Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Plays and Lineup – April 9

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On DraftStreet, there is a $100,000 cap, which is used for eight players; three forwards, three guards, a center, and a utility player. In terms of value, should a player cost $15,000, incredible value would be 45 fantasy points. Unlike other daily sites, playing for five times value is not the goal here, as it is nearly impossible to find on a consistent basis. As a $100K salary cap would yield about 225-255 fantasy points for a good night, the best value is normally 2.25 or higher. Anything above 2.25 is a great value.

If you have not played over at DraftStreet, be sure to check the scoring system first, as it varies from other sites. Head over to make your deposit and start playing tonight!

DraftStreet Scoring: PTS: 1 pt, REB: 1.25 pt, AST: 1.5 pt, TO: -1 pt, Missed FT: -0.5 pt, Missed FG: -0.5 pt, STL: 2 pt, BLK: 2pt.

There is a 12-game slate today in the NBA. Get your lineups in as soon as possible. There is only one week left in the regular season, so get your bankroll as high as you can before the playoffs!

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Value Plays

Guard

Aaron Brooks DEN ($11,543)

With Ty Lawson out, Aaron Brooks has been a star. He has been rather boom or bust in the past week or so with his salary being at $11.5K, but tonight’s matchup makes it worth the add. Last game, Brooks faced the Rockets (who the Nuggets also play tonight) and he played 47 minutes. In those 47 minutes he contributed 24 points, 15 assists, and eight rebounds for a cool 49 fantasy points. In four of his last 10 games Brooks has reached incredible value of over three times his salary, and tonight could be the same story considering how many points the Nuggets give up (106.4 points per game). Brooks will be a high volume play across the board tonight, as with the rest of the players from the Denver vs. Houston game with a vast over/under of 225.5 points.

Forward

Patrick Patterson TOR ($7,764)

PatPatt was a favorite amongst the daily fantasy community when he was healthy earlier in the season. The former Kentucky Wildcat is back in, returning just four games ago. In his last three games, Patterson is averaging 27 minutes per contest and he seems to be back into the rotation for good. In these three games, Patterson has accumulated 43.5 fantasy point which is an average of just under 15 per game. At his salary of $7.7K, 15 fantasy points is a solid value. But, tonight he could eclipse that value since the Raptors take on the Philadelphia 76ers. As we all know the Sixers are a dream to play against in daily fantasy basketball as they allow 109.9 points per game. Not to mention they rebound at an embarrassing 47.6 percent. These two statistics make Patterson an excellent play tonight as he could reach a double-double against a wretched Sixers team.

Center

Kyle O’Quinn ORL ($10,712)

O’Quinn continues to be one of the most consistent players the NBA can offer in daily fantasy. In 10 of his last 15 games he has reached two times salary. In the five games that he couldn’t, he only went below 1.75 times his salary twice. O’Quinn’s fantasy points per minute has been incredible in the last month, averaging around 0.8 to 1 fantasy points per minute, which is an incredible rate for a center with a salary of under $11K. In his last game, O’Quinn played 31 minutes and contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds for 36.75 fantasy points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tonight the Magic take on the Brooklyn Nets who rebound at an atrocious 47 percent. Expect O’Quinn to get double-digit rebounds and if he can capitalize under the hoop, another double-double could be in the works.

Optimized Lineup

G – Aaron Brooks DEN ($11,543)

G – Jeremy Lin HOU ($11,580)

G – James Harden HOU ($19,551)

F – Kenneth Faried DEN ($15,823)

F – Terrence Jones HOU ($12,532)

F – Patrick Patterson TOR ($7,764)

C – Kyle O’Quinn ORL ($10,712)

U – Dion Waiters CLE ($10,171)

Good luck tonight, and be sure to check the starting lineups before tip to be aware of any changes.

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