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Agonizing Over the Perfect Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup

Bernard King WallpaperOnly 2,477 competitors are still vying for the right to be crowned the champion of champions in Yahoo! fantasy basketball.

The exclusive tournament pitted over 20,000 victors of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues for the right to win a $40,000 grand prize.

All each competitor has to do is fill out a roster — making eight selections — and have their team accumulate the highest point total from Sunday’s games. 

Each player from the Spurs, Grizzlies, Warriors, Rockets, Hawks, Celtics, Cavaliers and Pistons are available, only with the caveat of a dollar evaluation assigned to their production.

To become the champion among all champions, each roster spot has to be meticulously chosen, capitalizing on every possible statistic that can be produced.

The final field has been whittled down so only the top 25 percent of the most capable fantasy basketball players remain, so any misstep will result in a loss.

The formulation for each roster features a few consistencies: three roster spots dedicated to superstar players, two average players and three long shots.

Finding players capable of outperforming their dollar evaluation is the key.

A score of 274.5 was the 108th best out of over 20,000 competitionrs in Yahoo!'s champion of champions tournament.
A score of 274.5 was the 108th best out of over 20,000 competitionrs in Yahoo!’s champion of champions tournament.

Outlasting 20,789 fantasy basketball champions took savvy, luck and proper planning.

To qualify for the final round, I banked on the star power of Russell Westbrook and Paul George while the trio of Raymond Felton, Myles Turner and Enes Kanter produced exceptional stat lines.

Shaun Livingston thrived as the injury replacement for Stephen Curry, Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 14 rebounds and Cory Joseph produced just enough to post a higher score than 95 percent of the champion of champions.

Replicating the success is a tall order, but here is how I made eight choices with $40,000 riding on a perfect outcome.

Choosing the Superstars

These players simply have to accumulate massive numbers for you. Each player must be a legitimate double-double threat and capable of contributing in a multitude of ways.

Picking players that will have the ball a majority of the time, or have numerous scoring opportunities is the determining factor.

Tabbing the Value picks

During the post season, many of the fringe fantasy contributions start to fade away. Only the players with specific skill sets emerge is value selections in daily fantasy leagues.

Pacers rookie Myles Turner has become a commodity because of his ability to protect the rim. His production extends much further than becoming the youngest player in league history ever to swat five shots in a playoff game.

Along with his 3.3 blocks per game, Turner has produced 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and shot over 60 percent from the field.

Since he is a rookie, Yahoo! assigned a valuation of $18, well below the average price of $25 a player.

The Final Roster

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Good luck to the players vying to become the champion of champions, chose your roster wisely.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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