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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – April 22

Josh Collacchi identifies the best daily fantasy basketball plays for April 22.

Gary Neal
Gary Neal

Charlotte Bobcats guard Gary Neal. Howard Smith-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 six-game slate. Set your lineups as soon as possible.

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Value Plays


Gary Neal CHA ($6,703)

Neal played 28 minutes the other night for the Bobcats, and took 16 shots. You will not find anyone that involved in the team’s offense for $6.7K. At that price, good value is 15 fantasy points, with great value being anything over 18 fantasy points. With Neal taking 17 shots in game one, his role should be similar in game two, making him one of the most valuable guards on DraftStreet tonight. The Heat play good defense, and Dwayne Wade or Mario Chalmers should be guarding Neal, but considering the usage of the former Towson star, he is a good option at his low price.


Josh McRoberts CHA ($9,992)

Yes, there is two Bobcats in this lineup for tonight. Why? The two of them combine to only take around $16.7K on DraftStreet. How valuable is that? Think about this. McRoberts plays well over 30 minutes per game and will get close to 30 fantasy points. In the first game of the series, he was able to contribute 31.25 fantasy points. 31 fantasy points for $16.7K is about average value, now consider adding Gary Neal and his 17 shots and at least 15 fantasy points are you are suddenly at 45 fantasy points for just $16.7K. McRoberts is a great value by himself due to the fact that he is one of the feature parts of the Bobcats offense. “McBob” rebounds, passes, and scores for Charlotte and at under $10K, that is a bargain.


Dwight Howard HOU ($16,009)

Howard is the third most expensive center on the market tonight, and at $16K his value can be reached at 40 fantasy points. But, with Houston and Portland promising to put forth another offensive basketball game, 40 points is easy for Howard to attain. In the first game of the series, Howard missed 12 field goals and eight free throws and was still able to reach 45 fantasy points with a tremendous line of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Howard’s field goal percentage this season was 59 percent, so expect him to increase his scoring efficiency. In addition, the Blazers played “Hack-a-Howard” forcing him to take free-throws. Now, since Howard is a terrible free throw shooter, that could diminish his value. But it is opportunity for points, and if he has a good night from the stripe, 50 fantasy points could be in order.

Optimized Lineup

G – Damian Lillard POR ($13,166)

G – Gary Neal CHA ($6,703)

G – Dwayne Wade MIA ($11,985)

F – LaMarcus Aldridge POR ($18,940)

F – Terrence Jones HOU ($13,944)

F – Josh McRoberts CHA ($9,992)

C – Dwight Howard HOU ($16,009)

U – Taj Gibson CHI ($9,258)

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

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