Victiv Daily Fantasy Basketball: Picks and Lineup – December 12

Tim Hardaway

XN Sports is introducing a new daily fantasy site called Victiv, which has one of the best features in all of daily fantasy, in addition to a sleek design, and a few ways to play daily fantasy basketball.

Victiv has what is called a substitution position, which you can learn more about on the site. Essentially, it’s one extra position for under $5,000 (does not affect your salary cap) where you can select a bench player. This player will come in handy, as it replaces anyone in your lineup that scores less than the substitute. Think of it as a free mulligan, and an option to take a risk on a player.

For example, if you like a specific player one night but he is a game-time decision, put him into your lineups. The substitute can be his backup, or another player that you think could have an excellent night, and if your player does not play, no worries. In addition, this adds another level of strategy. On Victiv, the minimum price for a player is a lot lower than on other sites. You can afford to take risks with these cheap players, because if this player does not have an excellent game, your substitute can pick up the slack. Be sure to take advantage of this, and try Victiv today.

After you have signed up, be sure to take on Victron. This is Victiv’s computer, and if you beat it, you can win cash prizes. This is yet another way to play daily fantasy basketball.

On Victiv, you are given $50,000 in cap space to play a lineup composed of two guards, three forwards, a center, and two flex positions. As aforementioned, the substitute does not count against your cap. The scoring is as follows (taken directly from Victiv’s website):

– Point +1

– Rebound +1.25

– Assist +1.25

– Steal +2

– Block +2

– Turnover -0.5

How can we beat Victron, other players and win real money? First, sign up for Victiv here.

Second, take a look at XN Sports’ suggested plays and lineup for Victiv for tonight’s slate:


Tim Hardaway Jr. $4,700

With Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith both likely out for tonight, Hardaway will get the start yet again. In his last game as a starter, Hardaway accrued 23 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal for an excellent night of over 30 fantasy points. That was against the Spurs, who are one of the better defensive teams in the NBA, regardless of who plays for them. Tonight, the Knicks will face the Celtics, who are at the bottom in nearly every defensive category. Hardaway should reach value, as his usage rate without Anthony and Smith on the floor is 25.7 percent.


Luke Babbitt $2,000

Babbitt continues to be the minimum price on Victiv, which makes him a value play simply based on cost. Babbitt has played an average of 20 minutes per game in his last five, and consistently plays 17-20 minutes a game. In those minutes, he averages over seven points and a few rebounds a game, allowing him to consistently reach value of eight to 10 fantasy points on Victiv. Keep in mind, with Victiv’s substitution slot, you can afford to go with a $2,000 player, because the sub can outscore him. If Babbitt outscores the sub, consider it a bonus, but if not you still have a few thousand freed in cap space. Babbitt faces the Cavs tonight, who are 22nd in opposing field goal percentage.


Lavoy Allen $4,400

With Ian Mahinmi out, Allen is the first big man off the bench for the Pacers. Two nights ago, Allen played 36 minutes and posted a line of 14 points and 13 rebounds en route to a 30 fantasy point outburst. Now, he won’t play 36 minutes often, but with Mahinmi out he will see over 20 minutes off the bench for Indiana, making him a value at center. Tonight, the Pacers face off against the Raptors, who are in the bottom half of the NBA in points allowed and rebounding, giving Allen a good matchup.


G – Tim Hardaway Jr. $4,700

G – Rajon Rondo $8,600

F – Luke Babbitt $2,000

FTobias Harris $7,400

FAmar’e Stoudemire $6,600

CLavoy Allen $4,400

FLEXAnthony Davis $11,300

FLEXC.J. Miles $4,300

SUBIman Shumpert

*Keep an eye on injuries for the slate tonight, a lot can happen in a short amount of time.
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Josh Collacchi
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