One of the best ways to get better at picking a successful Draftstars team is to learn off the best and there’s plenty to learn from the past week’s winning line-ups across the big-money slates.
PLAYER OWNERSHIP/WINNING TEAMS
There were joint winners in Wednesday’s $30,000 Draftstars slate with offthemap and Texcoin both having the exact same line-ups.
The pair both had the top three owned players in Garrett Temple (SG $6,250), Ricky Rubio (PG $12,080) and Naz Reid (C|PF $6,680) with differing returns of 28.25, 67.25 and 11.25 DS points respectively.
Both also owned the slate’s top scorer LeBron James (SF|PF $21,060) with 71.25 DS points and 34% ownership, which was far better than other premium options Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry.
The player who broke the slate, though, was Toront Raptors’ center Chris Boucher (PF|C $11,430) who delivered 61.75 DS points with only 7% ownership, leading to offthemap and Texcoin’s success.
Brooklyn Nets star James Harden (PG $20,930) has been dominating since returning from COVID-19 protocols and he top scored for Tuesday’s $30,000 Draftstars slate with 77.5 DS points with a 57% ownership; the third highest.
Chicago Bull Nikola Vucevic (C $16,590) would’ve been a great POD pick with 65.75 DS points and only 1% ownership. The next highest DS return was Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis (PF $14,490) who scored 62.25 DS points the fourth highest ownership at 52%.
Slate winner Farry87 had Harden and Porzingis but found value in Nathan Knight (C $6,000) and Nassir Little (PF|SF $9,940) with DS returns of 45.25 and 48 with ownership of 27% and 26% respectively.
Farry87 also owned popular picks Jaylen Brown (SF|SF $15,870) and Payton Pritchard (PG $6,890) who delivered 46 and 46.5 DS points with 66% and 64% ownership respectively.
Ironically it was Boucher (PF|C $11,270) who was the most-owned player in Monday’s $25,000 Draftstars slate but he under-delivered leading to his ownership drop for Wednesday. The Raptors big man only managed 30.75 DS points for his 59% owners.
The slate winner JP4_3 faded Boucher but included bumper-price top scorer Nikola Jokic (C $22,230) who produced 73.5 DS points with only 14% ownership. There were few high-priced premiums this slate but the Serbian usurped Joel Embiid (C $19,500) for output with 61.75 DS points.
JP4_3 included New Orleans Pelicans forward Josh Hart (SF|PF $14,090) who broke the slate with 57 DS points and only 8% ownership. Memphis Grizzlies guard John Konchar (PG|SF $6,000) was another key addition for JP4_3 with 43 DS points and only 25% ownership.
DJ Wilson (C $6,000) was an excellent bargain basement option with 40 DS points and 29% ownership, while OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG $16,770) added 51.5 DS points with 7% ownership.
James Harden (PG $21,520) has been in rare form this week but it must be noted that’s been without Kevin Durant (SF|PF $22,030) in the team. The latter was due to return in Friday’s slate so don’t expect the 2018 MVP to maintain those lofty DS scores.
LeBron James (SF|PF $22,680) has also been churning out some fine numbers as he reverts to a role as the Los Angeles Lakers center in Anthony Davis’ absence. With Davis out for another few weeks, he may continue to score big but he’ll come at a premium.
Kristaps Porzingis (PF $19,230) is the other premium with hot form, with a three-game average of 51.3 DS points up almost 12 points on his season average. Porzingis has stepped up for the Mavs with Luka Doncic out of the side.
Cavs guard Ricky Rubio (PG $14,630) was the other player we intended to highlight but sadly he’s gone down with a season-ending ACL injury so scrub him from your plans.
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