This article is part of our DFS Basketball 101 series.
SportsTradex is a new daily fantasy sports site that offers a unique twist. None of their contests have a salary cap and they are proud to boast it! They offer Pick'em, Pick'em Duds, Survivor, and Trading Contests.
The scoring format on SportsTradex is very simple and straightforward. The one thing I noticed right away is the premium placed on assists so I will lean towards point guard heavy matchups when making my picks.
Points – 1
Rebounds – 1
Assists – 1.5
Blocks – 2
Steals – 2
Turnovers - (-0.5)
Last week, I had the pleasure in participating in their signature contest this month. Every Friday is the $3,000 Guaranteed NBA Big Baller. It is a 15 man field with an entry fee of $216 (max four entries). The payout structure is top three paid out in $1300-1st, 2nd-$1000, 3rd-$700. The contest I was in closed at 11 entries giving some great value for overlay. Instead of three out of 15 paying, it was three out of 11 (27 percent instead of 20 percent). The object of the game is to pick the most winning matchups versus your opponents. This requires a lot more detailed thinking and planning than just going with your gut. Think of it like poker and regular fantasy sports is 5-card draw, and STE is closer to an Omaha Hi/Lo game because there are more cards in your hand, so the strategy requires a different way of thinking.
I will go over the results and give an analysis of why each matchup won so you can take the info with you any night playing on SportsTradex by looking at home/road, Vegas line, Vegas total, and opposing matchup.
Lowry ended up with the 2nd best performance of the night, only being outscored by Anthony Davis and Thaddeus Young. Even though Group B had three road games, two of them were great matchups vs UTA, and PHI so I leaned towards Group B. Also, the over/under totals favored Group B. When looking at the opposition points allowed, again Group B was the choice. Hard to predict Lowry's breakout performance, which barely ended up beating the Group B.
When I initially looked at this matchup, it was just too close to call so I passed on it. I liked the balance of Group A, but the upside on Davis tipped the scales to the point where it looked even. Plus, Walker is a much better player at home versus on the road. Looking back, I should have gone with the balance of Group A as Chandler was the weak link and had a terrible matchup.
All things considered most of the time I would lean towards the matchup with two point guards, as STE's scoring system rewards assists more than usual. But the matchups for MCW and Lawson were really tough, and Griffin/Ariza were a great combo. I knew Thompson was a weak link, but so was MKG who ended up scoring 23.50 fantasy points. Another very close matchup that could have gone either way.
I felt strongly about this matchup and going with Group B as Faried has been on a tear, also I look for the weakest player of the six and that was clearly Bayless. Batum is a much better player at home, but put up a monster game so I was lucky to skate by here.
I passed on this matchup because there was no home/road advantage, and the over/under totals were about the same. There was a slight advantage with Group A who had three favorites versus only two in Group B.
Much the same as I did with the pick of the Faried led group, once I saw Jefferson it was an automatic play to select his group. Jefferson has been a lock for 40-50 fantasy points. The thing I did not expect was Thaddeus Young putting up 51 fantasy points which ended up being one of the top totals of the night against a very stingy Pacers defense.
I had these groups about even with slight lean towards Group B because Mozgov was the weakest link. Gortat ended up being the highest scoring player and beating up on the weak Orlando frontcourt.
Once I looked at the grouping for this matchup, I immediately leaned towards Group A because of the two point guards especially with Martin on the other side as a shooting guards.The tipping point ended up being the Pacers matchups against the Sixers providing David West an shot to outpace my projections for him leaving me on the wrong side.
When selecting your groups on STE, a lot of times you just want to take the one who has the highest projected scoring player and hope they carry the load. That was the case here, as I took Group A with Vucevic. Getting Chalmers at home in a high scoring matchup also tilted the balance versus the Green team.
Typically on STE, whenever you get a scratch for one of the matchups, you want to jump on the other side. I mean, why not take three active players against only two? Well, that and getting Kevin Love in Group A made this a no-brainer. Ha, so much for that as Irving and Gasol put up solid games and Love fell short of a projected 40 fantasy points. I didn't expect a ton out of Hibbert or Johnson, but I felt they would at least get in the mid 20s.
As you can see, last Friday was met with a lot of close matchups that could have gone either way, but if you instill some of these strategies while playing on SportsTradex, you will come out on the winning side of the ledger more often than not.