DraftKings NBA Core Plays: Wednesday, February 14th

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, February 14th

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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  • 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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  • mrchrislevin

    Hi Meansy, thanks for all you do! Playing late slate only which is rare for me (mostly because if I play the main slate on Valentine’s Day, my wife might kill me). What advice would you give to nail a late slate, particularly this one? Thanks again!

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    @mrchrislevin said...

    Hi Meansy, thanks for all you do! Playing late slate only which is rare for me (mostly because if I play the main slate on Valentine’s Day, my wife might kill me). What advice would you give to nail a late slate, particularly this one? Thanks again!

    Load up on Jazz!

  • davidfirwin

    If Green and Looney are both out, is there a value option you like in the Warriors’ front court especially since Bell is not playing either? It seems like they all have their minutes capped no matter what, but just thought I’d ask. If Nurkic is out, would the Warriors go small and perhaps give the minutes to Casspi?

  • rroopinsurance

    Good Stuff this morning Meansy, If Nurk is out tonight ( which I think he is ) How about Ed David or even the Kid Collins? Seems both would play 20+ mins?

  • imalosah

    I’d suggest west if both of them sit.

  • bignish

    @meansy53 said...

    Load up on Jazz!

    Touche! Fellow Duke grad here Meansy (Class of 2011), love your article.

    Are you a little worried about Jazz starters not playing in the 4th quarter here with how good they’ve been lately and the large spread? If not, I think Joe Ingles should approach lock status too at only $6100. His playmaking ability without Rubio is impressive and I don’t see his hot shooting being deterred by this Suns defense. He should be priced around $7500 imo without Rubio in the fold and Hood/Johnson no longer on the team.

    Also, what about Isaiah Thomas for only $5800 vs the Pelicans? He should see minutes in the low 30s, is in one of the highest paced environments imaginable (with how fast the Pellies are playing without Boogie), faces a bad defense and should be motivated to prove himself. IT3 will be closer to around $8K on DK by season’s end imo unless his hip flares up again.

  • rroopinsurance

    I see you have tagged Royce, I also believe he is a good option, but what about his new teammate Jae Crowder, he is the same price and also saw big mins in the last game, even in a blowout should probably play a couple extra minutes getting used to his new teammates, also is more involved offensively than Royce ( will take more shots and 3s on draftkings ), thoughts?

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    @bignish said...

    Touche! Fellow Duke grad here Meansy (Class of 2011), love your article.

    Are you a little worried about Jazz starters not playing in the 4th quarter here with how good they’ve been lately and the large spread? If not, I think Joe Ingles should approach lock status too at only $6100. His playmaking ability without Rubio is impressive and I don’t see his hot shooting being deterred by this Suns defense. He should be priced around $7500 imo without Rubio in the fold and Hood/Johnson no longer on the team.

    Also, what about Isaiah Thomas for only $5800 vs the Pelicans? He should see minutes in the low 30s, is in one of the highest paced environments imaginable (with how fast the Pellies are playing without Boogie), faces a bad defense and should be motivated to prove himself. IT3 will be closer to around $8K on DK by season’s end imo unless his hip flares up again.

    Bignish thanks for this post, I wasnt thinkin IT that much, but I believe you are 100% right about him tonight, gonna load up

  • bignish

    @rroopinsurance said...

    Bignish thanks for this post, I wasnt thinkin IT that much, but I believe you are 100% right about him tonight, gonna load up

    You’re welcome, good luck!

  • Kmasonbx

    With Frazier out and Sotoransky looking unlikely to play how many minutes would Meeks have to play to get you interested at 3800?

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    West 20 min max no thanks

  • rroopinsurance

    Hawks are in a tough spot, but now sitting, Ilyasova, Schroeder and Baze, I believe the beneficiaries will be Prince, Dedmon, J.Collins, Delaney and Dorsey, does that seem right? And how would YOU rank em? I think :
    1 Dedmon
    2 Prince
    3 Collins
    4 Delaney
    5 Dorsey

  • Kmasonbx

    @Kmasonbx said...

    With Frazier out and Sotoransky looking unlikely to play how many minutes would Meeks have to play to get you interested at 3800?

    So much for this, Sotoransky is in.

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    @davidfirwin said...

    If Green and Looney are both out, is there a value option you like in the Warriors’ front court especially since Bell is not playing either? It seems like they all have their minutes capped no matter what, but just thought I’d ask. If Nurkic is out, would the Warriors go small and perhaps give the minutes to Casspi?

    Regarding the Nurkic part, I think they might do that anyways.

