• Good morning fellow fathers, future fathers, and to those who wish to someday be a father to your own little minion! Writing this should be just as easy as playing DFS and being a dad at the same time, which is to say that writing this will be the hardest thing I have ever done – albeit the most gratifying. Finding the balance in time and effort to blog, play DFS, and be a dad has been incredibly challenging and rewarding. It’s a juggling act, and I hope that I can help you realize what you are getting yourself into or what you may already be enduring, because it’s all worth it in the end.

    Balance and moderation are absolutely necessary in order to be a successful DFS player and dad. When you find out how to have that perfect BM (no, not bowel movement) please let me know and tell me how to obtain it. If you find the perfect balance for the bowel movement, please let me know the stance you took, squat, sit, stand, hover, handstand, or some secret move you created.

    In all honesty, it is very difficult to find balance and moderation in anything, especially DFS. Depending on your situation in life, the phrase, “successful DFS player and dad” can mean a lot of different things. As for myself, I have a toddler and I spend a lot of my free time feeling like I’m chasing Steph Curry around on high screen after high screen.

    I don’t have time to keep up with news or do as much research as I would like anymore. The second that I would actually look to see who’s in or out is the second my daughter would find out how to scale the baby gate, traverse the dining room, and manage her own Great Escape out the back door and into the woods. It takes balance and moderation just to handle my daughter while I am on dad duty.

    And dads, are we ever off?

    That being said, I still feel successful as a dad and as a DFS player. I haven’t necessary found a perfect level of “BM,” but I have learned to adjust.

    I’ve had to lower my volume as a player, invest less of my bankroll nightly, and realign my goals. More importantly, I’ve had to reset my expectations. I used to be a full-time GPP player with a focus on all of the minis posted daily. I used to enter every single one of the $1-5 minis for NBA/NFL for most of the slates.

    These days I usually only do the main slate. I also switched to doing one cash lineup and one GPP lineup and adhere to stricter bankroll management.

    I switched to one of each because I found it much easier to react to updates right before lock. Simplifying my approach made it easier to set and chase goals for each lineup, rather than scrambling to fix handfuls of rosters.

    If you find that you keep losing and are unable to keep up with research or news, I would suggest modifying your approach. After all, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a new result is the definition of insanity. Mixing fatherhood and a feeding a healthy DFS habit is already insane enough.

    My daughter has her bedtime routine from 6:30-7:00 PM, literally the most important time of the day for DFS players. One of the most important parts of having a successful DFS night is being available to adjust to injury reports and last second lineup changes. So much success can be traced to rolling with the punches and adjusting your lineups when need be. A lot of the time I read as much news as I can at 6:55 and tinker if need be for those hurried five minutes – dads don’t often get the luxury of ample free time.

    And that’s perfectly fine, since being a good father and showing my daughter how much I love her is way more important than crushing the main slate. Showing her how a good man will care for her is worth sitting out those other DFS contests each night. Someday she will look for a man to marry and I want that guy to be fighting an uphill battle when it comes to earning her affection.

    If she spent her most impressionable years on the same priority level as the DFS lock time, what kind of standards would that guy have to achieve? I want to set the bar so high that this future punk will have to be prince charming and show her the kind of respect that you’d expect from a Samurai Warrior. That’s the standard I want to set for the man to whom she decides to give her heart.

    You’re thinking, “c’mon man, I came here for DFS stop getting so deep!” I know I know, but balance and moderation, right? I implore, no – I challenge all of you fathers and fathers-to-be to find what your BM looks like. It will take some trial and error, but nothing is more important. Enjoy your DFS and make some money while you do so. Enjoy your kids and love and support them the way a father should. Be present. It might not be easy, but it’s possible to accomplish both. Even after all that effort it still yields the greatest ROI you can imagine.

    Come back next week for more thoughts of mine. I hope you didn’t mind a different take on DFS today. Enjoy your difficult and rewarding days ahead, fathers!

    -Mitch

Fantasy News

  • Kevin Knox
    SF, New York Knicks

    Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.

    Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.

    Source: New York Post

  • Bol Bol
    C, Denver Nuggets

    According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.

    Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.

    Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.

    It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.

    Source: Dan Woike on Twitter

  • Malik Beasley
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.

    The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.

    Source: Denver Post

  • OG Anunoby
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."

    With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Daryl Macon
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.

    Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.

    Source: NBA

  • Tahjere McCall
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.

    This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.

    Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Tyler Zeller
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.

    Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.

    In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.

    Source: NBA