Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – January 17

James Harden

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.

Each position will have a few guys that we like for each night, ranked from top to bottom in terms of value. 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

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers $8,600

Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons $8,100

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls $6,500

Cheap Plays:

Beno Udrih, Memphis Grizzlies $3,000

Brian Roberts, Charlotte Hornets $3,000

Shooting Guard

James Harden, Houston Rockets $10,700

Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets $5,900

Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers $5,600

Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings $4,400

Cheap Plays:

Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets $3,400

Gary Neal, Charlotte Hornets $3,000

Small Forward

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors $8,100

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves $6,900

DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta Hawks $5,300

Cheap Plays:

Jeff Green, Memphis Grizzlies $4,300

Derrick Williams, Sacramento Kings $4,300

Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies $4,000

Power Forward

Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls $9,300

Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers $5,500

Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls $5,400

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

Cheap Plays: 

Reggie Evans, Sacramento Kings $3,000 (if Cousins is out)


Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies $8,300

DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers $7,700

Cheap Plays:

Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets $4,200


DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are questionable tonight. If they are out, bump up Ben McLemore, Derrick Williams, and Reggie Evans.

– James Harden is the most rested player for tonight’s slate, and could finish as the top player. I am building lineups around him and Roberts tonight.

– Udrih and Roberts are must plays at their price if they start, (Roberts is officially starting) as both will give you maximum cap relief in a rough slate.

– Bismack Biyombo is an excellent value at his price of $4,200, he has crushed value in the last two games.

– Michael Carter-Williams is a great value if Tony Wroten is out again tonight.

– Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson are starting for the Bulls with Noah out again, and both are good values at their prices. Gasol should play close to 40 minutes in a close game.

– Gary Neal is the backup point guard tonight, and will see around 20 minutes at the minimum price.

Usage Rates

– No outstanding usage rates tonight that would cause significant changes.

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

*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