Daily Fantasy Basketball is back, which means each day XN Sports will have a column detailing advised plays and lineups for the remainder of the NBA season. For those familiar with DraftKings, their daily fantasy basketball is formatted differently this season. There is no multi-position eligibility, which makes it a bit harder to set your lineup.
For those unfamiliar with DraftKings, you are given $50,000 in cap space to select a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center, a guard, a forward, and a utility player. There are no points deducted for missed shots, which changes the strategy from other sites. To read the full scoring, click here. Keep in mind that a double-double awards a bonus, which can be the difference between cashing in and winning nothing.
Generally, the goal for value is at five times a players salary. That brings a lineup to 250 fantasy points, which will cash on most days.
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Without further ado, the value plays and lineups for November 9th:
*Notice: There are two early games today, and DraftKings has two slates, one with eight games including the early games, and one with the late games only (six games). This post is for the late slate only as the most contests to play are just the last six games.
Jeremy Lamb, Shooting Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder $3,500
With the depleted backcourt in Oklahoma City, Lamb was instantly a starter since he has returned from an injury of his own. In Lamb’s first game, he played 41 minutes and was among the leaders on the Thunder with 15 shots from the field. At just $3,500, value can be reached at 17.5 fantasy points, and for a player playing over 40 minutes and taking 15 shots, he would have to have a terrible game from the field not to reach value. Lamb will be owned by nearly everyone on DraftKings, but with his value and price, you cannot afford not to put him into your lineups as a cheap option to play over 36 minutes. The Thunder face the Kings tonight, who are allowing over 100 points per game this season.
P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns $4,100
Tucker is another player who is undervalued as a player returning from injury. In three games since returning, Tucker has averaged over 27 minutes per contest and has brought down 23 rebounds, tallied five steals, a block and has scored 23 points. He is averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game, which is over six times his salary. Considering reaching value is five times salary, Tucker is slated to be a value selection in tonight’s slate. The Suns face the Warriors tonight, who are turning the ball over 21.6 times per game, the most in the NBA and are 29th in the NBA in allowing offensive rebounds. Both of which are Tucker’s strong suits, so get him into your lineups as a value forward tonight.
Other values at forward: Shawne Williams, MIA $4,000
Henry Sims, Philadelphia 76ers, $4,300
As always, spending on centers is advised. But Sims is the value play at center if you choose to spend elsewhere. At just $4,300, value can be reached with 21.5 fantasy points. Sims is averaging just under 19 fantasy points per game this season, but is coming off an excellent performance against the Bulls, where he posted 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists on his way to 33 fantasy points. The Sixers take on the Raptors tonight who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing centers this season. In addition, Toronto is 26th in the NBA in rebounding, which gives Sims’ value a boost at only $4,300.
Other values at center: Steven Adams, OKC $4,100
PG – Kyle Lowry $8,700
SG – Jeremy Lamb $3,500
SF – Shawne Williams $4,000
PF – Serge Ibaka $7,500
C – Chris Bosh $8,700
G – Tony Wroten $7,600
F – Draymond Green $5,700
UTIL – P.J. Tucker $4,100
*Keep an eye on the inactives, as things in the NBA change at the last second. Good luck tonight.