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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – March 13

Josh Collacchi lists the best daily fantasy basketball picks and value plays for use on DraftKings.

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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:
-$100,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $10,000
– Only $3 to enter (FREE with first deposit)
– 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

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 $12,500 (GPP-Only)

Ricky Rubio, MIN $8,100

Goran Dragic, MIA $6,200

Ish Smith, PHI $5,000 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Shaun Livingston, GSW $4,100

Shooting Guard

Eric Bledsoe, PHX $8,100

Dwyane Wade, MIA $7,200

J.J. Redick, LAC $6,200

Gerald Henderson, CHA $5,300 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, DET $4,200 (GPP-Only)

Jason Richardson, PHI $3,700 (GPP-Only)

Small Forward

Tobias Harris, ORL $6,700

Andrew Wiggins, MIN $6,500

Matt Barnes, LAC $4,700 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Tony Snell, CHI $4,300 (GPP-Only)

Harrison Barnes, GSW $4,100

Power Forward

LaMarcus Aldridge, POR $9,000

Draymond Green, GSW $7,200

Pau Gasol, CHI $8,900

Serge Ibaka, OKC $7,700

Nerlens Noel, PHI $6,800

Nikola Mirotic, CHI $6,800

Kenneth Faried, DEN $6,700

Cheap Plays:

David Lee, GSW $3,900

Marcus Morris, PHX $4,500

Marvin Williams, CHA $4,000


DeMarcus Cousins, SAC $9,500

DeAndre Jordan, LAC $8,900

Nikola Vucevic, ORL $8,000

Robin Lopez, POR $5,000

Cheap Plays:

Bismack Biyombo, CHA $3,100

Kelly Olynyk, BOS $4,000


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

– Be sure to keep up with inactives here.

– Golden State will rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Andrew Bogut. Marreese Speights is suspended for tonight’s game as well.

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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