due to a failed drug test by Anderson Silva. On paper this looks like a the classic train headed towards the end of the cliff where the tracks end and Bisping is that train. However, at a price tag of only $7,200 and with not a lot of options that I like on the value tier, I don't mind taking some shots with Bisping. I also don't mind him in cash to save room especially with a potential although unlikely 5 round fight.

Other Value Tier Fighters:
  • Wuliji Buren $7,500 (Fade)
  • Zak Ottow $7,400 (Fade)
  • Alex Garcia $7,300 (GPP Play)
  • Song Kenan $7,100 (Fade)
  • Hu Yaozong $7,000 (Fade)
  • Sheymon Moraes $6,900 (Fade)
Finally, here are some bets you can consider. The heavier favorite fighters, you can pair with 1 or 2 other fighters that you like OR you can pair with some NFL teams that you like tomorrow so you can get a better payout.
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov -550
  • Cyril Asker -250
  • Li Jingliang -190
  • Kalian Curran +130
  • Bharat Khandare +125
Magomedsharipov and Asker parlay at $100 pays out $65.45. Add Jingliang and that pays out $152.54. A full parlay of all 5 fighters pays out $1206.87. This is provided for illustrative purposes only. 


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NBA DraftKings Plays - Wednesday November 22nd 2017

We have a GIGANTIC 14 game slate of NBA action tonight on DraftKings. I have put together a list of a number of plays that I like in cash and GPP. Here are the players I like tonight.

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Since I had to do NFL articles today, I'm giving you the quick and dirty version of who I like tonight on DraftKings

  • Last time out my cash lineup did terrible. However, I took down 9th and 11th place in GPPs so I was able to walk away with more than 5 and 1/2 times entry fees.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is out tonight due to a knee injury. As a result, I am upgrading both Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton as I expect both to get increased usage as a result.
Here are the players that I'm targeting tonight in each price tier:

Top Tier: $9,100 and Up

Cash Play: DeMarcus Cousins $10,300 PF/C - He's got a tough matchup tonight against the Spurs so his Vegas Implied total, DvP and DRPM are all on the low side. However, there are a few key reasons why I still like Cousins for cash tonight. For starters, he's hit at least 4x value over 92% of the time this season. Secondly, his price tag is one of the lowest price tags that he has had all season.

GPP Play: Kevin Durant $10,000 SF/PF - I'm a fan of revenge narratives and Durant plays his old team tonight. He's hit at least 5x value every game they played the Thunder last season. While the Thunder are a different team this year, I still expect Durant to be highly motivated to put on a show tonight. Plus, with the huge slate and the injury tag potentially taking ownership away from him, I love the thought of firing up Durant in GPPs tonight.

Other Plays I Like
  • LeBron James $11,400 SF/PF (Cash & GPP)
  • Blake Griffin $9,300 PF/C (Cash & GPP)
Mid Tier: $6,000 to $8,900

Cash Play: Eric Bledsoe $6,500 PG/SG - I told you before I'm a fan of revenge narratives and they get no bigger than Eric Bledsoe tonight against his old team the Suns. Bledsoe left on bad terms so he's going to be highly motivated to show off tonight. He becomes the number one option tonight now that ABC is out. He has a JUICY matchup tonight against the Suns with the 4th highest Vegas Implied Total, the worst team in the league at limiting fantasy points to the point guard position and a defender with a negative DRPM. He was the very first person I selected tonight for my cash lineups.

GPP Play: Kevin Love $7,900 PF/C - I never get this guy right but this matchup is too good to pass up on. Against the Brooklyn Nets I expect the field to go to LeBron. That makes Love a great pivot for GPPs. His team has the highest implied Vegas total tonight. Brooklyn is one of the worst teams at limiting fantasy points to the Power Forward position. His defender also has a negative DRPM. I love me some Love tonight!

Other Plays I Like
  • Kyle Lowry $8,200 PG (GPP)
  • Kemba Walker $8,000 PG (Cash & GPP)
  • Khris Middleton $6,900 SG/SF (Cash & GPP)
  • Jimmy Butler $7,400 SG (GPP)
  • Spencer Dinwiddle $6,300 PG/SG (Cash & GPP)
  • Evan Fournier $6,300 SG/SF (Cash & GPP)
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $6,400 SF/PF (Cash & GPP)
  • Carmelo Anthony $6,700 SF/PF (Cash & GPP)
  • Nikola Vucevic $6,900 C (Cash & GPP)
Value Tier: $5.900 & Below

Cash Play: John Collins $4,600 PF/C - Both Luke Babbit and Mike Muscala have been ruled out tonight so that makes John Collins a solid play in all formats. The Clippers haven't been great at limiting the fantasy production of either Power Forward or Center so far this season. Collins has also been pretty consistent, hitting at least 4x value more than 76% of the time. He's also hit 6x value at least 41% of the time giving him a nice floor and a nice ceiling tonight.

