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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – January 23

Top DraftKings NBA value plays at every position for January 23.

Tyreke Evans

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:
-$65,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $5,000
– $2 entry fee (FREE with first deposit)
– Top 8,375 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, PHI $8,500

Kyle Lowry, TOR $9,300

Derrick Rose, CHI $7,300

Cheap Plays:

Langston Galloway, NYK $4,100

Jameer Nelson, DEN $3,600

Shooting Guard

Tyreke Evans, NOP $8,300

Victor Oladipo, ORL $6,900

Arron Afflalo, DEN $6,100

Evan Turner, BOS $5,300

Cheap Plays:

Nick Young, LAL $4,200 (GPP only)

Small Forward

Kevin Durant, OKC $10,600

Trevor Ariza, HOU $5,600

Harrison Barnes, GSW $4,400

Cheap Plays:

Tony Snell, CHI $3,000 (if he starts)

Power Forward

Anthony Davis, NOP $11,100

Dirk Nowitzki, DAL $6,400

Taj Gibson, CHI $6,100 (if he starts)

Amir Johnson, TOR $4,600

Cheap Plays:

Brandon Bass, BOS $3,300

Dante Cunningham, NOP $3,000


Timofey Mozgov, CLE $5,100

Jusuf Nurkic, DEN $5,000

Cheap Plays:

Chris Andersen, MIA $3,300 (if he starts)


Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson are OUT.

Ty Lawson is unlikely to play because of a DUI last night.

– Brandon Bass will likely start and has a great matchup against the Nuggets.

Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans will carry the offense for the Pelicans in the back court, with Davis in the front court.

– Langston Galloway has a tough matchup, as he is the shooting guard for the Knicks. A GPP-play only.

– Jameer Nelson will likely start for the Nuggets.

Usage Rates

– Tyreke Evans is over 30 percent.

– Michael Carter-Williams is over 30 percent.

– Brandon Bass is at 23 percent usage.

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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