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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – May 19

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

Steven Adams
Steven Adams

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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


Patty Mills SA ($5,901)

Mills was our value at guard yesterday, but his price only rose $900, which allows him to be a great value again tonight. Here is yesterday’s excerpt:

Mills is coming off his best game of the postseason so far, scoring 18 points en route to a very productive night with 28.25 fantasy points. He took 17 shots, which was also the most he has in the postseason, and he was able to play 26 minutes. There is an outside chance that Tony Parker does not play, if that happens then Mills becomes a must-play. Even if Parker is able to go, Mills is still a good option at just [under $6K]. Great value would be anything more than [18] fantasy points, and Mills can reach that if he gets hot against the Thunder.


Lance Stephenson IND ($12,246)

At a price of $12.2K, it seems like a stretch for a player to be such a great value. But in this case, Stephenson is just that. At that price, good value can be had at 30 fantasy points. In Stephenson’s first game against the Heat, he was able to contribute 17 points, eight assists, and four rebounds for the Pacers for over 33 fantasy points. Expect him to do the same thing in game two, as the Pacers will need every bit of effort from him in order to hold off LeBron James and the Heat.


Steven Adams OKC ($6,835)

With just a two-game slate, there will be a lot of rollover plays, but a lot of players will have drastic price changes as well, so be sure to jump on the opportunity before the price rises. That being said, Adams is still the best value at center for tonight’s contests. Here is yesterday’s excerpt:

“With just four teams playing, there are only four centers to choose from who will get respectable minutes. Chris BoshRoy HibbertTiago Splitter and, of course, Adams from Oklahoma City. Why Adams? His price is nearly half of the other three centers, and his production is more valuable. At just [$6.8K], good value can be had at anything above 18 fantasy points, which Adams has reached in two straight games, and three of his last four contests. With a cheap center who can get good value, it allows you more flexibility to add top-tier players to your lineup. There is not a better value in a two-game slate tonight, so be sure to add Adams to your lineups.

Optimized Lineup

G – Manu Ginobili SA ($11,283)

G – Lance Stephenson IND ($12,246)

G – Patty Mills SA ($5,901)

F – Paul George IND ($17,412)

F – LeBron James MIA ($22,955)

F – Kawhi Leonard SA ($14,395)

C – Steven Adams OKC ($6,835)

U – Ray Allen MIA ($8,505)

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

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