James Harden had 71.5 points on DraftKings last night and he’s not one of the Top 25 Value Players?
When I saw that James Harden had a career night against his old team, but didn’t crack the Top 25 (he was #26) on DraftKings, I was shocked. However, as I looked at the results spreadsheet (see below), I thought that it was an excellent example of the ultimate equation in daily fantasy sports — Salary / Points.
Clearly James Harden was a great pick. If you had him in any of your daily fantasy NBA lineups last night, you were thrilled. But was he the most valuable?
If you went by the “point per $1000″ model, he had nearly 7x of his DraftKings salary. But so did Mike James and Jason Smith. Who? Exactly.
Looking at the Big $20,000 tournament on DraftKings, you’ll see that the highest finisher that had Harden in the lineup was at #7, most likely because he was the 2nd highest priced player.
Difference Between Season and Daily Fantasy Sports
I’m not at all saying that you should NOT have played Harden last night if you could go back and do it again. Here is the point I DO want to drive home: daily fantasy sports is not the same as regular fantasy sports. You have to look for value. This is the key difference between regular and daily fantasy sports.
If a player has the night that Harden has, most likely his team is going to win and his fantasy owners have a leg up in their weekly matchup. However, you can still win the big prize in daily fantasy sports if you don’t own a superstar that goes nuts.
Just ask JLowery, who won the $4,000 prize last night.
Top 25 Players…. and James Harden