GPP Play: Trevor Ariza $5,200 SG/SF - Ariza has a great matchup tonight against the Nuggets. His team has the 2nd highest implied total on the slate. The Nuggets are one of the worst teams in the league at limiting fantasy points to the small forward position. Their defender also has a negative DRPM. Ariza has a decent ceiling as well hitting 5x value at least 40% of the time.

Other Plays I Like
  • Rajan Rondo $4,800 PG (GPP)
  • Allen Crabbe $4,600 SG/SF (Cash & GPP)
  • Gary Harris $5,200 SG (Cash & GPP)
  • DeMarre Carroll $5,300 SF/PF (Cash & GPP)
  • PJ Tucker $3,800 SF/PF (GPP)
  • Taj Gibson $5,300 PF/C (GPP)
  • Marquese Chriss $3,900 PF/C (GPP)
  • Thon Maker $3,300 PF/C (GPP)
  • Greg Monroe $4,600 PF/C (GPP)
  • Frank Mason $3,000 PG/SG (GPP)
  • Kyle Krover $3,600 SG/SF (GPP)

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NBA Draft Plays - November 22nd 2017

We have a HUGE 14 game slate tonight of NBA action. I've put together some plays that I recommend for the Draft app/website. Check them out!

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Since I had to do both NFL and NBA today, I'm going to give you the quick and dirty version of the article today. 

  • I am fading Draft Tournaments today. Don't like 5 man and 6 man tournaments on a slate like this.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is out tonight due to a knee injury. As a result, I am upgrading both Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton as I expect both to get increased usage as a result.
  • I am only playing H2H contests, 3 Person Contests and Dream Team Contests tonight. All other contests I am fading.
Here are the players that I am targeting tonight. I have three tiers of players with each tier having 5 players each:

Tier 1
  • LeBron James F
  • James Harden G
  • DeMarcus Cousins C
  • Russell Westbrook G
  • Anthony Davis F
Tier 2
  • Kevin Durant F (Probable ankle injury)
  • Ben Simmons F
  • Joel Embiid C
  • Damian Lillard G
  • Blake Griffin F
Tier 3
  • Stephen Curry G
  • Eric Bledsoe G
  • Nikola Jokic C
  • Kristaps Porzingis F
  • Khris Middleton G
Dream Team Only
  • Tyreke Evans G
  • Kemba Walker G
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NFL DraftKings Plays - Thursday November 23rd 2017

We have a 3 game Thanksgiving Slate of NFL action on Draft! DraftKings has some great contests that they are rolling out for the Thanksgiving slate. Here are my recommended players to target in cash games and GPPs on DraftKings.

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It's Thanksgiving and DraftKings is ready with a 3 game NFL slate for us to play. Small slates in NFL on DraftKings can be pretty tricky. Since there is a limited amount of players to pick from game theory is a very important element that you must factor into your lineup decision making process.

Here is a breakdown of the players that I like in the three price tiers:

Top Tier: $6,700 and Up
Mid Tier: $5,000 to $6,400
Value Tier: $4,900 and Below

Top Tier: 6,700 and Up

Cash Play: Kirk Cousins $7,100 QB - Cousins is the guy I'm going to start my cash lineups with at the top tier. I like Cousins for several reasons. For starters, the Redskins are at home and are 7 point favorites in a division game against the Giants. The Giants are BY FAR the worst defensive team on the slate against both the pass and the run.  They give up the 3rd most fantasy points to the Quarterback position in the entire NFL. Kirk Cousins is by FAR the most consistent fantasy player in the top tier.  He's hit 2x value 60% of the time, 3x value 50% of the time and 4x value 40% of the time. No other player on the slate comes close.

GPP Play: Adam Thielen $7,600 WR - Most of the top tier is going to be highly owned in all formats. I like Thielen in all formats. If I can fit him in my cash lineup he will be there, but he is most certainly going to be a major part of my core in GPP. I think that Gordon and Allen is going to get the most ownership in the top tier and while I'm fine with both of them, I want the lowest owned option for GPP. The Dallas Cowboys are the 2nd worst team defensively after the Giants. They give up the most fantasy points to the wide receiver position out of all the teams on this slate. Thielen hits 2x value 50% of the time and 3x value 30% of the time.

