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Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for April 21

Stan Son gives his top lineup advice at each position for Wednesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here are some plays that jump out on DraftKings at each position for Wednesday’s NBA slate, along with some strategy unique to this slate.

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Point Guard

Worth Paying Up For: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards ($10,500)

Spicy Curry alert! It’s been Costco-sized with plenty of hot packets opened up and poured in. Curry has attempted at least 20 shots in nine straight games and chucked up at least 10 three-pointers in 12 straight. He’s gone for at least 60 DKFP in four of the last five games. Now he gets a matchup against a Wizards team that is first in offensive pace, 21st in defensive efficiency and boosts the FPPM to point guards by 14.57% above league average. In addition, DraftKings Sportsbook has the Warriors favored by only two points on the road, so it should be a competitive affair. Oh, Lordy. Is it hot in here or just me?

Best Bang For Your Buck: Delon Wright, Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves ($4,100)

The DKFP production was uninspiring when Wright arrived in Sacramento. He was playing 19.5 minutes per game and had produced fewer than 20 DKFP in eight of nine games. Over the last three games, though, he’s received 28, 26, and 27 minutes of playing time, producing 29.5, 28.25, and 33.25 DKFP. The usage hasn’t been great and he’s been hot from the floor, but he does contribute in every category, so the floor is relatively high. Now, De’Aaron Fox ($10,000) tweaked his ankle during last night’s game. He was able to play through it but there’s upside for Wright if he misses the game.

Shooting Guard

Worth Paying Up For: Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies ($9,300)

Editor’s Note: Clippers SG Paul George (rest), PG/SG Reggie Jackson (rest) and PG Rajon Rondo (wrist) have been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Grizzlies.

We know the drill by now. When Kawhi Leonard is out, like he is today, you play George. Easy peasy. With Leonard off the floor, George sees an 8.6 percentage point usage rate bump to 38.8%. Since March 1, Kawhi has missed seven games. During those contests, George has put up 47.75, 47.75, 50.75, 60.25, 61.75, and 56.25 DKFP. George missed one of those games as well.

Best Bang For Your Buck: PJ Dozier, Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers ($3,900)

Since Jamal Murray went down with an injury, Dozier has played 28, 24 minutes, and 37 minutes. He’s attempted 14, 10, and nine shot attempts and contributed 18.5, 24.25, and 30.5 DKFP. The usage rate has been a healthy 27.5%, 17.9%, and 15.7%. Two of those games were blowouts, so the minutes and playing time may have been elevated as a result, but Monte Morris ($3,800) missed the most recent one so significant minutes should be in the offering.

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Small Forward

Worth Paying Up For: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons ($10,800)

After languishing in the 40-50 DKFP range for 10 games, HalleLuka finally returned as he’s gone for 61 and 63.5 DKFP in the last two games. Still, it’s a long way away from the high of 87.5 DKFP he put up against the Bulls back in January, but one must walk before one can run. There’s some blowout risk as the Mavericks are favored by 10.5 points on DraftKings Sportsbook, but Doncic has a sky-high usage rate so he would have a hand in that scenario happening.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Edmond Sumner, Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,300)

Sumner has started 10 of the last 11 games. He’s averaged 22 minutes per game and produced at least 20 DKFP in five of those contests. In the two most recent games, though, he’s played 28 and 24 minutes due to the plethora of injuries that the Pacers have suffered. He scored 26.25 and 21 DKFP in those two games. The Thunder play at the 7th-fastest pace, are 24th in defensive efficiency, and boost the FPPM to small forwards by 10.24% above league average. He is too cheap for the expected playing time he should receive.

Power Forward

Worth Paying Up For: Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers ($7,900)

Porter has scored at least 30 DKFP in 22 straight games with five over 40 and a high of 55 against the 76ers. Now he faces a team that is 29th in defensive efficiency and boosts the FPPM to power forwards by 5.68% above league average.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Oshae Brissett, Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,100)

Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are out today. Goga Bitadze ($4,200) is also questionable. Brissett is going to play a ton of minutes. He started on Monday and played 25 minutes, contributing 24 DKFP. The Pacers signed him to a three-year deal so he’s going to be heavily involved while the rest of the big men are out.


Worth Paying Up For: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers ($11,000)

Jokic is averaging 1.6 DKFP per minute on the season. He does it all and can provide fantasy goodies in a variety of ways. Over the past nine games, he’s scored at least 50 DKFP in every game with two of those over 60. He’s coming off a 65.5-DKFP performance despite playing only 27 minutes due to a blowout and a 78.75 DKFP explosion in 45 minutes versus the Grizzlies. The last time he faced the Trail Blazers, he went for 58.25 DKFP. Jokic has the highest floor/ceiling combo on the slate.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Xavier Tillman, Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers ($4,000)

Jonas Valanciunas ($8,100) is out after suffering a concussion. Tillman started the last game and played a whopping 41 minutes, scoring 45 DKFP. The game went to double-overtime, so keep that in mind. On the season, Tillman averages 0.88 DKFP per minute and should get plenty of run in this one.

Overall Lineup Strategy

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It’s a massive slate with a ton of juicy game environments. OKC/IND, GS/WAS, BKN/TOR, DEN/POR, MEM/LAC, and MIN/SAC are the ones that stand out to me. Ownership should be spread out evenly and pivots should be plentiful. There’s also tons of value, so fitting in two studs shouldn’t be a problem.

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