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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – March 3

Top DraftKings NBA value plays at every position for March 3.

Khris Middleton

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:
-$60,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $5,000
– Only $2 to enter (FREE with first deposit)
– Top 7,600 finishing positions are paid.​
– Starts Tuesday, March 3 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

Mo Williams, CHA $7,000

Isaiah Thomas, BOS $6,200

Langston Galloway, NYK $4,900

Cheap Plays:

No cheap PG options tonight.

Shooting Guard

Khris Middleton, MIL $6,200

Tim Hardaway Jr., NYK $4,200

Cheap Plays:

Corey Brewer, HOU $4,000

Will Barton, DEN $3,800

Small Forward

LeBron James, CLE $10,400 (if Kyrie Irving is out)

Josh Smith, HOU $6,500

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, CHA $6,100

Cheap Plays:

Tony Snell, CHI $3,600

Power Forward

Terrence Jones, HOU $7,000

Paul Millsap, ATL $8,000

Pau Gasol, CHI $9,500

Cheap Plays:

Nikola Mirotic, CHI $4,400


Al Jefferson, CHA $7,800

Al Horford, ATL $7,200

Joakim Noah, CHI $7,000

Timofey Mozgov, CLE $5,200

Cheap Plays:

No cheap plays at center tonight.


– Do not forget to play the $2 contest, which can be found here.

– Be sure to keep up with inactives here.

– Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, James Harden, and Darren Collison are all out tonight.

– Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins are questionable for tonight.

Kevin Love missed shootaround with an illness, and is questionable tonight.

Brian Shaw was fired as head coach of the Nuggets, so keep an eye on Denver’s rotation tonight going forward.

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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