Other Plays I Like 
  • Melvin Gordon $8,100 RB (Cash & GPP)
  • Keenan Allen $7,300 WR (Cash & GPP)
Mid Tier: $5,000 to $6,400

Cash Play: Samaje Perine $5,000 RB - Perine is easily the top option tonight in cash. Both Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley are out so he's going to get practically ALL the work at the Running Back position in the Redskin offense. He had 22.6 points against New Orleans last week and I see no reason why he cannot repeat or even exceed that performance. There's certainly merit to a GPP fade because I suspect he will be the highest owned player on the entire slate. However, in cash? He is a 100% lock for me. He's just WAY too cheap for what he should produce.

GPP Play: Vernon Davis $5,500 TE - Jordan Reed is a game time decision. It is expected that he will NOT play. Should that happen, I'm loading up on Vernon Davis in GPP.  The Giants give up the most fantasy points to the tight end position in the entire NFL. In the 3 games that Davis played with Reed out he's exceeded 3x value 2 out of 3 times.

Other Plays I Like
  • Philip Rivers $6,100 QB (GPP)
  • Jerick McKinnon $5,200 RB (Cash & GPP)
  • Jamison Crowder $5,400 WR (Cash & GPP)
  • Matthew Stafford $6,000 QB (GPP)
  • Evan Engram $6,100 TE (Cash & GPP)
  • Dez Bryant $6,400 WR (Cash & GPP)
  • Gordan Tate $6,200 WR (Cash & GPP)
  • Stefon Diggs $6,300 WR (GPP)
Value Tier: $4,900 and Below

Cash Play: Orleans Darkwa $4,600 RB - Darkwa is questionable so make sure he's playing first. However, if he is and you need a low priced player in cash or GPP for the matter, I like Darkwa. He's hit 2x value over 55% of the time and 3x value 33% of the time. The Redskins are in the bottom 25% of the league in limiting fantasy points to the running back position. I expect him and Engram to be a huge part of the offense if Shephard can't go.

GPP Play: Alfred Morris $4,800 RB - With Ezekiel Elliot suspended, Alfred Morris is the featured back in the Cowboys offense. He didn't light the world on fire last week. However, the Cowboys are expected to get Left Tackle Tyron Smith back on the offensive line. This is important to Morris' value because Smith is very good at run blocking. I don't like Morris in cash because he's not a pass catching running back so he's going to need a run heavy game plan to exceed value. However, I expect him to be low owned and with the offensive line improvement, I don't mind taking some shots with him in GPP.

Other Plays I Like
  • Terrance Williams $3,700 WR (Cash & GPP)
  • Latavius Murray $4,900 RB (GPP)
  • Josh Doctson $4,700 WR (GPP)
  • Ameer Abdullah $3,900 RB (GPP)
  • Travis Rudolph $3,000 WR (GPP)
  • Kyle Rudolph $4,100 TE (Cash & GPP)
  • Washington Redskins Defense $3,600 DEF (Cash & GPP)
  • Los Angeles Chargers Defense $2,800 DEF (Cash & GPP)
  • Tyrell Williams $3,400 WR (GPP)
  • Minnesota Vikings Defense $3,300 DEF (Cash & GPP)
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NFL Draft Plays - Thursday November 23rd 2017

We have a 3 game Thanksgiving Slate of NFL action on Draft! Thanksgiving NFL action is one of the most popular days for daily fantasy sports. Here are my recommended players to target on the fantasy website and app Draft!

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It's Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is all about the three F's. Food, Family and Football! We have a three game slate of live NFL action on Thanksgiving Day! On Draft, this slate has a 12:30PM start time. For the live drafts format we have 3 Person Drafts, 4 Person Drafts and Head To Head Drafts. We also have several contests in the Dream Team Format. Finally, we have several tournaments available as well. We have three tournaments in a 3 Person Draft format at the price points of 25 cents, $3 and $69. There are also two tournaments in the 5 Person Draft format at the price points of $10 and $21.

In terms of contests to play, I am fine with you playing almost any of the contests available. The only contests that I would avoid is the 5 Person Draft. Unless you are already have a high ROI on Draft, I would stay away from the larger multi-person tournaments and stick with the 3 person draft tournaments.

In terms of injury news, Samaje Perine is probable with a finger injury. He was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday. Orleans Darkwa is questionable with a hamstring injury. He was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday. Sterling Shephard is questionable with an illness. Coach Ben McAdoo said he is "not feeling well." I am not downgrading Perine at all as I feel he will play. I'm also not downgrading Darkwa as I believe he will play. As for Shepard, I am placing him at the bottom of my rankings. There is a very real chance that he doesn't play. However, if he does, on such a short slate, I definitely want to have him on my team. Should Shepard not play and none of the wide receivers I have listed are available, I would replace him with Stefon Diggs.

