Friday, December 15, 2017

NBA Draft Plays - Friday December 15th 2017

We have a 11 game slate of NBA action on Draft tonight. Here are the contests, strategies and players that I recommend.

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We have a 11 game slate tonight on Draft for playing the NBA. Draft is rolling out head to head, 3 person contests, 6 person contests, 10 person contests, dream team contests and tournaments. For the tournaments they have a 6 person draft tournament ($5 6 entry max), a 5 person draft tournament ($23 3 entry max) and a head to head draft tournament ($110 single entry). I will be avoiding the tournaments tonight and just playing the contests.

Last night, I was able to advance 2 out of 5 tournament entries. However, I only played dream team last night and those lineups struck out. Hopefully we will be able to cash tonight now that I will be playing regular contests along with the 2 tournaments I'm still in.

Let's take a look at the injury report:
  • Kawhi Leonard (Probable quad)
  • Tyreke Evans (Questionable hip)
  • Jusuf Nurkic (Questionable ankle)
  • Joel Embiid (Questionable back)
  • Allen Crabbe (Questionable knee)
  • Lauri Markkanen (Questionable back)
On a big slate like this it is perfectly fine if you opt to just fade (not play) all of the injured players. As for me, I'm fading Emiid and Crabbe in all formats. Leonard, Evans, Nurkic and Markkanen, I will still take if they come up in a tier I like. However, I will limit them to no more than 10% of my lineups. I have reduced their tier level to reflect my concerns with being a late scratch or limited minutes.

For strategy tonight, in head to heads and 3 person contests, if I don't get Cousins, I will leave Center for the 5th round. I will also try to get my two forwards out of the tier 1 if at all possible or at the very least one as there is a big drop off at that position tonight after the tier 1 options. Guard is stacked tonight so there's really no urgency to take that position early, unless you're taking Westbrook or Harden.

For 6 person and 10 person contests, I'm going to try to get the best available player based on tier. However, if there is a forward available in that tier, that's going to be who I'm going to pick first. Center will be my 2nd priority and guard will be my last priority.

Since we have a big slate tonight including 10 player contests, I am going to do 5 tiers of players with each tier having 10 players each. In addition, if I like a player for Dream Team, I will list a DT next to their name since the player pool will be large enough tonight to cover all of the dream team players I like.

Tier 1
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo F
  • DeMarcus Cousins C
  • Russell Westbrook G
  • James Harden G
  • Anthony Davis F
  • Damian Lillard G
  • Chris Paul G
  • Andre Drummond C DT
  • Victor Oladipo G DT
  • John Wall G
Tier 2
  • Ben Simmons G
  • Kyle Lowry G DT
  • DeMar DeRozen G 
  • Marc Gasol C DT
  • Dwight Howard C DT
  • Lou Williams G
  • DeAndre Jordan C
  • Kyrie Irving G
  • Kemba Walker G
  • Nikola Vucevic C
Tier 3
  • Nikola Jokic C
  • Khris Middleton G DT
  • LaMarcus Aldridge F
  • Aaron Gordon F
  • Bradley Beal G DT
  • Eric Bledsoe G 
  • Spencer Dinwiddie G
  • Tyreke Evans G
  • Kris Dunn G
  • Jusuf Nurkic C
Tier 4
  • Paul George F DT
  • Will Barton F 
  • Dennis Schroder G
  • Clint Capela C
  • CJ McCollum G
  • Myles Turner F
  • James Johnson F
  • Thaddeus Young F DT
  • Tobias Harris F 
  • Serge Ibaka F DT
Tier 5
  • Steven Adams C
  • Carmelo Anthony F
  • Otto Porter Jr F DT
  • Robert Covington F
  • Dario Saric F
  • Kawhi Leonard F
  • Al-Farouq Aminu F
  • JaMychal Green F
  • Lauri Markkanen F
  • Kent Bazemore F

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