Value is a widely used term in any daily fantasy sports, but in NBA daily fantasy it’s much easier to actually assign numbers to a player’s value based on their salary. For people who tend to think more mathematically, NBA is the perfect sport because of this factor. In this article, I’ll break down the two different methods of calculating potential value as well as some of the uses of value calculations in your NBA lineup building.

Value Multipliers

The easiest way to consider calculating NBA value is to set goals for each player based on their salary. For example, you may want “X” player to score “Y” points based on “Z” salary. NBA stats are uniform among all positions (unlike in a sport like baseball where pitchers and hitters are scored differently or even football where players accumulate different point for various yardage). This allows you to create a uniform value formula across all players on your 8-man DraftKings roster. There are two multipliers you can use to calculate value as well, and they both lead to the same target score of 300 fantasy points.

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DK Value Calculation #1: 4X+10

The first way to calculate value is a little more useful in head to head or 50-50 style contests where you don’t necessarily need players with a really high ceiling, but rather you need guys with a low floor. The constant of 10 fantasy points above serves as the quickest way to account for that floor. Value is then calculated with the following formula, for example:

Value = ((Salary/1000) x 4) + 10

Player: Stephen Curry
Salary: $10,000
Value= ((10,000/1000) x 4) + 10 = (1000 × 4) +10 = 50 fantasy points

So for Steph Curry in a head to head or 50/50 game, you should ask yourself – “Can he realistically score 50 fantasy points tonight?”

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DK Value Calculation #1: 6X

This second way of calculating value is better served in tournaments since we remove the floor of 10 fantasy points as the constant and use a straight multiplier of 6X salary. This ends up increasing the score needed by some of the more expensive players and decreasing the value needed from cheaper players, although you should still hope for more than 6X from a minimum priced play. Here’s an example of that calculation:

Value = ((Salary/1000) x 6)

Player: Stephen Curry
Salary: $10,000
Value= ((10,000/1000) x 6) = (1000 × 6) = 60 fantasy points

So for rostering Stephen Curry in a tournament game, you want to ask yourself – “Can he realistically score 60 fantasy points tonight?”

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DK Value Charts

Shown below are some of the target scores you need based on nearly every price point on DraftKings for NBA players. Use the chart below when rostering players and remember to ask yourself if each player has a realistic chance to hit the target score:

  • Value #1 – Multiplier (4X + 10)
  • Value #2 – Multiplier (6X)

SalaryValue #1Value #2SalaryValue #1Value #2SalaryValue #1Value #2
$3000
22
18
$5400
31.6
32.4
$7800
41.2
46.8
$3100
22.4
18.6
$5500
32
33
$7900
41.6
47.4
$3200
22.8
19.2
$5600
32.4
33.6
$8000
42
48
$3300
23.2
19.8
$5700
32.8
34.2
$8100
42.4
48.6
$3400
23.6
20.4
$5800
33.2
34.8
$8200
42.8
49.2
$3500
24
21
$5900
33.6
35.4
$8300
43.2
49.8
$3600
24.4
21.6
$6000
34
36
$8400
43.6
50.4
$3700
24.8
22.2
$6100
34.4
36.6
$8500
44
51
$3800
25.2
22.8
$6200
34.8
37.2
$8600
44.4
51.6
$3900
25.6
23.4
$6300
35.2
37.8
$8700
44.8
52.2
$4000
26
24
$6400
35.6
38.4
$8800
45.2
52.8
$4100
26.4
24.6
$6500
36
39
$8900
45.6
53.4
$4200
26.8
25.2
$6600
36.4
39.6
$9000
46
54
$4300
27.2
25.8
$6700
36.8
40.2
$9100
46.4
54.6
$4400
27.6
26.4
$6800
37.2
40.8
$9200
46.8
55.2
$4500
28
27
$6900
37.6
41.4
$9300
47.2
55.8
$4600
28.4
27.6
$7000
38
42
$9400
47.6
56.4
$4700
28.8
28.2
$7100
38.4
42.6
$9500
48
57
$4800
29.2
28.8
$7200
38.8
43.2
$9600
48.4
57.6
$4900
29.6
29.4
$7300
39.2
43.8
$9700
48.8
58.2
$5000
30
30
$7400
39.6
44.4
$9800
49.2
58.8
$5100
30.4
30.6
$7500
40
45
$9900
49.6
59.4
$5200
30.8
31.2
$7600
40.4
45.6
$10000
50
60
$5300
31.2
31.8
$7700
40.8
46.2

Use some of these target/value scores to help you build better NBA daily fantasy lineups each and every night. One last tip, if you look at a player’s recent game log you can compare his recent performances with the expected value needed. If a player has been exceeding value consistently, you’re off to a good start in creating your daily NBA lineup!

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