The NBA Playoffs are heating up and Heavy’s partner DraftKings is making the postseason more exciting as they are offering free fantasy basketball contests for new users.
NBA $100K Sharpshooter is a free contest with a guaranteed prize payout of $100,000. The winner gets $10,000, second gets $7,500 and third $5K. The contest costs $3 for DraftKings members, but it’s FREE for first-time depositors.
As a first-time user with DraftKings, when you sign up and are prompted for a promo code, enter “HEAVY.”
The rules are simple: When you sign in for the contest, you will be given a fixed salary cap of $50,000 to draft your 8 player roster. The Player Pool will consist of all NBA players expected to be playing on a given game day.
Your roster will consist of 8 players and must include players from at least 2 different NBA teams, and representing at least 2 different real-life NBA games.
The roster positions are: PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F, and UTIL.
There are 2 games Tuesday night – Washington at Atlanta and Memphis at Golden State.
All DraftKings games are salary cap-based, so you need to find a healthy balance of higher-priced stars and lower-priced bargains. You won’t be able to field a team of superstars because you just can’t fit the salaries of the 8 best players under a $50,000 cap.
For Thursday’s contests, Golden State point guard and league MVP Stephen Curry has the biggest cap number at $10,700. He’s also scoring the most fantasy points per game at 46.2. Wizards point guard John Wall costs $9,400 and gets 42.5 FPP. Fitting them both in your lineup is possible, you’d just need to really skimp on other positions. Is it worth it? I don’t think so.
Wall has been battling a wrist problem, but he has been lights out, scoring 50+ fantasy points in 3 of the past 4 games. Curry is the MVP and seemingly does nothing wrong. He’s scored 60+ in 2 of the past 3. I’d lean Curry.
Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal ($7,300) has scored over 40 fantasy points in each of the past 2 games, but sprained an ankle Sunday. He’ll play Tuesday, but you might be better served using Hawks SG Kyle Korver, who comes in at $900 less and has been nearly just as productive fantasy-wise.
A nice bargain for Tuesday night for the UTIL or other Guard position is Atlanta’s Dennis Schroeder. At $3,600, he has 2 consecutive 18-point fantasy games and seems to have the confidence of Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Also for first-time players, when you sign up you get a 100 percent deposit bonus up to $600. You put in $600, DraftKings will match your $600.
The $100K Sharpshooter is just one of many NBA playoff contests offered by DraftKings. There are other featured contests with higher buy-ins, such as the NBA $80K Crossover, which you can enter for $27 and many more.
Check out the game lobby for all of the live NBA contests offered by DraftKings.