For this slate, I am going to rank the players in 4 tiers. Each tier will have 5 players each.

Tier 1
  • Melvin Gordon RB
  • Kurt Cousins QB
  • Jerick McKinnon RB
  • Adam Thielen WR/TE
  • Keenan Allen WR/TE
Tier 2
  • Dez Bryant WR/TE
  • Golden Tate WR/TE
  • Samaje Perine RB
  • Orleans Darkwa RB
  • Jamison Crowder WR/TE
Tier 3
  • Vernon Davis WR/TE
  • Evan Engram WR/TE
  • Ameer Abdullah RB
  • Alfred Morris RB
  • Latavius Murray RB
Tier 4
  • Theo Riddick RB
  • Dak Prescott QB
  • Matthew Stafford QB
  • Phillip Rivers QB
  • Sterling Shepard WR/TE
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Monday, November 20, 2017

NBA DraftKings Plays - Monday November 20th, 2017

Here are my recommended cash and GPP plays on DraftKings for tonight's 11 game slate

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It’s Monday night and we have a 11 game slate tonight of NBA action. Friday night was not profitable for me on DraftKings. I did win 42% of my 3 mans, which made me profitable on that contest type. However, I struck out on all my leagues as well as all of my GPP contests.
Since 50% of my entry fees on DraftKings goes to 3 man contests, this allows me to minimize my losses on nights like this where my higher upside contests don’t pay off.

Tonight we have an 11 game slate. That means there are lots of options in play tonight for both cash games as well as GPP contests. For cash lineups, I look for players who have high floors with a high rate of hitting value playing on teams with high implied totals in positive defensive matchups. For GPP contests, I am willing to compromise more on one or more of these elements.

Here is a breakdown of the players that I like in the three different price tiers.

Top Tier: $8,300 and Higher
Mid tier: $5,700 to $8,200
Value Tier: $5,600 and Lower

Top Tier: $8,300 and Higher

Top Cash Play: Damian Lillard $8,300 PG - Damian Lillard is an outstanding cash play tonight on DraftKings. He's hit at least 4x value on DraftKings more than 87% of the time this season. His current price point is one of the lowest price points that he's been priced at all season. Memphis is in the bottom 40% of the league in limiting fantasy points to point guards this season. The only negative that Lillard has in this matchup is Portland has a low Vegas Implied total of 196 at the time I'm writing this. However, the salary discount more than makes up for this in my view. Fire Lillard up in all formats.

Top GPP Play: Nikola Jokic $9,100 C - Jokic is a risky play as you experienced first hand if you played him last night only to get a 2nd quarter ejection. He hit 4x value only 56% of the time this season. However, he has MASSIVE upside tonight. Paul Millsap is out tonight with a wrist injury and Wilson Chandler is questionable tonight with a back injury. Jokic is clearly the biggest beneficiary with Millsap out as he experiences significant increases in usage and fantasy points scored per minute with Millsap out. He's also playing against Sacramento who is the worst in the league at giving up fantasy points to the center position. He should be lower owned tonight after what happened last night. I'm going to load up on him in GPP contests.

Other Players I Like Tonight
  • Kristaps Prozingis (Cash & GPP)
  • Ben Simmons (Cash & GPP)
  • Andre Drummond (Cash & GPP)
Mid tier: $5,700 to $8,200

Top Cash Play: Reggie Jackson $6,200 PG - Jackson is my favorite cash play in this tier tonight. He hits 4x value at least 81% of the time so far this season. His Usage percentage of 26% is the highest on the Pistons. They have a juicy matchup against the Cavs who are in the bottom 20% in the league in fantasy points allowed to the point guard position on DraftKings. He is a great player to build your lineups around tonight.

Top GPP Play: Dwight Howard $7,000 C - I like Dwight Howard in GPP tonight for several reasons. For starters, he hits 5x value 60% of the time this season and 6x value 20% of the time this season. That's pretty good for a player who is priced on the higher side of the salary band. Charlotte has one of the highest implied Vegas totals tonight. Howard also has a great matchup tonight against the Timberwolves. The Wolves are in the bottom 40% of the league in allowing fantasy points to the Center position. Towns, their center is in the negative in DRPM.

