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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – May 15

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza

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

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Value Plays


Thabo Sefolosha OKC ($4,296)

With such a small slate, there are not many values that could be had. But, Sefolosha looks like the best bet at guard tonight with a two-game slate. At just under $4.3K, Sefolosha can reach great value at 12 fantasy points. He has reached that mark twice in the last four games and he is seeing around 20 minutes per game. The Clippers will come out as motivated as can be tonight, and that makes Sefolosha’s value escalate due to his prowess on the defensive side of the floor. More minutes can mean more production, and in this case that is what Sefolosha can bring.


Trevor Ariza WAS ($13,344)

Ariza has been very good for the Wizards so far this postseason, averaging 14 points and nine rebounds per contest. So far in this series, Ariza is averaging 27.8 fantasy points per game, and that includes one anomaly where he was only able to score 16 fantasy points. In the other four games, Ariza has posted over 27.5 in each contest, and is averaging around 31 fantasy points per game. At $13.3K, great value is anything over 30 fantasy points, which Ariza is very capable of reaching. Get him into your lineups tonight in a small slate of just two games.


Kendrick Perkins OKC ($3,573)

Perkins is the cheapest center that will receive relevant minutes, so this makes him a decent value at $3.5K. He is unlikely to reach great value of 12 or more fantasy points, but the fact remains that he only costs $3.5K against your cap, giving you flexibility for players with higher upside. Perkins is averaging 9.5 fantasy points per game in his last seven contests, so he will still be able to contribute decent value for such a low price tag, but do not expect a huge game.

Optimized Lineup

G – Russell Westbrook OKC ($22,508)

G – Jamal Crawford LAC ($9,990)

G – Thabo Sefolosha OKC ($4,296)

F – Kevin Durant OKC ($23,757)

F – Matt Barnes LAC ($8,614)

F – Trevor Ariza WAS ($13,344)

C – Kendrick Perkins OKC ($3,573)

U – Marcin Gortat WAS ($13,713)

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

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