• 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

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo played only 13 games in 2019-20 after 12-month absence.

    Taking only the 13-game stint into consideration, Oladipo posted top 200/250 per-game value for 8/9 cat leagues which is a far cry from his top-10 performance in 2017-18 but is also completely unfair to judge on such a small sample after a long hiatus while recovering from injury. He flashed his tremendous upside in his last game of the season against the Celtics on March 10 with 27 points, five triples, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor. He has ruled himself out of coming back for the restart this season and will turn his focus on trying to return next year stronger than ever.

  • T.J. McConnell
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. McConnell posted 210/222 per-game value for 8/9-cat formats in 2019-20.

    McConnell’s first year on the Pacers was similar to what he did the last few seasons for the Sixers from a stat perspective although this was the first time in his five-year career that he didn’t average at least one steal per game with only 0.7 this year. Since he plays less than 20 minutes per game on most nights, he is a deep-league option at best for teams desperate for assists with occasional DFS value when the team had players out due to injury.

  • Justin Holiday
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Justin Holiday put up top 150/110 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats in 2019-20 while providing top 90/60 total value due to not missing any games.

    Holiday is on his eighth different NBA roster in only his sixth season but has remained fantasy relevant in each of the last three seasons.
    He played 31-plus minutes in each of the last two seasons with a sub-39.0 field goal percentage being his biggest deterrent. It seems he has fixed that this season with a career-best 44.0 field goal percentage and although playing only 24.9 minute per game, continues to be a cheap source for triples and steal s. With Jeremy Lamb out to start next year, perhaps Holiday can stick around for more than one season.

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb was unable to build off his impressive 2018-19 campaign and posted top 110/95 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats in 2019-20.

    Lamb was hot and cold all season where he would be lights out one night and invisible the next. Maybe he had trouble adjusting to his new team but he also had trouble staying healthy, having to miss 11 games due to various ailments even before tearing his ACL in March. He is expected to miss a good chunk of next season so even though the 28 year old has plenty of time to get his career back on track, he can be ignored in next year's redraft leagues come draft time.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon put up top-75/85 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats in an injury riddled season.

    Brogdon signed a big contract in the offseason and flashed some serious potential with his new team, posting career-highs of 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage took a big dip however going from 50.6 percent the prior season to 43.9 percent this year. It may be because of the increased responsibility on offense or maybe it was because he could never really get into a rhythm with all the injuries. Brogdon played in 74 percent for the team's games so far this season and had to miss consecutive games on five separate occasions with various back, hip, groin and hamstring injuries. One hopes the injuries aren't all interconnected and he can get back to full health to continue his upward trajectory.

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis took his game to another level in 2019-20, registering an across the board improvement, allowing him to emerge as the Pacers' best player in fantasy as a top-50 player in 8/9-cat per game value and a top-30 player in total value in both formats.

    Sabonis proved that his promising game was legit and took it up several notches. He was a double-double machine, recording averages of 18.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG and 5.0 APG on .541 shooting from the field. The second-year big man proved to be an amazing facilitator in the post with his five dimes per night. It is worth noting, however, that he made this jump while Victor Oladipo was injured for most of the season and Malcolm Brogdon dealt with a myriad of injuries.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner took a step backwards in the 2019-20 season fantasy-wise with top-70/60 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats.

    Although Turner missed about two weeks early in the season with an ankle injury, he remained relatively healthy after that. His fantasy production did not meet expectations a season after he put up top-30 value and led the league in shot-blocking. With several new scorers on the team and the emergence of Domantas Sabonis, Turner's usage went down and so did his stats across the board. The only improvement was making 1.4 triples per game compared to 1.0 the prior season but this caused his field goal percentage to dip from 48.7 percent to 45.1. The construct of the team should stay intact for next season so Turner may no longer be a viable third round option.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren emerged as the Pacers' leading scorer with 18.7 points per game in 2019-20 and his efficient shooting from the field and the line allowed him to finish in the top-75 in both 8 and 9-cat scoring formats.

    With Victor Oladipo off to a late and slow start to the season as he recovered from injury, Warren took the lead and along with Domantas Sabonis bore the brunt of the scoring load for the Pacers. Warren's 18.7 PPG came on .529 shooting from the field and .812 from the line. He also put up averages of 1.1 treys, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. Warren was also able to stay mostly healthy, allowing him to appear in 61 games.

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday was called on to step up when the Pacers dealt with injuries to Malcolm Brogdon, allowing him to deliver value ranked 207th in 8-cat and 210 in 9-cat per-game value.

    The second-year guard made some solid strides in 2019-20, even stepping up and into the Pacers' starting lineup. In January, Holiday showed promise as he went on a nine-game streak where he scored in double digits, including a 25-point career-high explosion against the Pelicans. In 23.6 minutes per game, Holiday averaged 9.4 points, 1.4 threes, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Pacers sharpshooter Doug McDermott shot his way to top-250 value in 9-cat in 2019-20, recording averages 10.4 points, 1.9 threes and 2.5 rebounds on .491 shooting from the field and .827 shooting from the line in 20 minutes per game through 62 games.

    McDermott, who has pretty much defined himself as a true one-trick pony across his four-year NBA career. Thanks to the solid play of Justin Holiday off the bench, McDermott was not able to produce a reliable splash, both in real-life and fantasy.

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