You’ll be ready to win big once you learn how to build a daily fantasy basketball tournament lineup!
Yesterday we focused on how to build a daily fantasy basketball cash game lineup. All the tips in that article apply to this one, so if you haven’t already, I would suggest reading that article first. This article is more of an add-on than a standalone piece, and it will help us build upon the principles already established.
The reason for cash game lineup and tournament lineup similarity is in large part due to the nature of basketball. Baseball (home run), football (touchdown), and hockey (goal) are all based around large, varied, singular events. It is easy for the best football and baseball players in the world to have a “normal” game with no home runs or touchdowns scored. This makes the scoring of these types of games extremely reliant upon variance. In basketball, the largest point total you can accumulate in one play only accounts for roughly 5-10 percent of your total score. This means that players who receive the most minutes (opportunity) will simply outscore their teammates who are receiving less minutes.
This isn’t always the case, as fantasy point scoring is never an exact science, but it’s helpful to understand moving forward that daily fantasy basketball cash game and tournament lineups will often look extremely similar, at least much more so than in other sports.
With that being said, there are two additional tips that will help you when building your daily fantasy basketball tournament lineups.
Tip #1 - Identify Streaky Players in Good Matchups
Streaky players can be extremely frustrating to own in season long leagues, and even in daily fantasy basketball cash games. No so much with daily fantasy basketball tournaments. In daily fantasy basketball your lineups should be primarily composed of “chalk” selections, because as we discussed above there is simply less opportunity for other players to excel in their fantasy point production.
Once you’ve anchored your lineup with safe options though, it’s time to find players whose production can be extremely volatile, but are also playing in good matchups where they have a chance at sniffing their upside. The cool thing about rostering streaky players is that when they go off, THEY GO OFF! You can check out the tools offered at HoopsStats.com and NBA.com for more information on how players match up with every team.
Tip #2 - Use Salaries as a Weapon
As daily fantasy basketball players, we’ll often find ourselves targeting players who are filling in for injured starters. These players come packaged with extremely affordable price points, and help us play our big ticket items.
Sometimes overpaying for players can be the key to unlocking a daily fantasy basketball tournament victory though. Certain high-priced players who have the ability to produce massive fantasy point totals will sometimes be severely overpriced. This leads many people to refrain from drafting them in their lineups. While this may be a safe move, I believe it is ultimately a huge mistake. When in a tournament you want to zig while the public zags, and rostering overpriced assets is a tremendous way to feed that edge.