DraftKings Ballers and Bums – 2/1/17

Man, last night’s DraftKings Starts of the Night felt a bit like that night.

C’mon. You know the night!

We’ve all been there. The night you wish never happened, but damn sure will never forget.

It typically starts off harmless. No real expectations. Nothing over the top. Something simple like one of the homies saying, “let’s go catch the game, and grab something to eat”.


Next thing you know, you’re 8 shots deep, and at a club/party lacking every drop of cognition. Then, the inevitable happens…

The morning after.

Now sometimes, the morning after is triumphant. But, more often than not, it tends to fall on the rough side of things. Usually consisting of fighting the sun, drinking gallons of Gatorade, and wondering how you got home. Then, the realness kicks in. The “Yo, you don’t remember…”s start coming at you with the strength of 10 Harambes, and curiosity takes over.

You have only one option in this situation, so you do what must be done, and check the texts/call log.


So many bad decisions were made, and there you have a very brief glimpse into how I felt reviewing yesterday’s DraftKings Starts of the Night. Here’s how it looked:



*DraftKings Baller of the Night*

Isaiah Thomas: 44 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast – 60.5 DK FPTS

IT continues to dominate the 4th quarter. 7 teams’ leading scorer put up 19 or less, Thomas dropped 19 in the 4th quarter alone.

Inner Soliloquy: “Ok, ok, off to a solid start, but IT was a given. You can’t be too proud off that call. Can you?”

Goran Dragic: 27 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl – 43.75 DK FPTS

4 straight 20+ point games. 15 straight double-digit scoring games… Then you flashback 3 seasons to when both Dragic, and Thomas were on the same team.

Brandon Jennings: 6 pts, 3 reb, 10 ast, 5 stl – 33.75 DK FPTS

Thankfully, he was droppin’ dimes, droppin’ dimes, and the 5 steals? Tied a season-high. But, somewhere in America, Jennings is still throwing up bricks. Outside of a layup in the 3rd, he went 0-10 from the field. Kudos on the persistence, though.

Inner Soliloquy: “Still, 33.75 DraftKings fantasy points. Not bad, we’re 3-0. Last night was a W! They don’t know what they’re talking about. I wasn’t trippin’.”


Nik Stauskas: 8 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast – 13.25 DK FPTS

Stauskas was a terribly impressive -28 in last night’s game. Those Zayn seats are pretty dry.

Inner Soliloquy: “… Ok, maybe I was trippin’.”



Zach Randolph: 14 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast – 21.25 DK FPTS

He wasn’t Z-Bo on the boards, but continues to be highly efficient from the field. 7-12, 14 points. I’ll take it. He’s making a pretty solid case for 6th man of the year.


Paul George: 8 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast – 19.25 DK FPTS

Rough night for Mr. George. 3-14 from the field, 1-6 from deep, and 5 turnovers. I guess his arms were tired after 4 straight 30+ point performances. It happens.

Inner Soliloquy: “I mean, who doesn’t send some obnoxious texts, and make some wild ass calls?! PG should’ve been easy money! Not my fault she ‘has a man’ now…”

Gorgui Deng: 2 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast – 12.5 DK FPTS

11 guys got minutes for the Wolves last night, 5 of them managed to score 2 or less. Wiggins, KAT, Rubio, and Muhammed accounted for over 80% of the Wolves points on the night. Thankfully, he grabbed a few boards.

Domantas Sabonis: 2 pts, 5 reb – 7.75 DK FPTS

Yet another great call. It’s hard being this good.

Inner Soliloquy: “Ok, it’s a definite. I was trippin’. Why do I have 6 conversations with numbers that aren’t stored in my phone? Who are these people I was talking to?!”



Andre Drummond: 17 pts, 6 reb, 3 stl – 29.5 DK FPTS

After 10 straight double-digit rebounding games, Drummond was a non-factor on the glass. More surprisingly, the 3 steals weren’t a career-high, or even a season-high. He ripped off the Sixers for 6 earlier this season, which matched his career-high which he set in 2013, also against the Sixers.

Myles Turner: 11 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk – 23.75 DK FPTS

As expected, he filled up the stat sheet. Problem is, he was far from prolific. In any category.

Jonas Valanciunas: 3 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk – 9.25 DK FPTS

JV picked up 2 fouls in the 1st 5 minutes, and nothing was the same.

Inner Soliloquy: “Yo, pass the BC Powder!”

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