Connect with us

Fantasy Hoops

Daily Fantasy Basketball: DFS Value Plays and Lineup – January 30

Josh Collacchi breaks down the top daily fantasy basketball value plays and optimized DraftStreet lineup for January 30.

Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

On DraftStreet, there is a $100,000 cap, which is used for eight players; three forwards, three guards, a center, and a utility player. In terms of value, should a player cost $15,000, incredible value would be 45 fantasy points. Unlike other daily sites, playing for five times value is not the goal here, as it is nearly impossible to find on a consistent basis. As a $100K salary cap would yield about 225-255 fantasy points for a good night, the best value is normally 2.5 or higher. Anything above 2.5 is a great value.

If you have not played over at DraftStreet, be sure to check the scoring system first, as it varies from other sites. Head over to make your deposit and start playing tonight!

DraftStreet Scoring: PTS: 1 pt, REB: 1.25 pt, AST: 1.5 pt, TO: -1 pt, Missed FT: -0.5 pt, Missed FG: -0.5 pt, STL: 2 pt, BLK: 2pt.

Let’s see how we did last night

Optimized Lineup
Position Player Price Fantasy Points Value
G Chris Douglas-Roberts 4.145 3.75 0.90
G Kyle Lowry 15.959 48.75 3.05
G Willie Green 4.4 -0.25 -0.06
F Jeff Green 12.258 23.5 1.92
F LeBron James 20.911 35.25 1.69
F Kevin Durant 24.002 43.75 1.82
C Marc Gasol 13.187 25.75 1.95
U Derek Fisher 4.865 21.25 4.37
Total 99.727 201.75 2.02

Last night, overall was slightly above average, but the potential was for so much more. Scoring 201.75 points with two guys combining for 3.5 fantasy points hurts, but that is the risk of playing minimal salary guys in DFS. Kyle Lowry and Derek Fisher were great value, combining for 70 fantasy points and only costing under $21K. Jeff Green had an average night, and LeBron and KD were below average. Overall, a 2.02 is not bad, but could have been better. Tonight is just a three game slate, let’s pick some winners.

Create Your Own Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup at DraftStreet

Value Plays


J.J. Redick, LAC ($9,127)

J.J. Redick continues to be one of the better values on DraftStreet. As a guy that costs just over $9K, anything over 21 fantasy points is good value.  Redick has scored 14 or more points in six straight games, and 18 or more in four of his last six. Add in a few rebounds and assists and Redick can hit his value. Tonight the Clippers face the Warriors in what promises to be a high-scoring affair. The Warriors are 22nd in the NBA in giving up fantasy points to shooting guards, and will need to play at a fast pace to compete with the athleticism of the Clippers.


Carmelo Anthony, NYK ($21,888)

It is tough to choose the most expensive player on DraftStreet for a “value” pick. But with few good options at forward, he is the best value. Carmelo has been on fire lately, reaching a minimum of 38 fantasy points in each of his last six games, and in his last fifteen days, ‘Melo is averaging 44.25 fantasy points. At around $22K, good value for Melo is about 50 fantasy points. But with a small slate, paying for points is worth it here. The Knicks face the Cavs tonight, who are in the middle of the pack as far defense goes.


Tyson Chandler, NYK ($13,211)

With a short slate, center is one of the hardest positions to select in daily fantasy basketball. But Tyson Chandler has a good matchup tonight against the Cavaliers. The Cavs are 21st in defensive rebound percentage so Chandler will have a few extra opportunities to score tonight. With just five realistic options at center on DraftStreet tonight, Chandler only needs around 28 fantasy points for good value. He has eclipsed that mark in three of his last six, and has been over 27 fantasy points in three of his last four.

Optimized Lineup

G – J.J. Redick LAC ($9,127)

G – Dion Waiters CLE ($8,074)

G – Ish Smith PHO ($4,944)

F – Carmelo Anthony NYK ($21,888)

F – Blake Griffin LAC ($17,927)

F – David Lee GS ($14,158)

C –Tyson Chandler NYK ($13,211)

U – P.J. Tucker PHO ($10,665)

Create Your Own Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup at DraftStreet

Be sure to head to DraftStreet for all your daily fantasy needs, and good luck tonight.

Click to comment

More in Fantasy Hoops