Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Value Plays and Lineup – November 12

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.

Give DraftKings a shot, as there will be a few freeroll opportunities each night in Daily Fantasy Basketball. Click here to play.

Without further ado, the value plays and lineups for November 12th:

Value Plays


Jeremy Lamb, Shooting Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder $3,900

Lamb has been one of the highest-played players in the daily fantasy industry in his past two games, and for good reason. With his price in the $3,000s, he has the same expected value as most bench players. But, Lamb is the starter at point guard for the Thunder, and has played over 36 minutes per in his three games this season. Lamb has taken at least 13 shots in each contest, and has reached value in all three. Last night, Lamb was able to reach over five times his salary despite shooting 2-13 from the floor. Tonight, Lamb should break his mini-slump with a matchup against Boston, who are allowing opponents to shoot 47.3 percent from the field and over 40 percent from beyond the arc. In cash games, it’s safe to build your lineup around him at shooting guard, but most others will be doing the same, so he might not be a huge play in GPP.

Other values at guard: Thabo Sefolosha, ATL $3,000 (if Carroll and Scott are out) and Bojan Bogdanovic, BKN $3,800


Marcus Morris, Power Forward, Phoenix Suns $4,100

Marcus has been the better Morris in terms of daily fantasy value of late, and he is a suggested play tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. In the last two games, Morris has 52.50 fantasy points on DraftKings, and has reached value in both games. In the last two contests, Morris’ minutes have been vastly upped to an average of 37 per game, which could indicate a change in the Suns’ rotation. The Nets are in the bottom third of the NBA in terms of allowing fantasy points to power forwards, but are also in the bottom third against small forwards, which Morris plays at times. At his price value can be reached at 20.5 fantasy points, and if the last two games are any indication of the Suns’ plans with Morris, he has a high likelihood of reaching value.

Other values at forward: Wesley Johnson, LAL $3,500 and Mike Scott, ATL $3,000 (if Carroll is out and Scott is active.

Center of the Night

Center is just too difficult a position to find value, which is why spending is highly advised. Rather than trying to find a value at center for each night, XNSports will outline the best matchup a center has for each given night.

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat $8,700

Bosh is the most expensive center tonight, but he also has one of the best matchups. Bosh has had to play the center position on defense for the Heat of late with injuries to Chris Andersen and Justin Hamilton, but all signs indicate that Andersen will return tonight. With this, Bosh will not have to match up against Roy Hibbert for the entire game, who could potentially force Bosh into foul trouble. In addition, the Pacers are allowing the second-most fantasy points to centers this season, and Bosh is averaging almost 24 points and over 10 rebounds per game. To hit value, Bosh would need to accrue 43.5 fantasy points, which is slightly below his season average.


PG – Reggie Jackson $6,500

SG – Jeremy Lamb $3,900

SF – Wesley Johnson $3,500

PF – Marcus Morris $4,100

C – Chris Bosh $8,700

G – Tyreke Evans $7,600

F – Josh Smith $7,800

UTIL – Dwyane Wade $7,800

*Keep an eye on the inactives, as things in the NBA change at the last second. Good luck tonight.

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