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DFS NBA: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – February 24

Top DraftKings NBA value plays at every position for February 24.

DeMar DeRozan

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:
Details (Basketball)
-$100,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $10,000.
– $3 entry fee.
– Top 7,850 finishing positions are paid.​
– Starts tonight at 7:00 PM EST.
– Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 9 spots. 8 players.
– Roster Format: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 C, 1 G, 1 F, 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. To stay informed, use this for up to date injury news.

Point Guard

Russell Westbrook, OKC $11,000

Reggie Jackson, DET $4,500

George Hill, IND $5,200

Cheap Plays:

No cheap plays at point guard tonight.

Shooting Guard

DeMar DeRozan, TOR $7,300

Monta Ellis, DAL $7,100

J.R. Smith, CLE $5,000 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Iman Shumpert, CLE $3,800 (GPP-Only)

Dion Waiters, OKC $3,700 (GPP-Only)

Small Forward

James Johnson, TOR $4,700

C.J. Miles, IND $4,500 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Richard Jefferson, DAL $3,500

Power Forward

Greg Monroe, DET $8,100

Serge Ibaka, OKC $7,600

Dirk Nowitzki, DAL $6,300

Cheap Plays:

Luis Scola, IND $3,900 (GPP-Only)


Enes Kanter, OKC $6,000

Andre Drummond, DET $7,800 (GPP-Only)

Timofey Mozgov, CLE $5,200

Tyson Chandler, DAL $6,400

Cheap Plays:

No cheap plays at center today.

Notes (important)

– In a four game slate, be sure not to spend your normal amount. With only four games, the slate is far too unpredictable if you miss on one player.

– Kevin Durant, Chandler Parsons, and Bradley Beal are all out or unlikely to play.

– All four games have an over/under over 200 points.

– Do not forget to play the $3 contest, which can be found here.

Usage Rates

– Russell Westbrook‘s usage rate without Kevin Durant is absurd. Play him.

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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