Dealing With Smaller Fields In Late Playoff Action

As the NBA Playoffs enter the backstretch and begins to wind down, it is imperative to pay attention to some essential tips for those hoping to make a last minute run in a daily fantasy tournament on FanDuel or DraftKings.

We are on the verge of having only four teams remaining in the NBA Playoffs but there is still plenty of opportunity to cash in and make some serious money in a league, tournament or head-to-head.

Here are a few considerations to make as we reach the final turn.

A Low Score Has Less Gravity

As a result of a smaller population of players, there is less variation in lineups and more of a ceiling for scoring. If you check the percent owned in your line-up after a tournament sets off, you will see more and more players are owned at a rate of 50% or greater.

To throw out numbers one would typically see as a “green-up” figure on a site like FanDuel, 270 – 300 FDP gave managers a good chance at the money, however now that number is now likely very reduced, 250 FDP may be the winning number in a 50/50-style format. For beginners hoping to get their feet wet, this is the perfect opportunity to capitalize.

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Less Competition

At this point many daily fantasy managers have shifted their attention to DFS Baseball and Golf, and sailed their ships on the NBA until October. With respect to this, once again we stress this is a great time for beginners to sharpen their skills while there is limited competition and more room for error.

Lock Down Value Plays

Some players are offered at exceptionally low prices, yet they offer exceptional upside. Nene Hilario of the Houston Rockets illustrated this point until he was injured against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals. Case and point Patty Mills of the Spurs is in line for a boost after San Antonio lost Tony Parker for the remainder of the post-season.

There have been some players who have produced an insane amount given a very low price of around $3,000. Locating a prospect such as this can open the door for players to budget towards acquiring more guaranteed producers such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry, all of whom still remain in the playoffs and likely won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon.

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