Mention the word "Analytics" to a baseball guy and prepare to be engulfed in an hour-long discussion about Sabermetrics. Mention that word to some basketball experts and you are unlikely to get into a conversation about points per 100 possessions or the usage rate of star players. It is fascinating that one sport embraces this new way of analyzing the game while another shuns it. Michael Wilbon of the NBA on ESPN went so far as to say that nobody in the barber shops he goes to cares about analytics. Stephen A. Smith echoed the same sentiments about how he does not need analytics because he relies on the eye test. Both guys argue that people who know the game of basketball do not need analytics to tell them what is going on. This line of thinking drives me insane. It reminds me of the way the scouts shunned the new thinking that Billy Beane and Paul Depodesta were trying to instill in the Athletics organization. We all know how that whole Moneyball thing worked out for them. I am willing to give all the non-believers the benefit of the doubt. I will assume that the reason they do not embrace analytics is that it scares them. People are always scared of things they do not understand. The goal here is to tackle one aspect of analytics each week to help everyone understand what they are and how they can help us analyze the game. No one should be scared to become a more knowledgeable basketball mind. Understanding analytics is your path to get there.
First, here’s the content that you can expect from us:
- Matchups Article daily
- Rundown Article daily
- Livestream Mon-Sat until NFL ends (then we will add a Sunday show)
- Weekly Podcasts
- Cheat Sheets on the bigger slates
- Educational Articles throughout the season
- Chat Interaction regularly
Stacking has become synonymous with tournament lineup construction in DFS, but many unanswered questions remain as far as stacking in NBA DFS is concerned. I’m going to use a similar methodology from my popular NFL stacking article to find out the best way to approach stacking in the NBA so you can become truly ELITE at NBA stacking on FanDuel.
I’ll answer these four questions:
- What is the optimal amount of players to stack?
- Which players should you stack?
- Is it viable to stack players on the opposing teams?
- Under what type of game circumstances should we create stacks?
Leveraging adjusted pace & efficiency in the NBA’s second half & playoffs
With the All Star break behind us, it’s a great time to reflect on how the NBA season has developed and determine ways we can leverage that data in the remainder of our DFS slates. One way that we can view the season is through the lens of Adjusted Pace & Efficiency.
Primarily, DFS players will look only at the offensive side of the ball, studying how teams and players have performed with the ball in their hands. This is fine analysis, but oftentimes it doesn’t offer gamers enough differentiation from the crowd. We can counteract this “group-think” by analyzing how defenses perform in specific situations. This may lead us toward players that might appear pedestrian in most offensive situations, or away from players that are offensive juggernauts on a near-nightly basis. Now that every team has played roughly 60 games, we have enough data points for varying game scenarios that we can predict with some confidence what pace and efficiency a defense will allow.
I’ve had some requests to write an article with some pointers for what are the biggest tournaments of a lot of people’s lives. Even if you haven’t qualified for a live final yet, maybe you’ll find this interesting or can take something away from it that will help your game.
Here are some tips:
Prepping For The Final
The week leading up to the final, or sometimes earlier, I’ll start to really focus on setting only the number of lineups that I’ll have in the live final and shifting most or all of my play to the site that is hosting the final. I think this is one thing I do that most people don’t, which makes me much more comfortable when building my Championship lineups. Not only that, but try to get in contests the size of the one you’re playing in