Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – February 27

Terrence Jones

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)
-$125,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $10,000
– Only $3 to enter
– Top 9,625 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

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 $11,200

Stephen Curry, GSW $9,800

Tyreke Evans, NOP $7,900

Ricky Rubio, MIN $7,400

Mo Williams, CHA $6,100

Cheap Plays:

Aaron Brooks, CHI $4,500

Norris Cole, NOP $3,500

Shooting Guard

Jimmy Butler, CHI $7,900

Khris Middleton, MIL $6,400

Eric Gordon, NOP $5,800

Cheap Plays:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, DET $4,400

Corey Brewer, HOU $4,100

Small Forward

Rudy Gay, SAC $7,300

Trevor Ariza, HOU $5,900

Danilo Gallinari, DEN $5,500

Cheap Plays:

Omri Casspi, SAC $3,700

Power Forward

Terrence Jones, HOU $6,500

Robert Covington, PHI $6,000

Nene Hilario, WAS $4,600

Cheap Plays:

Taj Gibson, CHI $4,300

Ersan Ilyasova, MIL $4,300

Nikola Mirotic, CHI $3,800

Andrea Bargnani, NYK $3,800


Marcin Gortat, WAS $5,200

Al Jefferson, CHA $7,500

Al Horford, ATL $7,400

Rudy Gobert, UTAH $6,500

Cheap Plays:

Alexis Ajinca, NOP $4,500

Notes (important)

DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving, Pau Gasol, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, and Dwight Howard will all miss tonight’s games.

– James Harden is questionable. If he is out, Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer get big boosts.

Bradley Beal is out tonight, Paul Pierce is questionable. If both are out, Rasual Butler and Garrett Temple are excellent plays.

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

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