Euroleague Fantasy Basketball Picks – Roosevelt’s Playbook Friday December 28th 2018

Looking for help with your Euroleague lineups? In Roosevelt’s Playbook we provide our recommended plays for DraftKings for today’s Euroleague event!

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Welcome to Round 15 Day 2 of Euroleague basketball! Haven’t been able to write an article for the past few slates due to time constraints. However, I’m back and just in time too! DraftKings has one of their $5 Euroleague specials only this time it’s $2,000 to first! Hopefully, one of us can take down that first place prize!

If you have questions, the best way to reach me is within our Facebook group The DFS Masters.

This group is the only place I answer individual questions about events. You can also leave a comment at the end of this post if it’s a general question about the sport and building lineups in general. However, if it’s a lineup specific question, the Facebook group is really the best way to reach me as I’m constantly checking the daily discussion thread on Euroleague within the group. I typically don’t see questions or comments posted to the blog until I go to write my next article.

For anything else, you can contact me on Twitter.

How I Rank Players

My rankings are based on the following criteria

  • Floor, ceiling and average fantasy points scored compared to salary
  • Floor, ceiling and average fantasy points scored over the last 4 games.
  • Domestic league production (Flashscore Basketball has the scores and box scores to all the Euroleague games as well as most of the individual domestic leagues that each team plays in. I check the box scores for each Euroleague team for their most recent domestic league game. The only league they don’t have box scores for is the Greece Basket League. However, you can get the box scores from their site directly.
  • Key injuries and educated guesses as to who will get more playing time and production.
  • Odds to win for each team.
  • Implied point totals for each team.
  • Opposing Position Ranks
  • Ownership Percentages in previous DraftKings Pull-Up Jumper GPP

I don’t rank any given criteria higher than the other. I look at it as a whole and then make my picks based on the entire picture. Each player is then given one of three categories. If they aren’t listed in any category that means I don’t recommend that player as a play for that given week.

Here are the categories:

Elite Plays – Elite plays are players who I expect to do very well on this slate. They are great plays to build your cash lineups as well is your GPP lineups and they are the pool of players that I start building all my teams around, attempting to fit as many of them into my lineups as possible.

Good Plays – Good plays are players who I believe will do well on the slate. However, I typically have some concern with them that prevents them from being an elite play. Maybe they have a solid floor but don’t have as high of a ceiling. Or maybe they have a high ceiling but not a solid floor. Maybe they might be playing hurt or playing in a bad matchup. This is the next tier that I go to when building my lineups. If the floor is solid I will play good plays in my cash lineup. However, if the floor is not solid, I will reserve these plays for GPPs only.

Fair Plays – Fair plays are players that I think have the potential to exceed their value, but they also have the potential to be a complete bust. I will NOT play a fair play in a cash lineup. They will only be played in a GPP lineup.

Finally, full disclosure, I currently only play GPP contests on DraftKings at this time. I don’t play cash games. However, what I do is I create one “cash game” type lineup. I then take that lineup and enter it in half of the entry spots for every GPP contest that I am playing on the slate. The other half of my lineups are individual lineups that I build as “GPP game” type lineups.

Here’s my chart illustrating odds to win, implied totals and opposing position ranks:

Here are the players that I like on today’s slate:

Fenerbahce Ulker

Elite Plays

  • Jan Vesely F $11,800

Good Plays

  • Joffrey Lauvergne F $9,200
  • Kostas Sloukas G $8,300
  • Nikola Kalinic F $7,700

Fair Plays

  • Marko Guduric G $9,000
  • Nicolo Melli F $7,500
  • Ali Muhammed G $6,200
  • Luigi Datome G $5,900

Real Madrid

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Anthony Randolph F $9,900
  • Trey Thompkins F $8,200

Fair Plays

  • Gustavo Ayon F $10,300
  • Facundo Campazzo G $9,100
  • Rudy Fernandez F $8,700
  • Sergio Llull G $8,100
  • Walter Tavares F $8,000
  • Jeffrey Taylor F $5,200
  • Fabien Causeur F $5,100
  • Jaycee Carroll G $4,900

Panathinaikos

Keith Langford is questionable with an unknown injury. Upgrade to the guards if he misses. I would fade him if he plays. Too inconsistent to play with injury concerns.

Elite Plays

  • Nick Calathes G $12,300 (Becomes a discussion for lock consideration if Langford misses)

Good Plays

  • James Gist F $8,500
  • Deshaun Thomas F $7,400

Fair Plays

  • Nikos Pappas G $5,600 (upgrade to good if Langford misses)
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo F $4,600

CSKA Moscow

Elite Plays

  • Will Clyburn F $11,300

Good Plays

  • Sergio Rodriguez G $8,500

Fair Plays

  • Nando de Colo G $10,100
  • Cory Higgins G $9,600
  • Othello Hunter F $7,900
  • Alec Peters F $7,000
  • Daniel Hackett G $6,700
  • Kyle Hines F $6,500
  • Nikita Kurbanov F $5,000
  • Joel Bolomboy F $4,300

Bayern

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Derrick Williams F $10,700
  • Stefan Jovic G $9,400
  • Vladimir Lucic F $8,100
  • Petteri Koponen G $6,800
  • Maodo Lo G $6,100

Fair Plays 

  • Nihad Dedovic G $8,800
  • Danilo Barthel F $6,400
  • Leon Radosevic F $4,900

Buducnost

Nikola Ivanovic is out. However, Buducnost has signed Norris Cole, who is expected to have a key role in this offense. Downgrading the guards a category until I see Cole’s impact, especially in a game like this where they are projected to lose big.

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Nemanja Gordic G $8,300
  • Earl Clark F $9,800
  • Coty Clarke F $8,400

Fair Plays

  • Edwin Jackson G $7,700
  • Alen Omic F $7,600
  • Norris Cole G $6,900
  • Petar Popovic G $5,500
  • Danilo Nikolic F $5,300

Gran Canaria

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Ondrej Balvin F $7,800
  • Eulis Baez F $6,900
  • Nikola Radicevic G $6,600
  • Albert Oliver G $6,300
  • Anzejs Pasecniks F $6,000
  • Xavier Rabaseda F $5,100
  • Oriol Pauli F $4,400

 Fair Plays

  • DJ Strawberry F $8,200
  • Marcus Eriksson F $7,300
  • Kim Tillie F $5,700
  • Siim-Sander Vene F $5,400

Zalgiris Kaunas

On paper, Nate Wolters is an elite play. However, he is just coming back from an ankle injury and his coach said he is still working his way back into playing shape. I would fade him completely in cash and be careful about my GPP exposure to him this week. However, if you want to go by strictly production, he’s an elite play. Leo Westermann is out with a knee injury. Paulius Jankunas is still out.

Elite Plays

  • None

Good Plays

  • Aaron White F $8,600
  • Arturas Milaknis G $6,200

Fair Plays

  • Brandon Davies F $12,100
  • Nate Wolters G $10,500
  • Edgaras Ulanovas F $6,500
  • Marius Grigonis G $6,100
  • D Walton Jr G $5,300

Good luck!

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