Monday, January 1, 2018

NBA Draft Plays - Monday January 1st 2018

We have a 4 game slate of NBA action tonight on Draft. Here are the strategies, contests and players that I am targeting on this slate.

Picture By Dennis Adair from Gainesville-StPetersburg, FL (Karl-Anthony Towns) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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Happy New Year! It's a brand new year 2018 and there's no better time than now to get the new year off on the right start by making money playing daily fantasy basketball! Draft is one of the most profitable places that I have found to make money! Tonight, Draft is offering contests in the areas of head to head contests, 3 person contests, 5 person contests, 6 person contests, dream team contests and tournaments.

For the tournaments, Draft is offering three 3 person tournaments ($5, $16 and $23, 3 entry max) as well as one head to head tournament ($110 single entry). The $16 tournament offers a grand prize that qualifies you to enter into the $250,000 World Series of Fantasy contest, that offers a grand prize of $50,000.

For tonight's contest I am dedicating half my budget to 5 person or 6 person contest and the other half to 3 person contests. The first 3 person contest will be a tournament. Additional 3 person contests will be equal to the entry fee that I paid for the tournament. So for example if I enter the $5 tournament, I will enter 5 $1 3 person contests to balance is out.

I would avoid head to head and dream team tonight unless you are dealing with a massive budget and you have enough to max enter all the tournaments and get an equal amount of non tournament action. Let's take a look at the injury report:

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  • Damian Lillard (questionable hamstring)
I would avoid Lillard in anything larger than 3 person contests completely. He's a game time decision, which means we are probably not going to know his status until 7:45pm. As a result, you're only going to be able to replace him with guards from the 2 later games. In Head to Heads if you are playing those and in 3 person contests, he's fine. However, just pay attention to who the other teams are drafting and make sure CJ McCollum isn't getting drafted in these contests. Otherwise if you see McCollum is going, stop drafting Lillard.

Center is by far the weakest position tonight. Karl-Anthony Towns is the undisputed number one pick for me tonight because of how weak Center is. If you can't get Towns, you want to try and get Nurkic. I wouldn't draft him before anybody in the higher tiers. However, if you're down to the tier he's in and you need a center, take him over anybody else in his tier. If you cannot get Towns or Nurkic don't bother drafting a Center into the 5th round.

Guard is loaded tonight. So if there are centers or forwards in the tier you're currently drafting from, take a center or forward first. If the only players left in that tier are guards, then I would take a guard. I wouldn't reach for a center or forward in a lower tier if there are guards in the higher tiers still available. With that said, if I already have a center or forward, I may take the highest guard available regardless of tier so that I can have a more balanced team. I also try to avoid players on the same team if possible. However, I'm not going to take a lower tier player over a higher tier player in order to do that.

Here are the tiers of players. Since there's only one 6 person contests, I'm just going to ignore that contest and do the tiers based on the 5 person contests. I'm listing 5 tiers of players and each tier will have 5 players each.

Tier 1
  • Karl-Anthony Towns C
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo F
  • Jimmy Butler G
  • DeMar DeRozan G
  • Kyle Lowry G
Tier 2
  • Aaron Gordon F
  • Damian Lillard G
  • Elfrid Payton G
  • Kris Dunn G
  • Kyle Kuzma F
Tier 3
  • CJ McCollum G
  • Eric Bledsoe G
  • Brandon Ingram F
  • Evan Fournier F
  • Jusuf Nurkic C
Tier 4
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson G
  • Spencer Dinwiddie G
  • Nikola Mirotic F
  • Andrew Wiggins F
  • Taj Gibson F
Tier 5
  • Lauri Markkanen F
  • Julius Randle F
  • Bismack Biyombo C
  • Jonas Valanciunas C
  • Robin Lopez C
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