Other Players I Like Tonight
  • Harrison Barnes (Cash & GPP)
  • Tobias Harris (Cash & GPP)
  • Evan Fournier (Cash & GPP)
  • Robert Covington (GPP) - Cash as well if Embiid doesn't play
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (GPP)
  • Darren Collison (GPP)
  • Victor Oladipo (GPP)
Value Tier: $5,600 and Below

Top Cash Play: Mario Chalmers $4,700 PG - While the matchup isn't ideal due to the low pace and tough matchup (Portland is in the top 20% of the league in limiting fantasy production for point guards) Chalmers is still too cheap. Mike Conley is out at least 2 weeks. In a tough matchup against the Rockets, Chalmers hit 7x value on DraftKings. Until they raise his price up some more, I'm going to play him in cash every single time.

Top GPP Play: Bojan Bogdanovic $4,300 SG/SF - While he doesn't have the best of matchups taking on the Magic who are solid defensively against small forwards, I like Bogdanovic for several reasons. While the Magic are tough against small forwards, they aren't that great against shooting guards and Bogdanovic does get some minutes at that position. He's also exceeded 6x value more than 41% of the time this season.

Other Players I Like Tonight
  • Mason Plumlee (Cash & GPP)
  • Austin Rivers (Cash & GPP)
  • J.J Redick (Cash & GPP)
  • Danny Green (Cash & GPP)
  • Dario Saric (Cash & GPP)
  • Jamal Murray (GPP)
  • Patty Mills (GPP)
  • Rajon Rondo (GPP)
  • George Hill (GPP)
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Friday, October 13, 2017

How To Enter Multiple Lineups In DratKings At One Time

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As a tournament player on DraftKings that plays multiple lineups, it can be a challenge to manage all of those lineups. Especially when you have a situation where a key player gets injured that has a huge impact on your overall strategy for that particular slate. DraftKings does provide some tools to help you to be able to upload and manage those lineups all at one time.

To create multiple lineups, the first step is to click the Lineups tab at the top of the page. This will take you to the page that I created a screen shot that appears above.

Next, click the Upload Lineups Button. That's the second button from the left on the right hand side at the top. This will take you to the following screen:
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To begin this process you must first download the template that DraftKings provides for the sport and slate that you are looking to play. Select the sport you are playing where it says "Pick A Sport." Next, select the style of contest that you are playing where it says "Pick A Style." Finally, pick a start time for the contest slate that you are looking to create lineups for. Once you have selected everything, you want to hit the Green Download Button as shown below:
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The template will be downloaded as a .CSV file. This type of file can be opened in any spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel or the Numbers application on Macs. Here is what the template looks like:
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The spreadsheet contains the names and player IDs for every single player at every single position that is available to be played in that sport, contest type and slate. Simply go to row 2 where you have the first position and then copy either the Name + ID for the player you want to play in that lineup OR you can copy JUST the ID number for the player. Name alone will NOT WORK!

So you copy the Name + ID or just the ID to the position that you want to play that player in row 2. So for example, if I wanted to play Drew Brees at QB, Kareem Hunt and Todd Gurley at the two RB spots and Michael Thomas at WR in my first lineup, I would copy his name and ID to the QB field as shown below:
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Simply continue that process until you have players at every single position for the first lineup. Then go down to line 3 and do the same for the 2nd lineup, line 4 for your 3rd lineup and so forth. You can do up to a maximum of 500 lineups in a single CSV file.

​Once you have completed this process, simply save your file as a CSV file. It should look something like this:
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Finally, go back to DraftKings, click on lineups again, followed by upload lineups again. That will take you back to the Lineup Upload screen. This time, you are going to click on the Upload CSV button as shown below:
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Once you click that button, select the CSV file that you saved and click on "Open." As long as you did everything right, you will receive a screen that says "Successfully Uploaded" and it will show the lineups that you uploaded. The lineups will appear on the Lineups page and they will be available for you to select from when you join contests.

If you have already created lineups and joined contests and you want to mass edit your lineups at one time, the process is basically the same. You will click on Lineups, but this time, you are going to click on EDIT ENTRIES, which is the third button from the left. That will take you to this page:
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Pick your sport, contest style and slate start time. Then click on the Download button. This will create a similar but slightly different CSV file that looks like this:
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The concept works exactly the same though. Each line represents a lineup that you have entered in a specific contest. If you want to edit the lineup, simply replace the name and ID of the position you want to change with the name and ID of the new player you want to play instead. Repeat this process until you have made all the changes that you want. Then go back to the Edit Entries screen as instructed above and click on the Upload CSV button

By the way, if you use a good lineup optimizer, the optimizer should have an option to export the lineups that you created into a CSV file. Then you can simply upload that CSV file to DraftKings as explained above.

I hope you find this helpful for managing your lineups. If this is extremely helpful to you and you would like to provide a tip, please feel free to leave me a tip by clicking this link here.

​Good luck!

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