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Victiv Daily Fantasy Basketball: Lineup for February 20

Adam Pfeifer lists the best daily fantasy picks and value plays for use on Victiv.

John Wall

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 lot lower 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 mentioned, 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

John Wall ($8,100) vs CLE- Hopefully the All-Star break was exactly what Wall needed to heal up, as a nagging migraine and ankle issue somewhat limited him. Now, at potentially 100 percent, I love him tonight as the top point guard play by far. He’s averaging more points, rebounds, assists and steals at home this year, and the Cavaliers defense can certainly be had. Kyrie Irving isn’t exactly known for his defense, and Wall is averaging 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds in two meetings with the Cavs this year. Meanwhile, only the 76ers are surrendering more total assists per game than the Cavaliers’ 24.3, which bodes well for Wall, who leads the entire NBA in assists (10.1 per game). They also rank second-to-last in terms of opponent assist/turnover ratio on the season, and I could see Wall having a big outing tonight.

Also consider: Tim Frazier, Jerryd Bayless, Stephen Curry.

Shooting Guard

Eric Bledsoe ($8,300) @MIN- Bledsoe is arguably my favorite play of the evening. Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas have both been traded, and although Phoenix acquired Brandon Knight, he isn’t expected to make his debut tonight. That means the entire Suns backcourt belongs to Bledsoe, who is averaging nearly 35 fantasy points per game on the season, despite being part of a crowded backcourt. Minnesota is one of the worst defensive units in the game today, allowing the second-most points, as well as the ninth-most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards on the season. Bledsoe is a slasher, averaging just under nine drives to the rim per game, which is among the top-10 in the NBA. That bodes well for this matchup, as the Timberwolves are coughing up a whopping 47.5 points per game in the paint, which is the most in the NBA. This game also features two of the top-10 teams in terms of pace, and Bledsoe’s uptick in minutes and usage makes him an elite option this evening.

Also consider: James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gerald Green.

Small Forward

Rudy Gay ($7,20o) vs BOS- Gay’s price has dropped significantly, and I’ll be taking advantage of that tonight. Darren Collison will be out, which means an uptick in usage for Gay, who is sporting a 26.6 usage rate with Collison off the floor this season. Boston plays at one of the league’s highest paces (98.5), while the Kings sport the league’s 9th-highest pace (97.2). Sacramento will also be using him more at power forward, which bodes well for his matchup with a short-handed Boston frontcourt that is missing Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynk tonight. The Celtics are surrendering the seventh-most total rebounds per game this year, while the small forward position is hauling in the 8th-most rebounds per game against Boston this season. And if he plays power forward? Even better. Boston is allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards, too.

Also consider: LeBron James, Wilson Chandler.

Power Forward

Anthony Davis ($10,700) @ORL- Power forward isn’t all that great tonight, so when Anthony Davis has a dream matchup against the Magic, it’s hard to ignore. Orlando ranks 24th at defending the power forward position, 26th in terms of rebounding and the last time he faced them, The Brow absolutely exploded for 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks. The likes of Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon will be asked to handle Davis, a matchup that has my mouth watering. Ryan Anderson also isn’t expected to play tonight for the Pelicans, which means even more minutes for Davis. The Magic are also being blocked 5.5 times per game this season, which is the sixth-most in the NBA. That bodes well for Davis, who is the best shot-blocker in the association.

Also consider: Brandon Bass, Markieff Morris, David West

Center

Rudy Gobert ($6,000) vs POR- With Enes Kanter gone, the center position solely belongs to Gobert, something fantasy owners have been awaiting for months. Despite playing just 21 minutes per game, Gobert is averaging a strong 6.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this season. He’s served as a fantasy point per minute guy when out on the floor for the Jazz and he’ll finally be unleashed. Portland, meanwhile, doesn’t have the scariest frontcourt by any means, and the game should feature a relatively high pace.

Lineup

G-Jerryd Bayless

G-Gerald Green

F-Brandon Bass

F-Wilson Chandler

F-Marcus Morris

C-Rudy Gobert

FX-Eric Bledsoe

FX-James Harden

 

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