Daily Fantasy Basketball: Optimized DraftStreet Lineup – May 2

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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.

Welcome to NBA Daily Fantasy in the playoffs. The way it works is a two-day slate, giving each player in the postseason 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. So it is a six-game slate. Set your lineups as soon as possible.

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Normally, you would see a value play at each position, one at guard, one at forward, and a center. Tonight we are going to change it up, giving just our optimized lineup and reasons why for each player. This weekend will be incredible for the NBA, seeing as there will be a few game sevens.

Without further ado, tonight’s picks.

Optimized Lineup

G – Manu Ginobili SA ($12,982)

Ginobili is built for the playoffs. In his career, he averages 14.7 points per game during the regular season. In the playoffs he averages 15.7 points per game. This year is no exception, since Ginobili is averaging 19.6 points, four rebounds, and over four assists per contest. His price is relatively high at just under $13K, but so far this series he has been over two times his salary in every single game.

G – Stephen Curry GS ($18,784) and G – Chris Paul LAC ($18,108)

Why are these two together in the same paragraph? Game seven, Warriors vs. Clippers. Staples Center. This is going to be one of the best games we have seen in a long time in southern California, and the two best players on the court will be battling it out. Curry and Paul will be going head to head all night long, seeing who can outscore the other. Expect over 30 points from each player and close to 10 assists for each as well.

Both players cost over $18K, so expect them to need 40 fantasy points for great value. So far this series, Curry is averaging 21.3 points and 8.3 assists per game, but he has been struggling with his shot of late, expect each of those numbers to increase. Paul has averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 assists, and a playoff leading three steals per game. With both of these players combining for just under $37K, they’ll need to carry your team. They are each going to play 40 minutes, and the over/under is set at way over 200 points. Bullish is an understatement. The two best players in the best game of the weekend need to be on your team, so be sure to add them.

F – Draymond Green GS ($10,980)

Green has become the man in the middle for the Warriors with Jermaine O’Neal going down to injury. Last night, he ended up playing 41 minutes and contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds for 42 fantasy points. His price will go up before tomorrow’s contest, so be sure to add him tonight and reap the benefits of a cheap big man who will play over 30 minutes at under $11K.

F – Marreesse Speights GS ($6,850)

With Jermaine O’Neal likely out and Andrew Bogut sidelined, Speights’ minutes will increase dramatically. While he struggles on the defensive side of the floor, Speights is an excellent offensive big man, averaging 18.6 points per 36 minutes. At his price of $6.8K, great value can be had at 18 fantasy points. Considering Speights is averaging 18.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per 36 minutes, he is one of the better cheap plays for this contest.

F – Patrick Patterson TOR ($9,503)

PatPatt is one of the favorites in the daily fantasy community. Why? The real question is, why not? Patterson has been the model of consistency, with fantasy point totals ranging between 18.25 and 22.25 in the five games this series. He has never gone below two times his salary, which is an excellent play for those in need of a safe play.

C – Tiago Splitter SA ($11,057)

Splitter has been very good in the last week or so, averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds in the last three games. At $11K, his value can be had at 24 fantasy points or more, and considering Splitter has 97.75 fantasy points in the last three games, that can be considered a high likelihood of repeat success. Get Splitter into your lineups tonight.

U – Paul Pierce BKN ($10,935)

The Nets are facing elimination, and it could be Paul Pierce’s last game since there have been some rumors of him mulling retirement. Pierce has been an excellent player in the postseason in his career averaging 20.7 points per game. Expect him to come out firing and lead the Nets to a game seven. At just under $11K, good value for Pierce would be anything north of 24 fantasy points, which he has reached in three of the Nets five games so far this postseason.

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