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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – April 28

Josh Collacchi identifies the top daily fantasy basketball value plays to give you added cap flexibility when building your DraftStreet lineup.

Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson

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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.

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 six-game slate. Set your lineups as soon as possible.

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Value Plays


Troy Daniels HOU ($6,125)

We all remember Daniels from Virginia Commonwealth’s run in the NCAA tournament, but the youngster has actually been very impressive of late for the Rockets. In his last two games, Daniels has 33 fantasy points for an average of 16.5 per contest. Daniels has played 20 and 21 minutes in the last two games, and it looks as if he will get that again in the next game. Considering he is one of the cheapest guards with playing time at $6.1K, taking a chance on him to score 15 fantasy points is a low-risk play. Daniels is 8-of-13 from the floor and has scored 26 points in 41 minutes in the last two games. Get the low-priced guard into your lineup to add cap flexibility to your team.


Taj Gibson CHI ($11,270)

Gibson seems to finally have the “job” as the power forward in Chicago. He has been better than Carlos Boozer for a few months now and he has played over 30 minutes in every playoff game so far this postseason. Boozer has played 24 or less minutes in the postseason so the passing of the torch seemingly has happened already. As far as fantasy value is concerned, Gibson is averaging around 26 fantasy points per game in this playoff series, but is coming off a 32-point, seven rebound performance that netted him 41.25 fantasy points. At $11.2K there is not a better value at any position, seeing as Gibson can post 30 fantasy points on any given night, making his value sky-high.


Tiago Splitter SA ($9,082)

Splitter is the only cheap center worth taking a shot on in tonight’s contest, but his price tag does not assume much risk. So far this postseason, Splitter is averaging just under 10 points per game and over 10 rebounds per game. In addition, Splitter’s last two games have produced 62.25 fantasy points for an average of 31.6. Considering his price is just $9K, 30 fantasy points is incredible value. Now, Splitter had one “bad” game of 13.25 fantasy points, but aside from that he has reached good to great value in each game. Get Splitter into your lineups as your center for under $10K.

Optimized Lineup

G – Tony Allen MEM ($11,456)

G – Manu Ginobili SA ($10,950)

G – Troy Daniels HOU ($6,125)

F – Blake Griffin LAC ($19,135)

F – LaMarcus Aldridge POR ($22,960)

F – Taj Gibson CHI ($11,270)

C – Tiago Splitter SA ($9,082)

U – Patrick Beverley HOU ($8,804)

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

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