Daily Fantasy Basketball: DraftStreet Value Picks and Lineup – April 26

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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.

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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.

Welcome to NBA Daily Fantasy in the playoffs. The way it works is a two-day slate, giving each player an opportunity to play one game. For example, if the Spurs play on day X, and the Heat on day Y, both days are included in one salary game. Tonight is an eight-game slate. Set your lineups as soon as possible.

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Value Plays:

Guard:

Devin Harris vs SA ($10,239): At 10.2K, Harris needs just 23 points to reach value, a number he’s eclipsed in both games against the Spurs thus far. After posting 23.25 fantasy points and 31.5 fantasy points in San Antonio, Harris now gets to show off what he’s got back in Dallas where he scored more and shot significantly better from deep during the season.

I also have Shaun Livingston ($8.8K) in my lineup. Livingston needs 20 points to reach value and is averaging about 18.2 fantasy points so far with at least 15 points in each game.

If you’re going to look to the higher paid guys, I recommend taking a look at Derek Fisher for a rockbottom value play. Fisher isn’t a lock to reach value but at just $4.2K, he’d need a mere 10 fantasy points to hit value and has posted at least seven fantasy points in each of the first three games against Memphis.

Forward:

Patrick Patterson vs BK ($8,559): At his price tag, Pat Pat would need just 19.25 fantasy points to reach value. He’s posted at least 20.75 in back-to-back games and is averaging 20.4 fantasy points over three games against Brooklyn so get him in your lineup.

Paul Pierce doesn’t make a bad value play opposite of Patterson. At $10,875, Pierce needs about 24.5 fantasy points to hit value and has reached that in two of his three games against the Raptors and still posted a close 21 fantasy points in the lone game he did not reach that mark.

Center:

Robin Lopez vs HOU ($11,408): Dwight Howard is still my preferred center for tonight but if you need a cheap center option, Lopez is the guy. Possibly the only guy. At 11.4K, Lopez needs about 25.6 fantasy points to attain value and has now posted 25.5 fantasy points in back-to-back games. If you aren’t going to splurge on Howard, Lopez might be your best bet.

Lineup:

G- Damian Lillard vs HOU ($15,175)

G- Devin Harris vs SA ($10,239)

G- Shaun Livingston vs TOR ($8,800)

F- LaMarcus Aldridge vs HOU ($22,980)

F- Paul Pierce vs TOR ($10,875)

F- Patrick Patterson vs BK ($8,559)

C- Dwight Howard vs POR ($18,911)

U- Derek Fisher vs MEM ($4,255)

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.