One of the easiest ways to get a leg up on your competition is by studying each team’s defense efficiency. If you’re unfamiliar with this type of research tool, it’s basically how well a team adjusts their defense throughout a game. For instance, San Antonio is one of the best defensive teams and it’s because they work well together as a team. Most nights you want to stay away from players playing the Spurs.
If you look at the other side of the spectrum, the Philadelphia 76ers have one of the worst defense efficiencies in the league. Whoever is playing them, you usually want to target one to two players, as the odds of them scoring more points will be greater. However, always remember that blowout games can work against you. If the Cavs are hosting the 76ers there is a good chance the game won’t be close. This means your star players could be sitting half the game.
The Best Defense Efficiency Strategy
There are so many variables attached to picking the best NBA lineup for DraftKings. Defense efficiency is only one facet, but it’s an extremely important one. Here are a few quick pointers that can put you in the money more times than not:
1. The Houston Rockets have a horrible defense efficiency, but you don’t see them getting blown out very often. If you can find teams that will stay competitive with the Rockets for four quarters, it’s a good idea to take either the opponents point guard and/or shooting guard. It’s even better if you can find a value pick that plays a lot of minutes and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to utilize him.
2. It’s also a good idea to avoid the top 5 teams that have a good defense efficiency. Off the top of my head I believe San Antonio, Chicago, Golden State, Indiana, and Miami, are somewhere around the top 5. The only I can see you taking players against these teams is if certain players are on an “off” night. A good example of this would be Tim Duncan getting a night off for rest. This typically helps Aldridge get more shot attempts, increasing the chance his fantasy points will be better. Otherwise, it’s better to choose players against other teams with lower defensive efficiency.
3. Check out the defense vs. player position as an add-on to your defense efficiency research. I’ll use Kobe Bryant for example purposes, but let’s say the Lakers are playing the Washington Wizards. Washing ranks in the lower portion of the league when it comes to defense efficiency. You also notice that they happen to rank 30th against SGs. This means Kobe might be able to do whatever he wants that night, which means higher fantasy points for you.
No matter how you look at it, defense efficiency is a must-have piece of research before picking your NBA DraftKings lineup.