DraftKings NBA Core Plays: Wednesday, December 6th

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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Wednesday, December 6th

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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  • Capone1233

    Thoughts on Dwight Powell for Value. Been steadily putting up near 6x last four games.

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    @Capone1233 said...

    Thoughts on Dwight Powell for Value. Been steadily putting up near 6x last four games.

    Fine for tournaments, but I don’t think I would go there in cash games.

  • amjennison25

    Andy I know you’ve been decently high on Drummond recently, his price has come up a bit but how do you feel about him in cash games tonight vs a weak Milwaukee frontcourt

  • LesJohns

    Clearly Andy wanted another easy day, so he decided to essentially just break down one game for us.

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    @amjennison25 said...

    Andy I know you’ve been decently high on Drummond recently, his price has come up a bit but how do you feel about him in cash games tonight vs a weak Milwaukee frontcourt

    Definitely in play. I like him a lot but not enough where I want to sacrifice other positions. I am having a tough time fitting him as of now.

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    @LesJohns said...

    Clearly Andy wanted another easy day, so he decided to essentially just break down one game for us.

    lol sure looks that way…those Nuggets pivots just made too much sense!

  • jackobeets

    Hi Andy. I start my research with “First Look”. For Jrue (and this is probably gonna show I have no idea what I’m doing), I go: 1) High team total, check 2) Minutes over 30, check 3) FP/Min close to 1, check 4) Usage close to 20% but more without the Brow, check 5) Opponent DVP 5th best, DRPM 2nd best – ohhhh woahhh hold the phone. Cross this guy off the list.

    By your expert take, I presume that you’d point out my mistake at #5 and point to #1-4 as justification to take the matchup with a grain of salt. To my knowledge (limited), Jrue isn’t a “matchup proof” type of guy, so in instances like this, should we not take matchup too much into consideration when other factors look solid? Thanks!

  • Evorscan3

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    I see you aren’t too high on Durant today, seems to be in a prime spot.

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    @Evorscan3 said...

    I see you aren’t too high on Durant today, seems to be in a prime spot.

    Just because he isn’t listed in here doesn’t mean I am not high on him. He is just tough to (comfortably) fit in with the other guys already listed. If Draymond is out, I will probably be jamming him in regardless.

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    @jackobeets said...

    Hi Andy. I start my research with “First Look”. For Jrue (and this is probably gonna show I have no idea what I’m doing), I go: 1) High team total, check 2) Minutes over 30, check 3) FP/Min close to 1, check 4) Usage close to 20% but more without the Brow, check 5) Opponent DVP 5th best, DRPM 2nd best – ohhhh woahhh hold the phone. Cross this guy off the list.

    By your expert take, I presume that you’d point out my mistake at #5 and point to #1-4 as justification to take the matchup with a grain of salt. To my knowledge (limited), Jrue isn’t a “matchup proof” type of guy, so in instances like this, should we not take matchup too much into consideration when other factors look solid? Thanks!

    I definitely see your point, but this is where using these metrics requires a little massaging in my opinion. I am not entirely sure where the numbers are pulled for the First Look, but I am guessing Denver is #2 in DRPM at the shooting guard position due to Gary Harris (0.76 DRPM, 8th best SG).

    However, Jrue isn’t going to see the defense of Gary Harris all game, as he will also slide over to the point guard position. It is for that reason that I referenced Denver’s defensive efficiency against the entire backcourt as opposed to just by position (which they rank poorly in).

  • LesJohns

    Andy,

    Thoughts on Quin Cook starting tonight for the Warriors?

  • Jgold46

    If Draymond gets ruled out do we force KD in with the 3 above on DK

  • walkoff9

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    any thoughts on the other 10 games lol

  • fisherc02

    its hard not to find jakaar sampson interesting. when draymond gets ruled out, do you see yourself going there for a cash game? help will be needed with Boog, KD, Jrue.

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    @LesJohns said...

    Andy,

    Thoughts on Quin Cook starting tonight for the Warriors?

    Tourney only

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    @Jgold46 said...

    If Draymond gets ruled out do we force KD in with the 3 above on DK

    For sure. I am trying to fit him in without the news too but am having trouble with it.

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    @fisherc02 said...

    its hard not to find jakaar sampson interesting. when draymond gets ruled out, do you see yourself going there for a cash game? help will be needed with Boog, KD, Jrue.

    Interesting for sure, but I will be doing all I can not to play him in cash games.

  • maxedon15

    Sampson or Cook DK GPP?

  • Juice31

    Thoughts on Vucevic tonight against ATL’s front court full of injury’s?

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    @Juice31 said...

    Thoughts on Vucevic tonight against ATL’s front court full of injury’s?

    A fine tournament play; several others at that position I’d prefer in cash games.

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    @maxedon15 said...

    Sampson or Cook DK GPP?

    I think I’d go Sampson here just because I think there is more room up on the minutes.

  • FPrimo

    Is it worth attacking any piece of what’s left of Atlanta’s frontcourt?

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