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:
– The game I’m watching tonight from both a fantasy point of view and as just a fan will be Spurs-Thunder. On FanDuel, where the stars are much more affordable, I’m going with Kevin Durant. Manu Ginobili is locked into both my lineups with Tim Duncan leading my DraftStreet squad.
– Brandon Knight became a Twitter sensation last night for his role in this DeAndre Jordan dunk. Knight is a solid player with a +ev matchup against the struggling Jazz and you don’t get penalized for getting dunked on in daily hoops.
– Kenneth Faried passes both the eye and our value ratio tests as a great play tonight thanks to the Suns, who are mightily undermanned in the frontcourt.
– I really like Tyson Chandler tonight against the Warriors… ya know, the same team he grabbed 28 boards against a few weeks ago. And David Lee might not play? Sign me up.
– Ty Lawson has been one of the great stories this season and has been on fire recently, scoring at least 30 fantasy points in 10 of his last 13 games.
– FanDuel doesn’t punish players who miss shots, which Joe Johnson has certainly been known to do from time to time. The Armadillo Cowboy makes a nice upside play against a Sixers team that may have given up on their coach.
– I’m taking a bit of a gamble with Kendrick Perkins, who had a useful game yesterday, but has struggled a bit on the back end of consecutive games. At his price, I’m looking for 15 points.
– Last night I extended my win streak to six games on DraftDay, despite starting Larry Sanders (my opponent started Rudy Gay). I know it’s frustrating when guys are reported to be in the starting lineup only to find out five minutes after teams are locked that the guy you started in every league was a late scratch. It’s part of the game and if nothing else it should be a lesson in money management. If losing one game or having one bad night is crippling your bankroll, you may want to look into playing for smaller stakes. Money management is almost just as important as picking the right lineups in daily fantasy.