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NBA Lineup Construction

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NBA IS BACK! It feels good to start a new season and get away from the dog days of baseball. I, along with DraftCheat, will be doing daily NBA articles touching on different subjects that pertain to each slate. You can expect to read up on optimal lineups, opportunity cost, tournament plays, and which players in particular will let us gain an edge on the competition when using these tactics. I’ll try to go as in-depth as possible, but if I forget to cover something you’re interested in, feel free to message me on Twitter or leave a comment below. Let’s get to it!

Opportunity Cost

With only three games on the slate, it’s easy to pinpoint your favorite players and get swayed into making a poor decision. This year DraftKings has Multi-Position Eligibility, making it a bit more difficult to figure out the “OPTIMAL” way of making lineups. According to my projections and analysis, here are a few pointers I’m emphasizing throughout my lineups.

Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving seem like the best PG plays on the slate and you’d quickly be inclined to input them in your roster if you didn’t take into account opportunity cost. In my eyes the best plays on the slate are at SF, where you have Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kawhi Leonard. The problem is you can’t play them all in a lineup while rostering Lillard or Irving. If you step down at PG and roster guys like George Hill, Derrick Rose, or C.J. McCollum, who are projected for a decent night relative to their price, you will increase your projected output by 4-5 fantasy points.

Optimal Plays

While thinking of opportunity cost and ways to maximize your point output, you’ll need to punt certain positions and seek value in others. Here are some of the plays that stand out to me.

Trey Lyles – $3,600 – 30 Projected Minutes

Allen Crabbe – $3,400 – 27 Projected Minutes

Moe Harkless – $3,700 – 24 Projected Minutes

Jonathon Simmons – $3,000 – 23 Projected Minutes

By sprinkling some of these players in my lineups, I’m able to fit in some of the high priced SF’s that I think could be in for a big day. This also lets you be a bit contrarian and can hopefully give you an edge in the large-field tournaments. I’ll make sure to go more in-depth with regular-sized slates and point out which players are going overlooked. Tough slate to start the season on, but I’m glad NBA is back. Till next time, party animals!