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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – January 24

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

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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:
-$60,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $5,000
– $2 entry fee (FREE with first deposit)
– Top 7,600 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

Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies $7,200

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers $8,400

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers $9,400

Cheap Plays:

Langston Galloway, New York Knicks $4,100

Shooting Guard

Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers $6,100

Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets $5,800

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks $5,300

Cheap Plays:

Rasual Butler, Washington Wizards $3,000

Small Forward

Jeff Green, Memphis Grizzlies $5,100

Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz $7,800

Cheap Plays:

Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies $3,600

Power Forward

Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies $8,000

Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons $8,400

Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz $7,500

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers $6,600 (he is going to play, but he is hurt)

Cheap Plays:

Jason Smith, New York Knicks $3,900 (if he starts)

Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks $3,900

Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets $3,400


Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons $8,300

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies $8,500

Cheap Plays:

Kosta Koufos, Memphis Grizzlies $3,200


– There aren’t many good matchups tonight because any Grizzlies player against the Sixers could see less minutes due to a blowout.

– LaMarcus Aldridge WILL start despite having a torn ligament in his left hand.

– Trey Burke will come off the bench, as Dante Exum is starting.

– Langston Galloway should see the bulk of the offense for the Knicks today, and is a great value at $4,100.

Usage Rates

– Damian Lillard is still over 30 percent in the Blazers situation.

– Wesley Matthews gets a boost as well, if Batum (doubtful) is out.

– Carter-Williams remains as one of the top usage guys with Tony Wroten out for the season.

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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