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Friday 22nd Sep 2017

161x314_fantasyscore_basketballMastersball is excited to now be supporting NBA DFS, where you can indeed play against me at FantasyScore.

I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day and you're all settling in for a weekend filled with family and friends. Now without further ado, let's look into Saturday night's slate of NBA games.

Can't Miss

Damian Lillard ($8500): The Lakers defense hasn't been particularly stout this year and Lillard is the best player on a weak Blazers team. The Portland guard will look to stuff the stat sheet fatter than the turkey you ate from Thursday.

Derrick Favors ($7600): Favors has been very impressive all season long for this youthful Jazz team. With a favorable matchup in New Orleans, Favors should feast in a big way.

Kyle Lowry ($7800): Lowry is off to an incredible start this season due to a slimmed down figure and more attacking intent. This game should feature a nice showdown between two of the East's top guards and I expect both of them to use this stage to really strut their stuff.

High Risk

Will Barton ($4200): Barton has been incredibly impressive so far this season minus a couple of blips. I don't foresee this game against Dallas as a blip-worthy game with the Mavs soft defense. I love Barton as a player with the ability to go off for more than 25 fantasy points.

Kyle Korver and Danny Green ($4500): As ever with 3-point specialists, you run the risk of ending up with a big fat zero. However, this is a matchup of the Spurs vs the Spurs Jr. and I foresee it as a game where both of these players will have the opportunity to hoist up plenty of threes. I would pick one and stick with that one with my edge going to Korver.


Zaza Pachulia ($5200): Zaza has had a solid season so far, and he continues my trend of picking bigs against Denver. For a bargain price in terms of centers, Pachulia can deliver 20-plus fantasy points with minimal cost.

Klay Thompson ($5400): Am I the only person waiting for the second Splash Brother to go off this season? So far it has all been about Stephen Curry ($9900) and Draymond Green ($7500). At some point, Thompson has to get really hot and set the world on fire again. Why not against the lowly Kings?

Tristan Thompson ($5100) and Julius Randle ($4900): I have ridden both of these players all season long and love the look of them down the road as solid players for years to come. Thompson gets an easy matchup in the Nets and Randle gets the weakened frontcourt of Portland. Either player is a strong play and won't cost you all that much.

Best of luck and enjoy the games!

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This week is a bit different for all you DFS players as most of the big tournaments span Thursday-Monday. There are a lot of big name players starting the week on Thanksgiving. So let's get to making your Thanksgiving weekend a lucrative one before you all head to the stores to spend it all on presents for family and friends.

Can't Miss

Carson Palmer ($8600): The 49ers are in some kind of free fall into NFL obscurity and who better to take advantage of that than Palmer and the high octane Cardinals offense? After posting 78 points the past two weeks against the top two scoring defenses in the NFL, Palmer should find easier sailing this week.

Cam Newton ($8800): I'm going out on a bit of a limb here, and basing a lot of my prediction on emotions. I can't imagine how amped SuperCam will be playing on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, who were the favorites when betting opened. Cam has been incredible this season and I expect this to be the signal caller's shining moment in an MVP season.

Doug Martin ($7400): Martin went off in a big way last week and against the Colts' weak run defense, that should continue. The Bucs RB has shown similar form to a couple seasons ago and is a big reason Tampa Bay is in the playoff picture this season.

DeAndre Hopkins ($8800): In my opinion, Hopkins is the best WR in the NFL. He reminds me very much of a more skillfull Andre Johnson. This week, Hopkins faces up against the horrendous Saints secondary, so expect the dream season to continue.

High Risk

Kirk Cousins ($6000): Cousins at home against a less than average Giants defense? How quickly can I sign up for that? With a 75.7 completion percentage, ten touchdowns and only two interceptions at home, Cousins should be considered an incredibly viable option this week.

