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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Picks and Lineup – April 27

Josh Collacchi offers up his optimal daily fantasy basketball lineup for April 27.

Deandre Jordan
Deandre Jordan

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. 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 in the postseason 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. So it is a seven-game slate. Set your lineups as soon as possible.

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Value Plays


C.J. Watson IND ($6,570)

So far this postseason, Watson has 49.5 fantasy points in four games. That comes out to an average of just under 12.5 fantasy points per contest. But in his last three games, Watson is averaging over 17 fantasy points per game for an average salary value of a around 2.6, which is very good. Watson has done a little bit of everything for the Pacers so far in the playoffs, averaging seven points, two assists and three rebounds per game. If he can excel in any one statistical category, he’ll be of great value yet again.


Taj Gibson CHI ($10,149)

Gibson has proven time and time again that he is a better option at the power forward position over Carlos Boozer. The playoffs have shown that, with Gibson playing around 32 minutes per game. In these 32 minutes, Gibson is averaging over 15 points and just under seven rebounds per game for an average of around 25 fantasy points per game. At just $10.1K, 25 fantasy points is a good value, so get Gibson into your lineup as one of the more consistent forwards in the playoffs.


DeAndre Jordan LAC ($17,754)

Jordan has been a rebounding machine in the playoffs so far (as he was during the regular season) averaging 15 rebounds per contest. But he is doing more than just rebound, which bodes well for his fantasy value. In three playoff games, he is averaging 12 points per game, including 14 in his last contest. His lowest fantasy output has been 31.25 fantasy points, and that was in a blowout of the Warriors in the second game of the series. In the other two games, Jordan has accumulated a total of 82 fantasy points. At $17.7K, great value is around 40 fantasy points, and as you can see, Jordan can reach that. Get him in as the best center available.

Optimized Lineup

G – C.J. Watson IND ($6,570)

G – Jose Calderon DAL ($8,905)

G – Damian Lillard POR ($15,727)

F – Paul Millsap ATL ($15,385)

F – Taj Gibson CHI ($10,149)

F – Trevor Ariza WAS ($12,862)

C – DeAndre Jordan LAC ($17,754)

U – Monta Ellis DAL ($12,554)

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

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