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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Value Plays and Lineup – November 28

Josh Collacchi lists the best daily fantasy basketball picks and value plays for use on DraftKings.

Andrew Wiggins

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 28th (Slate starting at 7 pm EST):

Value Plays


Nick Young, Shooting Guard, Los Angeles Lakers $4,100

“Swaggy P” remains a top option in GPP games each night because of his ability to score when he is on, but it’s hard to trust him in cash games. Tonight is a different story. The Lakers will face the Timberwolves, who are last in opponent field goal percentage, last in opponent three-point percentage, and 29th in opponent points per game. Young reaches value when he can score, and there is not a better matchup for a shooter than the Timberwolves. In addition to the worst shooting percentage against, the Wolves are allowing opponents to shoot 83 times a game, which ranks in the top third in the NBA in terms of pace. The Lakers take the fifth-most shots in the NBA, and Young will be part of that tonight.

Other values at guard: Rodney Stuckey, IND $4,100, Zach LaVine, MIN $4,200 (if he starts), Brian Roberts, CHA $3,900


Andrew Wiggins, Small Forward, Minnesota Timberwolves $5,000

It’s not often that a player $5,000 or above will make a value piece, but Wiggins is just that. The athletic rookie has played 80 minutes in his last two games and has shot the ball 36 times in these contests. In addition, Wiggins has 13 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and five steals in the last two games. It seems that he has turned a corner, and that continues tonight against a Lakers team who is allowing the most points per game at just under 111 and have allowed opponents to shoot over 48 percent from the floor. Considering Wiggins has taken 10 shots or more in all but one of his last seven games, tonight’s matchup presents him with an opportunity to eclipse value yet again. At $5,000, value can be reached with over 25 fantasy points, but target Wiggins for a lot more than that.

Other values at forward: Kostas Papanikolaou, HOU $3,800


Kyle O’Quinn, Orlando Magic $3,700

O’Quinn is one of the most efficient players in the NBA, and he showed that in his first game back from injury with six points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in just 12 minutes against the Warriors. His minutes should increase tonight in his second game, giving him a high probability to reach value of just 18.5 fantasy points. In two games (33) minutes this season, O’Quinn has 10 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals. If you punt center, O’Quinn is your guy tonight.

Other values at center: Alen Len, PHO $3,100 and Ian Mahinmi, IND $3,800

Lineup (GPP)

PG – Stephen Curry $9,500

SG – Kobe Bryant $9,200

SF – Corey Brewer $5,300

PF – Markieff Morris $6,700

C – Jordan Hill $6,600

G – Nick Young $4,100

F – Andrew Wiggins $5,000

UTIL – Austin Rivers $3,600

Lineup (Cash Games)

PG – Stephen Curry $9,500

SG – Nick Young $4,100

SF – Andrew Wiggins $5,000

PF – Serge Ibaka $7,100

C – Kyle O’Quinn $3,700

G – Tyreke Evans $7,000

F – Tobias Harris $7,000

UTIL – Josh Smith $6,600

Lineup (Wild Card)

PG – Lou Williams $4,900

SG – DeMar DeRozan $7,100

SF – Andrew Wiggins $5,000

PF – Serge Ibaka $7,100

C – Tyson Chandler $6,000

G – Ty Lawson $8,600

F – Dirk Nowitzki $6,800

UTIL – Donatas Motiejunas $4,400

Cash Games are H2H and 50/50s

GPP are tournaments

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

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