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    @rroopinsurance said...

    Good Stuff this morning Meansy, If Nurk is out tonight ( which I think he is ) How about Ed David or even the Kid Collins? Seems both would play 20+ mins?

    Both fine for tournaments I’d say, but the Hawks value renders it irrelevant in cash games I think now.

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    @bignish said...

    Touche! Fellow Duke grad here Meansy (Class of 2011), love your article.

    Are you a little worried about Jazz starters not playing in the 4th quarter here with how good they’ve been lately and the large spread? If not, I think Joe Ingles should approach lock status too at only $6100. His playmaking ability without Rubio is impressive and I don’t see his hot shooting being deterred by this Suns defense. He should be priced around $7500 imo without Rubio in the fold and Hood/Johnson no longer on the team.

    Also, what about Isaiah Thomas for only $5800 vs the Pelicans? He should see minutes in the low 30s, is in one of the highest paced environments imaginable (with how fast the Pellies are playing without Boogie), faces a bad defense and should be motivated to prove himself. IT3 will be closer to around $8K on DK by season’s end imo unless his hip flares up again.

    Nice! (and thanks for making me feel old)

    Yes, there is some blowout risk here. I didn’t think the spread would be THAT high when it came out. No way I am fading Mitchell at that price tag though.

    I definitely have different feelings than you about locking in Ingles in cash games at $6,100!

    Agree on IT…love his price tag tonight on DK.

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    @rroopinsurance said...

    I see you have tagged Royce, I also believe he is a good option, but what about his new teammate Jae Crowder, he is the same price and also saw big mins in the last game, even in a blowout should probably play a couple extra minutes getting used to his new teammates, also is more involved offensively than Royce ( will take more shots and 3s on draftkings ), thoughts?

    I do like Bae Crowder tonight, but I prefer Royce (and Prince now also) over him in cash games.

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    @Kmasonbx said...

    With Frazier out and Sotoransky looking unlikely to play how many minutes would Meeks have to play to get you interested at 3800?

    Sato looks good to go now, as I am sure you already saw. Just didn’t want you to think I was ignoring the question!

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    @rroopinsurance said...

    Hawks are in a tough spot, but now sitting, Ilyasova, Schroeder and Baze, I believe the beneficiaries will be Prince, Dedmon, J.Collins, Delaney and Dorsey, does that seem right? And how would YOU rank em? I think :
    1 Dedmon
    2 Prince
    3 Collins
    4 Delaney
    5 Dorsey

    Delaney, Prince, Collins (slightly behind Prince due to more minutes volatility) is the clear first tier for me.

    Dorsey, Dedmon, Muscala follow in the next tier.

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    @Kmasonbx said...

    So much for this, Sotoransky is in.

    Whoops, this is what I get for going through questions from the top down…

  • YAPPYKAPPY

    in reference to the hawks ranking question.. I am having a hard time deciding between Delaney and Dorsey. I feel like Dorsey has more upside here. HQ has them both projected for 30 mins with Delaney projected for 24 points and Dorsey at 23 points. I just think Delaney sucks personally but that’s just me(that’s why you’re the expert and not me lol). Are you ranking Delaney higher on volume or what is it?? Help me Yodi!! :) As always you are the bomb in these situations!! This would be for cash or gpp either way

  • DaRealDro901

    Meansy, early 2 game slate at 6:30 (IND BKN , WAS NYK), who would you load up on? I have 5 WAS players playing. You think that’s too much?

  • DaRealDro901

    Joe Johnson just signed with the Rockets and will be available to play tonight. You think he’ll start off tonight with a lot of minutes?

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    @YAPPYKAPPY said...

    in reference to the hawks ranking question.. I am having a hard time deciding between Delaney and Dorsey. I feel like Dorsey has more upside here. HQ has them both projected for 30 mins with Delaney projected for 24 points and Dorsey at 23 points. I just think Delaney sucks personally but that’s just me(that’s why you’re the expert and not me lol). Are you ranking Delaney higher on volume or what is it?? Help me Yodi!! :) As always you are the bomb in these situations!! This would be for cash or gpp either way

    I am ranking Delaney ahead of Dorsey because of what I said in the update. Everything should be pretty similar for them (minutes, usage), but Delaney has the much higher assist rate.

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    @DaRealDro901 said...

    Meansy, early 2 game slate at 6:30 (IND BKN , WAS NYK), who would you load up on? I have 5 WAS players playing. You think that’s too much?

    Washington, Dipo, M Turner sound good to me

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