Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Value Plays and Lineup – November 23

Shabazz Napier

Last night’s lineup netted us a tick over 300 fantasy points, winning me and likely winning you some cold hard cash. Let’s see if we can keep the hot hand going with a considerably smaller slate of games tonight.

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 player’s 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 23:

Value Plays


Gary Neal ($3,000) vs. MIA: Neal costs the minimum because he missed a couple games with a concussion but he returned on Saturday in full form, posting 19.75 FPS over 29 minutes on the court. At $3K, he needs just 15 FPS to reach value and should have no problem doing that with 25+ minutes on the court against a Miami team giving up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards.

Shabazz Napier ($3,400) vs. CHA: This is an easy call since Napier needs just 17 FPS to reach value but is averaging 22.8 FPS over his last three games. Aside from playing around 30 minutes in each of his last two games, he’ll face a Charlotte team that gives up the third-most fantasy points to opposing point guards.


Tayshaun Prince ($3,000) vs. LAC: Prince has played around 30 minutes per game over his last two with the Grizzlies banged up and sick with the flu. He’s exceeded his 15 FPS value in each of those two games (17.25, 18.75) and could post a similar line tonight against a Clippers defense giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards.

Jon Leuer ($3,000) vs. LAC: Prince’s teammate has also come on strong with the Grizzlies out of sorts and both of these guys’ production will depend on who’s healthy and who’s not. Be sure to check the status of the Grizz forwards before locking your lineup.

Like Prince, Leuer has been given a ton of minutes over the last two games and has posted 20.5 FPS against Houston and 39.75 FPS in his last game against Boston. That’s the kind of upside he has and he’d need just 15 FPS to reach value.

Personally, I’d go for the cheaper guards and invest in higher-priced forwards tonight.


Jordan Hill ($6,500) vs. DEN: I prefer Marc Gasol tonight but if you want to save a couple thousand Hill is a solid play. Hill would need 32.5 FPS to reach desired value, a number he has exceeded in three straight games. He has posted 33, 35, and 36 FPS over his last three and while I don’t except him to blow past that total, he seems like a good bet for 32+ FPS against a Denver defense giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing centers.


PG – Damian Lillard ($9,000) vs. BOS

SG – Gary Neal ($3,000) vs. MIA

SF – Wilson Chandler ($5,900) vs. LAL

PF – Jared Sullinger ($7,200) vs. POR

C – Marc Gasol ($8,200) vs. LAC

G – Ty Lawson ($8,800) vs. LAL

F – Ed Davis ($4,200) vs. DEN

UTIL – Shabazz Napier ($3,400) vs. CHA

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Igor Derysh
Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.