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Lineup Rewind: Analyzing Last Night’s DraftKings NBA Main Slate GPP




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Last night we had a three-game NBA DFS slate. The main DraftKings GPP was the NBA $500K Fadeaway ($100,000 to first, $15 to enter). It was an interesting slate, as we knew the day before that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley would all be out with various ailments, so the sites priced up the secondary pieces of the Clippers in advance. Let’s get right into the NBA DraftKings Lineup review.


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In this NBA DraftKings GPP, there were 39,215 total entries from 14,967 DFS players, 2,278 (15.2%) of which made a profit.

The Winner

Congratulations to Trimi007, who took this GPP down with just two entries, turning $30 into  $100,015. This lineup used $50,000 salary and had a cumulative team ownership of 269.8%. This is a beautiful, hand-built lineup and one that MME players should seek to emulate — a chalky lineup with two 5%-owned pieces on a three-game slate. Royce O’Neale and David Nwaba both put up very serviceable stat lines, showing that for this slate, you did not need to find that $3,000 player to make a build fit. This lineup scored a 318.5 and won the GPP by 1.75 points.

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Salary and Ownership

Nine of the top 50 finishers used less salary than $49,700. Team salaries were lower than normal, with a 20% drop in max salary used lineups from the last slate reviewed. Here are the top salaries used last night:

  • $50,000 | 36%
  • $49,900 | 23%
  • $49,800 | 14%
  • $49,700 | 9%
  • $49,600 | 7%

The most popular optimal lineup was played 168 times, using $50,000 team salary and a cumulative team ownership of 339%, it scored a 275.5, min-cashed and was very red:

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The 150-Maxers

Sixty-seven 150-maxers entered 10,050 lineups, making up 25.6% of entries in this tournament. Twenty-two (33%) made a profit, taking second, fifth and ninth place. Only seven 150-maxers cashed 20 lineups or fewer.

The most profitable 150-maxer was yukonslam, cashing 62 of 150 for a total total profit in this GPP of $41,211. He only used 29 different players, and his best lineup scored a 316.75, good for second place:

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Boom of the slate goes to DeMarcus Cousins, who crushed as chalk. A whopping 79.2% of lineups rostered him, and he rewarded true believers with 50.25 fantasy points (8.4x) for $6,000, which was the best point-per-dollar value on the slate. Honorable mention goes to Austin Rivers at 8.1x, scoring 32.25 fantasy points for $4,000 at 0.2% ownership. Bust is a tough one, but it looks like Anthony Edwards, who put up 7.5 fantasy points (1.7x) for $4,500 at 18% ownership. Feeling much shame today would be Isaac Bonga, who scored 4.5 fantasy points at $4,100 (1.1x) for the 24.2% of players that rostered him.

One hundred and twenty-seven lineups were reserved and not played. The lowest-owned lineup that cashed (min-cashed) featured a cumulative team ownership of 82.3%:

The lowest-salary team that cashed (min-cashed) used $47,100 team salary:

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The best entry from a single bullet took second place:

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The best lineup possible would have scored a 337.25, winning the GPP by 19 points.

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