Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Value Plays and Lineups – November 26

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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 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 26th:

Value Plays


J.R. Smith, Shooting Guard, New York Knicks $5,900

Smith is an expensive play for a value tonight, but with Carmelo Anthony out, he becomes on. Carmelo takes 18.4 shots per game, and those have to be made up somehow, right? Enter Smith, who shoots at a rate of 0.352 per minute. With Anthony out, Smith is expected to play well over 30 minutes, which would give him at least 10 shots attempted. Keep in mind, that rate is with Anthony active. With Anthony not on the floor, Smith has a usage rate of 23.2, and the most possessions on the Knicks according to NBAwowy.com. He will need 30 fantasy points to reach value, and could reach that as the primary option on offense for the Knicks tonight.

Other values at guard: Courtney Lee, MEM $4,300


Omri Casspi, Small Forward, Sacramento Kings $3,000

Casspi at the minimum tonight is nearly stealing. He needs just 15 fantasy points to reach value and averages just one point under that. With Rudy Gay likely out, Casspi will start again for the Kings. In the Kings’ last game, Casspi drew the start and scored 22 points, notched four rebounds, an assist and registered a steal for 31 fantasy points, good for 10 times his salary. The Kings face the Rockets tonight, who have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards this season on DraftKings. Start Casspi with faith in cash games, and in some GPP as his price will reward you with more cap space. Keep in mind that he will be played by a high volume of players.

Other values at forward: Kosta Papanikolaou, HOU $3,800 and Danilo Gallinari, DEN $4,000


Alex Len, Phoenix Suns $3,100

Len remains as one of the few cheap plays at center that has value, and is the go-to if you choose to punt center and go with a cheaper play. Len needs to score 15.5 fantasy point to reach value, which he has done in three of his last six games. Len has reached four times salary in each of his last six games, so he has a relatively high floor for a cheap play. Len faces the Nuggets tonight who rank 23rd in defensive rebound percentage and allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season.

Other values at center: Ian Mahinmi, IND $3,800 (If David West is out)

Lineup (GPP)

PG – Stephen Curry $9,400

SG – Nick Young $3,800

SF – Danilo Gallinari $4,000

PF – Amar’e Stoudemire $5,000

C – Alex Len $3,100

G – Bradley Beal $6,000

F – Blake Griffin $9,200

UTIL – Chris Paul $9,500

Lineup (Cash Games)

PG – Stephen Curry $9,400

SG – J.R. Smith $5,900

SF – Omri Casspi $3,000

PF – Zach Randolph $7,900

C – Anderson Varejao $5,300

G – Jamal Crawford $5,400

F – Kostas Papanikolaou $3,800

UTIL – Damian Lillard $9,300

Lineup (Studs and Duds)

PG – Stephen Curry $9,400

SG – Courtney Lee $4,300

SF – Omri Casspi $3,000

PF – Brandan Wright $4,700

C – Anderson Varejao $5,300

G – John Wall $9,900

F – Serge Ibaka $7,000

UTIL – Victor Oladipo $6,400

Cash Games are H2H and 50/50s

GPP are tournaments

Injury updates as of noon EST:

Carmelo Anthony OUT

Dwight Howard OUT

Patrick Beverley OUT

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

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Josh Collacchi
In addition to writing here at XNSports, my fantasy content can be seen at Pro Football Focus Fantasy, eDraft, and Project Roto. Member of the FSWA and the FWAA and can be reached on Twitter @JoshCollacchi