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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – April 15

Josh Collacchi breaks down his top daily fantasy basketball value plays and optimized DraftStreet lineup for April 15.

Timofey Mozgov
Timofey Mozgov

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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 just a two-game slate today in the NBA. Get your lineups in as soon as possible. Tonight is the last short slate of the regular season, with a massive slate coming tomorrow.

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Value Plays


Marcus Thornton BKN ($10,448)

Tonight’s game between the Knicks and the Nets could be a battle for who tries the least, meaning that players like Marcus Thornton could be a beneficiary. With the Nets locked in to the five seed in the playoffs and having an older team, nearly every single player is a game-time decision. Thornton will likely see 40 or more minutes, which in itself will give him immense value. At $10.4K, great value would be anything north of 26 fantasy points. Considering the Nets might only dress and play just a few guards, Thornton could be the top play in New York tonight. Thornton is averaging 16 fantasy points per game in his last seven contests and that number will go up tonight against the Knicks.


Iman Shumpert NYK ($8,439)

With Carmelo Anthony likely out for the rest of the season, other players will be able to take shots. Imagine that! Shumpert has been shooting more lately and it has paid off for those who have him in fantasy basketball. In the last five games, Shumpert has averaged nine points, just under two assists, and over five rebounds per game to go along with his normal steal per game production. At just $8.4K, great value for the former Georgia Tech star is anything north of 22 fantasy points. With Anthony out, and the Nets playing their backups, there is not reason why Shumpert cannot reach it.


Timofey Mozgov DEN ($12,569)

Mozgov had an absolutely incredible game last week against the Warriors with 23 points and 29 reboundse. Now, that 66 fantasy point performance was likely a one-time thing, but tonight the Nuggets take on the Los Angeles Clippers who play a very similar style of basketball that the Warriors compete with. Mozgov is averaging well over 30 minutes per game so far this month, and has been on a tear of late averaging 17 points to go along with his rebounding ability in the last two weeks. Get him into your lineup against the Clippers in what promises to be a high-scoring game with a ton of rebounds.

Optimized Lineup

G – J.R. Smith NYK ($11,601)

G – Jamal Crawford LAC ($10,950)

G – Marcus Thornton BKN ($10,448)

F – Kenneth Faried DEN ($15,080)

F – Blake Griffin LAC ($20,304)

F – Iman Shumpert NYK ($8,439)

C – Timofey Mozgov DEN ($12,569)

U – Aaron Brooks DEN ($10,296)

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

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