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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – May 6

Josh Collacchi finds the top daily fantasy basketball value plays and breaks down his optimized DraftStreet lineup for May 6.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat

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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 ($12,568)

Ginobili was our value guard for last night, and is still as good a value despite his price hike today. Here is yesterday’s excerpt.

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 [over] $12K, he’ll be expected to reach around [28] 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.


Luis Scola IND ($6,895)

It sounds odd, doesn’t it? But yes, Luis Scola is an advised play for tonight’s DraftStreet contests. In his last game, he played 27 minutes and racked up 19.25 fantasy points. It seems that Roy Hibbert may finally be riding the pine, so Scola could be a great value at under $6.9K. Anything over 18 fantasy points would be good value for the 34-year-old, and he has reached that three times so far in this postseason. Keep an eye on the Pacers’ lineup, but do not expect Hibbert to take a lot of minutes away from Scola anymore.


Marcin Gortat WAS ($13,611)

In the first series, Gortat was able to produce despite the stout defense from Joakim Noah and the Bulls front court. This series, Gortat should be far more productive with the struggles of Roy Hibbert and no real presence under the hoop. So far this postseason, Gortat is averaging over a double-double and has scored 24 or more fantasy points in all but one game. His value would be 29 or more fantasy points, which he reached in game one of this series. Gortat has the ability to score 15 points and grab 12 rebounds every night against the Pacers, so get him into your lineups.

Optimized Lineup

G – Jamal Crawford LAC ($10,289)

G – C.J. Watson IND ($6,144)

G – Manu Ginobili SA ($12,568)

F – Kevin Garnett BKN ($8,474)

F – Blake Griffin LAC ($19,707)

F – Luis Scola IND ($6,895)

C – Marcin Gortat WAS ($13,611)

U – LeBron James MIA ($22,055)

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

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