FanDuel 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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  • Dr3ambash3r

    Whats your opinion on pairing Simmons with Embiid in cash? Also thoughts on Tim Frazier and Carmelo Anthony tonight?

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    Whats your opinion on pairing Simmons with Embiid in cash? Also thoughts on Tim Frazier and Carmelo Anthony tonight?

    Not opposed to Simmons at all tonight. Unsure at this point though if I will be able to get up to him comfortably.

    I think Frazier and Melo are both tourney only for me tonight.

  • Dr3ambash3r

    So who would be your best options at point guard tonight in cash? And Trevor Booker or Julius Randle at PF tonight in cash? Thanks for the help.

  • HARVEY77

    did they sign Mike James according to his profile they haven’t resigned him yet!!!!

  • kingspointer

    meansy53 –

    I think that Lopez is a sneaky good play here. Philly is giving up nearly 50 FD points to opposing Centers the last 5 games. If you were to ASSUME that Lopez had a great night, who would you handcuff him with as a correlation play?

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    Thanks for all your help. Your core plays have helped me more than anything else premium section

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    So who would be your best options at point guard tonight in cash? And Trevor Booker or Julius Randle at PF tonight in cash? Thanks for the help.

    I just put up my first run-through of CVR. That is the best place to get answers for these types of questions. I sweep through it again later in the afternoon and again if any major news breaks (and I have the time).

    To answer these specifically though, I think you are pairing Russ with Mike James at point guard. And I greatly prefer Randle to Booker at power forward.

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    @HARVEY77 said...

    did they sign Mike James according to his profile they haven’t resigned him yet!!!!

    Yep, he is signed.

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    @kingspointer said...

    meansy53 –

    I think that Lopez is a sneaky good play here. Philly is giving up nearly 50 FD points to opposing Centers the last 5 games. If you were to ASSUME that Lopez had a great night, who would you handcuff him with as a correlation play?

    Definitely on board with BroLo in tournaments. You lose out on Embiid if you play BroLo though, so you absolutely would have to pair him with Simmons.

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    @coolerco said...

    Thanks for all your help. Your core plays have helped me more than anything else premium section

    No problem…glad I can be of some help!

  • Clecavs

    Hey Meansy- With this OKC news, do you see yourself fading Simmons? I feel like I should have one of the Philly guys but it’s hard finding something I’m comfortable with when locking in Simmons with Westbrook, Anthony and Adams.

  • Dr3ambash3r

    Okay thanks once again thanks for the help. Do you think Andre Roberson gets a larger role tonight with Paul George and Jerami Grant being out?

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    Okay thanks once again thanks for the help. Do you think Andre Roberson gets a larger role tonight with Paul George and Jerami Grant being out?

    Role probably stays the same, but he will see a few more minutes for sure.

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    @Clecavs said...

    Hey Meansy- With this OKC news, do you see yourself fading Simmons? I feel like I should have one of the Philly guys but it’s hard finding something I’m comfortable with when locking in Simmons with Westbrook, Anthony and Adams.

    I don’t see myself going up to Simmons in cash games. It is scary not having either him or Embiid, but we need to take the value where it is presented.

    If it is too worrisome for you, there is always the option to go up to Embiid instead of Adams.

  • Clecavs

    Thanks-

    Beal, Clarkson and Ingles/Jackson or Caldwell-Pope, Redick and Ingram for cash?

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    @Clecavs said...

    Thanks-

    Beal, Clarkson and Ingles/Jackson or Caldwell-Pope, Redick and Ingram for cash?

    First one with Jackson

  • Dr3ambash3r

    Thoughts on Jerryd Bayless now that hes been named starter for cash games?

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