Julius Thomas ($4600): Thomas is nowhere near the production levels of last year, but going up against the Chargers this week should set him up nicely for a big game. Not the sexiest of picks, but the TE position this seaon has been full of wonderful surprises and Thomas has a great opportunity to keep that trend going.

Willie Snead ($3400): Snead has tailed off since a wonderful beginning of the year. The Saints haven't played well away from home and I expect that means a lot of throws from Drew Brees. I expect plenty of those balls to find their way towards Snead this week.


Jeremy Maclin ($6200): Maclin has had some big highs but injuries have plagued his season so far. Against the up and down Bills, he will be able to find room down the seam and has the chance to rack up the catches.

T.J. Yeldon ($5800): Yeldon has been exceptional in terms of recent rookie RB performances. This week against the battered and bruised Chargers should be a welcome opportunity to reach the 100-yard mark and possibly score.

Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper ($6700): The same price for both Raiders wideouts who have played to remarkably similar seasons statistically. The Titans aren't the toughest of defenses, so both players will have the chance to enjoy solid afternoons.


Mastersball is excited to now be supporting NBA DFS, where you can indeed play against me at FantasyScore.

We're back for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving picks to help you all win a bit of money before spending quality time stuffing your faces with the relatives. The Warriors are looking to continue rewriting history books and everyone else is looking to keep up.

Can't Miss

Blake Griffin ($9200): Facing the Nuggets is a dream for any frontcourt player, much less one with the ability of Blake Griffin. Griffin has continued his trend towards ultimate superstar, and if it wasn't for that pesky Stephen Curry, he would probably be getting noticed more. Use a big money slot of Blake tonight and reap the rewards.

Marc Gasol ($7400): The Grizz aren't scaring anyone these days, but that doesn't mean Gasol isn't still a top player. The Spaniard seems to have taken to trying to single-handedly win games for Memphis and going up against the less than stellar Mavericks big men, Gasol will get his.

High Risk

Shaun Livingston ($3000): Please raise your hard if you believe the Lakers have a chance tonight. Didn't think so. The Warriors should roll and leave plenty of time for the bench players to see extended action. If you're in a pinch, Livingston could be your guy.

Otto Porter ($4000): Porter has played well this season, and is a steal at $4000. The over/under line for the game is 205.5 and I would hedge my bets towards the over line. Having said all that, I see Porter having a big game if he isn't hampered by having to guard Paul George too much.


Julius Randle ($4500): Normally a steal at this price, the matchup leades to some concerns. However, I still like the value too much to pass up on and definitely think that Randle should be started every night at this price.

Deron Williams ($6000): Sitting well below the $8500 threshold of the higher rated guards, Williams has value as a solid #2 guard. While not his Utah Jazz self, the former All-Star is having a nice year in Dallas. After the recent stretch where Williams has scored over 20 twice, I have no issues using him tonight.

That's all for tonight's slate of games. Best of luck!

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161x314_fantasyscore_basketballMastersball is excited to now be supporting NBA DFS, where you can indeed play against me at FantasyScore.

Alright folks, one day until you loosen your belts and tuck into some turkey. Before you sink into a food coma and spend all day watching the NFL, let's take a moment to look at tonight's very full slate of NBA games.

Can't Miss

Russell Westbrook ($9900): This is one of the more obvious picks of all time. My only worry is that Russ won't have enough time to really pour on the points in what promises to be an easy matchup against the Nets.

Kawhi Leonard ($8000): Leonard has truly turned into a superstar this season, and in this all-Texas showdown, I expect all of that to show. Dallas is on the tail end of a back-to-back and Leonard has scored more than 20 points in seven out of his last ten games.

Kevin Love ($7900): I am loving the production and focus on Love so far this season. The former Minnesota man has shown why the Cavs were willing to trade so much for him. Against a Raptors team that still hasn't figured out how to consistently defend, Love should have a field day.

