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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – April 21

Josh Collacchi offers up his optimal daily fantasy basketball lineup for April 21.

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick
Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-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 2.25 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.

Welcome to NBA Daily Fantasy in the playoffs. The way it works is a two-day slate. Giving each player an opportunity to play one game. For example, if the Spurs play on day X, and the Heat on day Y, both days are included in one salary game. Tonight is a five-game slate. Set your lineups as soon as possible.

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Value Plays


J.J. Redick LAC ($9,758)

With the NBA postseason underway, DFS players are finding that it is easier to predict minutes, but DraftStreet knows that, and it makes finding value tougher. J.J. Redick can be one of these players. At $9.7K, good value for Redick is anything over 22 fantasy points, and great value is anything over 25 fantasy points. In the first game of the series, Redick scored 22 points for the Clippers, leading to 28 fantasy points and great value. With this series promising to be one of the highest scoring matchups each and every night, this production can be expected. Get Redick into your lineups tonight as the Warriors have allowed around 115 points per game in the last four contests. In the first game of the playoffs, the Warriors allowed the Clippers to hit on 11 three-pointers.


David Lee GS ($15,256)

Lee may be one of the safer plays on DraftStreet tonight for a few reasons. First and foremost, he is the premier rebounder for the Warriors. Why is this relevant? In a fast-paced game with a lot of shots (175 combined shots in Game 1), rebounders will have more opportunities to do what they do best. In Game 1, Lee totaled 13 rebounds to go along with his 20 points for a solid night of 34.25 fantasy points. Another reason why Lee is a safe play is because of the lack of depth on the Warriors roster. With no one to take his minutes and Andrew Bogut being injured, Lee will be playing the majority of minutes. Plus, David Lee is 7th on the list of forwards in terms of salary against tonight, but scored among the most fantasy points in the league the other night. Get Lee into your lineup and expect another double-double.


Jermaine O’Neal GS ($7,510)

As mentioned above, Andrew Bogut is injured. Keep an eye on the Warriors lineup for tonight, but if Bogut is a no-go once again (he will be barring a miracle) that makes O’Neal a solid value play. In the postseason, the higher-salary players play nearly all the minutes, so when a cheap guy like O’Neal is thought to get big minutes, that allows a ton of lineup flexibility right away. O’Neal had 17.75 fantasy points in 25 minutes the other night in Game 1. Even if O’Neal cannot bring you great value, remember that his cheap salary gives you flexibility for the rest of your lineup. In playoff daily fantasy, that is value in itself.

Optimized Lineup

G – Stephen Curry GS ($18,568)

G – J.J. Redick LAC ($9,758)

G – Lou Williams ATL ($7,086)

F – Paul George IND ($16,665)

F – Blake Griffin LAC ($18,515)

F – David Lee GS ($15,256)

C – Jermaine O’Neal GS ($7,510)

U – Courtney Lee MEM ($6,306)

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

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