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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – May 1

Josh Collacchi identifies the most favorable daily fantasy basketball plays so you don’t get burned by a dud performance.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

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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


Russell Westbrook OKC ($18,867)

Rather than giving some cheap options today, here are three guys that are safer bets to get you big time points. Normally we want to find the cheap guys who get good value, but in the playoffs you have to pick the right stars. The lower-priced players are easier to find, but if you grab a guy that takes up a lot of cap room and he only scores 20 fantasy points, your night is over.

Russell Westbrook is the best pick at guard for this two-day slate, despite his massive price of $18.8K. First and foremost, Westbrook is going to take his fair share of shots. Always. In this series so far, the least amount of shots he has taken is 19. In an elimination game tonight, expect him to play hero ball and take north of 25 shots. Add in his ability to rebound (averaging 10 per game this series) and assists (seven per game) he is one of the safer options to put up at least 40 fantasy points.


Andre Iguodala GS ($11,931)

Iguodala was our value for last night’s contest at forward, and is still the best value on the board despite a $1K price hike, and cheaper options at the position. Here is last night’s excerpt:

Iguodala is known as “Iggy”, and he has been on fire as of late. In his last two games, the former Arizona Wildcat has 76.5 fantasy points, good for an average of 38.23. For his price of just under $11K, that is more than outstanding value. If Iguodala’s price does not rise for tomorrow, he’ll be an instant pick once again in tomorrow’s lineups. But since his price is still very low, get him for great value tonight for the Warriors’ next game. In his last two games, Iggy has 40 points, 12 rebounds, and 17 assists. That variation of production is essential to having a low floor in terms of fantasy points, so get him into you lineups. It is not often that a player who could score 30 fantasy points or more can bring you cap flexibility.


DeAndre Jordan LAC ($17,029)

Two nights ago, Jordan put on a clinic with 25 points and 18 rebounds. He took 10 shots from the field and an incredible 17 free throws (although only making nine) which adds to his value. At $17K, he is the best center option despite being $3K cheaper than Dwight Howard. Jordan has averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds in his last six games, but one of those games was a complete anomaly with zero points and six boards. That was the day the Donald Sterling news broke. In the other four games in the series, Jordan has 61 points and 63 rebounds, which averages about 15 in each category for well over 30 fantasy points per contest. Get him into your lineup for what could be the series-clinching game for the Clippers.

Optimized Lineup

G – Russell Westbrook OKC ($18,867)

G – Damian Lillard POR ($15,827)

G – Alan Anderson BKN ($4,912)

F – Andre Iguodala GS ($11,931)

F – DeJuan Blair DAL ($5,565)

F – Mirza Teletovic BKN ($5,771)

C – DeAndre Jordan LAC ($17,029)

U – Paul George IND ($19,874)

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

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