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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – Cinco de Mayo

Josh Collacchi identifies the top daily fantasy basketball value plays to give you more spending flexibility on DraftStreet.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili

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

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Value Plays


Manu Ginobili SA ($11,785)

Ginobili continues to be a force in the postseason, and this year is no exception. He has had just one game under 24 fantasy points and is averaging around 30 points per contest in those games over 24 fantasy points. At just under $12K, he’ll be expected to reach around 27 fantasy points for good value, but considering he exceeded that in four of his seven games, he will continue to be a good value in daily fantasy. The Spurs take on the Trailblazers who allowed around 110 points per game in the first series against Houston, so expect Ginobili’s output to remain the same, or increase.


James Jones MIA ($4,980)

Jones is the cheapest forward that has averaged double-digit fantasy points so far in the playoffs. Why does that matter? At $5K, if you can get a player who will score at least 10 fantasy points, it is a safe, cheap option that adds flexibility to your lineup. Jones had 15.75, 11, and 11.5 fantasy points in three of the four games against the Bobcats, and with the Heat taking on the Nets this series, the games will be closer so Jones will have more opportunities to knock down three-pointers and increase his fantasy production.


DeAndre Jordan LAC ($18,147)

Jordan is still the best center in terms of fantasy points left in the postseason, as he proved in the first round of the playoffs. Jordan averaged 12 points and 15 rebounds in the first series, and will look to repeat the same production against the Thunder in round two. Expect high-scoring games every night between these two teams, and with more scoring means more shots. We all know more shots means more opportunities for rebounds, so Jordan could grab 15 or more boards in almost every game. At $18.1K, great value is set at over 40 fantasy points for Jordan. In the first round, he eclipsed that mark three times, and came within a basket of doing it four times. Get Jordan into your lineups against OKC for game one, and he may be a staple during these next two weeks.

Optimized Lineup

G – Damian Lillard POR ($15,927)

G – Bradley Beal WAS ($13,103)

G – Manu Ginobili SA ($11,785)

F – Kevin Garnett BKN ($7,548)

F – Matt Barnes LAC ($8,718)

F – James Jones MIA ($4,980)

C – DeAndre Jordan LAC ($18,147)

U – Russell Westbrook OKC ($19,679)

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

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