Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – January 9

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Daily Fantasy Basketball is in full swing, 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, plus five points. That brings a lineup to 290 fantasy points, which will cash each day.

Give DraftKings a shot, as there will be a few freeroll opportunities each night in Daily Fantasy Basketball. Click here to play.

Tonight’s featured contest:
-$55,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $5,000
– $2 entry fee (FREE with first deposit)
– Top 6,600 finishing positions are paid.
– Starts tonight at 7:00 PM EST
– Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 8 players
– Roster Format: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 C, 1 G, 1 F, and 1 Utility
– First time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus up to $600

Remember, when you sign-up on DraftKings, use the promo code: XN.

Note: If you have signed up on DraftKings because of XNSports, let us know in the comments or on Twitter @XNSports. 

Each position will have a few guys that we like for each night, ranked from top to bottom. To find these players, tools like usage rate, defense vs. position, injuries, minutes, and more are used.

There is a lot of news that will affect lineups tonight, stay informed before tip.

Point Guard

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers $8,800

Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic $5,300

Darren Collison, Sacramento Kings $7,000

Jarrett Jack, Brooklyn Nets $6,400

Cheap Plays:

Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves $3,500 (if Mo Williams is out)

Ronnie Price, Los Angeles Lakers $4,000 (if he starts)

Shooting Guard

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors $7,100

Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs $5,500

Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks $4,900

Cheap Plays:

Sergey Karasev, Brooklyn Nets $3,000

Small Forward

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors $8,200

Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz $7,800

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves $6,600

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks $4,800

Cheap Plays:

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Philadelphia 76ers $3,000 (if he is active and starts)

Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz $3,500

Power Forward

David West, Indiana Pacers $6,300

Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers $5,600

Cheap Plays: 

Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets $3,500


DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings $10,500

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz $6,100

Zaza Pachulia, Milwaukee Bucks $5,900

Jordan Hill, Los Angeles Lakers $5,300

Cheap Plays:

J.J. Hickson, Denver Nuggets $4,500

Lavoy Allen, Indiana Pacers $3,800 (if Hibbert is out)

Pero Antic, Atlanta Hawks $3,000


– Timofey Mozgov is starting for the Cavaliers in his first game tonight, so keep an eye on that new offense.

– J.J. Hickson has crushed value in the last two games, totaling just under 67 fantasy points in two games.

– Lavoy Allen is a good play even when Roy Hibbert plays, but if he is out be sure to put Allen into your lineups.

– Kevin Garnett’s price is too low, and he plays the Sixers. It seems like a trap, but it is not since he has an excellent matchup.

– If Mbah a Moute starts, he is a must play at the minimum. He is averaging over seven times his current salary per game.

– If Mo Williams is unable to go, LaVine becomes a near must-play at his salary as well.

– Elfrid Payton is the lucky point guard against the Lakers tonight.

– Jarrett Jack will get all the minutes he can handle with Deron Williams likely out.

Usage Rates

– Gordon Hayward’s usage rate remains well over 30 percent.

– Kyrie Irving’s rate is at 33 percent without LeBron James on the floor.

– When Mo Williams is off the floor, Zach LaVine’s usage rate is 18.8, but he has played the most minutes by far of any Timberwolves player.

– Shabazz leads the Timberwolves in usage rate as the situation holds currently (if Williams is out).

If you have any questions or concerns leading to tip, let me know on Twitter @JoshCollacchi.

Note: If you have signed up on DraftKings because of XNSports, let us know in the comments or on Twitter @XNSports. 

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

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