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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – April 23

Josh Collacchi identifies the best daily fantasy basketball picks for April 23.

CJ Watson
CJ Watson

Apr 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Watson (32) dives for a loose ball against the Atlanta Hawks in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Brian Spurlock-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


C.J. Watson IND ($6,555)

So far in the NBA postseason, it’s been tough to draft anyone who is not a starter. As we all know, starters play well over 30 minutes, and with each game being meaningful, it’s tough to find cheap values. C.J. Watson is among the cheapest guards who will get playing time, which makes him valuable right away. In the Pacers last game, Watson played 28 minutes and scored 18.75 fantasy points. Since the Pacers won, and it was not a blowout, similar production can be expected tomorrow night in game three. Remember, players as cap-friendly as Watson will give you the ability to pay for stars.


David Lee GS ($14,388)

At $14.4K, great value for any player would be set at 35 fantasy points or more. In Game one, Lee reached just under that at 34.25 fantasy points. Now, in game two he struggled mightily, but the Warriors lost by 40 points, so that can be seen as an anomaly. Lee’s price has dropped because of the shellacking the Clippers gave the Warriors, but he is still a good option to reach a double-double. For a player at $14.4K, that’s a good starting point. Lee has averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game this year, so if he can reach that tonight it will give him great value at forward.


Kendrick Perkins OKC ($5,223)

Perkins was one of the heroes the other night, scoring to send the game to overtime. But, do not expect much scoring, if any from the Nederland, Texas native. Perkins has taken two shots this entire series (made both). But at just $5.2K, great value can be had with just an average game from him (three points and five rebounds). Perkins will get the most minutes at center for the Thunder (27 the other night) and the potential for 15 fantasy points is enticing. Not to mention, if you select him you have enough money to add the two best players in the NBA to your fantasy team for this particular lineup. Take a chance on Perkins and enjoy the cap flexibility he gives you.

Optimized Lineup

G – Darren Collison LAC ($9,735)

G – Jamal Crawford LAC ($9,985)

G – Klay Thompson GS ($11,305)

F – David Lee GS ($14,388)

F – Kevin Durant OKC ($21,448)

F – LeBron James MIA ($20,823)

C – Kendrick Perkins OKC ($5,223)

U – C.J. Watson IND ($6,555)

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

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