Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – March 18

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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 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

Stephen Curry, GSW $9,400 (GPP-Only)

Jeff Teague, ATL $6,700

Elfrid Payton, ORL $6,200

Goran Dragic, MIA $6,300

Ish Smith, PHI $4,800 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Greivis Vasquez, TOR $3,100 (GPP-Only)

Jerryd Bayless, MIL $3,000 (GPP-Only)

Shooting Guard

J.J. Redick, LAC $6,500

Avery Bradley, BOS $5,800

Victor Oladipo, ORL $7,700

Cheap Plays:

Justin Holiday, GSW $3,200 (GPP-Only)

Kent Bazemore, ATL $4,000

Small Forward

Chandler Parsons, DAL $6,700

DeMarre Carroll, ATL $5,500

Nicolas Batum, POR $6,900 (GPP-Only)

Rodney Hood, UTA $4,600 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Andre Iguodala, GSW $4,100

Hollis Thompson, PHI $4,000 (GPP-Only)

Omri Casspi, SAC $3,800 (GPP-Only if he starts)

Power Forward

Blake Griffin, LAC $9,000

Nerlens Noel, PHI $7,400

LaMarcus Aldridge, POR $8,800 (GPP-Only)

Brandon Bass, BOS $5,500

Cheap Plays:

Adreian Payne, MIN $4,100 (GPP-Only)

Mitch McGary, OKC $3,800 (GPP-Only)


Enes Kanter, OKC $6,600

Andre Drummond, DET $7,500

Jonas Valanciunas, TOR $5,100

Gorgui Dieng, MIN $5,900 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Steven Adams, OKC $4,000

Roy Hibbert, IND $4,500 (GPP-Only)


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

– Be sure to keep up with inactives here.

– Players out tonight: Kyle Korver, Manu Ginobili, Klay Thompson, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka.

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