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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – April 16

Josh Collacchi identifies the top daily fantasy basketball value plays for the final day of the NBA regular season.

Michael Beasley
Michael Beasley

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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.

Today is the last day of the NBA regular season. It is also the biggest slate we have seen all season long with 15 games. Every single NBA team is playing tonight, and it is one of the biggest nights in NBA Daily Fantasy. Do not miss out. Get your lineups in now.

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Value Plays


Michael Carter-Williams PHI ($14,883)

Tonight is the last game of the regular season for every team in the NBA, as each of the 30 teams will perform one last time before the playoffs begin. With the Miami Heat sitting LeBron James, Chris Bosh (and likely Dwyane Wade), the Sixers could actually pull out a win tonight against the Heat. Michael Carter-Williams looks to end the season on a high note and put a nail in the coffin for the rookie of the year. So far this season, MCW is averaging just under 17 points per game to go along with just over six rebounds and six assists. Not to mention his 1.88 steals per game. For tonight, if he can reach his average fantasy points of 36 per contest in his last seven games, he will be a great value at $14.8K.


Michael Beasley MIA ($8,965)

As mentioned above, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade will likely all be out for the Heat. Someone has to play, and whoever it is gets to face the Sixers. Michael Beasley looks like the starting swingman for tonight, and he should play at least 30 minutes with the starters getting a day off. Two nights ago in Washington D.C., Beasley played 27 minutes and contributed 28.25 fantasy points. At just under $9K, if Beasley can repeat that production against a Sixers team who is inferior to the Wizards on defense, he will be one of the better plays on DraftStreet. Per 36 minutes, Beasley is averaging around 19 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, so should he play the bulk of the minutes tonight, similar production can be expected.


Ian Mahinmi IND ($7,418)

The Pacers are another team who is sitting most of their starters tonight. A report was released this morning saying that Paul George, Lance Stephenson, David West, and C.J. Watson will sit tonight against the Orlando Magic. Roy Hibbert and George Hill will play just the first half. That means Ian Mahinmi will play at least the second half, giving him a floor of around 20 minutes, but he could play 30 or more depending on the score of the game. At just $7.4K, great value for the 27-year-old would be 20 fantasy points. Considering he is averaging 7.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per 36 minutes to go along with two blocks and a steal, he becomes an excellent cheap center option tonight. The Magic are also 23rd in the NBA in rebound percentage, making Mahinmi a great option on the last day of the season.

Optimized Lineup

G – Nick Young LAL ($11,291)

G – Michael Carter-Williams PHI ($14,883)

G – Stephen Curry GS ($19,366)

F – Kenneth Faried DEN ($15,080)

F – Michael Beasley MIA ($8,965)

F – Dirk Nowitzki DAL ($15,250)

C – Ian Mahinmi IND ($7,418)

U – Jan Vesely DEN ($7,715)

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

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