FanDuel NBA Core Plays: Tuesday, March 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 great STLCardinals84 takes the reigns.

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Tuesday, March 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!”).


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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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  • mataug21

    No thanks on the Spurs. Wtf was Pop doing last night. I know he pulled all the starters after 4 minutes but even after that they didn’t get normal run. It’s like he didn’t want to show his hand to a team he might meet in the playoffs.

  • Dr3ambash3r

    Hey meansy I am on a streak and I am going to say it is all because of your articles! Once again I appreciate the time and effort you make. Anyways do you think the minutes and scoring rebounding outputs Brewer is doing is just a fluke? Or is he cash viable?

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    @mataug21 said...

    No thanks on the Spurs. Wtf was Pop doing last night. I know he pulled all the starters after 4 minutes but even after that they didn’t get normal run. It’s like he didn’t want to show his hand to a team he might meet in the playoffs.

    Yeah I am not quite sure what was going on there. They are in danger of not even making the playoffs, but maybe Pop knew they had little chance of beating the Rockets so he is saving up for tonight. As a guy who had three of them last night, I am not happy with them either!

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    Hey meansy I am on a streak and I am going to say it is all because of your articles! Once again I appreciate the time and effort you make. Anyways do you think the minutes and scoring rebounding outputs Brewer is doing is just a fluke? Or is he cash viable?

    Nice work man…keep it up!

    I have no clue what to make of Brewer honestly, as I have obviously been on the wrong side of him the past three games.

    A lot of his production is actually coming from scoring, which is a weird thing to say for a guy who hasn’t averaged more than 5 points per game over the last four or five seasons. That can be traced directly to his true shooting numbers, which have been 69%, 76.1%, and 72.2% the past three games. His career % is 50.1%.

    So I don’t think that is sustainable at all, but there is something to be said about him getting so many good looks close to the basket due to who is he playing with.

    I will say that I am not going to consider him in cash games, but I have obviously missed the boat on him thus far. I certainly don’t want to talk you off of him if I am just way off on my analysis here.

  • Dr3ambash3r

    I have missed the boat also on Brewer. Anyways any love for Jokic tonight? Or even Randle? How do we feel about these 2 in cash tonight?

  • noheartanthony

    @meansy53 said...

    Yeah I am not quite sure what was going on there. They are in danger of not even making the playoffs, but maybe Pop knew they had little chance of beating the Rockets so he is saving up for tonight. As a guy who had three of them last night, I am not happy with them either!

    Pau guaranteed 40 tonight with no ownership after he burned everyone last night.

  • Mwex3

    Meansy – As always, thanks for all of the help. Anyone stand out for you on Charlotte with the pace up against NO?

  • rhayter

    I’m landing on Deandre Jordan or Dwight Howard at Center in cash games right now. Deandre Jordan has been in great form lately, has 15+ rebounds in 6 straight games and facing the bulls who are giving up the 2nd most FPs to Centers lately, is he the play tonight?

  • gswenson0607

    I was also sunk by the spurs. Feel your pain Meansy lol. Is it viable to spend down at both PG spots today? Finding that I can either spend down at both of those or spend down at C with Gortat or Noel 🤢🤯

  • Clecavs

    Who are you seeing as the best value as of now?

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    @Dr3ambash3r said...

    I have missed the boat also on Brewer. Anyways any love for Jokic tonight? Or even Randle? How do we feel about these 2 in cash tonight?

    There are several other options I’d rather spend up on than Jokic. I do think Randle is viable though.

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    @Mwex3 said...

    Meansy – As always, thanks for all of the help. Anyone stand out for you on Charlotte with the pace up against NO?

    Not really. Maybe Dwight if spending up…not someone I am actively targeting though. Batum would maybe be viable on another slate, but I’d rather just save the $500 and play one of the Denver guys.

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    @rhayter said...

    I’m landing on Deandre Jordan or Dwight Howard at Center in cash games right now. Deandre Jordan has been in great form lately, has 15+ rebounds in 6 straight games and facing the bulls who are giving up the 2nd most FPs to Centers lately, is he the play tonight?

    I don’t mind either of those guys as cash game plays and also don’t really have a preference one way or the other.

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    @gswenson0607 said...

    I was also sunk by the spurs. Feel your pain Meansy lol. Is it viable to spend down at both PG spots today? Finding that I can either spend down at both of those or spend down at C with Gortat or Noel 🤢🤯

    Yeah I think it is viable to spend down at both PG spots…I have tinkered with that strategy on several of my builds.

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    @Clecavs said...

    Who are you seeing as the best value as of now?

  • Mviola24

    So as safe as lebron is.

    Wats a better pair

    Brow and brewer

    Lebron and green.

    Perfect pairing together. Or dabble in both.

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    @Mviola24 said...

    So as safe as lebron is.

    Wats a better pair

    Brow and brewer

    Lebron and green.

    Perfect pairing together. Or dabble in both.

    I will take the second one for cash games.

  • Clecavs

    Thoughts on center for cash? Looks gross if you’re not spending up

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    @Clecavs said...

    Thoughts on center for cash? Looks gross if you’re not spending up

    Yeah I might just go Gortat

  • marbles63

    Really enjoy your insight Meansy, better SF/C cash pairing, MKG/Turner or Warren/Gortat?

    Also, more pure FD points tonight at C Gortat or Noel?

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    @marbles63 said...

    Really enjoy your insight Meansy, better SF/C cash pairing, MKG/Turner or TJ Warren?

    Also, more pure FD points tonight at C Gortat or Noel?

    Warren/Gortat for me (I prefer Gortat to Noel)

  • Clecavs

    Mudiay/Beal/Gortat or Dorsey/G.Harris/M.Turner for cash?

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    I don’t think I can do Mudiay in cash due to the overall Knicks situation, so I will go with the second one.

  • marbles63

    Thanks Meansy-I noticed Millsap didn’t make your top 8 CVR at PF. Is he cash viable?

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    @marbles63 said...

    Thanks Meansy-I noticed Millsap didn’t make your top 8 CVR at PF. Is he cash viable?

    Yes, he/Kuzma is in my current lineup as my last piece right now actually.

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