Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – January 27

John Wall

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 Tuesday, January 27th 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

John Wall, WAS $9,200

D.J. Augustin, DET $5,800

George Hill, IND $5,600

Cheap Plays:

Beno Udrih, MEM $3,500 (if Mike Conley is out)

Shooting Guard

Klay Thompson, GSW $8,000

J.R. Smith, CLE $5,000

Monta Ellis, DAL $7,100

Cheap Plays:

O.J. Mayo, MIL $4,300

Wayne Ellington, LAL $3,900

Small Forward

LeBron James, CLE $10,700

Paul Pierce, WAS $4,700

Draymond Green, GSW $7,500

Cheap Plays:

Tony Snell, CHI $3,400

Power Forward

Greg Monroe, DET $8,500

Dirk Nowitzki, DAL $6,400

Cheap Plays:

Anthony Tolliver, DET $3,600


Hassan Whiteside, MIA $5,800

Marcin Gortat, WAS $5,500

Andre Drummond, DET $8,200

Cheap Plays:

Andrew Bogut, GSW $4,700


– Mike Conley is questionable, as is Tony Allen. If both are out, Udrih gets a boost in value.

– Dirk Nowitzki is a cash game machine at his price, get him in your cash lineups.

– Whiteside is underpriced on DraftKings, needing less than 30 fantasy points for value.

– O.J. Mayo has reached value in eight straight games. Get him into your lineups as a cheap option.

– If you can afford him, John Wall has the top matchup for any player tonight.

– With some values, there is a way to fit Wall and LeBron James in, which would make for an excellent GPP lineup.

Usage Rates

– No outstanding usage rates today in a short slate.

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