There are several strategies revolving around drafting a lineup in the NBA. What you use in a 50/50 draft compared to a GPP is completely different. This goes for all contests available. However, there is one thing they all have in common; you need all of your players to play.
For instance, the other night I was working a bunch of overtime at my full time job, but I wanted to be able to put in a lineup. I got in a $3 GPP that had a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, and $50,000 to 1st place. Now, the chances of winning that with a strategized plan is pretty low, but according to my research, winning this type of contest with one player that doesn’t play is impossible. In fact, I’d even go as far as saying if you have one player below 20pts on any given night…you won’t win first place.
Anyways, last night I put in a team and didn’t see the score until the morning. Unfortunately I had one player that planned to play at 7:30pm, but by game time he ended up being a late scratch. I ended up with 252 points and was 6 points away from hitting the low-end money. Then another player got hurt in the first quarter and was out the rest of the game. The injury is just bad luck, but the late scratch definitely could have been avoided.
Where to get Injury Updates
Most people immediately think they should head to ESPN for information on the NBA (or NBA.com). Even though these are great sources during the day, you need something a little better when it gets closer to game time. Probably two of the most popular today is RotoGrinders and Rotowire. Both locations have a huge pool of information, and on most nights you can get the necessary information on injuries.
You can also go a step further and look through the social media sites. My favorite is Twitter. I actually follow every NBA team in the league, and somewhere between 90 to 100 players. Often times you can get all the information you need, right from the horse’s mouth. Heck, there has been a couple times in the last week where using Twitter helped me place in the top 5,000 out of 191,000 entries.
Going Old School
If you don’t care too much for the social media scene (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), consider digger a little deeper for the information you seek. One way of doing this is by visiting the local news websites. So, if you are looking for some insight on the Chicago Bulls and their lineup, then go to a Chicago-based news website. Even though we see several interviews on sports network channels, there is information in local areas that aren’t always released nationally.
No matter what you decide to do, checking injury reports and doing your homework will be a necessity when building a NBA DraftKings lineup.