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Kevin Durant and Your Daily Hoops Cheatcodes* (3-19-13)

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*Not actually cheatcodes.

This is going to be a post for all you daily fantasy basketball junkies. Daily hoops can be extremely exhausting due to the massive day-to-day swings in player usage and match ups so this will serve as a great place to start when constructing your lineup.

These lineups are specific to DraftStreet, Draft Day, and FanDuel, thus it’s important to note that the scoring and position requirements at these sites are slightly different. One player might offer more value at one site, but not another.

I’ve used our extremely useful apps (for DraftStreet go here, Draft Day here, and FanDuel here) as well as some personal strategy to create a lineup for each site. I’ll be putting up two lineups each day on a rotating basis (DS/DD on Monday, DD/FD on Tuesday, FD/DS on Wednesday, and so on). I encourage you to utilize the apps I linked to above as they are some of the most valuable tools available in the daily fantasy community.

Finally, you should not just blindly follow these lineups. Very often guys are ruled out as it gets closer to tip-off and player usage becomes clearer. There are tons of places to check for pregame updates, but I’ve found Rotoworld and Twitter searches work best for me.

Game Notes:

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– J.J. Hickson should be on nearly everyone’s lineups tonight as the Blazers take on the Bucks, who rank dead last against opposing centers.

– On a night with only four games it’s key to find players who will be getting a bump in their minutes because of injury. Ersan Ilyasova is doubtful, which gives Marquis Daniels a few more opportunities against a Portland team that is nothing special defensively.

– The Pacers are a team I usually like to avoid, but again, the four games limits things. Indiana hasn’t been playing well lately and if they have a weak spot defensively it’s defending the point guard. Jameer Nelson is a pretty solid play in this one as well as teammate Tobias Harris, who I would like even more if David West misses his second-straight game tonight.

– It goes without saying really, but Kevin Durant is an absolute must start against the Nuggets. On DraftDay, I’m going with both Durant and Russell Westbrook, as the matchup is just two juicy to pass up.

– Patrick Patterson has been getting some extra looks with DeMarcus Cousins missing time, putting up 30 points in back to back games. Even if Boogie returns, the Kings’ coaching staff loves Patterson and will find a way to carve him out some minutes.

– I like both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin tonight, but can only afford one in my FanDuel lineup. Griffin is the cheaper option and I don’t think he’ll put up significantly less points.

– Last night was pretty disappointing for me, as the Lakers failed to get anything going against the lowly Suns and I didn’t have Jeff Green in my recommendations. Still, by utilizing the RotoViz apps we can crank out +ev lineups over the long the run.

FanDuel

Pos Name Salary
PG Jameer Nelson $6,900
PG George Hill $6,100
SG Andre Iguodala $6,800
SG Marquis Daniels $3,700
SF Kevin Durant $9,900
SF Tobias Harris $6,200
PF Patrick Patterson $4,500
PF Blake Griffin $8,700
C J.J. Hickson $7,200
Total $60,000

DraftDay

Pos Name Salary
PG Jameer Nelson $12,200
PG Chris Paul $15,400
SG Wesley Matthews $9,500
SG Marquis Daniels $5,000
SF Kevin Durant $17,300
SF Tobias Harris $10,300
PF Patrick Patterson $8,750
PF Larry Sanders $10,400
C J.J. Hickson $10,450
Total $99,300

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