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Beginner NBA DFS: Salary Cap

We continue our breakdown of the basics for NBA DFS. In this section, we look at Salary Cap, with definitions and some basic strategy.

Bob Meyers of the Golden State Warriors looks on during practice and media availability as part of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 06, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

In daily fantasy basketball, like in most things, getting the fundamentals down is integral toward laying a foundation of knowledge to build from as you progress as a player. For DFS, that means understanding the salary cap.

Salary Cap


In daily fantasy basketball, you build your lineup using a hard Salary Cap of $50,000. There are eight lineup spots in NBA DFS: PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F, UTIL. That gives you $6,250 per position to fill out your lineup. Players salaries range from $3,000 to infinity, though the highest the top players go is usually around $12,000.


The great thing about NBA Salary Cap in DFS is that it really doesn’t matter much. The way the pricing is done, it leaves a ton of viable lineup options during slates with a lot of games. The key to cracking the salary cap is by identifying the value plays that open up through lineup and injury news. The more potential value you can find, the easier it will be to pay up for game-breaking studs like James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.