DraftKings NBA Core Plays: Thursday, December 7th

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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Thursday, December 7th

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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Comments

  • kpotocza

    Andy, what are your feelings on 4-game slates? I know you usually recommend scaling back on 2 and 3 gamers but do you feel 4 is the “safe zone” to play the full amount? I’m always caught in between on these 4-5 gamers.

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    Here are my thoughts for cash games due to slate size.

    2-3 games: Don’t do it.

    6+ games: Allllllll abooooooard.

    4-5 games: Slate specific. Are you forced to roster just awful plays? Is said player only in consideration because of the nature of the slate? I tend to avoid cash games on those kinds of slates.

    However, if there are guys in good spots and also some really good cheap value plays, I am way more likely to play cash games.

    Another variable is the game environments. Like tonight, we have three really good teams to target in the 76ers, Thunder, and Wizards due to their opponents playing fast and being bad defensively (with the exception of LAL). That makes you feel good about the guys you are rostering.

    So yeah, I think I am definitely playing cash games tonight. I feel like a good amount of the guys in consideration tonight would also be in consideration on bigger slates.

    Sorry for rambling…

  • nickzylak

    Thanks meansy. I’ve always had the same question. I never do on 2-3 game slates or 4 game slates where the games all blow. But some nights the smaller slates have good games that I am fine with targeting for cash. Thanks for your input

  • LesJohns

    Rambling was perfect there, Andy. Great explanation, and much appreciated.

    I’m personally all aboard cash games today, but sitting out Gpps because of personal time constraints.

    As the core plays are all mid-to-upper tiered guys, still looking for a couple of value plays.

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    It is now officially a Russ Westbrook day ha

  • Heatnation7

    why does the rotogrinders model like Caris Lavert so much? am I missing something key news wise?

  • davidfirwin

    With George out, is Melo now a lock? Also, is Felton or Abrines worth a punt with Grant out?

  • Jordanutd

    The guy I love tonight that no one is talking about is Gobert. 6200 in a pace up game against the rockets who shoot 3’s or layups and Capela hangs around the basket…. Tons of opportunities for Gobert and I don’t think people will play him yet. He played 27 minutes last game on 2nd night of back to back…

  • kpotocza

    Thanks! Great info.

  • cpchimps

    @Jordanutd said...

    The guy I love tonight that no one is talking about is Gobert. 6200 in a pace up game against the rockets who shoot 3’s or layups and Capela hangs around the basket…. Tons of opportunities for Gobert and I don’t think people will play him yet. He played 27 minutes last game on 2nd night of back to back…

    “no one is talking about…Gobert” is a tad incorrect. He literally mentions him in the article you are commenting on. lol

  • Jordanutd

    That’s why I commented here. Only place I have seen it.

  • shockeyville80

    @Jordanutd said...

    That’s why I commented here. Only place I have seen it.

    I like Capela right back on the other side. He’s had some decent games against Gobert and if the game stays close I’d think he’d see at least as many minutes as Rudy. Earlier this season he played 22 minutes vs. Utah (blowout) and scored ~29fp.

    Gobert also may not have the minutes upside we need yet as he’s just come back from injury, but that is only speculation on my part.

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    @Heatnation7 said...

    why does the rotogrinders model like Caris Lavert so much? am I missing something key news wise?

    I wouldn’t put too much stock into what it says early in the day. The guys who work on those projections are fine tuning it throughout the day, so give it a little bit of time before you dive too deep into it.

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    @davidfirwin said...

    With George out, is Melo now a lock? Also, is Felton or Abrines worth a punt with Grant out?

    Yes, to Melo…just put in an update.

    Felton more so than Abrines, but both for tournaments. Roberson is the cheap guy for cash games I think.

  • Arlowe84

    Can’t believe I’m saying this but does Roberson now become an elite value play tonite? This seems like his type of game to rack up a ton of peripherals!

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    @Arlowe84 said...

    Can’t believe I’m saying this but does Roberson now become an elite value play tonite? This seems like his type of game to rack up a ton of peripherals!

    I wouldn’t call it elite, but I might call it borderline necessary!

  • Nape

    Meansy, thanks for all info! Cash LU was awesome last night. I’m so much more comfortable doing NBA now after reading this article daily. Not necessarily for your picks, but the logic you put into it. I’ve learned how to minimize risk, and play for upside. Like last night a lot of ppl went to Mason Plumlee, I went to John Henson, because I knew he would get run against Drummond, and his skill set would afford him to reach value based on 20-25 mins. So, thanks for helping me think in that sense.

    Tonight, i’m not doing much cash, but going overweight on the field with Josh Jackson and Jordan Clarkson. I like these two to play between 20-30 mins in pace up games. I think both will have good usage with the second unit, and in Jackson’s case, help take up some of the usage left by Booker.

    Do you like the way i’m approaching this? Thanks!

  • Cdavis21

    Capela or diwindle? Same price who do you think has the better upside?

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    @Nape said...

    Meansy, thanks for all info! Cash LU was awesome last night. I’m so much more comfortable doing NBA now after reading this article daily. Not necessarily for your picks, but the logic you put into it. I’ve learned how to minimize risk, and play for upside. Like last night a lot of ppl went to Mason Plumlee, I went to John Henson, because I knew he would get run against Drummond, and his skill set would afford him to reach value based on 20-25 mins. So, thanks for helping me think in that sense.

    Tonight, i’m not doing much cash, but going overweight on the field with Josh Jackson and Jordan Clarkson. I like these two to play between 20-30 mins in pace up games. I think both will have good usage with the second unit, and in Jackson’s case, help take up some of the usage left by Booker.

    Do you like the way i’m approaching this? Thanks!

    Yeah, no complaints with that. I’d throw Mike James in there too. I think he commands a ton of usage tonight, as he probably gets some run at the two.

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    @Cdavis21 said...

    Capela or diwindle? Same price who do you think has the better upside?

    I lean Capela here but not by much.

  • LesJohns

    @meansy53 said...

    Yeah, no complaints with that. I’d throw Mike James in there too. I think he commands a ton of usage tonight, as he probably gets some run at the two.

    Do you go James>Ullis? Same exact price.

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    @LesJohns said...

    Do you go James>Ullis? Same exact price.

    I would

  • Cdavis21

    That’s kinda what was I thinking. Thanks man

  • jessiem

    Should of stuck with the sixers stack

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