FanDuel 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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Comments

  • Dr3ambash3r

    Would you say Jeff Teague is cash viable tonight in cash?

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    Would you say Jeff Teague is cash viable tonight in cash?

    No. The matchup is obviously good, but there is no way to trust that he gets the necessary minutes to be a good play. He only got 25 in his first game back, and he probably needs mid to upper 30’s to be a decent play in my opinion.

  • Stilleyes

    That’s B2B massive blowouts for Cavs on the road. I live in Indy and am a huge Pacer fan, but I am seriously concerned about getting pounded tonight by an angry Lebron and entire Cavs team. I wish Lance was cheaper though because he gets fired up playing LeBron. Maybe he’ll blow in his ear or kiss him on the cheek tonight.

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    @Stilleyes said...

    That’s B2B massive blowouts for Cavs on the road. I live in Indy and am a huge Pacer fan, but I am seriously concerned about getting pounded tonight by an angry Lebron and entire Cavs team. I wish Lance was cheaper though because he gets fired up playing LeBron. Maybe he’ll blow in his ear or kiss him on the cheek tonight.

    Yeah, if nothing else, love this game as a sneakier game stack than the chalky HOU/PHO.

    What part of Indy do you live in? I grew up on the northeast side (Lawrence North alum) and lived downtown on Mass Ave from like 2006 to 2015. I miss Indy!

  • Dr3ambash3r

    With the news just coming out about Gary Harris being ruled out does this make Will Barton a core play for you? And if not do you think he is cash viable?

  • Stilleyes

    @meansy53 said...

    What part of Indy do you live in? I grew up on the northeast side (Lawrence North alum) and lived downtown on Mass Ave from like 2006 to 2015. I miss Indy!

    I currently live in Camby which is SW right near Mooresville. I grew up on the Westside. Ben Davis High School. Mass Ave. is really growing and changing. Its the place to be these days. I own a small construction business so I am all over the city all the time. Other than the out of control violence, Indy is a great city. Gentrification is in full force in surrounding downtown areas as there is a ton of money being dumped into these areas seemingly because Gen X and Millenials all want to live near downtown. The older I get, the further from the city I’m trying to get. If you make it back to Indy, I’ll buy ya a beer and we can talk hoops. Anyway, about the Pacers game stack, I love it myself, what do you think about Collison at 5k on fanduel. I don’t generally like rostering him, but seems like a solid play tonight at his current salary and with what I expect to be a fast paced high scoring affair

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    With the news just coming out about Gary Harris being ruled out does this make Will Barton a core play for you? And if not do you think he is cash viable?

    Yes, just tagged him in LineupHQ.

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    @Stilleyes said...

    I currently live in Camby which is SW right near Mooresville. I grew up on the Westside. Ben Davis High School. Mass Ave. is really growing and changing. Its the place to be these days. I own a small construction business so I am all over the city all the time. Other than the out of control violence, Indy is a great city. Gentrification is in full force in surrounding downtown areas as there is a ton of money being dumped into these areas seemingly because Gen X and Millenials all want to live near downtown. The older I get, the further from the city I’m trying to get. If you make it back to Indy, I’ll buy ya a beer and we can talk hoops. Anyway, about the Pacers game stack, I love it myself, what do you think about Collison at 5k on fanduel. I don’t generally like rostering him, but seems like a solid play tonight at his current salary and with what I expect to be a fast paced high scoring affair

    I think Collison is viable in both formats tonight, although I personally don’t plan on playing him in cash games. It is for sure a great price tag though.

  • gswenson0607

    LeBron/Booker/Rubio or Durant/Middleton/Dinwiddie?

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    @gswenson0607 said...

    LeBron/Booker/Rubio or Durant/Middleton/Dinwiddie?

    That is a tough one, but I lean the first one. Mainly because I prefer LeBron/Booker to Durant/Middleton.

  • oneder

    Lots of good studs tonight. Are you favoring CP3 and Lebron over Durant and Giannis in cash games?

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    @oneder said...

    Lots of good studs tonight. Are you favoring CP3 and Lebron over Durant and Giannis in cash games?

    Yes I am. Still trying to figure out if I can comfortably fit in LeBron.

  • icecase88

    Beasley/Kanter or G. Green/Capella for FD GPP? Kanter at $5300 vs KAT seems to cheap and with built in upside

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    @icecase88 said...

    Beasley/Kanter or G. Green/Capella for FD GPP? Kanter at $5300 vs KAT seems to cheap and with built in upside

    That first one sounds good to me for GPP. The second one will have way higher ownership for sure.

  • luke12345

    It feels like if you want to fit lebron in and feel safe with cp3 you gotta go down from booker. :(

  • luke12345

    CP3/Schroder/Barton/Bazemore/James/Tucker/Bender/Anderson/Capela. zero salary left on fd. Do you think doing something like this where we drop down from booker is a bad idea tonight?

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    @luke12345 said...

    It feels like if you want to fit lebron in and feel safe with cp3 you gotta go down from booker. :(

    You hit the nail on the head there. Not sure that is something I want to do!

  • lolAdvantage

    Hey meansy,

    I am trying to jam Lebron in my cash lineups, but it leaves me with 3600 for a PG, what do you think is the best option? I am thinking Livingston or Calderon, maybe Canaan or Ian Clark?

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    @luke12345 said...

    CP3/Schroder/Barton/Bazemore/James/Tucker/Bender/Anderson/Capela. zero salary left on fd. Do you think doing something like this where we drop down from booker is a bad idea tonight?

    If you want LeBron, that lineup looks the path you need to take.

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    @lolAdvantage said...

    Hey meansy,

    I am trying to jam Lebron in my cash lineups, but it leaves me with 3600 for a PG, what do you think is the best option? I am thinking Livingston or Calderon, maybe Canaan or Ian Clark?

    I’d go Livingston if that is the route you are taking.

  • Dr3ambash3r

    How do you feel about Oladipo tonight against the cavs?

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