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Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftKings Cheat Sheet – April 1

Top DraftKings NBA value plays at every position for April 1.

Jonas Valanciunas

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.

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Tonight’s featured contest:
-$80,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $5,000
– Only $3 to enter (FREE with first deposit)
– Top 6,155 finishing positions are paid.
“- Starts’s tonight at 7:30 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

Russell Westbrook, OKC $12,700 (GPP-Only)

Reggie Jackson, DET $8,700

Kemba Walker, CHA $7,500

George Hill, IND $7,500

Jordan Clarkson, LAL $6,000

Trey Burke, UTA $5,600 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Ray McCallum, SAC $4,100 (GPP-Only)

Shooting Guard

James Harden, HOU $11,300 (GPP-Only)

DeMar DeRozan, TOR $8,000

J.J. Redick, LAC $6,500

Bradley Beal, WAS $5,900 (GPP-Only)

Cheap Plays:

Jabari Brown, LAL $3,300 (GPP-Only)

Small Forward

Josh Smith, HOU $6,700

Trevor Ariza, HOU $6,600

Kawhi Leonard, SAS $8,100 (GPP-Only)

Gordon Hayward, UTA $8,000 (GPP-Only)

Chandler Parsons, DAL $6,500

Cheap Plays:

Wesley Johnson, LAL $4,400 (GPP-Only)

Omri Casspi, SAC $3,400

Derrick Williams, SAC $3,000 (GPP-Only)

Power Forward

Anthony Davis, NOP $11,400 (GPP-Only)

Nerlens Noel, PHI $8,000

Tim Duncan, SAS $6,700

David West, IND $5,600

Cheap Plays:

Trevor Booker, UTA $4,400 (GPP-Only)

Ryan Kelly, LAL $4,000 (GPP-Only)

Jason Thompson, SAC $3,600

Furkan Aldemir, PHI $3,300


Jonas Valanciunas, TOR $6,000

Brook Lopez, BKN $8,000

Andre Drummond, DET $8,900 (GPP-Only)

Al Jefferson, CHA $6,500 (GPP-Only)

Marcin Gortat, WAS $6,000

Enes Kanter, OKC $7,500

Cheap Plays:

Chris Kaman, POR $3,500 (GPP-Only)


– The Hawks are expected to rest some starters, be sure to keep tabs on that.

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

-“ Be sure to keep up with inactives 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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