High Risk

Willie Cauley-Stein ($4400): The former Kentucky standout has had an up and down start this season. With a matchup against the struggling Bucks, Cauley-Stein will have plenty of opportunities to showcase his obvious talents. He's one of those players I would only suggest if you are trying to rely heavily on some of the most costly players as I haven't seen enough consistency out of the big man to put him in many of my lineups.

T.J. Warren ($3000): Warren isn't a versatile player that stuffs the stat sheet, but the former NCST man can score. The Suns face off against the Pelicans in a game that promises points, so if you need a cheap option to score some fantasy points, Warren's your guy, with potentially bigger upside with the easy matchup.


There are plenty of role players I like tonight, especially given their FantasyScore salaries, so I will keep their explanations short.

Kristaps Porzingis ($4600): Can you find a better deal for a player averaging 30 fantasy points per game? Porzingis has taken flgiht recently and look for that trend to continue.

Jahlil Okafor ($5800): $600 less than Nerlens Noel for a player averaging six more fantasy points per game. Going up against the Celtics on a back-to-back, Okafor is a solid cheaper option at center.

Jeff Teague ($6000): Teague has continued his impressive play from last season and continues to lead the Hawks potent attack. A matchup with the Timberwolves, even on the tail end of a back-to-back, is nothing to scoff at.

Evan Fournier ($4900): One of the many underpriced overperformers this season. The Knicks, despite their improvement, aren't a defensive powerhouse, so look for the overperforming to continue.

Marcus Morris ($4800): Somehow $200 less than his twin, Marcus is having a remarkably steady season. I have relied on the regularity of the Detroit forward's production on many occassions and will continue to do so tonight.

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Since I have started writing for Mastersball, I have been giving you readers picks based off who I like to have a big game. The issue with that basic premise is that I have given no strategical backing to go along with my picks. Picking a player to succeed against a certain defense is all fine and well and if 75% of my picks are successful, then you should all benefit. However, there are certain ways of attacking these daily fantasy games and I am taking this chance to reformat my article early in the week.

For starters, I will now group players into categories. These categories will be:

Can't Miss (usually high-priced players that need to be on your team that week)

High Risk (low $ value players with a high ceiling based on the matchup)

Fillers (middle of the road in terms of value and steady production with the possibility of a breakout game)

When putting together a successful DFS team, these three components must all click if you are to win. However, it is possible to still win money on a week to week basis if you build your teams correctly. Remember that to win, you must get good production from the players that others haven't put on their team, those players in the 1-10% owned range.

So here we go with Week 11:

Can't Miss

Todd Gurley ($8200): Going up against the Ravens, the best rookie RB in the league will have a field day. With St. Louis looking to Case Keenum ($4500), Gurley should see plenty of action.

Rob Gronkowski ($8200): Gronk has really cooled off as of late. However, a divisional game without Julian Edelman available will allow the best TE in the league to produce in bunches.

Matt Ryan ($7500): Going up against the soft Colts defense and coming off a bye week, Matty Ice is a solid choice for a big afternoon filled with yards and touchdowns.

High Risk

Mark Sanchez ($6000): Sanchez will definitely get the nod from me in a couple leagues. Last season saw Sanchez flourish in Chip Kelly's offense. This week, going up against the Bucs for his first start of the year should lead to a solid afternoon.

Latavius Murray ($6000): The Raiders RB has had a solid second NFL season and faces off against a vulnerable Lions defense this week.

John Brown ($2400): Going up against the solid Bengals defense, this is a tough matchup for the WR. However, recently Smoky has been superb and with more attention being paid to Larry Fitzgerald ($7900) and Michael Floyd ($6600), Brown should have plenty of opportunities.


Steve Johnson ($5800): The Chargers are lacking in options for quarterback Phillip Rivers ($7700) and Johnson slots in as the top target man. Even if the former Bill doesn't bust out for big points, a solid showing is expected.

Jonathan Stewart ($5600): Nothing sexy about this pick, but facing the Redskins, there will be plenty of running room and Stewart has shown a lot of consistency recently.

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