Hoopscritic DFS: Tips For Developing a Cash Strategy

One of the big keys to becoming a successful DFS player, no matter the sport, is to have a repeatable process when building lineups for the day. It takes time to find what sort of games you excel at, (cash, GPP’s, etc.) but once you have a process you like down, it greatly reduces the amount of time and more importantly, the guesswork put into researching the slate. I’ll go through some of my process of building cash lineups that hopefully give you a few good ideas to add to your own roster building. Let’s get right into it: Start with the top game totals of the day Unless there’s a blatantly obvious play plug and play, (like Anthony Towns against the Lakers or Kidd-Gilchrist against the Lakers a few games earlier) start your research with the top game totals of the day. Most of the time, the top building block players and value guys will be in these games and are players you will want to take advantage of. It’s extremely rare that any of your rosters, cash or GPP, will be without at least one or two plays in the highest game totals on the slate. Diagnose the injury news Injury news updates throughout the day, but it’s important to sift through what information you do have when you’re building your lineups. Don’t just look at injury news through one scope though; view it through every possible angle. For instance, if Hassan Whiteside is out, the value opens up for guys like Chris Bosh, but also Justice Winslow and Amare Stoudemire. Their role and minutes increase in... read more

Taking Attendance: An Investigative Report On How Certain Intrinsic Variables Dictate The Rates At Which NBA Fans Show Up For Games

Amongst NBA fans and players alike, fan attendance is often a matter of much back-and forth. Diehard NBA supporters often lament fanbases of other franchises for being fair-weather or fickle in their loyalty, while platitudes such as “we have the best fans in the world” or “our fans stick by us no matter what” are a common feature of post-game press conferences and preseason rallies. While such commentary has largely become synonymous with NBA culture as a whole, however, the manner in which preseason hype, variability in team success, or autonomous factors such as location relate to regular season attendance–not only on special, nationally televised occasions, but on a daily basis–is rarely, if ever, investigated. While many NBA aficionados may like to believe that their respective NBA fanbases are superior to those of others, for whatever special reason, the truth is that many exterior, overarching variables—ones largely out of the hands of any regular, everyday NBA fan—significantly impact the rate of attendance throughout the NBA. As such, after speculating as to the identity of these factors and the manner in which they dictate NBA attendance, I chose four particular variables—projected wins, regular season wins, market size, and recent playoff success—and plotted them against fan attendance for each and every team, as a means to investigate how highly each correlates with the rate at which NBA fans tend to turn out. The following table displays all of my potential explanatory variables, along with my response variable. In order, “Projected_Wins” denotes each team’s projected win total (which I gathered via ESPN, the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports), “Real_Wins” denotes each team’s regular... read more

About Hoops Critic

Brian Geltzeiler’s true passion is the NBA. He grew up in a basketball family. His father, Burt was an elite college basketball player for Newark-Rutgers University in the late 1940’s and was drafted by the Tri-City Hawks (now Atlanta Hawks) in 1950 by their then GM, Red Auerbach.

Brian is a regular host on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio and gets his money’s worth from his NBA League Pass. He lives in Livingston, NJ with his wife and four children.