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DFS-NBAAuthor: Scott Jack

Updated on January 8th, 2016.

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My favorite daily fantasy sport (DFS) is basketball, although it’s tough to remain profitable every season, as the opposition keeps improving.

More and more fantasy players are starting to play daily fantasy and the daily expertise available freely online for the NBA is just nuts. Whether you want to look at advanced metrics or simply +EV line-ups, it’s all available for free on the Internet.

One player can literally make or break a line-up in real money daily fantasy NBA, which is something I like. I’m a fan of sending out multiple line-ups with different players every night, which helps to limit the variance you’ll surly experience in DFS.

Let’s take a look at the best daily fantasy basketball sites to play at this year.

Best real money daily fantasy basketball sites

  • DraftKings: Get a $600 bonus upon joining and play in thousands of daily fantasy NBA contests for real money.
  • FanDuel: Has bigger and better DFS basketball contests than anyone in the industry still.
  • Fantasy Aces: Smaller site with a different format than the Big 2. Quickly becoming one of my favorite sites.

These are our top three recommended real money daily fantasy basketball websites. You should join them all once your bankroll is big enough because each site offers different features, level of competition and contest formats.

DFS NBA rules and scoring

We’ll be analyzing the scoring, rules and roster requirements at DraftKings and FanDuel. Both are relatively the same, but there are some differences, more so than other sports we’ve taken a look at in our other guides at DailySportsGeek.

What’s the salary cap?

  • DraftKings: $50,000 ($6250 per roster spot)
  • FanDuel: $60,000 ($6666 per roster spot)

How about the roster requirements?

  • DraftKings: PG, SG, SF, PF, C, G, F and Utility (Eight Players Total)
  • FanDuel: PG, PG, SG, SG, SF, SF, PF, PF and C (Nine Players Total)

Play daily fantasy basketball at FanDuel if you enjoy utilizing a bit more strategy. You have to select two from every position except center, which can be tough, especially on shorter slates. DraftKings has less strict roster rules, but that opens up a lot of options.

DraftKings-NBADoes the scoring differ much between the two real money daily fantasy NBA sites?


  • Point = 1 Point
  • Made 3-Pointer = 0.5 Points
  • Assist = 1.5 Points
  • Rebound = 1.25 Points
  • Steal = 2 Points
  • Block = 2 Points
  • Turnover = -0.5 Points
  • Double-Double = 1.5 Points
  • Triple-Double = 3 Points


  • Point = 1 Point
  • Assist = 1.5 Points
  • Rebound = 1.2 Points
  • Steal = 2 Points
  • Block = 2 Points
  • Turnover = -1 Point

I love the scoring at DraftKings when compared to FanDuel, but I gladly play at both sites and just adjust my strategy.

Turnovers can really hurt at FanDuel, so you need to target players that won’t lose 5-10 points a night from turnovers. At DK you really need to focus on players that are consistently double-double threats on a nightly basis.

3-Point shooters also have more value at DK because of the +0.5 point bonus on every nailed shot from the 3 point line.

There are all types of real money DFS basketball contests, ranging from heads-up (2 Players) to huge contest with 1000+ entries in the field. There are also various formats, such as double ups, triple ups, satellites and freerolls among others.

View the roster selection screen at DraftKings below – FanDuel’s tournament screen is basically identical.


DFS NBA strategy and tips

One of the main reasons I enjoy playing daily fantasy basketball is because of the multitude of strategies.

You can attempt to build a “Stars and Scrubs” line-up, consisting of expensive superstars and cheap value plays or you can try to build a line-up with a bunch of middle range players. Each night is usually different, so you need to be able to adjust.

Some nights you’re not going to be able to pass up on the big superstar, especially on a short slate. At times last year (2015) you had to target Westbrook when Durant was out or James in the playoffs, or else you just weren’t going to compete.

There are always value plays at varying prices – personally I find FanDuel pricing much tougher. DraftKings always has multiple value plays at the minimum price ($3000) or close to it. Your goal when you play daily fantasy NBA is to get “value” out of every pick.

When I say get value out of every pick – it simply means every player will score X multiplier depending upon the site. At DraftKings you want to score 6x value on every pick, although the big superstars will have a hard time reaching that multiplier.

Every time you select a player, you should be thinking about what value they’ll hit.

A $3000 player at DK only has to score 18 points to hit value, but you really want the value plays to score even more.

When building a line-up you should always check to see what positions will be the toughest for the night. When Durant, James or Leonard are playing the SF position it isn’t too tough to pick, but SF can be the hardest position on short slates.

FanDuel makes shallow positions even tougher because you need two of each except at center.

Center is one position that’s been deep lately and I often end up with two at DraftKings. A scoring center is so valuable, as he’ll also pick up a lot of rebounds and blocks most nights, making him a consistent double-double threat.

At daily fantasy NBA sites that have a utility position, you should target a big man in most cases. They have a better chance to hit a double-double than most guards because they pick up a lot of easy rebounds, whereas assists are harder to come by.

Start playing real money DFS at one of our leading daily fantasy basketball websites.