Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Value Plays and Lineup – November 18

Thabo Sefolosha

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 18th:

Value Plays:


Thabo Sefolosha vs. LAL ($3,200): With DeMarre Carroll out tonight, Sefolosha is a burning value against the woeful Lakers. Sefolosha needs just 16 fantasy points to reach his desired value but has posted over 24 fantasy points in back-to-back games coming into this one. If you’re only going to use one of these value plays, this is the one to use.

Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. NY ($5,200): Giannis is expected to make his second straight start tonight against the Knicks, a team that allows the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. He needs 26 fantasy points to reach value which shouldn’t be too hard since he’s averaging 30 minutes and 28 fantasy points per game over his last four.


Ed Davis at ATL ($4,400): Davis’ price jumped after he posted 30.5 fantasy points against the Warriors on Sunday but he’s still a solid target, needing 22 fantasy points to reach value. He’ll have a strong chance to do that facing an Atlanta team surrendering the fifth-most fantasy points to the power forward position.

Khris Middleton vs. NY ($3,200): Middleton is a strong value play, needing just 16 fantasy points to be worth your while. He returned on Sunday to play 20 minutes against the Heat, putting up 20.5 fantasy points. He has only scored below 18.5 fantasy points once this season, the game he had to leave with a knee injury. This one is a no-brainer, assuming, of course, Jason Kidd doesn’t decide to randomly DNP-CD him.


Enes Kanter vs OKC ($5,200): Normally I would play one of the high end centers but the short slate options aren’t doing it for me. I think Kanter is the play here, needing a reasonable 26 fantasy points to reach value. Outside of last week’s game against New York in which he was limited to just 12 minutes, Kanter is averaging 27.3 fantasy points over his last four full games.


PG – Reggie Jackson at UTA ($8,500)

SG – Giannis Antetokounmpo vs NY ($5,200)

SF – Khris Middleton vs NY ($3,200)

PF – Ed Davis at ATL ($4,400)

C – Enes Kanter vs OKC ($5,100)

G – Thabo Sefolosha vs LAL ($3,200)

F – Paul Millsap vs LAL ($8,700)

UTIL – Anthony Davis at SAC ($11,000)

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Igor Derysh
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