FanDuel NBA Core Plays: Tuesday, February 13th

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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Tuesday, February 13th

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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  • Mviola24

    I saw a blurb about a double spend up at SF.

    Cedi at 4100? Feels like 20 is a lock

    I also feel like the spurs value will be a heavy way to go in cash and allow us a Giannis with Paul or harden.

  • Mwex3

    Great call on Giannis. People are going to rush to LeBron and George in cash, but Giannis is the better play.

  • Mwex3

    San Antonio made need to be a total fade. 3rd game in 4 days playing in Denver. That is as bad as it gets even for the young guys.

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    @Mviola24 said...

    I saw a blurb about a double spend up at SF.

    Cedi at 4100? Feels like 20 is a lock

    I also feel like the spurs value will be a heavy way to go in cash and allow us a Giannis with Paul or harden.

    Cedi is definitely viable in cash considering how bad the position is.

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    @Mwex3 said...

    San Antonio made need to be a total fade. 3rd game in 4 days playing in Denver. That is as bad as it gets even for the young guys.

    I don’t think you can afford to full fade here with the lack of other value. Some of the best value comes from condensed rotations, regardless of how bad the contextual factors may be.

  • Dr3ambash3r

    How do you feel about Eric Gordon tonight in cash?

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    How do you feel about Eric Gordon tonight in cash?

    I haven’t given him any consideration honestly, but the position is absolutely awful. I wouldn’t dissuade you from playing him.

  • gswenson0607

    Will you be waving the flag on James Johnson hill again this evening? 🤔 lousy game environment, avg-to-bad matchup, but with Olynyk out and only 4300…I’ll wave the flag if you won’t lol

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    @gswenson0607 said...

    Will you be waving the flag on James Johnson hill again this evening? 🤔 lousy game environment, avg-to-bad matchup, but with Olynyk out and only 4300…I’ll wave the flag if you won’t lol

    Haha reluctantly but yes! I think we have to based on how bad the position is.

  • Dr3ambash3r

    Would Derozan and Ibaka be viable guys to target in cash tonight or is the Miami defense not a good target?

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    Would Derozan and Ibaka be viable guys to target in cash tonight or is the Miami defense not a good target?

    I suppose you could consider Ibaka, but I don’t have any interest in DDR.

  • gswenson0607

    Assuming we don’t get Gasol news, is it viable to pay up at C tonight? I love Towns in this spot. 1.4 FP/Min vs HOU last 4 meetings (w/scoring adjusted down 25% for last years games to account for Butler)

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    @gswenson0607 said...

    Assuming we don’t get Gasol news, is it viable to pay up at C tonight? I love Towns in this spot. 1.4 FP/Min vs HOU last 4 meetings (w/scoring adjusted down 25% for last years games to account for Butler)

    Yeah, it is viable to spend up. I honestly might prefer Jokic over KAT though.

    If you want to spend down still, you can go Thon or Tristan perhaps.

  • Clecavs

    Tyler Johnson a decent cash play to pair with Murray?

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    @Clecavs said...

    Tyler Johnson a decent cash play to pair with Murray?

    Yep

  • Sportsfanbobby

    Come on meansy, GIANNIS? He is the last guy I want on my roster as a spend up. The better play is to go with Butler LBJ and PG13.
    Ok truthfully now Giannis is the guy I wanted at low ownership while everyone else went elsewhere. Thanks for ruining it haha!!!

  • Dizzo1992

    Would would you go with for cash Gibson or adebayo?

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