Things To Know Before Making A DFS NBA Lineup

NBA Daily Fantasy requires a lot of awareness on what is going on in the NBA day to day. Players will inexplicably go on hot streaks, making them premier fantasy plays. Injuries can drastically change a teams makeup, whether it be more minutes for a bench player or a bigger offensive role for a starter.

How do you make sure you are researching all you need to know before making a daily fantasy NBA lineup? In this article, I’ll outline my own research and lineup building routine I use for  Daily Fantasy NBA lineups on FanDuel and DraftKings. You will want to develop your own process, but feel free to use mine as reference point.

Pre-Lineup Making Research

You’ll want to be in the habit of checking box scores at the end of the day to see who did well, who started for each team, and who got minutes. If I haven’t been paying attention to the NBA in the past several days, I like to start out the day looking at the last 3 games played by each of the teams who are playing. I tend to go to Vegasinsider first so I can see who is playing today and also see the betting lines.

To look at the last 3 games played by each team, I’ll go to basketball reference and look at each teams game logs, opening up the past few. This will give you a good idea on who you should expect to be the starters for each team. Starting lineups almost never are confirmed before the first games start, so it’s important you have a good idea on who is going to start for each team.

After getting a feel for each team, I get a feel for the injury news of the day.  The quickest way to do this is to visit the Rotowire depth chart page. The page will give you a great overview of who is out and who is a Game-Time Decision (GTD) for each team, and who is the likely benefactor of a player being out. If a player is a GTD or out, it’s likely they’ve sat out a game in the past and it’s a good idea to look for a box score where that player sat out to check out who started in their place and who did well in their absence.

If you have a lot of time and really want to be in depth, I suggest also looking at previous matchup data for relevant targets. To do this, I recommend using statmuse, as looking up historical data is as simple as writing a query. For example, if you want to know how Chris Paul has done in the past two seasons against Portland, all you have to do is write “Chris Paul against Portland past 2 seasons.” It’s currently in beta, but should soon be open to the public.

Lastly, I’ll look at the DraftKings Vs. FanDuel Salary page to see who the good salary values are on each site. Then I’m ready to make my first lineups of the day. Box scores, injuries, salaries, and historical data is really all you need to make sure you have a full handle on your lineup. Otherwise, you’re going to miss a good play and be kicking yourself.



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Daniel Steinberg Daniel Steinberg is a former bond trader at a multi-billion dollar proprietary trading firm in Chicago. He uses his knowledge of statistics and his creativity from his career as a poker professional to create the most advanced Daily Fantasy statistical analysis that you will find anywhere. Follow him on twitter @DanielSingerS

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