DFS Lineups, DFS Value Plays, Fantasy Sleepers

NBA DFS General Tips

Does it seem like no matter how good your lineup is, you’re just barely out of the money? Do you need help getting ahead?

Here are some of my general thoughts when it comes to playing NBA lineups. I’ll give specific tips regarding FanDuel and DraftKings-specific lineups:

FanDuel

  • The player with the lowest score will be dropped, but don’t let yourself get too cute with lineup choices. You should be just as careful on FanDuel with risky plays as you are on DraftKings. You don’t want to play pure boom or bust players under the assumption that they could just be your drop score because if one of the other 8 players in your lineups has an off-night or gets injured during the game/sits last minute due to sickness or something, you’re boned.
  • With the above in mind, FanDuel is definitely the place to get a little creative. Taking a chance on a guy who might not be 100% certain to play can pay off; other players in large tournament games will steer clear so that they don’t fall victim to an automatic 0.. but if the player does take the court, you now have a player that’s lower-owned than normal. If the player is a stud, it could very well be a key difference-maker.
  • Your drop-score candidate should cost as little as possible so you can use the rest of your $60,000 to build as strong a lineup as you can. Let’s say a starter is out due to rest or an injury; their backup is now going to see extra run, and if the backup is anywhere from $3,500 – $4,500, that’s an IDEAL candidate for your drop score. He can hopefully set the bar somewhere in the fantasy point range of 20-25, so the rest of your lineup should combine for around 290+ to get in the money a majority of the time.
  • Try and get players that not only score a lot, but stuff the stat sheet. A huge part of getting high scores from your plays involve choosing players that can steal and block as well as get consistent assists and/or rebounds. All of these stats are worth more than points – this doesn’t mean points aren’t valuable, but try and get players that are able to contribute in multiple areas as their floors are a LOT higher than those that simply score.. unless the scorers can consistently hit 25+ a game.

DraftKings

  • Take advantage of the ability to customize your lineup. Because of the variation of slots (starting 5, guard, forward, utility), you can do plenty of different things. Play multiple big men, multiple guards, multiple small forwards.. whatever you feel will get you the most points that specific day.
  • Regarding the point above, centers tend to have incredibly safe and high floors as their ability to rebound gives most of them a solid chance of a double-double most nights.
  • Speaking of double-doubles, stacking centers is a good idea because double-doubles/triple-doubles give players who attain them bonuses. 1.5 points for a DDbl, 3 for a TDbl. So big men that rebound a lot are prime candidates for DDbls, which means a virtual lock for 30+ fantasy points.
  • Because you only have a $50,000 salary cap instead of $60,000 on FanDuel, your value plays should be no higher than $4,100-$4,300. This lets you stack players that eat up more cap but are virtual locks.
  • When building a lineup, try to play value plays FIRST. This is so you don’t get too cash-happy right off the bat and you can get the hard part out of the way. Why play a guy who’s worth $6,700 when his ceiling is around 35? He may be consistent, but you’re spending way too much to get a sure 30-40 point range from a player. I’d rather play a cheaper player who’s on a hot streak to try and get that same score. It saves money and lets you play others who have higher ceilings.
  • Try not to play too many top players – a lot of them will be high-owned as they’re well-known and bound to be one of the top scorers of the night. This doesn’t mean that you never play them, but don’t over-saturate your exposure of that player. Building lineups that include players who will be overlooked due to bigger names or maybe a bad matchup is essential in making your lineup different than the norm, which may get you in the money.

There’s so much more I could type here, but I’m going to stop now before I fall asleep at the keyboard. Best of luck in your DFS lineups! Feel free to reach out if you have questions!

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