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DFS NBA: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – February 6

Top DraftKings NBA value plays at every position for February 6.

Nick Young

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.

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Tonight’s featured contest:
-$65,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $5,000
– $2 entry fee (FREE with first deposit)
– Top 8,535 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.

(GPP-only play) – Means that these players are risk/reward. Play them only in tournaments, not cash games.

Be sure to read the notes at the bottom of this column, as it details things you do not want to miss.

There is a lot of news that will affect lineups tonight, stay informed before tip.

Point Guard

Stephen Curry, GSW $10,400

Ty Lawson, DEN $7,900

Elfrid Payton, ORL $5,500

Jeff Teague, ATL $7,400

D.J. Augustin, DET $6,600

Cheap Plays:

Marcus Smart, BOS $4,600

George Hill, IND $4,700

Norris Cole, MIA $3,400

Shooting Guard

Kevin Martin, MIN $5,700

Tyreke Evans, NOP $7,900

Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL $6,000

Victor Oladipo, ORL $6,600

Cheap Plays:

Nick Young, LAL $3,000

O.J. Mayo, MIL $4,500

Small Forward

Gordon Hayward, UTA $7,800

Draymond Green, GSW $7,300

Cheap Plays:

Hollis Thompson, PHI $3,800

Joe Ingles, UTA $3,800

Power Forward

Zach Randolph, MEM $8,500

David West, IND $6,200

Robert Covington, PHI $5,700

Nerlens Noel, PHI $5,400

Brandon Bass, BOS $5,200

Cheap Plays:

Luis Scola, IND $3,000

Brandan Wright, PHX $3,000 (if he starts)


Chris Bosh, MIA $7,400

Marc Gasol, MEM $7,800

Roy Hibbert, IND $5,500

Cheap Plays:

Jusuf Nurkic, DEN $4,500

Miles Plumlee, PHX $3,000 (if he starts)

Notes (important)

– Hassan Whiteside is out, making Chris Bosh an excellent play.

– Kevin Durant is likely to return, so Russell Westbrook’s value decreases.

– J.J. Redick is likely out again, making Jamal Crawford a great play in his absence.

– The only projected blowout is the Spurs over the Heat.

– There are six games with an over/under of above 200, six games with an over/under of below 200.

– The Cavaliers and Suns are playing on a back-to-back.

Usage Rates

– Nick Young has a usage rate close to 30 percent with Kobe out, and is priced at the minimum on DraftKings.

– Westbook’s usage rate drops with Durant back.

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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