Victiv Daily Fantasy Basketball: Lineup for February 2

Zach Randolph

XN Sports is introducing a new daily fantasy site called Victiv, which has one of the best features in all of daily fantasy, in addition to a sleek design, and a few ways to play daily fantasy basketball.

Victiv has what is called a substitution position, which you can learn more about on the site. Essentially, it’s one extra position for under $5,000 (does not affect your salary cap) where you can select a bench player. This player will come in handy, as it replaces anyone in your lineup that scores less than the substitute. Think of it as a free mulligan, and an option to take a risk on a player.

For example, if you like a specific player one night but he is a game-time decision, put him into your lineups. The substitute can be his backup, or another player that you think could have an excellent night, and if your player does not play, no worries. In addition, this adds another level of strategy. On Victiv, the minimum price for a player is a lotlower than on other sites. You can afford to take risks with these cheap players, because if this player does not have an excellent game, your substitute can pick up the slack. Be sure to take advantage of this, and try Victiv today.

After you have signed up, be sure to take on Victron. This is Victiv’s computer, and if you beat it, you can win cash prizes. This is yet another way to play daily fantasy basketball.

On Victiv, you are given $50,000 in cap space to play a lineup composed of two guards, three forwards, a center, and two flex positions. As aforementioned, the substitute does not count against your cap. The scoring is as follows (taken directly from Victiv’s website):

– Point +1

– Rebound +1.25

– Assist +1.25

– Steal +2

– Block +2

– Turnover -0.5

How can we beat Victron, other players and win real money? First, sign up for Victiv here.

Second, take a look at XN Sports’ suggested plays and lineup for Victiv for tonight’s slate:

Point Guard

There are a handful of elite point guard options to choose from during Monday night’s contests, so it’s difficult to really go wrong. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go right… Right?

Russell Westbrook ($10,400) vs ORL- Even with Kevin Durant back in action, Westbrook is still seeing crazy-high usage, currently ranking first in the NBA in that regard with 37.4. That bodes well for his matchup with the Magic, who are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards (43.86), while also sporting a strong usage rate of 22.35 against Orlando this year. Westbrook is averaging awesome all-around numbers, sporting 24.8 points, 7.4 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game. Orlando, meanwhile, is allowing 5.79 rebounds and 9.06 assists per game to point guards this year, both of which rank inside the bottom-10 in the league. Some may worry about the blowout factor here, but Oklahoma City isn’t playing good basketball right now, losing four of their last five. The Magic also allow 13 fastbreak points per game, which is among the bottom-10 in the league, which bodes well for Westbrook, who is out in transition around 25 percent of the time. I like this matchup for Russ.

Devin Harris ($4,200) vs MIN- The good old plug-and-play. Rajon Rondo has already been ruled out for the next few games, which allows Harris to slide into the starting lineup. We’ve seen Harris post strong fantasy numbers as a backup before Rondo arrived, so with an uptick in minutes, he should be in hundreds and hundreds of lineups tonight. This game features two high-paced teams and a horrible Minnesota defense that is allowing a league-leading 106.9 points per game on the year. Only the Lakers have allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing point guards this year, coming in at almost 45 per night. Expect Harris to see no fewer than 25 minutes of action tonight.

Shooting Guard

Monta Ellis ($8,700) vs MIN- Staying in the same game here, Ellis is going to make for a popular play tonight with Rondo out, and he should. After Rondo exited Saturday’s game, Ellis was dominant, scoring 25 points while dishing out an awesome 13 assists. He’s already sporting a strong usage rate of 28.7, 11th in the league, and with Rondo and potentially Chandler Parsons out, that number should only increase. Again, the Timberwolves defense is really, really bad, allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards this year, while coughing up over five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game to the position, too.

Note: Kent Bazemore hasn’t posted stellar fantasy numbers as of late, but has accumulated 70 minutes over his last two contests. Assuming DeMarre Carrol is out again, Bazemore makes for an intriguing punt play at just $3,200.

Small Forward

Kevin Durant ($10,300) vs ORL- I’m all in on the Thunder tonight, folks. I’ll be throwing a GPP lineup in with Durant and Westbrook on some sites, for sure. The pace of this game excites me, as Orlando has transitioned to one of the quicker teams in the league as of late, averaging a fantasy-friendly 105 possessions per 48 minutes over the last three weeks. It wouldn’t surprise me if OKC dropped 110 or so in this game, and I also won’t be surprised if Orlando keeps it close, as the Thunder aren’t playing good basketball right now. Durant will absolutely devour the likes of rookie Aaron Gordon, who is extremely raw. Over their last three games, the Magic are surrendering a whopping 108.7 points per game, and during that span, a healthy 22.3 percent of their total points allowed have come from beyond the arc. Durant, meanwhile, is shooting 37 percent from three this year, which matches his career average. The last time OKC faced the Magic, they dropped nearly 130 points, and Durant was two assists shy of a triple-double in just 28 mnutes of play.

Khris Middleton ($6,800) @ TOR- Small forward (once again) is horrible tonight, so if you aren’t paying up for Durant or LeBron James, you’re more than likely taking a flier on the position. Middleton isn’t the biggest name, but he is playing big minutes, logging at least 30 minutes in four straight games, including a 42-minute outing on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Raptors are inside the bottom-10 in fantasy points allowed to small forwards, and with Milwaukee banged up, Middleton should continue to see at least 30 minutes of action.

Power Forward

Zach Randolph ($10,200) @ PHX- Randolph is on an absolute tear, posting a double-double in 12 straight games, which is every game since returning from injury. Over his last 10 games, he’s averaging a gaudy 19 points, 14 rebounds and three assists per game, and now ranks third in the NBA in double-doubles (28). Memphis may be able to play slightly up in pace during this game against the Suns, and their frontcourt is definitely exploitable. Phoenix allows the third-most offensive rebounds per game (11.9), as well as the 11th-most defensive boards (32.9). He’s basically a lock for double-digit rebounds, as he leads all of basketball in rebounding chances per game with 20.5, converting on 60 percent of those opportunities.

Tristan Thompson ($5,700) vs PHI- Thompson is one of my favorite mid-range/cheaper plays of the evening. Vegas currently has Cleveland favored by almost 17 points, and with the Cavs riding a 10-game winning streak, this game could be a blowout. Thompson is already logging a healthy 28 minutes per game over his last five, and if Cleveland runs away with this one, Thompson should see over 30 minutes against one of the worst rebounding teams in basketball. Philadelphia is allowing 11.8 offensive rebounds per game this year, the sixth-most in basketball. Thompson, meanwhile, is one of the league’s best offensive rebounders, averaging nearly four per game, and ranking fourth in the league with 186 total offensive boards.


Timofey Mozgov ($6,100) vs PHI- Again, Mozgov is cheaper than many centers, and he faces a Philadelphia defense that is allowing more fantasy points per game to centers than any other team in basketball (49.92). The position is also hauling in 16.04 rebounds per game against the 76ers this year, easily the most in the league. The Sixers have always been a team that gets blocked a lot, and that hasn’t changed in 2015, as opponents are averaging a respectable 5.6 blocks per game (23rd). Mozgov is averaging 1.6 swatted shots per game over his last five, too.


G- Russell Westbrook

G- Devin Harris

F- Kent Bazemore

F- Tristan Thompson

F- Kevin Durant

C- Timofey Mozgov

FX- Monta Elliz

FX- Richard Jefferson

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Adam Pfeifer
Adam Pfeifer is a fantasy sports writer for ProjectRoto and XN Sports. He covers the NFL, NBA and MLB. You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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