DraftKings NBA Core Plays: Friday, January 12th

Andy Means will be bringing Premium subscribers his top cash game plays and tournament pivots to build around. A former Duke basketball walk-on and now top-ranked DFS player, Andy will take an in-depth look into each of his core plays, and then blend it all together from a roster construction perspective. On weekends, the preseason maestro you all know and love, Allan Lem, takes the reigns.

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Friday, January 12th

For those that read this article last year, welcome back. For those that are new, thanks for reading! Here is a quick review of what I am trying to accomplish with NBA Core Plays.

First and foremost, the Core Plays I reference below are for cash game formats (e.g. 50/50, H2H, double-ups). They are the players I think you absolutely must have in your cash game lineup(s) on that day’s main slate. There is a ton of great DFS information available nowadays. However, it can also be difficult to comb through all of that information and know whom exactly to put in your lineup. After reading a lot of articles and listening to a few podcasts, you suddenly are left thinking that there are 20 guys you should be putting into your cash game lineup (“Player X is an elite play!”; “Player Y is perfect for cash games!”; “Player Z is viable in all formats!”).

My goal with this article is to actually prioritize all of those viable plays.


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About the Author

  • Andy Means (meansy53)

  • Andy Means, aka meansy53, was a walk-on with the esteemed Duke University basketball team for three years before graduating in 2004. He has a Masters in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has been playing DFS since 2014 – professionally since 2016. He is a featured contributor for RotoGrinders who has qualified for multiple live finals and has been a consistent top-ranked Grinder.

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  • bods72

    Means, what’s your take on Gasol tonight?He appears to be heating up and seems a bit cheap.

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    @bods72 said...

    Means, what’s your take on Gasol tonight?He appears to be heating up and seems a bit cheap.

    I am on board with that. I think he is viable in both formats tonight.

  • titostissue

    Means, this is for roster construction. What is the focus for DK Tournaments tonight, would you roll two Centers, balanced approach, or a mix of studs and scrubs? Thank you in advance!

  • Muleyhaven

    Man, Really feels like an Angry Lebron game tonight with massive upside….Setting up to be a really fun slate with a great hammer game!

  • bods72

    Thanks Meansy, one more question. Do you feel like Butler is cash viable? I don’t love the price but it’s between him and Oladipo.

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    @titostissue said...

    Means, this is for roster construction. What is the focus for DK Tournaments tonight, would you roll two Centers, balanced approach, or a mix of studs and scrubs? Thank you in advance!

    All are viable in tournaments! I’d be lying if I said I had a preference one way or another.

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    @Muleyhaven said...

    Man, Really feels like an Angry Lebron game tonight with massive upside….Setting up to be a really fun slate with a great hammer game!

    Totally agree…talked a little bit more about that on the FanDuel article.

    And that is not the only reason I like LeBron tonight. Indy is without Myles Turner, so they will have absolutely no rim protection. So I am right there with you on the LeBron love tonight.

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    @bods72 said...

    Thanks Meansy, one more question. Do you feel like Butler is cash viable? I don’t love the price but it’s between him and Oladipo.

    Now that Teague is back, I definitely prefer Oladipo of the two.

  • LesJohns

    Meansy,

    Ryan Anderson maybe get a few more minutes today? Plus, he’s playing on the road, so he’s playable, right???

    Want me to say hello to anyone at Cameron Indoor tomorrow for you?

  • Cdavis21

    Do you prefer Jokic or Gasol in their matchup? I would typically just play them both but rather get exposure to Capela tonight.

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    @LesJohns said...

    Meansy,

    Ryan Anderson maybe get a few more minutes today? Plus, he’s playing on the road, so he’s playable, right???

    Want me to say hello to anyone at Cameron Indoor tomorrow for you?

    Damn, going to Cameron without me?? Since Coach will be busy and I think you said you are in media, tell Jon Jackson I said hello.

    And yes, Ryno is viable everywhere since I am assuming he isn’t colorblind to orange and purple!

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    @Cdavis21 said...

    Do you prefer Jokic or Gasol in their matchup? I would typically just play them both but rather get exposure to Capela tonight.

    Of the two, I think I have to side with Jokic.

  • bigdogkyle

    Meansy, will you be considering Dragan Bender tonight?

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    @bigdogkyle said...

    Meansy, will you be considering Dragan Bender tonight?

    Yeah, he is in play in both formats for obvious reasons. The price on DraftKings at least makes you think about it (as opposed to FD where he is bare minimum).

  • dfsslayer

    Thoughts on Kanter tonight for cash? Seems like he’ll get more mins playing Minnesota tonight?

  • Hope87

    Meansy, just have to say thanks for all your advice (especially last night) because of you i finally took down my 1st GPP on draftkings!!!I heard the stories of people doing it with one lineup but didnt know if i could ever be one of them. (I am now) Again, thanks man and keep up your good/hard work! BLESSED!!!!

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    @dfsslayer said...

    Thoughts on Kanter tonight for cash? Seems like he’ll get more mins playing Minnesota tonight?

    I don’t think I could go there in cash on a slate like this. I agree he “should” get more minutes, but ya never know with Hornacek. That makes him very appealing in tournaments though.

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    @Hope87 said...

    Meansy, just have to say thanks for all your advice (especially last night) because of you i finally took down my 1st GPP on draftkings!!!I heard the stories of people doing it with one lineup but didnt know if i could ever be one of them. (I am now) Again, thanks man and keep up your good/hard work! BLESSED!!!!

    Heck yeah Hope!!! Congrats man…hope you get another one soon.

  • Capone1233

    Curry out Meansy, Dray/Durant now cash locks?

  • mrchrislevin

    On that last note – Meansy, how many lineups a night do you usually make for cash?

  • anirudh

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    Andy, Is Darren Collison viable for DK cash? His price is so cheap.

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    @Capone1233 said...

    Curry out Meansy, Dray/Durant now cash locks?

    Going through all of that now. I will update the article.

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    @mrchrislevin said...

    On that last note – Meansy, how many lineups a night do you usually make for cash?

    I almost always play one cash game lineup for NBA.

  • jlo_ondascene85

    im stuck at adding someone in the utility area for 5000

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    @anirudh said...

    Andy, Is Darren Collison viable for DK cash? His price is so cheap.

    Yeah he is right there, but I like him more as a last piece sort of thing. I don’t like that he is basically right at 28 minutes per game now.

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