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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – March 17

Josh Collacchi breaks down his top daily fantasy basketball value plays and optimized DraftStreet lineup for March 17.

Gary Neal
Gary Neal

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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 2.25 or higher. Anything above 2.25 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.

There is a seven-game slate today in the NBA. Get your lineups in as soon as possible.

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Value Plays


Gary Neal CHA ($7,025)

Neal and the Bobcats take on the Atlanta Hawks tonight, and that is great news for fantasy owners who have Neal. The Atlanta Hawks are in the bottom 10 of the NBA in terms of points allowed at over 102 per game, and Neal is a pure-scorer. In his last three games, he is averaging 19 points per, and scoring 24 fantasy points per game. With tonight’s matchup Neal could reach that average, which would be great value of over three times his salary.


Mike Dunleavy CHI ($8,746)

We all know what Dunleavy did against Houston a few nights ago after receiving 10 stitches above his eye. But, the most impressive part is what he did after the stitches into the next game. Since receiving the stitches, Dunleavy has 37 points in six quarters and just over 50 fantasy points. At under $9K, 27 fantasy points would be great value, and seeing how hot the former Blue Devil is, get him into your lineup tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Joakim Noah CHI ($19,514)

At this point Joakim Noah is almost a lock to be in most fantasy lineups, even at a high price. Centers are hard to come by, and in a short-slate of games the former Florida Gator is the best center, and perhaps the best fantasy player, on the market. He is averaging over 40 fantasy points in his last eight games, but in his last four he has been even better. Noah flirts with a triple-double almost every game, and for that he is worth the price of just under $20K. The Bulls take on the Thunder tonight, and another triple-double could be in the works for the 29-year-old star.

Optimized Lineup

G – Gary Neal CHA ($7,025)

G – Jose Calderon DAL ($9,042)

G – Shaun Livingston BKN ($9,350)

F – Kenneth Faried DEN ($13,971)

F – Thaddeus Young PHI ($14,352)

F – Mike Dunleavy CHI ($8,746)

C – Joakim Noah CHI ($19,514)

U – Ty Lawson DEN ($17,681)

Good luck tonight, and be sure to check the starting lineups before tip to be aware of any changes.

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