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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – May 24

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

Danny Green
Danny Green

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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


Danny Green SA ($7,777)

Green’s jump shot has caught fire in the last two games, where he has drilled 11 three-pointers and has only missed five times in two games. In the last two games, Green has totaled 26 then 30.25 fantasy points, which is great value for a player who costs over $10K, let alone $7.7K. Green’s torrid pace is not expected to continue, as that would be one of the great runs we have seen in an NBA postseason, but there is no way that he does not see ample opportunity for shots, which leads to more fantasy points. At his price, good value is around 20 fantasy points, which can be attained if he stays hot.


Tim Duncan SA ($15,532)

Duncan seems to be ageless, as he is dominating an NBA postseason again this year at 38 years young. At $15.5K, great value can be had at 36 fantasy points. Duncan is averaging around 31.5 fantasy points so far this series, but he has only played 29 minutes in each game due to both being blowouts. Expect a closer game this time around, which bodes well for Duncan as he is averaging over a fantasy point per minute played.


Chris Andersen MIA ($6,282)

Andersen is the fifth center on the board in terms of price, but he is averaging 21 fantasy points per game so far in the Eastern Conference Finals. The only centers who are averaging more fantasy points during this round are Roy Hibbert and Tiago Splitter and both cost at least $3K more than Andersen. At 21 fantasy points per game, a good price tag that would give the player great value is around $7.5K. Andersen costs over $1K less than that, which makes him a valuable play on a short slate. Expect him to be the man around the boards for the Heat, and possibly reach double-digit rebounds.

Optimized Lineup

G – Dwyane Wade MIA ($14,078)

G – Danny Green SA ($7,777)

G – Ray Allen MIA ($8,004)

F – LeBron James MIA ($23,666)

F – Tim Duncan SA ($15,532)

F – Kawhi Leonard SA ($13,911)

C – Chris Andersen MIA ($6,282)

U – Manu Ginobili SA ($10,718)

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

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